like my ducks?
i look at cute pictures of dogs when i feel overwhelmed with sad so i can temporarily feel overwhelmed with cute.
Well played, well played indeed.
Oh-kay. That was fun a fun (and extended) lunch break:
First things first: Don’t install the "recommend" 3rd party YouTube app but the official one (with the ugly blue logo, but with youtube.com as manufacturer). It connects nicely to your YouTube account, and even without pairing the FireTV with specific devices, it acts like a ChromeCast: You you can push YouTube clips from your Android or iOS handhelds over to your FireTV.
Getting Netflix was a bit more of a challenge: While Netflix Germany finally launched about a week ago, the official Netflix App for FireTV is not yet available for (free) purchase – it’s still geo-locked. So I did as I always do: I switched my 1-Click® address and my Kindle country to USA (my “fake” US postal address is actually my PO Box at MyUS.com) – and without even bothering with VPN and whatnot, I could purchase the app, and it got installed on the FireTV.
The first launch of the Netflix app failed, I had to “Force Stop” it (I’m so glad that I’ve found the app list somewhere deep in the FireTV’s settings menu). Afterwards, it let me log on with my regular (US) Netflix credentials.
Best news last, but not least: Netflix Region Switching via Unblock_us works fine, it just requires a “Force Stop” of the Netflix app to make it refresh the country.
… Next stop: First side-loading Android apps (e.g. ES File Explorer to be able to stream MKVs from my NAS), then trying to connect other Bluetooth HIDs like mouse/keyboard combos … I’m also dreaming of using an OUYA controller. ;-)
"Do you think anyone will notice they’re just cardboard cutouts?"
"Look, we’ve already stretched the budget to £10.50, they’ll just have to deal with it."
Mary Pipher, Reviving Ophelia (via erkings)
My first impression of Netflix Germany: I am positively surprised by it, and it’s a hell of a lot better than Amazon.de Prime Instant Video that was forced upon me. According to my spot-check (using an Apple TV 2), all originally English language content (mostly with its original credits, like the original title etc.) comes with its original audio next to its German dubbed version – which is a huge advantage over Amazon where English original audio is really hard to find. German subtitles are common, but not forced (like the local subtitles for Scandinavian Netflix incarnations). English subtitles (which I prefer) are rarer; if you don’t need them, you’re good. There are quite a few German shows and movies that the native German IPTV viewer will like. Sure, the library is a bit sparse up to this point, but I am sure that this will improve over time. Subjectively, it’s bigger already than Amazon’s … Plus, Netflix runs on pretty much every playback device, be it a SmartTV, a BD player, both iOS and Android set-top boxes and mobile devices and even Windows RT; at the same time, Amazon is limited to their own hardware plus a handful of select third party manufacturers.
New season premieres in November! We can’t wait!