Is the Amazon Fire TV Worth it?
Here’s my Amazon Fire TV review.
I’m sure you’ve heard about it by now because it’s all the buzz, the Amazon Fire TV. Several friends were talking about how they were ditching their cable and turning to the Fire Stick. Now, I’m a very curious person and I too enjoy savings at every turn, but I wasn’t exactly ready to jump on board without bringing my DirecTV along. However, I wanted to see what all of the hype was about and decided to order one to form my own opinion. The low price points made it easy for me to make the decision to just try it. After all, what did I have to lose? Here’s another important thing I should mention. There are two models to choose from, the Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick. Other than the stick being about $60 less in cost, there are a few notable differences. Both models are designed to support 1080p resolution but only the box supports 4K Ultra HD. The box connects to the television with an HDMI cable and uses a standard A/C adapter to plug into the wall. The Fire TV Stick pops directly into the HDMI port on the television, which works perfectly on my wall-mounted television. The box has greater speed and more memory than the stick but because I felt I may actually like it, I made the larger investment and purchased the Fire TV.
Allow me to offer a disclaimer before I go any further. I consider myself to be somewhat tech savvy but at the initial mention of Amazon Fire TV, I must admit, I had no clue what my friends were talking about. I’m sure there are others out there that may have this similar issue and are not entirely clear on what this tiny little USB device or box actually does. No worries, I’m about to change that and you too can decide if you want to try the little handy stick for yourself. The Fire TV connects to the HDMI port of the television (via a cable connector) and allows viewers to easily access more than 4,000 channels, games, and apps. You can also watch more than 250,000 television episodes and movies via Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu, HBO NOW, and more. Sounds too good to be true? I thought the very same thing!
Once I ordered my Fire TV, I was excited and nervous at the same time. I was eager to see if I would actually find it to be as beneficial as cable but somewhat concerned about setting it up with my television. Everyone told me how easy it would be to set-up but you never really know until you try for yourself. To my surprise, it was much easier than I thought it would be and it literally only took me a matter of minutes to open the box and get it going.
What I Like about My Fire TV
As expected, Amazon Fire TV is integrated with the Amazon Instant Video service. However, there are many other content providers that it works with such as Hulu, HBO NOW, Netflix, ESPN, History, YouTube, Sling TV, NBA, HBO GO and lots more. However, you must have accounts with one or more of these services to access these shows. Some of them are free, while others charge a fee and if you’re like most people, you’re probably associated with one or more of these already.
So far, I’ve enjoyed streaming my favorite television shows and not to mention my Pandora hits for music. The stick supports other music services also such as Amazon Music, iHeart Radio and Spotify. My son has found it to be of great use too because it allows him to play the games that are available, again some free and some paid, but according to him, there are a few popular ones on there. I have found that every piece of technology has a way to cater to our need to be a little lazy at times and this device is no different. I particularly enjoy the voice-activation feature, Alexa. Alexa allows me to search for shows and also provides news, sports, stocks and many more updates. You can only use this feature with the voice remoted, which you’ve probably guessed by now, I purchased separately.
If you are considering trying this neat little concept, I seriously think the Fire TV Stick is a great choice unless you want all of the bells and whistles. I do believe that the Amazon Fire TV is worth it and do enjoy those extras and also didn’t mind spending the extra to gain a clear perspective on what it had to offer. With that being said, I plan on keeping and using my TV companion because I absolutely love it!
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