With a name like fireTV, you have a lot to live up to. It’s not perfect, but FireTV exceeded my expectations. By a lot. For those who don’t know, FireTV is Amazon’s device for connecting your HDTV to online content. The tiny box will stream movies, music, and photos to your TV. In addition, you can also play video games with FireTV. The box only measures 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 0.7″ (115 mm x 115 mm x 17.5 mm), so it hardly takes up any space. With Amazon Fire TV, you can stream movies and TV shows up to 1080p HD. The device also supports Dolby Digital Plus up to 7.1 via HDMI or optical out.
Over the weekend, I tested out Little Pim’s new Brazilian Portuguese video product via digital download. I’m not a big fan of watching movies on a tiny mobile device, but I do find the format convenient for kids. Devices like iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Android tablets are just the right size for children. And with digital downloads, you can also watch the videos on your computer’s big screen.
I’m reviewing 1AVCenter software on my geek dad blog today. 1AVCenter, by PCWinSoft, is a suite of video and audio tools for Windows (2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8). With the software, you can record, broadcast, and enable remote surveillance of any video and audio source on your computer. 1AVCenter also features a secure web server for sharing files. Thanks to PCWinSoft [Facebook | Twitter], I’m giving away the software, and there is an unlimited number of winners. Normally, the software would cost you $99.95.
I just downloaded and installed a program called MP4 To MP3 Converter. The software is a Windows utility that quickly converts MP4 videos to MP3 audio files. MP4 To MP3 Converter also converts AVI, MPG, FLV, WMV, MOV and other video formats to MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, FLAC audio formats. MP4 To MP3 Converter enables you to extracts audio (like songs) from movie files. Right now the company is giving away 50,000 copies of their software. However, the promotion ends on Friday, April 13, 2012.
I’ve been playing with a Windows software tool called YouTube Downloader HD (by SnowFox). The freeware enables you to download YouTube videos directly to your computer. Yeah I know, you can already watch YouTube videos without downloading the video. But by downloading the YouTube video to your computer (Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000), you can play it later without an Internet connection. Or better yet, transfer the file to your smartphone so you can play it without having to use your data plan. The tool also comes in handy for saving your favorite YouTube videos. You never know when YouTube might remove something you enjoy watching. I’m still annoyed they removed a Star Wars / Star Trek spoof that I thought was hilarious.