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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Liked it, But Didn't Love It

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    BongoBoy
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    I had never tried a streaming stick before installing this Amazon FireTVstick. You plug the stick into the back of your TV through an HDMI port, plug the dongle into that, plug the power cable into that, then plug the power cable into an outlet. Once you update the software using your wi-fi network, the rest is handled through on-screen instructions which are pretty easy to follow. You have to click through a few menus to get to the apps you like, as there are no shortcut buttons on the remote. There is no volume control either, so keep your TV remote handy. Set up takes only a little while, but you'll need all your usernames and passwords to log into your favorite apps. That does take a while using those hunt and peck letter/number menus. But you only do that once. Downloads are about as fast as most android apps and function pretty much the same once installed. From there you can log in to your favorite apps (Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, TED, Fandango Now, Movies Anywhere, etc.) and easily download any others you want. There's also access to music apps (Pandora, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music). Many require you to log into the app online using your computer, tablet, or android phone for confirmation codes, so keep those handy, too. Downloads were fairly quick and everything can be installed over your wi-fi router. Clicking through the menu was quick and responsive with large icons which can be customized for position. The remote is quick and responsive too, however the interface was a bit convoluted. You have to start at the Main Page and be exposed to a suggested movie to get to the category you want, then the app you want, then the video you want. It's not point-and-click. The apps work fine, but don't be fooled by the large number of video icons packed onto the stick from major broadcasters. These apps do not include free TV broadcasts by themselves. In many cases you can open the app, and maybe even watch a couple sample shows, but if you try to watch anything like a network show (ABC, CBS, NBC, CW, TCM, SYFY, etc.), most of them will require you to sign in with your (paid) TV service provider to actually watch anything. Sure, you can watch some old shows on apps like Pluto, Popcorn and TubiTV, but you'll need a paid TV app like Playstation Vue, YouTube TV, Sling, Hulu, Dish Network or Direct TV Now to watch live TV. Many of these are offered in the form of free 7-day trials, so they do make it easy. The stick also comes with Amazon Prime Photos that downloads all the photos saved to Google so you can access them on your TV. It also has an All Screen Receiver so you can cast straight from your cell to your TV screen. Some say the FireTVstick favors Amazon apps, but only the prominent image on the main page. Everywhere else, the Amazon apps are there, but no more prominent than all the others. I liked the minimalist look of the remote. Even with a couple of AA batteries it's rather small and light compared to most TV remotes but it fits the hand nicely and clicking it felt solid, perhaps a bit too firm but it seems like will last a long time. The ring style clicker is easy to use, but it’s also easy to drift your thumb off the four point directional position, clicking up when you meant left, which can be annoying at times. Picture quality is another matter. It seemed like most every app looked a bit grainy, like the pixels weren't registering quite right. Starting each app requires several seconds to load, and although there's no real video lag or stutter, videos buffer for several seconds before they rise to full clarity. Yet even then, 1080p images just didn't look as crisp as broadcast TV. Even using Direct TV Now, TV shows took 10-20 seconds to load each channel. So I began to wonder whether some other streaming stick might be a better alternative, A week after buying the FireTVstick, I got a Roku Streaming Stick free for signing up with Direct TV Now, with a 2-month commitment. With the Roku, you do get a rather ordinary-looking remote, but you get access to the same apps. They load faster, menu navigation is simpler and smoother and video quality was beautiful, as clear as broadcast TV, even comparable to blu-ray at times. The dedicated buttons on the Roku also let you click directly to Netflix, Direct TV Now, Fandango Now or Pandora without having to cascade through the Home page. And with a volume control on the side, there's no need to keep your TV remote handy. I liked the Amazon FireTVstick overall, but if you can afford the Roku - nearly twice the price of the Amazon stick, it’s well worth the price jump to get the better picture quality and convenience of operation.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    No....just.....no.

    Posted
    kltmom
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    First off, I will state that I am a longtime Amazon Prime member and enthusiastic Amazon customer. We have several Amazon products in our home that we use daily, love and enjoy, among them, the Echo Dot and five Fire Tablets, and other such things as Amazon Basics items, etc. So it was with much enthusiasm that I decided to delve into the world of the Fire TV streaming devices. We already have (or have had in the past) an Apple TV, Google Chromecasts, and Rokus. We gave away our Chromecasts in favor of the Roku platform because we liked having dedicated external remotes and simply liked the Roku experience better. And I personally love my Apple TV and have that as my main streaming device. That all said, Best Buy had a very tempting sale on the Fire TV Stick (only $24.99) so I decided to give it a try since one of our TV's needed a streaming device. I set it all up and proceeded to add all the apps we wanted. I realized that the Fire TV platform does NOT support the Spectrum TV app, which is how we access our cable channels (we ditched the traditional cable set up, opting out of the "renting" of set-top boxes and having 10,000 channels we never watched, in favor of the new "a la carte" option of picking the channels we want and only paying for those--love it). Well, since this particular TV I was attaching the Fire TV stick to was one that we weren't going to use much, just occasionally, that wasn't a dealbreaker. As long as I could get all the apps of the channels and programs we wanted, I was cool with it. But once I finished the initial set up and downloaded all the apps and began to use the TV in earnest, I ran into two big problems. First of all was the UI (user interface), how the navigation works when picking and choosing apps and movies and shows I wanted to watch. It was painfully slow and convoluted. Ugh! I was somewhat used to it, as it's sort of the same as when I use the Amazon Prime TV app on our Rokus and Apple TV, but this was ten times worse. I couldn't believe how much I had to click around just to get to one show/movie/program that I wanted to watch in particular. I know that Alexa is baked into the remote, but I don't want to have to use Alexa ever single darn time, to navigate everything and anything while watching TV. I shouldn't have to. But the even bigger problem was the slowness of the entire system. We have a very fast wireless Internet connection, hardly have any problems at all--and this is with a family of five all with our laptops, tablets, phones, TV's etc. all heavily using the Internet at any given time. So I know the problem is definitely not with our Internet/wireless speeds or connectivity. But this Fire TV stick was constantly buffering, restarting, and just generally working slow. I gave it a chance, but returned it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perhaps the best streaming device out.

    Posted
    NaniNash
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    I know why most of you are here. So before I get started, YES. The All-New Amazon Fire TV Stick DOES work with KODI. I repeat, you will STILL be able to sideload Kodi onto this device! Now that we have that incredibly important piece of information out of the way, I will start off by saying the All-New Amazon Fire TV Stick picks off where its ever so popular predecessor left off, offering you one of the most inexpensive ways to stream HOURS of content to your TV. The package itself includes: - The Fire TV Stick - The Remote control WITH Alexa voice control - A Power adapter - 2 AAA batteries (by Amazon basics) - an HDMI extender if the Fire TV Stick does not fit into your TV’s HDMI port. The device itself couldn’t be easier to use. Simply plug it into your TV, and you’re good to go! With this device, you’ll be able to use apps such as Netflix, Pandora, HBO, and even Amazon prime (provided you’re a prime member). You will of course need accounts for all of the previously mentioned apps, but if you do not, you can also use YouTube through this device, which has hours of content on it by itself! If you’re an Amazo Prime member, you will already have access to thousands of TV shows and Movies… just in case you didn’t know! The All New Amazon Fire TV Stick features some changes that are worth mentioning, but if you’re not too tech-savy, just know that this stick performs faster than the older model. This is due to a stronger processor, a 1.3ghz quad core processor vs a 1ghz dual core processor from older models. I WAS a bit disappointed to see that the All-New Fire TV Stick did not upgrade to 2gb of Ram. While 1gb is plenty for streaming in most cases, users may find occasional lag on the home screen, especially when first booting the device up. I’ve found that if I turn on my firestick, and go do something else for a few minutes, or just allow the device some time to boot up, I do not run into this issue. While there has not been an update in ram, I have noticed that navigating the fire stick is MUCH quicker than previous models, which will make anybody happy. Perhaps the biggest change from the previous Fire TV Stick is the remote control. While all of the buttons are the same, you now have a “Voice Control” button on top of the remote control. By pressing this button, you are allowed access to wide range of commands that take all of the grunt work out of browsing your streaming device. For instance, you can ask Alexa to “Find horror movies”, “play music from pandora”, “fast forward 5 minutes”, etc. This feature is ESPECIALLY useful given the difficulties surrounding the use of streaming devices with a remote control that doesn’t have a keyboard or mouse. It is also worth mentioning that the buttons are now made of a soft rubber material, and are easier to use. To conclude, If you’re looking for a portable, depdnable, and easy to use streaming device, this is it. At just under $40.00, It’s hard to say no to perhaps the least expensive streaming device on the market. While I do wish that this model featured 2gb of ram for quicker browsing, 1gb is plenty for what most people will be using this device for; streaming. All in all, I would very much recommend this device!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Highly recommended!

    Posted
    RafaelR
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    The Amazon Fire Stick is an amazing device. Television services are moving away from cable and satellite and are moving toward internet based streaming formats. These internet based services work from apps (software packets) and the AFS (Amazon Fire Stick) provides you with these apps. In fact, it provides you with every kind of app you can think of and the AFS does it at an affordable price. The AFS plugs into the HDMI jack on your television and also comes with a power adapter that plugs into the wall. The AFS is controlled by a remote control that comes with the device. In order to receive signals, the AFS requires WIFI or a local hot spot with speed requirements of around 5 Mbps for HD broadcasts. Movies and shows displayed by the device are typically in HD quality with good picture and sound quality. It is easy to set up and use and I was up and running in minutes. Many television channels you receive through cable or satellite services, like the History Channel for example, offer programming over the internet. In order to watch these shows on a television, you need a hardware device that converts these shows into a format the television can use (HDMI plug). It also has to be loaded with a software packet for the particular channel you want to watch. The AFS is a device that provides you with both the hardware and software needed to watch such shows and it bundles everything together nicely so it is extremely easy to use. Shows available to watch on the AFS vary how they can be accessed for viewing. Some apps (channels) are free and they offer limited programming on demand from shows they aired in the past. Others require monthly fees. Some apps like Sling, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, etc. offer multiple channels all on the same app. PlayStation Vue (the one I signed up with) offers bundled packages of channels just like cable or satellite services and they are live broadcasts! PS Vue displays a guide with many channels to choose from and comes with a DVR recorder so programs can be recorded and watched later. The amazing thing with Vue is you can go into the guide, pick a show that was aired, say, two hours ago that you missed and watch it in its entirety! The AFS gives you the tools you need to receive such programming. Another sweet thing about using the AFS for television viewing is no installer has to come to your house to set up your equipment and when you’re finished with their service nothing has to be returned. All you need is provided by the AFS. Also, no service contracts are required and services can be cancelled at any time with no penalties. I hope this was useful.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    New Fire TV Stick Is Better..Stronger..Faster..

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    Startacus
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    Pre-ordered the new 2nd Generation Amazon Fire TV Stick a week ago so that I'd receive it on its introduction date 10/20/16. Received promptly and quickly noticed the new ergonomic packaging that looks like the Fire TV Stick with Voice packaging but the is actually completely different. The packaging now folds out like a swiss army knife and the contents are displayed to you like a TV dinner. A packaging scientist had to come up with the new design. Kudos!! The stick looks and feels the exact same as the original (why mess up a good thing) however it now includes the voice remote, which I like better anyways as its larger and easier to hold and manipulate than the original. Stick itself was easy to set up and manage. WiFi is MUCH better and it was pretty good in 1st Gen. Stick seems to be at least 100% faster than the 1st gen and it could be faster than that. Menu selections are extremely fast. Streaming selections pop up without hesitation. I've watched 2 movies and 3 television episodes and the stick does not heat up or glitch like the original. If you travel with your stick you will need to order a larger case to accommodate your now larger remote. I had absolutely NO problems with the stick whatsoever, and I would consider myself highly knowledgeable with all aspects of the stick (read between the lines programmers). The redesign definitely deserves 5 stars!!! I just hope they keep them stocked up this go around. If you're on the fence considering Chr0mec@st or R0ku, "forgetaboutit" and get the New Amazon Fire TV Stick.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great product but with few flaws

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    ProtoApocalypse
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    Pros: Price is no doubt one of the best reasons to buy this specific model of Amazon fire Tv. Amazing packaging and all the the you might need in the box included with what you pay. Many different choices of apps, games and the fact that is Mobile and you can take anywhere with you and connect to any tv as long you have an Amazon Prime account and connect to the internet. Option to connect a control and play games as well. If you are an Amazon subscriber this is an ideal product to do a lot great streaming. Once apps load the speed of the loading times for movies are amazingly fast. No lagging. Screen mirroring between your phone and the device is possible to 3rd party app choices. Cons: Not enough on board memory real state, after installing a few apps and games you will start to notice a slow down in between switching apps and loading some of them. Lagging will only happen in some games. Alexa isn't all that helpful. Not all apps will take advantage of the Alexa technology. After 7 to 9 days of straight use I find myself resetting the device to clear the memory to prevent from freezing up or slow downs. Hopefully an update can fix this that way when an app is closed stays closed to prevent slows downs from others. I believe the 3 stars are reasonable and honestly still a great buy for the price. If you just need to do streaming this is the device you must get. If you plan to get more out of this like gaming or ask Alexa to do additional things you can but don't expect fast responses at times. Also if you plan to download lots of apps and games I don't totally recommend it since it will at one point start to slow down the overall loading times in between apps. Games will have some lag as well if many apps are installed. Like I said, stick to the basics and you will get an amazing device even better than some $100 plus devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A nice media stick with lots of apps

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    ThisIsNot
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    I was actually going to give this a negative review until recently. I would try to stream content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go but was constantly receiving errors that the video I was watching wasn't available at the time. I had to keep switching back to my Chromecast because of this. It was so bad that I was going to return the Fire TV stick, I was getting it all packed up but noticed that the TV stick was on. I turned my TV to that input, the software had been updated. Amazon rolled out a total software update. The interface is cleaner (though it looks a lot like an Apple TV), it's faster, and I'm no longer receiving that stupid error. Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime, Comedy Central, and every other app I use are all smooth without interruptions. Using Alexa to search for content is nice as I no longer have to hunt around in the various apps that I use. I can simply do a vocal search for "Westworld" and Alexa will show results that are in multiple apps including HBO Go. I can cast video to the Fire TV Stick with the new update as well. I should have been able to before the update but it never worked. I would experience constant framerate drops and missing audio while casting from my Surface Pro 4. But it's smooth now. I do wish that Amazon would open up to more services like Google Music or Apple Music but those might be locked down by their respective owners. It's also a shame that more movie services aren't offered. Like Amazon's other products, the Fire TV Stick is a vessel for consuming more content through Amazon. It's one reason why I didn't buy an Echo and went with Google Home instead. At least the Fire TV Stick works with all the apps that I want it to. I definitely recommend this for anyone who needs a new media streaming device but doesn't want to break the bank. Amazon's new update fixed my Fire TV Stick so that it's actually usable. The interface is fast, apps are open almost instantly, and voice searching via Alexa is a smooth experience. I do wish that more service providers would come together and make their content accessible on other devices but that's OK. Now, the only negative I really have to say about the Fire TV Stick is that it does require the use of a power outlet. It's supposed to be able to run off of a standard USB port. My HDTV has two and both output power at 1A, 5V but that's not enough for the stick. So I had to buy a USB extension cable and use the provided AC adapter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I've become a "cord-cutter" with the Fire Stick

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    djminfll
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    I got so tired of paying high prices for substandard service for Cable TV. My bills were ridiculously high, and when I had a problem, I reached offshore agents who read scripts and were powerless to fix problems. I explored numerous options and ended up choosing the Fire Stick. I cancelled my cable service and purchased a Fire Stick for each of the 3 TVs in my home. That was a one-time fee that totaled less than a month of cable service. Then I subscribed to Hulu Live, which gives me live TV broadcasts, allows up to 50 hours of DVD recordings, and has literally thousands of hours of On Demand that puts the cable companies to shame. The Fire Sticks install literally in minutes, they provide better TV reception on my older 1080p TVs, as well as my 4K UHD Samsung Smart TV. I would have given it 5-stars, except for one thing - my partner is blind, and cannot use on-screen prompts. Part of why I purchased the Fire Stick was because it has Alexa voice commands, and I thought he could press the microphone and say, "Tune to CBS", or "Start Hulu". Unfortunately, Alexa is about as useful as Siri - most of the time, she responds, "I am unable to do that for you." If you have a vision impaired family member, keep this in mind when making the decision to purchase one. Other than that, this was the best decision I have made in a long time, and I could not be happier with the Amazon Fire Stick!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Buck Well Spent

    Posted
    GameHead1023
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    The device itself couldn’t be easier to use. Simply plug it into your TV, and you’re good to go! With this device, you’ll be able to use apps such as Netflix, Pandora, HBO, and even Amazon prime (provided you’re a prime member). You will of course need accounts for all of the previously mentioned apps, but if you do not, you can also use YouTube through this device, which has hours of content on it by itself! If you’re an Amazo Prime member, you will already have access to thousands of TV shows and Movies… just in case you didn’t know! The All New Amazon Fire TV Stick features some changes that are worth mentioning, but if you’re not too tech-savy, just know that this stick performs faster than the older model. This is due to a stronger processor, a 1.3ghz quad core processor vs a 1ghz dual core processor from older models. I WAS a bit disappointed to see that the All-New Fire TV Stick did not upgrade to 2gb of Ram. While 1gb is plenty for streaming in most cases, users may find occasional lag on the home screen, especially when first booting the device up. I’ve found that if I turn on my firestick, and go do something else for a few minutes, or just allow the device some time to boot up, I do not run into this issue. While there has not been an update in ram, I have noticed that navigating the fire stick is MUCH quicker than previous models, which will make anybody happy. Perhaps the biggest change from the previous Fire TV Stick is the remote control. While all of the buttons are the same, you now have a “Voice Control” button on top of the remote control. By pressing this button, you are allowed access to wide range of commands that take all of the grunt work out of browsing your streaming device. For instance, you can ask Alexa to “Find horror movies”, “play music from pandora”, “fast forward 5 minutes”, etc. This feature is ESPECIALLY useful given the difficulties surrounding the use of streaming devices with a remote control that doesn’t have a keyboard or mouse. It is also worth mentioning that the buttons are now made of a soft rubber material, and are easier to use. To conclude, If you’re looking for a portable, depdnable, and easy to use streaming device, this is it. At just under $40.00, It’s hard to say no to perhaps the least expensive streaming device on the market. While I do wish that this model featured 2gb of ram for quicker browsing, 1gb is plenty for what most people will be using this device for; streaming. All in all, I would very much recommend this device!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Extremely HAPPY!

    Posted
    betog
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    The device itself couldn’t be easier to use. Simply plug it into your TV, and you’re good to go! With this device, you’ll be able to use apps such as Netflix, Pandora, HBO, and even Amazon prime (provided you’re a prime member). You will of course need accounts for all of the previously mentioned apps, but if you do not, you can also use YouTube through this device, which has hours of content on it by itself! If you’re an Amazo Prime member, you will already have access to thousands of TV shows and Movies… just in case you didn’t know! The All New Amazon Fire TV Stick features some changes that are worth mentioning, but if you’re not too tech-savy, just know that this stick performs faster than the older model. This is due to a stronger processor, a 1.3ghz quad core processor vs a 1ghz dual core processor from older models. I WAS a bit disappointed to see that the All-New Fire TV Stick did not upgrade to 2gb of Ram. While 1gb is plenty for streaming in most cases, users may find occasional lag on the home screen, especially when first booting the device up. I’ve found that if I turn on my firestick, and go do something else for a few minutes, or just allow the device some time to boot up, I do not run into this issue. While there has not been an update in ram, I have noticed that navigating the fire stick is MUCH quicker than previous models, which will make anybody happy. Perhaps the biggest change from the previous Fire TV Stick is the remote control. While all of the buttons are the same, you now have a “Voice Control” button on top of the remote control. By pressing this button, you are allowed access to wide range of commands that take all of the grunt work out of browsing your streaming device. For instance, you can ask Alexa to “Find horror movies”, “play music from pandora”, “fast forward 5 minutes”, etc. This feature is ESPECIALLY useful given the difficulties surrounding the use of streaming devices with a remote control that doesn’t have a keyboard or mouse. It is also worth mentioning that the buttons are now made of a soft rubber material, and are easier to use. To conclude, If you’re looking for a portable, depdnable, and easy to use streaming device, this is it. At just under $40.00, It’s hard to say no to perhaps the least expensive streaming device on the market. While I do wish that this model featured 2gb of ram for quicker browsing, 1gb is plenty for what most people will be using this device for; streaming. All in all, I would very much recommend this device!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than Roku

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    Bdwin
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    I have Roku stick and Firestick bought the same week. I kept both because while I like Firestick better, I needed a Roku stick or a Samsung Smart TV to stream on a bedroom TV without a Spectrum cable box. Roku and Samsung Smart TV’s are the only ones that can download and use the Spectrum app to allow me to stream Live TV in another room without paying for another cable box every month. Having said that, if Firestick had the Spectrum app downloadable in their App Store, I would probably have 2 Firestick instead of one of each (Roku and Firestick). Firestick remote control is nicer to hold in your hand - slimmer and less clunky. The Firestick remote responds quicker than Roku remote. The graphics interface for everything is more sophisticated and nicer to look at and work with than the home screen and menus of the Roku. One wish list for all of these streaming devices on future models - it would be really helpful to make the remote a little bigger and put channel numbers 0 thru 9 on the remotes. My senior citizen mother is having a rough time with strictly using the arrow up, down, left and right buttons for getting to her channels. Also, I would like to see the ability to keep Firestick or Roku always on instead of auto sleeping after some time passes. When Mom turns off the TV and comes back to it later, she has to choose her source first, press a button to wake the Roku, wait for the Roku to come up and then choose the Spectrum app and wait for it to load before she can begin watching live tv again. Highly recommend this Firestick over Roku if you do not need the Spectrum TV app specifically. It would have been 5 stars from me if it had the Spectrum app and I did not have to buy one of each.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Joining the Future

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    WelcomingtheFuture
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    I made a decision to purchase the Amazon Fire Stick with Alexia voice after a vandalism destroy my previous TV . I have always been fascinated with the futuristic ease of speaking and having the TV react.. The setup was easy and simply to follow. You have to use a remote to speak to the program before it responding but it makes sense otherwise it would continually be responding and changing channels from any conversation heard. Getting quick and accurate updates about the time, weather throughout the day, traffic information and so much more gives your TV the ability to settle disputes. The greatest feature is having it set up with access to your computer and access to information stored on your tablet and computer. Making a presentation to teenagers about the importance of absence and more importantly, safety. To simply ask for pictures of hoe some transmitted diseases and have them appear is wonderful. If frees you from operating a computer program while trying to deliver a speech at the same time. In addition, let's say a question was asked that you didn't happen to study extensively enough to answer. A quick press of a button, ask the question, and within seconds you have not only your answer but all the supporting information you could need to give an informed and educated answer, making your presentation more complete and informative. it's so simple to use that even your little ones can use it for help with homework. Like having a tutor on hand at all times.. Also there are parental controls that restrict children from accessing certain information without parental cinsent. One of my favorite features. A great product addition to your home electronic ' s department. The value it brings far exceeds the cost of the equipment within days of utilizing it. In addition, having the ability to synchronize with your other tools such as your lab top and tablet (and many others) allows you the ability to pull information you may have left on your desktop or laptop and within a few minutes your information is available and seems as if it was olanned. Superior device for you and your entire family . An excellent choice to your family. Well worth the investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Is This Device For You?!

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    lawstans
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    https://youtu.be/uVdo9t59nKQ This is the WaysToWatch.com review of the 2016 Amazon Fire TV stick. Like most Amazon products, the price is the first thing you notice. Coming in at $39.99 the Fire TV stick is only beat in price by Google’s Chromecast. At such a low price is it still worth buying or will it be another piece of tech you throw away a year later? In the box you get the stick, power supply, batteries, remote and a HDMI extender. The design, clearly it is small which keeps it out of sight. It has a ports for power and HDMI. If you have a USB port on the back of your TV that carries enough power, you can use it to power your Fire TV stick. Since it is so small you can take this with you on trips. I really like the remote Amazon pairs with its Fire TV devices. It feels sturdy and is simple to navigate without the need to look at the buttons. The only time I prefer the remote app is when I need to input text. If you’ve used the Fire TV, the Fire TV Stick’s performance will be noticeably slower for you. There is no 4K streaming with this device. It maxes out with 1080p HD and even though Amazon says you can play games with this device, it is really only for the most simplest of games. Voice search is main new feature for the 2016 Fire TV stick and it works well. It searches across multiple streaming services to find the movie you are looking for. The User Interface for all of Amazon’s Fire products is really bad. The layout shows too few options which makes you have to click a lot more than you should. This is where the competition has Amazon beat. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Vudu are all here for streaming. HBO and Showtime are there as well. With Prime Video Amazon’s X-ray feature gives you additional information about the movie you are watching. The Playstation Vue app is also available enabling the Fire TV stick to stream live television. For $40 the Fire TV stick delivers on all of its promised features. So who should buy the 2016 Amazon Fire TV stick? The only people who should by this device are those of us who have Amazon Prime and a HDTV. If you have a 4K Television and you do not have Amazon Prime the Amazon Fire TV stick is not for you. This has been the WaysToWatch.com review of the 2016 Fire TV Stick.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to set up and use. Yay!

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    Brandy
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    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. Very impressed with ease of use, worth the wait for it to arrive. Friend loves it! She is not tech savvy at all, but with practice is working her way through the jw broadcasting app and really enjoying the programming. Another side note, I noticed some borders (top and bottom) were cut off on her tv screen, including the top menus. If this happens to you, it can be changed by adjusting the display settings on your actual TV. In her case, I left as is because she liked the way her screen displayed on the regular for tv and movies. She has just memorized which tab goes to which content, and if all else fails, just click it and see and if its not what you want, click the next one, right? Also the Alexa feature is nice to pull up any app!! Hope this was helpful for anyone wondering about purchasing this or setting it up

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Highly recommend

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    Boris
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    The Amazon Fire Stick is an amazing device. Television services are moving away from cable and satellite and are moving toward internet based streaming formats. These internet based services work from apps (software packets) and the AFS (Amazon Fire Stick) provides you with these apps. In fact, it provides you with every kind of app you can think of and the AFS does it at an affordable price. The AFS plugs into the HDMI jack on your television and also comes with a power adapter that plugs into the wall. The AFS is controlled by a remote control that comes with the device. In order to receive signals, the AFS requires WIFI or a local hot spot with speed requirements of around 5 Mbps for HD broadcasts. Movies and shows displayed by the device are typically in HD quality with good picture and sound quality. It is easy to set up and use and I was up and running in minutes. Many television channels you receive through cable or satellite services, like the History Channel for example, offer programming over the internet. In order to watch these shows on a television, you need a hardware device that converts these shows into a format the television can use (HDMI plug). It also has to be loaded with a software packet for the particular channel you want to watch. The AFS is a device that provides you with both the hardware and software needed to watch such shows and it bundles everything together nicely so it is extremely easy to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's a great streaming device

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    hdawgf
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    Despite the confusing UI, and the proprietary apps, this is the best streaming device for the price. I bought it for my in-law, though I own a few Google Chromecasts (1st gen), and replaced them with Nvidia Shield TVs (both 1st and 2nd gen, highly recommend). The benefit with the chromecast is that all you need is a device like a cellphone, computer, or tablet with the Google Home app and set it up with your wifi. Its getting better with the growing number of dedicated apps and sites willing to stream to your TV. The downside, however, is that you will need a device to stream everything. You can't use the chromecast alone. Enter Fire Stick, it has apps it, can stream vids, games, and pictures, and if you have a Fire Tablet, you can stream from there. The apps are proprietary and the only way to get apps specifically designed for the Fire Stick is through Amazon's App Store. I just do not like the UI with all the stock apps geared towards the Amazon products, but that's expected. You can learn tricks to "sideload" Android apps (.apk files) to get more popular apps. Just YouTube that topic. Streaming quality is great at 1080p. I highly reccomend to review your internet plan to ensure that you have enough speed (I have 60mpbs and have no stuttering, buffering what so ever). I also recommend an AC wi-fi router and set the Fire Stick to the 5ghz speed to ensure a dedicated amount of bandwith to stream flawlessly. The closer towards the router the better. In short, you will get the best bang for your frugal wallet. It will do as much as a Shield TV with a few major cutbacks, but like any Android device, there are workarounds. Enjoy it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Gadget!

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    Scolar
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    I usually do not write reviews but I did one for this product because of what it can do. This is my first experience using these types of devices. Before owing this device, I was just buying and renting movies and not watching local TV programs since my budget does not permit me to have cable TV. I always read other people's reviews before buying a product and in this case I read some Amazon and Best Buy reviews. I happened to have been on a free trial of Amazon Prime and I wanted a device where I could see movies, TV programs, etc. on my TV in the living room rather than just on my desktop computer in my bedroom. I figured that if I did not like it, I could just return it and also cancel my free trial of Prime within the 30 days. Well here it goes: First the setup, I thought it would be difficult to setup this device, but it took me less than 10 minutes to do so (just make sure you have your password handy). Second it's use, I basically use it for watching movies, listening to music, TV shows, YouTube (which by the way I was having difficulty watching on my desktop), etc. Third the speed, I have basic internet service so I thought the movies would drag or take time to load but that has not happened so far. This newer device, according to what I read on the Amazon website, has a faster processor than it's predecessor. And finally the end results, I decided to keep on using Amazon Prime and just pay less than $11 dollars a month for that service and here I have plenty of things to watch or listen to because of the technology of this device. There are obviously other applications, other than those which Amazon offers, which you can use on this device. OH and I almost forgot! Ask Alexa about searching something for you and there is no need for you to type it! I definitely recommend this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fire Stick great for streaming starters

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    ZiggyZoFlint
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    I think the new Fire Sticks with Alexa voice remote, just put them over the top, at $39.99 plus tax of course, you can't beat the price for what you get. As well as the new software updates. So much faster than the generation 1 Fire Sticks. I highly recommend these stick to friends and family members. But make sure you have fast bandwidth with your internet provider. I tell everyone nothing can beat Comcast / Xfinity as for speed. You will need it, if your thinking of using these devices. Also if your an Amazon Prime member you will especially, enjoy your experience with all the content you can watch. And finally if your familiar with Kodi, you can side load these devices with the software, there are plenty of YouTube videos that will show you how to install it. So if your thinking of buying it, go for it. This is the future of watching television. Stop giving your money away to Comcast, AT&T, Dish Network and Direct TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    2016 Fire Stick

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    I would say this is just okay. I have been using Roku 2 for quite a while and hence, I'm able to do some comparison. I'm suggesting a better layout for the icons of the apps installed. They look cluttered to me, on the screen. This is very much unlike Roku's layout which is really pleasing to the eye. Some programs on Hulu just stop responding after playing the ad. It freezes and never plays the program until I leave, out of frustration. This has happened with MSNBC and a couple other programs but everything I stream on Roku responds. I don't know why. The most annoying thing about the fire stick is opening the battery compartment of the remote control. I was excited to learn about the release of the Alexa enabled Fire stick and pre-ordered mine on BestBuy. I received it on the 20th, the release date and was excited about powering it up. Lo and behold, I struggled with the remote control for hours! Checked here for help on how to open it...response was not too helpful. I discovered I wasn't the only one with that issue. I proceeded to Youtube to find help. It was there that I found a suggestion on how to open it. It didn't happen immediately too. At the end of the day, I got it open with scratches already on a brand new item I had not even used. That was a great heachache!! If you're designing something for consumers to use and enjoy, please make it user friendly. It's not fair to have to end up with bruised fingers, broken nails and so much anxiety, all because you want to to be entertained on TV. The only consolation is Alexa....I don't have to type in what I'm looking for. That's why my rating is four stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great buy

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    raule
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    I own both the new Fire and Roku stick (3600R), below is a short review and honest (personal) opinion on both products. User Interface: the Fire stick has essentially the same UI as Fire TV (which I also own), it is largely divided by content category (Home, Video, TV, Movie, Music, Games, Photo, Apps, etc.), and integrated seamlessly with Prime eco-system. If you are already a Prime member, you will have better experience with Fire stick than Roku. Roku’s UI has the advantage of integrating more contents (Google Store, My Feed, News, etc.). Roku also allows user to make certain changes in Home screen (add/remove/move tiles), unlike Fire stick. However, both UIs are well designed, smooth. It comes down to personal preference. Hardware/Streaming Quality: as far as I can tell, there isn’t much difference, both are powerful devices, almost no lags with either device. One of the attached pictures is a screenshot of streaming YouTube 4K content from Fire stick, the picture quality is stunning (output as 1080p). Remote: I personally like the Fire remote, it is simple (only 7 buttons with a navigation ring), but provides all the functions you will need. I find it is both slimmer and easier to use than the Roku remote. In addition, Fire remote has a voice function, which you won’t find on Roku, this is a big plus. Also note that the Fire stick remote will work with Fire TV but you will have to "unpair" it first (please see the comment made by RoadDog on this review). Voice Search/Alexa: Amazon has greatly improved the search function. One of the main complains of earlier versions of Fire TV/Stick is that Alexa only search Amazon contents, but not 3rd parties’ (Netflix, etc.).

    I would recommend this to a friend