Meet the Fire TV family.
What is an Amazon Fire TV Stick?
The Amazon Fire TV ecosystem is a family of streaming devices that gives you access to your favorite movies, TV shows, music and even video games. There are different options for how you can experience streaming media from Amazon: directly through a Fire TV using a Fire TV remote to select your entertainment, or with a Fire Stick that you can connect to your existing television (as long as it has a USB port to insert the Fire Stick device).
Because of its excellent memory capacity, a Fire Stick can support thousands of apps, high-powered games and even high-definition streaming when you choose a 4K Fire Stick. If you choose a Fire Stick with its own remote, you won’t need to use the remote that came with your TV, so you won’t need to worry about having to switch between the two. There are even Fire TV Stick remotes that include Alexa voice control so that you don’t need to push any buttons to navigate choices.
Are you still trying to decide whether a smart TV or a streaming media device is best for you? Consider where you want to be able to enjoy your entertainment. A Fire TV Stick is simple to set up, and small enough that you can even travel with it. Whether you're at a hotel or visiting friends and family, you can bring your Amazon Fire Stick remote and Fire TV stick with you to access the content on your streaming media subscription accounts. If the TV at your destination doesn’t have a USB port, an alternative is to insert the Fire Stick into the USB port on your laptop.
Getting the most out of your Fire Stick remote.
Aside from the easy access to thousands of streaming shows and TV episodes, one of the best features of an Amazon Fire TV remote with voice control technology is its compatibility with Amazon Alexa. Another benefit of a voice control Fire Stick remote is that it provides another means of communicating with your smart home system. So, if you have smart products in your home like Wi-Fi light bulbs, you can dim the lights for ideal movie-night atmosphere just by giving a simple command.
Remember, you will need to purchase your streaming service subscriptions separately. And if you plan to stream 4K content, you will need an updated Wi-Fi network that can handle the extra bandwidth. Upgrading to a wireless router is a good way to ensure you won't experience annoying buffering or disrupted streaming. And, it's always a good idea to use a surge protector to keep your electronics safe.