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Using Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX and Fire TV Together

Kindle Fire HDX is the newest model of Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon. The company also recently released its streaming set-top box called Fire TV. One of the neat features it has is the ability to do display mirroring. It works similarly to Apple’s AirPlay technology where you mirror your display from iPad to Apple TV.

Display Mirroring allows you to stream the Kindle’s display and audio to another screen. Only a select few models of Smart TVs and other devices support this feature though. One of the supported devices is Amazon’s Fire TV. here’s how to use it.

Mirror Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX to Fire TV

To mirror the display to the Fire TV or other supported device go to Settings > Display > Sounds > Display Mirroring. The Kindle will start searching for compatible devices. In this example it found my Fire TV – tap on it.

Kindle Fire HDX Display Mirroring

Then you’ll see it’s connecting and on your TV it will say it’s preparing for the connection. The first time I tried this it took about 15 seconds. Then your Fire HDX screen will display on the big screen.

Display Mirroring Starting

This is a great solution if you’re watching content stored locally on your Kindle Fire or a special live performance online. Another thing to mention is you’ll be able to use entertainment apps not included on the Fire TV box.

The Second Screen Experience

While watching movies and TV shows on the Fire TV, you can use the Fire HD or HDX as a second screen experience. While watching a movie you will see IMDB info about each scene in the flick on the tablet. It will show information about each actor, and it includes interesting trivia about the film too. The other thing you can do is control playback from the tablet.

To enable this experience, on your Fire TV go to Settings > Second Screen and make sure it’s turned on.

Second Screen

Start watching the movie, and the so-called second screen experience will begin. In screenshot below, I’m watching Marvel’s The Avengers, and as you can see there’s several categories of information you can gather from.

IMDB

Currently this only works with movies and TV shows that come from Amazon. There’s no support for this if you’re watching Netflix or Hulu Plus.

Final Thoughts

Of course you’ll need to be living in the Amazon universe for everything to work correctly. But if you think about it, it’s no different than living in the Apple universe with an iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. The best part is that the Amazon ecosystem is much more affordable.

The Kindle Fire HDX starts at $229 and the Fire TV is currently $99.

Compared an iPad mini with Retina display starting at $399 and Apple TV 3 is $99.

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