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Not sure about Amazon Fire but we have Amazon Prime and are able to view certain shows and movies through our Wii. Some are included in the Amazon Prime price and some are extra $$ if you want to watch them.

All we have is Wi-Fi and someone can watch Amazon Prime while I am on the computer and others are using their Wi-Fi devices. This has to do more with your Wi-Fi equipment I imagine .
 

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Not sure about Amazon Fire but we have Amazon Prime and are able to view certain shows and movies through our Wii. Some are included in the Amazon Prime price and some are extra $$ if you want to watch them.

All we have is Wi-Fi and someone can watch Amazon Prime while I am on the computer and others are using their Wi-Fi devices. This has to do more with your Wi-Fi equipment I imagine .
I have Prime and watch the movies, etc.
In their comparison chart at the link, they don't show Wii and don't say anything about surfing while watching a prime movie.

What...just open a new screen?

I have a router but am hard-wired to it for the computer. Only one ethernet connection on iot so will use wireless for the TV

Edit: The ethernet connection goes from the modem to the router.
 

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I was going to say there are other options, but after reading the specs, this is a winner. I have a Sony media streamer which I like, but it doesn't buffer. We are getting ready to move and it looks like all we can get is 7 MB speed, so buffering will be a good thing.

We'll probably keep DTV, but get this soon. I love streaming movies. I do rent when I can, as my friends own a local video store and there is no replacement for displacement when it comes to actual Blu-rays. Besides, they have one of the largest movie collections on the west coast. However, late at night, or when I get in late, it is great to just stream one and relax. Working on the road, it is a life saver.

If your internet is halfway decent, you can do anything at the same time. We can stream, one of us can be gaming and one of us surfing and I can also be downloading Spotify tunes all at the same time with a 12 Mb connection. I could probably game at the same time as well.

The only thing about streaming that sucks is you can't just channel surf for newer stuff. But most folks don't really do that any more I suppose. They just DVR it these days.

However, there is enough content if you have Amazon Prime and Netflix, add in Hulu Plus and you are pretty well set. If you like classic movies, then Hulu Plus is the one to get, since they have the Criterion collection.
 

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So......how do you watch a Prime flick and browse CT at the same time? TV for the movie...computer screen for CT?
Oh I see what your asking. Yes you would want a tv for viewing shows and CT on the computer. Smart tv might be a good option. I am not too savy with the tech mumbo jumbo.
 

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Thanks all.
I'm ready to make the move. Just wanted to make sure I don't suffer culture shock by having to do one or the other...go to my regular sites or watch something on TV.
My cable bill is $155 per month with Comcast...internet and TV. Keeping the internet and getting rid of the TV...just not worth the price as...how many times do they expect you to watch the same old movie they run. It's ridiculous and with more and more garbage sitcoms and reality shows...especially not worth it.
 

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I recommend 10 mbps and up for streaming video. The wi-fi router that came with our Windstream internet and phone bundle was not powerful enough (just 1 bar). I had to hook it up to a more powerful Belkin router (5 bars).
 

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I have 5mps, Time Warner, but I ran an Ethernet cable to the Roku. No problems streaming. Don't know about Fire, but Roku automatically updates daily so you are not stuck with outdated software. Smart TV's never get any updates.

Anyone know of a DVR box that is stand alone??
 

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I hate to be so dense....

Okay...Amazon Fire looks like a good deal. I also have Netflix, which looks like a lot of the same material Amazon offers. Neither offer FOX News. I can stream FOX News live from my Comcast Cable provider onto my computer screen, but will I be able to stream it onto my TV through Amazon Fire?
I didn't used to be this technically challenged...honest.
 
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