So many people are moving away from cable TV that having a way to watch streaming apps is almost a necessity.
While options like gaming consoles or even your smart TV might help, there are dedicated video streaming devices that can be really useful.
One of the most popular devices that fall into this category is the Amazon Fire TV Stick. You can find out more about it on Amazon.
It’s inexpensive, you can buy it from Amazon and have it linked to your account, and set up is a breeze.
Once you plug it into the HDMI port on your TV you just need to connect to your Wi-Fi and download the apps you want to use.
Obviously, Prime Video is featured heavily on the device, but other favorites like:
- Disney Plus
- HBO Max
Are also supported.
I have a couple of these around my house, and one of the nice things about them is the fact that you can just move them between TVs. So if you have a guest room TV and someone is staying over, you can just take the Fire TV from your basement and use it there.
This mobility also means that when you get a new television you can just unplug it from the old one and add it to the new one and you are up and streaming again in seconds.
There is also a Fire TV app that you can install on your iPhone that lets you control the streaming stick from your phone. You can also use the keyboard on your phone if you need to search for something or enter account credentials, which is a real timesaver.
One final thing that I enjoy about the Fire TV stick is how well it works with Alexa.
Not only can you use the dedicated voice button on the remote control to tell Alexa what you want to do, but you can also link it with your Echo Dots and create a home theater setup in minutes. This is one of the cheapest and simplest home theater setups I have ever configured, and the Echo Dots that I am using for the left and right channel with my Fire Stick can also play music with Alexa.
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Matthew Barkley love tech, and is obsessed with finding fun and new products that are useful or exciting. He has been a freelance tech writer for years, having written thousands of how-to guides and worked with hundreds of products and applications.