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Amazon invites customers to try Fire TV free for a month


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#1 OFFLINE   Athlon646464

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 06:16 AM

Amazon invites customers to try Fire TV free for a month
 
Amazon is emailing some of its customers with an offer to try out the $99 Fire TV box free-of-charge for 30 days. If they don't get along with the little Android-powered streamer and gaming console, they can return it without obligation and without being left out of pocket -- so long as they follow the conditions of Amazon's returns policy, which includes keeping the hardware in new condition....
 
 
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Posted 23 May 2014 - 09:45 AM

They've had that option for years.  This just seems like a ploy on Amazon's part to sell more of them.

 

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 10:56 AM

They've had that option for years.  This just seems like a ploy on Amazon's part to sell more of them.

I don't recall where Amazon has actively promoted test driving something. To me, the return policy has always been more of a safety net.

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 11:06 AM

This type of offers are always made to take advantage of customers because they know the customer will forget to return it just don't want to deal with the hassle of sending back


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 11:07 AM

I don't recall where Amazon has actively promoted test driving something. To me, the return policy has always been more of a safety net.

 

Yeah, I don't recall Amazon doing something like this either.  It surprised me when I saw the announcement.

 

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 11:08 AM

This type of offers are always made to take advantage of customers because they know the customer will forget to return it just don't want to deal with the hassle of sending back


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Kinda bothers me that Amazon would do something like that.

 

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 11:54 AM

Kinda bothers me that Amazon would do something like that.

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I guess is one way they see fit to compete with other streaming boxes on the market now


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 12:23 PM

I received the offer via email yesterday, and it's tempting as hell. I already have a Roku XS that serves up all the content I watch (Netflix, Amazon, Plex, Vudu and Funimation). I also have an Apple TV 2 that I use for AirPlay and Netflix (because I prefer Apple TV's Netflix interface over the Roku's). I don't plan on getting rid of either of these boxes. I'm very soon to be retired and have a Roku channel planned, so I'd want a Roku box for that if for nothing else.

 

The hardware specs of the FireTV are damned impressive, but most reviews have been tepid because many apps apparently feel half-baked. I'd like to have the FireTV for the "sexier" Plex interface, and for the tight Amazon Instant integration.

 

Yes, this offer is tempting as hell...



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Posted 23 May 2014 - 12:24 PM

Kinda bothers me that Amazon would do something like that.

 

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Why? Companies do it all the time. For instance, DIRECTV and Dish do it with free term-premium channel offers.



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Posted 23 May 2014 - 02:37 PM

Why? Companies do it all the time. For instance, DIRECTV and Dish do it with free term-premium channel offers.

The difference is that in order to get out of the free movie deal, you call and cancel. Re-boxing and returning a product is another level of difficulty.

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 02:58 PM

The difference is that in order to get out of the free movie deal, you call and cancel. Re-boxing and returning a product is another level of difficulty.

It's a 5 minute process - that's not difficult.


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 03:10 PM

The difference is that in order to get out of the free movie deal, you call and cancel. Re-boxing and returning a product is another level of difficulty.

They already know that a large percentage of takers of this and other offers will feel like you and just keep their product.  However,  a couple of minutes to repack the device doesn't seem to be that much of a deal.



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Posted 24 May 2014 - 02:11 AM

The difference is that in order to get out of the free movie deal, you call and cancel. Re-boxing and returning a product is another level of difficulty.


Anyone who regularly uses amazon won't see returning it as an obsticale.
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Posted 24 May 2014 - 10:06 AM

It's a 5 minute process - that's not difficult.

 

Right.  I've returned every streaming device I've bought in the last couple years.  I do have a couple old Rokus around, but I'm gonna throw them out.  Why have I returned all those boxes?  They don't upscale.  My BD players upscale streaming content beautifully and I'd rather use them.

 

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 10:46 AM

"Fire" only searches within the Amazon instant video library. I'll wait for

Roku 4v that will voice-search across most of Roku's major movie and

tv providers including Amazon. Even tho'  I currently sub to many movie

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 07:10 AM

Bought it when it came out and then returned it.  Doesn't give me anything I care about over my roku 3 and is missing several things I do.  And the plex app on it is borked and to my knowledge it's never been fixed.

Looking forward to trying out the new android tv.



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Posted 28 May 2014 - 01:38 PM

I took advantage of the fireTV "free test drive" offer and am glad I did - bacause now I know that I'm not really missing anything. For Amazon Prime it's sweet, the voice search works well, as does instant start. The problem of course is that these features don't work with other apps. And speaking of apps, thre just aren't many video apps available on the fireTV, not many at all. Key ones for me that are missing that I use frequently are Vudu and Funimation. The killer for me though is that the remote is Bluetooth only, so I can't program my Harmony remotes for the unit. I use an HDMI splitter to feed a second HD TV in my bedroom, and having to remember to carry the remote with me is a PITA. Yes, I could buy a second remote - for about 1/3 the cost of the unit, but really, I don't want to have to use more than my Harmony remotes.

 

I'm going to return the unit and stick with my Roku XS until Roku announces their next move, which will hopefully included beefier specs and voice search across many content providers.






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