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Amazon Price: $39.99 $39.99 (as of September 22, 2018 8:03 pm –
Fire TV Stick connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. Stream a massive selection of movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, and more, and easily find and control content with the Alexa Voice Remote. Plus, get universal search results across top apps, and enjoy live sports, music, photos, games, and more.
Just plug Fire TV Stick into your HDTV and start streaming in minutes. Use the included Alexa Voice Remote to find the best way to watch across more than 190 channels and apps with universal search. With the fastest Wi-Fi and most accurate voice search of any streaming media stick, shows and movies start faster and stream smoother than ever.
With access to Netflix, Hulu, HBO NOW, Amazon Video, and more—there are over 500,000 TV episodes and movies ready to stream. Watch live TV (including sports and news) as it happens. Directly access millions of websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit with browsers like Silk and Firefox. Subscription fees may apply.
Your Alexa Voice Remote can easily find, launch, and control content. Simply say, “Alexa, find suspense thrillers” and Alexa will show you results. Alexa, the brain behind Amazon Echo, doesn't stop there. Just press the microphone button and ask to play music from Pandora, order a pizza from Domino's, shop for popcorn and snacks, and more.
Plus, Alexa on Fire TV is always getting smarter. With newly expanded voice control in apps like Bravo, CBS All Access, Hulu, NBC, PlayStation Vue, and SHOWTIME, Alexa can help you do even more. Use your voice to search, control playback, and even change the channel within supported apps.
You can also pair Fire TV and Echo devices, allowing you to control your Fire TV with Alexa. Just ask Alexa to play and search for movies and TV shows, launch apps, and control playback from over 190 apps and channels on your Fire TV.
No cable? No problem.
Watch live TV with subscriptions to Hulu, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and others, or use an indoor HD antenna connected directly to your TV to get broadcast networks like NBC and PBS for free.
Even better with Prime
Prime membership unlocks thousands more movies and TV episodes through Prime Video, including Thursday Night Football and Amazon Original Series like The Tick, The Grand Tour, Mozart in the Jungle, and Just Add Magic. Prime members can also add premium channels like HBO, SHOWTIME, and STARZ-no cable or satellite subscription necessary. Only pay for the channels you want to watch, with prices starting as low as $2.99 a month-and you can cancel anytime. Each channel starts with a free trial, so it's easy to discover new favorites.
Take your TV with you
Never miss an episode when you're away from home. Fire TV Stick works with any HDTV so you can take it over to a friend's house or bring it along to hotels and dorm rooms. Just plug and play anywhere – all you need is a Wi-Fi connection. Some content not available in all countries.
Entertain your way
Millions of songs are available to stream on Fire TV Stick through Pandora, Amazon Music, and iHeartRadio. Just press the microphone button on the Alexa Voice Remote and say what you'd like to hear next. Plus, watch videos from Facebook, Vevo, and Vimeo.
What I once thought was silly is now a good thing!
Earlier this month, my TV entertainment included Dish 200+ channel satellite TV, 20Mbps turbo internet, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. After doing some research, I bought 3 Amazon Fire Sticks with the voice remote, cancelled Dish, upgraded to 30Mbps internet, added Sling 25 channels, added standard Hulu, and CBS All Access. Guess who still gets 96+% of the channels watched, added Prime Music and several hundred shows (that networks don’t play) to all the TVs in the house, and saved over $700 per year compared to what I paid this past year? I did. I never thought of “cutting the cord” until I really looked into it all. Getting Amazon Fire Sticks are worth it and they work well….and once you get used to knowing what show plays where, it’s a no-brainer. Just like how you originally had to figure out how to use a smart phone back in the day. After a while, it’s a breeze. I highly recommend everything I listed in this review. Seriously….take a couple hours and make a spread-sheet listing the must-have shows that people in your household watch. Then make a comparison to what’s available on the streaming services. If you’re like me, and you don’t watch 80% of the channels you pay for, it’s so worth it.
Pros & Cons of the new Fire Stick (vs. Roku 3600R)
I own both the new Fire and Roku stick (3600R), below is a short review and honest (personal) opinion on both products.
Easy to set up and use. Yay!
Set this up for a friend and found it very simple. It attaches to the amazon account that purchased it initially. So i created her an amazon account and was able to link it to her new account instead. All i had to do was pug it into the back of the tv (i had to use the little extender because there wasn’t enough room at the back for it to sit next to the other HDMI plug), then plug it into a power source and switch the TV input. Then the screen prompted me to choose the network, enter internet password, and so on. You will need to have a form of payment on file to download any “apps”, even if they are free… Just so you know. You will not be charged anything to use this product, there is a lot of free content, but should you want to purchase it is easier for everyone if there is already a card on file so you can watch immediately.
Cluttered Navigation Menu Holds the Fire Stick Back!
I purchased the latest generation Amazon Fire TV Stick to replace the second Roku 3 that had failed in my home in just a few years. Determined not to purchase another Roku product I instead opted to try Amazon’s Fire TV Stick despite the large gap in channel offerings, notably with Google Play and Google-owned IP like YouTube.
Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote
After customer service contacted me about the one star review I left for firestick (see below) They had tech support contact me. I was directed to secure an ethernet adapter. Which I did. Upon arrival and after installing a cat5 from the router modem to the adapter I tried the firestick again. IT WORKED! I have had no problems thus far. Two weeks now. I would like to thank customer service for an excellent experience. I also thank tech support for a super job in finding and correcting the problem, which they followed up on as promised. Geat job. I totally rescind the following comments. from my original reveiw)……. total crap….doesn’t work, always stops claiming my router needs to be reset, theres no internet connection etc etc, meamwhile every other device in the house functions great. I had considered buying securty cameras from Amazon but suffering thourgh Alexa put me off that idea. Maybe Amazon should stick to what they know best. I won’t be buying the Amazon electronic brand anytime soon.
… old tv died on Black Friday we went to Best Buy to get a Sharp smart tv that was …
After my 10 year old tv died on Black Friday we went to Best Buy to get a Sharp smart tv that was advertised as a steal! Stole my money…that tv was horrible. Don’t worry, I left a bad review for it. When we took it back we opted to get a regular LCD tv for the same price and a Fire Stick to go with it. Everyone in the family loves being able to use the voice remote, though we’re trying to train our 4 year old to not say “Alexa” with the remote so he doesn’t trigger our Echo. We’ve downloaded all our favorite streaming apps and channels so everyone can access what they want. Occasionally the interface is a bit sluggish, but I expected that of an external device plugged into the tv. My only complaint with Amazon video is the menu/homescreen setup. I’ve never ever liked the way it’s laid out. I’ve been a Prime member for years and haven’t gotten used to it yet so I suspect I’ll always take umbridge with it but that’s really my only real complaint. Our family will definitely be sticking with Fire tv from now on.
Fire Stick – works fine and no buffering.
I had a Kodi Reveal box that worked well for a year. After that it kept buffering constantly to the point where it was impossible to watch a movie. Swapped out my Comcast modem and ran a direct Ethernet connection to the Reveal box – still constant buffering. Detached the Ethernet cable from the Reveal box and plugged it into my laptop – speed test showed 100+ mbps. Gave up on the Reveal box and ordered the Amazon TV Stick and the Ethernet adapter. They shipped them separately and I got the stick first. Did not expect it to work with WiFi since my router is about as far away from our main TV is you could possibly get in a two story colonial. Much to my surprise, the fire stick worked fine with no buffering at all. When the Ethernet adapter arrived I installed it anyway – same result Fire stick works fine with no buffering. Also we have Amazon Prime. There is a lot of content available with the Fire stick both through Amazon Prime and other sources. Very happy with this product and highly recommend it. Also could not be easier to install!
Why did I wait so long to buy this?
What took me so long to order a Fire TV Stick? It is everything I hoped it would be and then some. Favorite things about it? 1) Many cable networks only have a few episodes of a series On Demand, but their apps available through Fire Stick have all of the seasons/episodes, which makes it easy to catch up on missed episodes or start a new series altogether. 2) It is portable! My husband and I just went on vacation. The cable at the condo we stayed at was bleh, but I brought out my trusty Fire Stick, and voila! I had my one cable networks at my disposal. My husband was thrilled to be able to watch “his” shows in the evening on vacation. As long as a TV has an HDMI port, you can use Fire Stick this way and access your own subscribed networks and so on. 3) It turns any TV into a smart TV by allowing Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu streaming (and more). My upstairs TV does not have Internet capabilities, but it does have HDMI ports. I am able to use the stick in that TV to access Netflix, etc. 4) My smart TV is about five years old and recently informed me that it no longer supports the latest YouTube updates 🙁 Fire Stick to the rescue! With the stick, I can access YouTube without being blocked due to new updates. Yay Fire TV Stick! I would definitely recommend this. Oh, just don’t lose the remote…you need it to access the Fire Stick!