Arts 752

Published on November 14th, 2009 | by Greg


FyreTV Heats Things Up

Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that you enjoy adult media. Not safe for work content. The birds and the bees- that sort of thing. You have a computer (obviously), and access to the whole wide internet variety of stuff that would make your mother blush, but sometimes you want to instead use that big screen TV or lean back on the couch instead of be cramped up in your desk chair.

Fyre TV offers a solution- and an easy-to-use one at that. There are two pieces really- hardware and software- that make up the system and we’ll get to each in turn. But with porn, as with most things, pricing matters- and it’s here that Fyre can make even your serious content consumer happy, with reasonable rates of $10 a month. No hidden fees, and they’ll even ship you the hardware for free. Hooking it up is easy- and we love the HDMI out, making it super-simple to plug into our HDTVs. Both wired and wireless connections get the box online, so you’ll need to have a network in place and know some basic information (like your router’s name). And the unit is discreet, black and label-less, allowing it to sit alongside the rest of your equipment without attracting much attention.

Once you’ve set it up, now’s your chance to explore the content available. It’s pretty painless really- the remote isn’t great, but is well constructed for, ahem, one-handed operation. You can either simply check out new releases (added daily), or browse by various categories, including star, studio, and type. Not all of the normal categories are available, and it can take some time to learn how to navigate the system. But selecting a movie is as simple as pushing a button, and you can easily change the quality of the movie to best fit your internet speed. Fast-forwarding, crucial for those overly long moments of dialogue, is handled fairly adeptly, speeding through parts you want to miss at variable (and high enough) speeds. Basic playlist creation and rating systems seem to be works in progress- your playlist capabilities are limited, and the ratings offer limited value- but a favorite system allows you to bookmark videos for later perusal.

The sheer quantity, variety, and quality of content available is stunning- every major adult star we looked for had something on hand, and the same for every major studio from Vivid to Wicked to Pink Visual, Elegant Angel, Diabolic, Combat Zone, etc. They claim to offer 20,000 films, and we believe it. Not everything we wanted was available and it can take some time for the latest stuff to show up, but the regular updates and broad catalog mean that most anyone will be happy.

It’s not all roses though- there are some thorns too. Almost a year ago, folks were informed about the HD-version of the box, which still hasn’t been released. And it’s clear that not all features are in place yet- live television services have had a spot on the menu for a long time, and still are yet to arrive. Various firmware upgrades have purported to fix issues, but our boxes still lock up from time to time or restart randomly, and browsing through menus is still pretty difficult (UI changes have sometimes made things worse/slower instead of better). Also, there is no recommendation system that suggests films based on your preferences or viewing habits, a definite oversight. Finally, your subscription is useless unless you are at home- it’s a shame you couldn’t have access to some of the collection when traveling.

Overall, for those who’d like a little more adult in their life (and on their television), Fyre TV is a great option. They have room to improve, but the price is hard to beat, and offers more, er, bang for the buck than just about any other service out there.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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