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Nice functionality in a small footprint
Posted by: WorldWalker from: Poughkeepsie, NY on
TV Fire Stick is slightly bigger than a thumb and attached easily to the TV's HDMI port. It is powered directly by electrical port. Set up was easy. There are a bunch of Apps one can down load from the cloud, such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, HGTV, Food Network, PBS and many more. PBS shows are not available on cable's On Demand function, so the only way I could view them after they aired are on my computer. With the Fire Stick, I can watch PBS shows within a day or two after airing, provided one has a PBS membership. Same is true of HGTV, Food Network and other channels. The stick checks with your cable provider if you have a subscription for that channel. Sling TV App subscription lets you watch many channels and get rid of cable.
The reason I gave 4 stars is the user interface. It takes getting used to..
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Cable company's nightmare
Posted by: Joachim from: St Petersburg, FL on
I found the Amazon fire stick specifically after getting frustrated with price increases from the cable company. I was now being charged over $20 a month for HBO from bright house… As it turns out, "HBO NOW" as a standalone feature is under $15 a month. Although I have a new or Samsung television, it did not have the option to install the app for HBO NOW. Upon further research, I found that the Amazon fire stick does allow you to access any of those apps. Luckily, I was able to purchase this on sale when Best Buy was offering a "Amazon "sale, so for just under $25 I am able to download and watch not just HBO but many of my favorite cable channels without having to subscribe to additional cable services from bright house. This is well worth the investment, as you can also move the fire stick between devices and still access your same channels… I haven't traveled yet to my family in Colorado, but I will bring the fire stick with me there just in case.
9 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Smitty from: on
I have a firestick for my living room and was so pleased I bought two more. Just plug into the hdmi port, attach a power cord, and you are done.
This gives you access to most video streaming services ( Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc) and works great with a solid Wifi connection. I have Fios and the streaming is instant and stable. My Mom has a much slower 10Mbps wifi, so occasionally there are some buffering issues, but it's really infrequent.
I also have an Apple TV. The firestick performs the same functions as the Apple TV but doesn't have access to your ITunes or IPhone content. If that's important to you, get the Apple TV. But if you have Amazon prime, Hulu or Netflix subscriptions the fire stick works great.
Best Buy and Amazon occasionally run special pricing on the device at $24.99. It's too good for tv watchers and cord cutters to pass up.
18 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Amazon fire stick
Posted by: JayJones from: on
I just installed the Amazon fireTV stick, and it was one of the easiest installations I've ever done. Congratulations Amazon.
The steps are easy:
1. Connect USB cable into fireTV stick, and plug in power adapter.
2. Connect fireTV stick to HDMI port via HDMI extender.
3. Put batteries in the remote.
4. Turn on TV and select HDMI port. fireTV stick is already looking for the remote.
After installing the Amazon fireTV stick checks for and downloads any needed updates.
Another screen then comes up asking if you want to continue with your pre-loaded Amazon account, or change. That's a very nice feature.
Then an Amazon fireTV stick Welcome video plays and you see an animated tour of the features of the Amazon fireTV stick. Very impressive.
It's great to see Prime Movies that are FREE to watch. And you also get to listen to free prime music. If you are a prime member. If not they give you 30 day free trial for Signing up.
23 out of 29 found this review helpful.
Better than a smart tv
Posted by: Volksold from: on
I couldn't get this thing to work until I moved it to another tv closer to my wi-fi source. Once I got it set up, I moved it back to my other tv (further away from wi-fi source) and it works fine. After about a week of inactivity it wouldn't respond to the remote. I unplugged it from power to give it a chance to think about its future in my household. Replugged, it works fine. I decided to put it on a separate switched circuit. Now it only gets power when I want to use it instead of being on all the time (as verified by Wireless Network Watcher). I like being able to move this item to other tvs/rooms if needed. Very happy with Amazon Prime, the fire stick, and my 7" fire tablet.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
TV viewing made easy!
Posted by: kcshenge from: on
I bought a subscription on Sling TV (the $25 package), and I wanted to see if I liked it enough to replace my Cable subscription with Sling TV. Although I had read many positive reviews on the Amazon Fire TV Stick, I was not sure if I would get the same picture quality and program options that cope with Cable. What I found is that with the Amazon Fire TV Stick, I can now watch what I want to watch and when I want to watch it. All that is needed is a good internet connection and a TV streaming service. Unlike the Google Chromecast stick, with which I needed to stream and, control and select content from phone or tablet, the Fire TV Stick comes with a Remote Control, allowing the user to control things without needing to use a phone or tablet. The picture and sound quality are great! The Sling TV + Amazon Fire TV Stick make a great combination, and I am now ready to "sever the cord" that bound me to Cable TV!
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Best Digital Streamer for the Price.
Posted by: PattyT from: on
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is the best digital streaming device for the money. The next best one is the Roku Streaming Stick, but the Fire TV Stick is cheaper, has more memory, and a faster processor than the Roku. You can't go wrong with the Fire TV Stick. I highly recommend it.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Excellent Product and very Affordable
Posted by: fdesisto3 from: New York nY on
If you want a smart tv but don't want to pay the premium price for one, then look no further. Amazon Fire Stick has all the functions and apps that a smart tv has at fraction of the price. For only 39.99 you will get a smart tv dongle that not only lets you watch your favorite tv shows and movies, but also lets you play games, get up to date traffic and weather reports, and also has the ability to answer any questions you have by using the free Amazon Fire Stick remote app. It has a voice activated function that lets you search for your favorite music, movies, and tv shows with out typing them with the included
remote control. I give this product two thumbs way up!!!!!!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Great for everyday entertainment
Posted by: soccman4 from: on
I bought this to be able to watch my various accounts including HBO GO where ever I choose to in my house and this works great. Don't have to worry about it taking up room since it's about the size of a USB drive. Easy to hook up and start right from the moment you connect. Glad I bought the standard remote instead of the voice because if you have an Iphone or Android phone, you're able to download an app that allows you to do the same as the voice remote and you'll also be able to search with typing in the keyboard vs using the up-down-side to side to select letters or numbers.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Great way to start your Cable Cord Cutting
Posted by: JoeFireStickGuru from: on
This product overall is about a 8/10. Amazon has hit it pretty much on the numbers here with their offering into the streaming world of Cord Cutters.
Overall the device works great with a minimum internet connection of 5-10Mbps, I currently have a 75Mbps package from Comcast, so my streaming is all in HD and 4K.
All you need to make this work is a open HDMI port on your tv and an active wireless connection.
The one downside of this product is the design. Since my TV is wall mounted I have to use the Side HDMI inputs and it sticks out the side of my tv by about 2-3 inches, and I also have my power cords routed in the wall, but the USB to AC Power cord for this, since it is on the side of my tv does not work, so I also have a thin USB Style cord hanging from the Stick down to the plug in the wall below.
Outside of that, I would say this is one of the best products to get started with the streaming world, and if you do a little google searching you can also find some very creative things to do with this device to make it one of the best streaming devices on the market, with the ability to watch Live Sports and be able to get every tv show and movie ever made.