[mythtv-users] FireTV 4K vs. Shield TV for mythtv frontend and Leanfront

Scott Sumrall scott at nightcrawler.net
Tue Sep 15 18:32:09 UTC 2020

The Fire Cube is much faster than the other generations of Fire TV/Stick.  I have a Cube and a Shield Pro which I tried both on a 65” 4k.  I much prefer the Shield to the Cube as the shield is much faster than the Cube.  I do not use lean front, rather the MythTV plugin within Kodi.  Some complaints about the Kodi plugin itself, but it works on both the Cube & Shield.

On Sep 15, 2020, at 9:06 AM, Jim Abernathy <jfabernathy at gmail.com<mailto:jfabernathy at gmail.com>> wrote:

I've been fighting multiple video problems this week and they are not really Mythtv related.

I've been trying to standardize on one platform to watch TV.  The TV is a Smart TV, 4K UHD from Samsung and it has the usual app, but not Mythtv apps support.

I have a 2017 Nvidia Shield TV console connected to the Samsung.  Since the Shield runs the MythTV Frontend and Leanfront very well it's the best platform until you start streaming from other sources like Netflix, Prime Video, or Hulu.

Roku Ultra works for everything except MythTV apps.

Both Netflix and Prime apps on the Shield have an annoying jump every 3-4 seconds, subtle but annoying. The forums say to change TV settings, but I find those change behavior but do not fix it. The Shield TV Hulu app is complete broken.

My wife uses the FireTV 4K stick on an HD 1080P Sony and all the apps work great for her but I notice a subtle jitter on mythfrontend but leanfront is perfect.

So now to my question, has anyone tested the FireTV Cube?  And does it have a faster processor or better graphic hardware than the FireTV 4K stick?

I'm just trying to find one device that runs all my video apps well:

 1.  MythTV Frontend
 2.  MythTV Leanfront
 3.  Hulu+
 4.  Prime Video
 5.  Netflix

I'm thinking if the FireTV Cube is just a faster more powerful FireTV 4K, it might be a solution.

Jim A

P.S. when you add trying to standardize audio and Bluetooth audio, the matrix of options gets worse.

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