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Old 08-25-2020, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Tulare County, Ca
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Can you lower the resolution down to 480 with a firestick as opposed to a roku which will only go as low as 720? I'm asking because I have a data cap and I'm ok watching the lower resolution to save data. I have a roku so I'm familiar with it, but couldn't find the info on the firestick I needed.
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Old 08-26-2020, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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I read 480 but that was on a very old firestick (about five years ago) so it may no longer be accurate for the newer models. Write Amazon help...

In fact, the article is still on the net....
https://www.aftvnews.com/how-to-acce...n-the-fire-tv/
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Old 08-26-2020, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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The reduction in data usage from 720 to 480 would be pretty minimal. Are you hitting your cap?
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Old 08-26-2020, 09:16 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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Can you lower the resolution down to 480 with a firestick as opposed to a roku which will only go as low as 720? I'm asking because I have a data cap and I'm ok watching the lower resolution to save data. I have a roku so I'm familiar with it, but couldn't find the info on the firestick I needed.
Which model of FS?
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Old 08-26-2020, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Tulare County, Ca
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Which model of FS?
I don't know, I don't have a firestick. That's why I was asking about it. Trying to find out if I should get one or not.
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Old 08-26-2020, 10:49 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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I don't know, I don't have a firestick. That's why I was asking about it. Trying to find out if I should get one or not.
Firestick supports 480p on all models as far as I know. Gen 1 I wouldn't mess with. Gen 2 is up to 1080, Gen 3 is up to 4k.

There may also be settings within each app to control whether you want SD, HD or 4K. Setting the resolution may not affect streaming bandwidth. It may stream full resolution and downsize to 480? I don't know for sure. It may also depend on each app.

There is a new feature called Data Monitoring, it may be what you are looking for.
https://www.aftvnews.com/amazon-fire...C%20and%20Good.

What streaming service are you using?
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Old 08-26-2020, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Tulare County, Ca
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The reduction in data usage from 720 to 480 would be pretty minimal. Are you hitting your cap?
I'm getting really close some months, but no I haven't hit it yet. I'm in the country, back in on a dirt road, pretty far from the blacktop road, so I have to go with a local fixed wireless service. Hence the data cap. I get their 200G service, but they've told me they don't care if I go over up to 400G. Still, I try to stay within the 200G that I pay for. That allows for about 6G a day. So continual use at 1080 would put me over my daily allotment. Yes, I watch a lot of tv

I have youtube tv and I actually set it to 360 for the silly daytime court shows and such and it's fine for that. Then I can bump it up for the evening prime time stuff. I have my tv hooked up to a desktop so it's easy enough to lower the resolution on most of the services such as netflix, hulu, prime and youtube. They all have settings for that, but I have a roku on the tv in my bedroom and I was looking at the roku channel and couldn't figure out how to lower the resolution any lower than 720 on it. That's why I was asking whether it would be worth it to get a firestick. I thought maybe it would have a way to lower the resolution to 480 instead of 720. Also, how can you set the resolution on tubi and pluto channels? I couldn't seem to find the settings for that.
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Old 08-26-2020, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Tulare County, Ca
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Firestick supports 480p on all models as far as I know. Gen 1 I wouldn't mess with. Gen 2 is up to 1080, Gen 3 is up to 4k.

There may also be settings within each app to control whether you want SD, HD or 4K. Setting the resolution may not affect streaming bandwidth. It may stream full resolution and downsize to 480? I don't know for sure. It may also depend on each app.

There is a new feature called Data Monitoring, it may be what you are looking for.
https://www.aftvnews.com/amazon-fire...C%20and%20Good.

What streaming service are you using?
Thanks! I have data monitoring through my isp service, but the amazon one is interesting too. The reason I didn't go with the firestick originally is because when I was looking for a streaming device, amazon and youtube tv were having a big spat and amazon wasn't supporting youtube tv. That's why I went with the roku. Now that they are, I thought I'd check out the firestic.
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Old 08-30-2020, 07:14 AM
 
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Depending on your router options the other thing you can try is to restrict bandwidth to the Roku and see how that works.
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Old 09-03-2020, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I like roku because that's the one I have
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