Editor's Notes & Price Research
This device is great for streaming media with Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, music, games, and more.
As many have pointed out the sign reads "Limited time offer valid 11/23-11/29." I would assume my local Bestbuy (In Tualatin Oregon) put out the display early. Just saw the deal and wanted to give anyone interested a heads up. I've appreciated my fair share of deals from other Slickdealers. If people are on the fence about the device, I'm personally really happy with it. It's snappy and can access all my favourite apps (excluding NHL Game Center). At $24.99 it's a no brainer.
I have updated the steps. Go directly to my post or download the PDF attached here on the Wiki.
MAKE TVMC Load Up Automatically From Amazon Fire TV Stick:
I have not test using Llama, Tasker, Automatelt, or Autopilot that suppose to allow you to automatically boot to TVMC (Kodi).
Launch XBMC on the Fire TV
1. From the Fire TV Home screen, select Settings
2. Select Applications
3. Find and select your XBMC installation (it may be named "XBMC" or "SPMC")
4. Select Launch Application
Note: Users have reported that you can autostart XBMC after boot using an Android automation apps such as Tasker, AutomateIt, or Llama. Alternately, you can use Autopilot to autoboot to XBMC.
Launching XBMC from Fire TV Homescreen: You can also have Llama (and probably others) launch XBMC when a native Fire TV app like Flixter is launched from the Fire TV homescreen. Some apps work better than others.
Autopilot direct download APK:
Since the OP doesn't mention his location i did some research and from the image properties this is the Best Buy in Oregon.
7041 SW Nyberg St, Tualatin, OR 97062-6241
Could you post the Best Buy stores that are honoring this at 24 dollars?
Maybe the town and state would be nice.
Maybe you could also put in town and state of places NOT honoring this deal so we don't have to waste time and gas going to the store.
I have read the thread and hardly anyone got it at this price. So if you did , or didn't please tell us where and the price.
PLEASE PUT BEST BUY IN THE TITLE!!!
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XBMC? TVMC? SPMC? Kodi? What's the difference?!?!
"XBMC" is the acronym for "XBox Media Center" - which is an open source app that was originally developed to use a standard XBox gaming system as a media center. Since its initial development, it's now been developed to run on several different platforms and OS's, including Windows, Mac OS, Android, Unbuntu, Raspberry Pi, iOS and Apple TV.
The "Xbox" part of the name is why it was typically referred to simply as "XBMC" - but the legal issues also related to that have recently caused the group to rename the product "Kodi." That renaming is currently (as of this writing) in the transition process - with the next released version of XBMC to be officially called "Kodi", and the currently released version still going under the old naming convention.
In addition, customized and/or preconfigured versions of XBMC are currently available - such as "TVMC" or "SPMC" - which confuse users even further. However, these are STILL simply the latest version of XBMC that have been pre-configured to install a certain set of plug-ins or add-ons that are optimized for a certain device. So "TVMC" is STILL XBMC - with a certain set of add-ons pre-installed for you.
Hope this helps clear some confusion!
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Amazon vs Roku stick, which one is right for me?:
If you like the idea of playing games with a console-style feel, or you are heavily invested in Amazon's Prime universe, then the Fire TV stick is the best pick. But if you want access to the most apps, a search feature that polls multiple services for the stuff you want to watch, and a user-friendly interface that's easy to love, then the Roku Steaming Stick is your best bet. Where the Roku excels is search. Search on Roku is universal. You can look up Bill Murray, and it will bring up a short bio and everything in his repertoire you could watch and all your possible options of where to watch them on Roku, be it HBO Go, Vudu, Amazon, or wherever. It's great! But Amazon only lets you search Amazon titles, even if you'd really rather watch something on Netflix. The only downside of the Roku Stick is that it's kind of slow. And I'd rather have speed and be stuck within Amazon's walled garden than be stuck in buffering purgatory. In the end, it's up to you.