Question LG oled tv built in Amazon Video app VS. Amazon Fire stick?

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    1. Zigourney

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      Hi All LG OLED TV owners,

      I wanted to know which is better for features and functionality, the LG tv's built in Amazon prime video app or a dedicated Amazon Fire stick/Fire TV?

      I can think of one advantage of using the separate amazon fire stick or the faster fire tv, is that you have a dedicated remote and can use voice control/alexa, but are there any other differences between using the built in TV's app or a separate dongle?

      picture quality?
      sound quality?
      speed in streaming?
      any differences in the number of menu options?

      Thanks for your input.
       
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      Hi @Zigourney,

      The 2017 Oled ranges of LG televisions offer a voice command option via it's 'magic remote control'. I haven't tried it myself (or referred to the TV's user manual) so I don't know how well it works with any of the in-built apps, if at all...
       
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      I don't own an LG Oled yet, I almost pulled the trigger during black Friday but held off in anticipation of the 2018 C8 model, so will be buying one in April once its released.

      Thanks, I didn't know the LG remote has a mic/voice control built in, can any owners chime in and please let me know if you can use the LG remote for Alexa voice control.
       
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      I own a Amazon Fire TV 4K (2nd Gen) which does not support HDR on Amazon Video, the Amazon app on my B6 does, so I use the TV's app over the box. The 3rd gen (2017) Fire TV does but it does not offer me anything I don't already have access to via the TV. The sticks are not 4K anyway.
       
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      I haven't seen any apps that do a better job on any of the streaming devices as compared to the TV. WebOS is a fantastic smart tv OS. I think either Amazon or Netflix has Dolby Vision which I don't think is supported on the new FireTV devices.
       
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      You're right the new 2017 Fire TV 4K doesn't support Dolby Vision, it only supports Atmos.
      I just thought having a dedicated Fire TV 4k would be snappier and less buffering than the LG web OS, but it looks like you guys are very happy with the built in app. This is good to know, it means one less dongle attached to the TV/AVR.

      If somebody could confirm if you can use the LG TV remote mic to search for programmes in the tv's built in Amazon Prime App?
       
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      I haven't tried that yet but the TV's search app (same search engine for voice) aggregates all the installed apps together. So it you look for a movie it presents you with Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, etc. I love this universal search feature.

      I'm thinking it might not work directly in the Amazon app but that's just a guess. If Amazon and LG worked together WebOS would make a killer Alexa platform.
       
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      ahh so the search feature on the remote will search the installed apps and aggregate it. That is what my current 2017 Amazon fire stick does.

      That's perfect.

      Thanks for the reply.
       
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      If you're holding out for the C8 I think it should have google voice assistant and possibly alexa. So it should be even better.

      One thing that sucks about buying year end is seeing all the new stuff from CES that you're going to miss out on, lol.

      I hope the *7 models get a feature or two firmware wise.
       
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      I think the separate FireTV box is the only way to get proper Atmos on Amazon content, as the TV can't send Atmos to your AVR. This might be the reason that I buy the new FireTV box rather than use TV app. Although there is probably very little Atmos content on Amazon yet anyway.
       
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      What TV do you have? Everything I've read about LG *7 models say they pass Atmos. I just don't have the speaker setup for it.
       
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      Not sure where you get that from. They don't have a way of sending Atmos to an AVR. Proper Atmos won't go down Optical, and won't go down ARC. They do send faux-Atmos audio though.
       
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      If you have an 2017 Oled or SJ series LG TV, depending on where you are in the world, some streaming services are now offering Dolby Digital Plus with 'full' Atmos. Which can be passed to a surround sound receiver via HDMI ARC...
       
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      But DD+ is not 'full' Atmos, its lossy Atmos. ARC cant handle TrueHD Atmos.
       
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      Regardless of whether the audio stream is lossy or lossless the 'full' Atmos (spacial meta-data) element can be passed via HDMI ARC.

      Note that in my previous replay, I referred to 'streaming services', who only use lossy surround sound audio - Which is the scope of this topic!

      Granted, if people want to pass lossless Dolby TrueHD with full Atmos, or DTS-X via HDMI ARC, they're going to have to wait until HDMI v2.1 'officially' gets off the ground, which includes eARC - unless A/V manufacturers decide to supply certain features of HDMI v2.1 spec before others.
       
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