New Fire TV cube

Hi @tmm1 @maddox @eric, what are your thoughts on the updated Fire TV Cube that was just announced? Do you expect this to resolve performance issues with the current Cube? Do you think it will perform as well as or better than the Fire TV 4K stick?

I'm getting increasingly frustrated with my Nvidia Shield, particularly since the botched 8.0 update, so I'm thinking about trying out the Fire TV again.

It sounds like it should.

What is wrong with the Shield update has been perfect for me ... what kind of problems are you having with it ?

I'm having all sorts of HDMI handshake/sync issues resulting in random black screens on modesets (refresh rate changes, power on, etc). It's a fairly common complaint on the Nvidia forums since the 8.0 update.

Nevermind about the new Fire TV. Though it would be fine for Channels, I forgot why I ruled it out in the first place: no pass-through support for Dolby TrueHD, (true) Atmos or any flavour of DTS. Absolute deal-breaker for my personal media collection. As far as I know, the Shield is still the only streaming device that supports full audio pass-through, though it doesn't support Dolby Vision and has a lacklustre UK app selection. Trade-offs...

Have you signed up for the Hotfixes? I don't think your specific issue is mentioned in them but it could be worth a shot.

The update also caused an issue with Emby and Plex being able to playback video files with VC-1 codec in them. The Hotfix corrected that for me. Otherwise I haven't had any issues. Fortunately the handshake issue didn't affect me.

Yeah on the change. They're still investigating the modeset issues.

Sorry Channels forum for the off-topic posts. :grinning:

I hope the cube does fix the deinterlaced issues. From reading github it sounds like it will as someone mentioned "The fire tv cube has a mali based GPU similar to the non 4K fire stick which de-interlaces fine."

The cube is not ideal as it's quite expensive compared to the 4k anyway. Not too bad for a single device but I need 7 of the things. It's also very bulky compared to the 4k so won't hide behind my smaller TVs. I think I'll buy a single unit for now and the main living room TV can then play TV perfectly hopefully. The rest of the house can stick with 4Ks until Amazon finally release either a fix (which I now doubt will ever come) or more likely release a newer version of the stick which fixes the issues.

As mentioned though hopefully the code can fix the issue on the TVs we use mainly for watching live TV the other TVs tend to play from Plex and the 4K works beautifully for that in fairness