What Is Amazon Fire Stick? Is The Streaming Stick Worth It?

Are you one of those who want an elevated streaming experience without buying a new smart TV?

Well, here is good news for you all—the Amazon Fire Stick. In this article, I have put together a comprehensive guide on what an Fire TV Stick is and what it offers.

Amazon Fire Stick provides you with access to unlimited movies, shows, and music via the internet on your TV. By consolidating all your favorite content from various sources into one place, it transforms your ordinary TV into a smart one.

What Is The Amazon Fire TV Stick?

Amazon Fire Stick streams content from various entertainment platforms directly to your TV by plugging into your TV’s HDMI port.

By collating content from multiple sources on one platform, the Fire Stick prevents you from the hassle of logging into your media accounts at different locations.

Currently, four versions of the Fire Stick are available: the standard, the 4K, the more affordable Lite, and the 4K Max model.

The Amazon Fire TV 4K Stick is the latest model available. The price tag of this version is slightly higher than that of other models because of its ability to offer an ultra-HD streaming experience.

Features Of The Fire Stick

Here are some prominent features of the Amazon Fire Stick.

  • It has 1 Gigabyte of memory and 8 GB of internal storage
  • It supports dual-band and dual-antenna WiFi.
  • The Fire Stick’s dedicated VideoCore4 GPU can smoothly handle graphics-intensive applications and content.
  • Its portable size lets you take it anywhere and access your favorite content by plugging it into a TV.
  • You can access content from many apps, including Netflix, ITV Hub, All4, BBC iPlayer, Disney+, and Hayu.
  • You can even rent and buy movies via Amazon and browse the internet with your Fire Stick. 
  • The Fire Stick also allows you to listen to playlists from Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.

How To Use The Amazon Fire Stick

Here are three different ways of operating the Amazon Fire Stick.

Use Buttons On The Remote

The first method of using your Amazon Fire Stick is the remote control.

The remote control has numerous buttons. The directional buttons navigate various options, and the middle button selects the desired option. In addition, there is a menu button, a back button, and a home button.

Use Voice Commands

Every smart stick except the cheaper Lite model supports Alexa integration.

Simply press the Alexa button on your remote control.

Hold it for a few seconds and say, “Alexa,” followed by your command. For instance, you can say, “Alexa, launch “Netflix,” and you will see the app opening before you.

Use Fire TV App

You can change settings, launch apps, search for content, and enter text using the keyboard. It is an excellent alternative for those preferring a touchscreen experience over Alexa.

How To Set Up Amazon Fire Stick

Here is the step-by-step procedure for setting up an Amazon Fire Stick.

Power Your Fire Stick

  • Connect the micro USB adapter from your device to the provided AC adapter and plug it into the wall outlet to power your Amazon Fire Stick.
  • Alternatively, if a USB connector is present on your TV, plug the USB adapter into your TV and use it as your Fire stick’s power source.

Connect Your Fire Stick To An HDMI Port

  • Plug your Fire stick into your TV’s HDMI port, usually present at the back.
  • If the Fire Stick is too big to fit in the tight space, use the HDMI extender coming with your device.

Turn On Your TV

  • Switch on your TV with the remote.
  • Find the “Input” button on your remote.
  • Select the HDMI input where you connected your Amazon Fire Stick.

Pair The Fire Stick Remote With Your TV

Select Language

  • Following the instructions appearing on the TV screen, choose your preferred language.

Connect with WiFi

  • The Fire Stick will scan for available networks.
  • Select your network from the list of available devices and enter the password to connect.
  • Learn how you can connect Firestick to WiFi without remote.

Create Or Log In To Your Amazon Account

  • Create your Amazon account and link your Fire Stick to it if you bought it from a third-party vendor.
  • The Fire Stick might already be signed into your account if you bought it through your Amazon account.

Explore Options

  • Once the setup is complete, you will be directed to your Amazon Fire Stick Home screen to explore streaming options.

Pricing Of Amazon Firestick

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max$59.99
Amazon Fire TV Stick$39.99
Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite$29.99

Alternative Of Firestick Streaming Device

The best alternative of Amazon streaming stick is the Roku stick. Like the Fire Stick, the Roku streaming stick plugs right into your TV's HDMI port. It provides access to hundreds of streaming channels and allows you to use voice search via the remote. The base model is often cheaper than the basic Amazon Fire Stick.

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Final Words

An Amazon Fire Stick is a compact streaming device that allows you to access the channels, services, and apps available on a smart TV on your regular device. The steps to connect your Fire streaming stick to your TV have been outlined comprehensively; refer to them when connecting your Firestick for the first time.

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