I think they meant "Ultra users get access to 4K titles included with Prime at no additional cost". ;)
It is possible that this is just propagating that though.
Personally I am disappointed that almost nothing on Prime Video is 4K anyway.
newbie here. haven't used Roku.
does it support:
casting from android phones?
netflix, prime, youtube?
BT headphones / speakers?
It’s mostly for video on demand where you wouldn’t need to record anything. It wouldn’t have enough local storage anyway.
The only things that I could imagine you want to record DVR style would be live streaming like with Sling and DirecTVNow and they both have “cloud DVR”.
>netflix, prime, youtube?
>BT headphones / speakers?
I never used a chrome cast because I HATE controlling my TV with my phone. I want a normal remote... I have yet to get on board with the whole "casting" fad. I may have used the YT app on my phone to start a video maybe 3 times since they added the feature.
Google removed Miacast support from Pixel devices but nonGoogle Android devices can cast to Roku just fine.
You can also cast from Windows 10 devices as well.
Miracast isn't the same thing as Chromecast, it just does screen mirroring but it works well.
I have three Roku TVs and two AppleTV 4Ks
Problems with the Roku.
- the hardware is severely underpowered and the interface is slow.
- you are the product. This fact comes from the CEO of Roku himself on an interview on Recode Media. He wants to make money selling user data and advertising. You can tell from half the home screen and rye screensaver being cluttered with ads and the remote with hard coded buttons that go to the highest bidder. I have one remote with a hard coded button with “CBS News”. Who would want that as a short cut? I have another one with a useless button to the defunct Rdio service.
- the remote doesn’t even have a way to do a 30s back/forward.
- you can stream from Windows devices but Google is moving away from supporting Miracast and of course you can’t stream from iOS devices.
They are big enough to make apple bow, other apps are not like that
There isn’t a requirement to make subscriptions only available in the store.
That does not stop Spotify from releasing an AppleTV app.
The interface is total garbage. It's a bizarre mix of Netflix and amazon's regular website. Search is useless. You can't get an A-Z list of everything. You're forced to sort by either "featured" (aka what they are advertising) or "new". Content they want more money for (in addition to what you already pay them for Prime) is mixed in with everything else. It's basically full of ads.
I keep prime for shipping but anything I can't get on Netflix I can find online without dealing with Amazon's terrible interface.
Selecting UHD versions is still hot garbage though.
The website and the apps are very very different
On FireTV it can be, but it fairly easy to avoid as well. For that matter is actually fairly easy to filter out non-prime content on the website as well, if you know how to use the basic filters
All of these plans get Amazon Prime with free shipping, prime video and Amazon Music ad-free unlimited downloads:
- INR 299 (USD 4.37) per month plan includes unlimited call/text and 2.5GB data per day and includes Amazon Prime.
- INR 399 (USD 4.37) per month plan includes unlimited call/text and 30GB data per month.
- INR 399 (USD 5.83) per month plan includes unlimited call/text and 40GB data per month and includes Amazon Prime (full year) and Netflix (3-months trial).
- INR 149 (USD 2.19) for unlimited voice/text and 1.5GB per day. Bundles HotStar (which streams cricket, tennis etc live) along with premium content from HBO, Starz etc.
IMO, all of the telcos in India have strong TV apps that give access to Movie/TV/News/Sports content (live+recorded) on mobile screens for free (bundled with really cheap mobile plans). Then there is Hotstar which is orders of magnitude better content than prime videos. So, unless someone is getting prime video for free I doubt anyone would be paying for it.
Even music is very much like that. Prime Music is good. But there is Airtel's Wynk, Jim has Saavn, then there is Youtube which has huge viewership for music videos.
Prime has big sitcoms like the office, 30 rock, seinfeld etc.
Their B&W and 60s/70s movie catalog is also much larger than any other services.
I hate it when I miss the start (separate annoyance: seems often that audio takes a few seconds to start? Maybe that's the Shield's fault rather than Prime's) so I rewind, and then it hits me with the advert again...
I'm never going to get a Google speaker because I can't easily buy things via Amazon on it and because I already own 3 Amazon speakers that I have all set up nicely. If I want to Google something I can use my phone, I don't need a smart speaker for that.
I use it for asking questions I know Google will answer but Alexa probably won't. "Alexa, ask Google 'difference between chow mein and lo mein'"
Is there a list of which devices this is? Sounds like it's still not all of them for some reason?
As a data point, my Nvidia Shield has had Prime since at least a few years ago (as well as Netflix, YouTube, Plex and is also a Chromecast - I highly recommend this as a set top box, btw).
But seriously, the Shield was worth every cent for ease of use, everything in one place etc etc. The only reason I sometimes chromecast is to play video back at faster than normal speed. (Or because the Netflix app on Shield thinks that I really want it to start playing videos with sound as soon as I pause on any title for a second).
YouTube never truly left Fire TV. It just required one extra step to access it.
EDIT: Android only - iOS users were SOL.
I'm not going back to the FireTV, Roku seems to work well.
What an amazing feat of engineering.
I feel its better that YT has same look and feel on the browser - I don't need a separate app for that. And I can browse other websites in the same browser.
So now I don't care if they are back with YouTube app on Fire TV.
Not a member of Amazon Prime since long, I manage my entertainment with YouTube, JioCinema and HotStar.