What Is Amazon Fire Stick? The Cheapest Way To Stream Media.

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Last Updated on February 8, 2021 by Staff Writer

Background of Amazon Fire TV Stick

What is Amazon Fire Stick? To answer this question, let’s look at how it evolved.

In April 2014, Amazon launched Fire TV as a response to competitors like Roku and Apple TV.

Later that year in November 2014, the Fire TV stick was born, retaining the functionality of the Fire TV but as a much smaller dongle.

With an Amazon Fire Stick, you can convert your TV into a smart TV, accessing streaming services online.

You plug the device in the HDMI port of your TV. In case your TV is too close to the wall, there is a flexible HDMI extender cable included in the box.

All the 3 versions of Fire TV Stick look and feel the same.

With a Fire TV Stick, you have the freedom to watch your favourite TV content anywhere as long as you get an internet connection.

You don’t have to carry a remote with you. Instead, you download the Fire TV mobile app and control the Fire TV Stick.

If you have an Amazon Prime account, the Fire TV Stick comes already linked to your account.

In that case, you quickly get 100% access to Amazon Prime content as soon as you plug in your Fire Stick.

What you find in the box

  • Fire TV Stick dongle
  • HDMI extender cable
  • Voice remote
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • USB cable for power
  • Power adapter
  • User guide
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The Fire TV Stick has 8 Gig storage and 1 Gig RAM.

How does it work?

To start using Fire TV Stick is very easy.

First plug it into the HDMI port of your TV.

Once plugged in, connect the Fire TV Stick to the power outlet using a USB cable and adapter included in the box.

You select the appropriate HDMI port on your TV and connect the Fire TV Stick to the internet.

The device connects to the internet via WiFi and you get access to all media that you bought on Amazon.

Alternatively, for a faster connection or if you don’t have WiFi, you can also use an Ethernet cable adapter.

After that, you access your Amazon account or create one if you don’t have an account.

That’s all! It’s that easy.

If you have pictures on Amazon Cloud service, you can also view them using Fire TV Stick.

Not only that, but you open doors to numerous apps and games.

  • Note that you need a separate controller to be able to play games.

Alexa voice control

A Bluetooth remote comes with your Fire TV Stick and don’t worry, if you lose it or it gets damaged, you can always get a replacement on Amazon.

Trust me, the voice control feature using Alexa is very effective.

Its actually easier to use that instead of scrolling through endless TV shows.

You simply press the Alexa button and speak into the microphone then release.

Fire TV Stick then automatically searches the content you are looking for.

Another cool feature is that Fire TV Stick learns your preferences and makes recommendations based on your previous searches.

Available Fire Stick versions

Currently, Fire TV Stick is in its 3rd generation and there are 3 types available on the market. Here’s a summary of the pricing:

Fire TV Stick Lite

  • Pros
  • Full HD streaming
  • Alexa Voice remote
  • Free TV
  • Stream music
  • Live TV
  • Affordable
  • More than 500,000 TV shows and movies
  • Access to popular streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Prime Video etc
  • Cons
  • No TV controls
  • Resolution capped at 1080p

Unless you are particular about the specs, you should be able to stream seamlessly with Fire TV Lite.

The hardware is the same as in the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV 4K.

Fire TV Stick

  • Pros
  • Full HD streaming
  • Alexa Voice remote
  • Free TV
  • Stream music
  • Live TV
  • Affordable
  • More than 500,000 TV shows and movies
  • TV controls
  • Access to popular streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Prime Video etc
  • Cons
  • Resolution capped at 1080p

Fire TV Stick 4K

  • Pros
  • 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR and HDR 10+
  • Most powerful Fire TV Stick
  • Alexa Voice remote
  • Free TV
  • Stream music
  • Live TV
  • Affordable
  • More than 500,000 TV shows and movies
  • TV controls
  • Access to popular streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Prime Video etc
  • Cons
  • Most expensive Fire TV Stick

Conclusion

Amazon Fire TV Stick definitely set the bar high for the video-streaming world due to the portability and low-cost.

If you are a gamer, a better option is to get the Fire TV since it has more storage, ports and speed.

What streaming device are you using? Let me know in the comment section. Don’t forget to share the post with your friends on social media.

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