The Fire TV Stick is Amazon’s most popular streaming device. It can turn any TV into a smart TV, which means you can watch movies and TV shows over the internet. Here’s everything you need to know about Amazon Fire TV, including what it is, how it works, how much it costs, and where to buy it.
What Is a Fire Stick?
The Amazon Fire TV Stick gives you access to thousands of streaming services, like Netflix, Disney+, HBO, YouTube, and more. All you need is a reliable WiFi connection and a TV with an HDMI port, and Amazon Fire TV can replace your expensive cable plan.
With Fire TV, you can watch over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from free and paid streaming services. You can also watch live TV and sports or listen to music with Spotify, Pandora, and more.
You can get the regular Fire TV device to watch content in HD (high definition resolution), or you can opt for the more expensive version to stream content in Ultra-HD.
How Does the Amazon Fire Stick Work?
The Amazon Fire Stick works via your WiFi connection. Once you plug your Fire TV device into your TV’s HDMI port, it will walk you through the set-up process and prompt you to sign in to your Amazon account. You can then start downloading apps to watch your favorite shows and movies.
Any digital music or videos you’ve purchased through Amazon will immediately be available when you log in. Also, photos stored on your Amazon Cloud Drive will be available for viewing.
Every Fire TV device also comes with a Bluetooth remote that lets you control your TV with voice commands. The remote has a built-in microphone for voice control, which makes it easier to pause, rewind, or search for new content.
How to Use a Fire Stick
To use the Fire Stick, you’ll have to download apps first. These apps are like TV channels, except you can watch the content at any time. Some of these apps offer free content, while others require you to pay a subscription fee.
There are lots of apps that require a subscription fee, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+. You can also find free Hollywood hits and TV shows on apps like Pluto TV, Tubi, and Sony Crackle, IMDb TV, and others without a paid subscription. And if you want to cut the cord on your cable or satellite, you can watch live TV and sports with subscriptions to Hulu, Sling, Youtube TV, and many more. You can even stream music through services like Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and iHeart Radio.
If you want to see what kind of apps you can download with a Fire Stick, check out our list of the 10 best Fire Stick apps here.
Where to Buy a Fire Stick
You can buy the Amazon Fire TV Stick on Amazon’s website, or you can buy the Fire Stick at any Best Buy, Staples, or Target. If you want the best deal, you might want to wait for the Fire Stick to go on sale on Amazon.
Best Buy has the device available for purchase online with free shipping, or you can pick it up in your local store. You can get next-day delivery when you order Amazon’s streaming device in a store. You also have the option of picking it up in-store or ordering online and selecting the pick-up option.
Staples is another retailer that has this device available in-store. You can order it online and have it delivered the next day for free, pick it up in stores, or order online and choose the pick-up option.
Target also has this device available. You can order online and have it delivered, but you’ll receive it a week later. Like the other two retailers, you have the option of picking it up in-store or ordering it online and choosing the pick-up option.
How Much Is a Fire Stick?
The Amazon Fire Stick HD currently costs $39.99 on Amazon, but with deals, you can get it for much cheaper. During the last Amazon Prime Day, the Fire Stick was on sale for $14.99. The Fire Stick 4K usually goes for $49.99, but you can find it on sale for $25 on Black Friday.
You can also find Amazon’s streaming device at Best Buy, Target, and Staples for $39.99, or you can pay $24.99 when it’s on sale.
Is There a Monthly Fee for the Amazon Fire Stick?
There are no monthly fees associated with the Amazon Fire Stick. All you need to pay for is the device itself. However, if you have apps that have their own subscription costs, you will have to pay monthly fees for those.
Otherwise, you can enjoy free content from a variety of sources. And if you’re an Amazon Prime member, there will be lots of free content for you to stream. An Amazon Prime membership costs $119 a year, and an annual Prime Student membership costs $59 a year.
Once you get your Fire Stick, check out our guide on how to set up Amazon Fire Stick to find out more about how it works.