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Amazon Fire TV devices are our second favorite devices (behind Roku). They work just fine but push Amazon Video content. Most of it comes down to personal preference. I personally prefer the interface of Roku over Amazon Fire Stick.
Amazon Fire TV Stick and Amazon Fire TV are just streaming media players. The Amazon Fire TV Cube is a streaming media player and doubles as an Echo device. It has external speakers and uses Alexa.
All of the Amazon Fire TV devices are able to use Alexa as part of their voice remote. The Fire TV Cube has the added benefit of you being able to give it commands without the remote, like you would an Echo or Echo Dot.
Here is a quick overview on using an Amazon Fire Stick:
Amazon devices are not the only way to access Amazon Prime Video content. All the other major streaming devices (ones listed on this website) have the ability to download the Prime Video app.
One drawback with Amazon Fire TV devices (and other streaming media players) are that they only control the device, you need a separate remote to control TV power and volume. Not anymore! Amazon just came out with a replacement remote for (almost) all Amazon Fire TV devices that will also control the volume of your TV!
This new remote doesn’t work with Amazon Fire TV (1st and 2nd Gen), 1st Gen Fire TV Stick, or Amazon Fire TV Edition smart TVs. The remote doesn’t seem to come with
You need an Amazon account (you do not need Prime) in order to use Amazon’s streaming products. This shouldn’t be an issue, because you most likely used your Amazon account to order it. If you used your Amazon account to buy it, then it will automatically be linked to your account when it arrives.
So, if you are buying one as a gift for someone else, make sure you check the box that says, “this is a gift”. It is just below the “add to cart” button. This will make sure that the device is unregistered.
I bought one for my brother, who did not have an Amazon account. So in order for him to use it, I had to set up an account for him. This includes putting in credit card information, it makes it easy to make purchases through the Fire stick. (This is also why you want to make sure it isn’t registered to your account if you buy one as a gift for someone, it will be linked to your credit card and they will be able to make purchases using your account!)
If you have an Amazon account but not Prime membership, you won’t be able to access Amazon’s Prime Videos. Click here to try a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime.
They do not have apps for Google Play or YouTubeTV. You can access YouTube via an internet browser, either Firefox or Silk. It looks and works exactly the same as the YouTube app on Roku.
Amazon Fire Stick and Amazon Fire TV can connect to the internet with a wireless connection. Or, you can buy an ethernet adapter. Amazon Fire Cube has both wireless and ethernet connection options.
I recommend an ethernet connection if your TV is near your modem. An ethernet connection provides the fastest and most reliable internet connection.
Next up: Roku
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