If you are interested in Amazon Firestick TV, you have come to the right place. Here you will learn more about Firestick TV and its variations. So take your time, and go through the article, and by the end, you will learn a lot of things about this platform, and it might help you decide if you want to be part of the Amazon Fire TV family.
What is Firestick?
Before we start, we need to take a deeper dive into what is Firestick. So you can understand more about what this device is, and what it is capable of doing. So let’s jump straight to it.
The first variation of Amazon Fire TV was announced back in 2014, since then there have been quite a few different variations, which have had a few generations as well. Firestick or Fire TV Stick was also first announced back in November 2014.
In October 2020 Amazon released two versions, the Amazon Fire TV Stick which comes with a remote, and the Fire TV Stick Lite which doesn’t include a remote. Unfortunately, you can only watch with a max resolution of 1080p with both these models. If you want to watch at higher resolutions, there is the Fire TV Stick 4K which was released back in 2018. This device supports 4K, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision, which makes it the best firestick to watch content at the highest quality. Every other firestick apart from the Lite model, some with an Alexa Voice Remote.
Firesticks are a smaller version of Amazon Fire TV, which includes almost all its features despite the size. These devices are small appliances that deliver audio and visual content to your TV, through the internet. You can also access content that you have stored locally, play video games, etc.
All the devices under the Fire TV name, have an operating system called Fire OS. This system is based on Android, which has made firestick such a compelling device for most people, especially for those with Android devices.
What can you do with a Firestick?
Firestick is very versatile in the things it’s capable of doing. Here we will see some of the things it’s capable of.
Amazon Fire TV Channels
There are quite a lot of different TV Channels that you can watch from your firestick. Some will need a subscription from the TV service provider in order to be accessed. You can also add more local TV channels to your firestick, you will just need to search for it with their name.
Some of the biggest channels you can access through your firestick are:
Adult Swim, BBC America, BET+, CBS channels, Comedy Central, Disney channels, ESPN, FOX channels, NBC channels, PBS channels, Telemundo, etc.
These were just some of the channels that you can access through your firestick. Depending on the country you are in, you can also access the channels of that country as well.
The famous virtual assistant from Amazon is also available for firesticks. By using your remote you can ask Alexa anything you want. You can make Alexa do a lot of different things, from searching the web to answer all your questions, to help you find stuff inside specific apps. She can also help you with ordering stuff online. This is a better method for most than using an Amazon Echo or another Amazon device to summon Alexa.
Yes, you read that right, you can also use your firestick to play games. Considering it has a processor similar to the ones you have on smartphones, don’t expect too much from it. Still, there are quite a few interesting games, that could make for a great time. Some of these games are made by SEGA, like Sonic the Hedgehog games, SEGA Classics is another game that features multiple mini-games that SEGA has made over the years. There are also quite a lot of variations of Pac-Man, and some sports games. Despite them not being the best graphics-wise games, they are still fun games that you can enjoy.
There are quite a lot of different streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, YouTube TV, and many more. The best part is that you can access them through your firestick. You still need to have a subscription in order to watch the content, but only the fact that you can have access to all of these services on one device makes it great so you can have everything in one place.
Listening to music
Listening to music is another thing you can do with your firestick. If you are subscribed to Spotify you can download the app, and listen to it from your firestick device. You can also listen to music from other sources, like Youtube, or other music apps that are in the Amazon app store.
Mirroring your phone
Firesticks are also able to mirror the screen of your phone, which can make things a lot easier when you want to watch things on a bigger screen. This is doable with all devices, from Android to iPhone. So whatever phone you have you will be good to go. In order to do this, you need to hold down the home button on the remote of your firestick, which opens a quick-access menu, there find a mirroring option. After you found that, look for the mirroring option on your phone, after opening it on both devices your phone and your firestick select the device from your phone and both of them will be connected.
One of the other benefits of having a firestick is the ability to download apps to it. There are also a few different methods on how you can download apps, you can either download them from the Amazon app store, or you can side-load them.
If you are not sure which apps to download to your firestick here is a list of the best.
Where can I get a Firestick?
You can get Firestick in numerous locations. Firestick is also available in quite a few different countries, so depending on where you are it can vary from location to location on where you can get it from.
First, let’s start with some of the countries where you can buy an Amazon Fire TV. The first country it’s of course the United States, since Amazon is an American company it makes sense. Then we have their neighbors up north, Canada. Now we switch continents to Europe, where countries like the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands currently have the ability to buy a firestick. We switch continents again to Asia, where India and Japan also have access to it.
These were just some of the countries where you can get any device under the Amazon Fire TV brand. As for the Amazon Fire Stick, it can be bought by a lot of countries in the world. In order to check if it is possible to buy it from your country check their website over here where you will find the complete list.
Now as for where you can buy it from, the firestick is available in quite a few different places. The main place to buy a firestick is of course Amazon. You can buy both the Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV Stick 4k. Depending on the availability and the bundle it is packed the price can vary. Also, this is the best place to get the firestick wherever you are in the world since it’s the only place that is consistent with all the places in the world where this device is available.
Another place you can purchase a firestick is Best Buy.
There are a lot of other places where you can buy a firestick, but since the world is in a pandemic, availability is limited since the production process might have faced issues with missing parts.
As we saw firesticks are available in a lot of different countries and places all over the world. You might face some issues getting one depending on where you are considering the pandemic that’s going on.
How to set up a Firestick
Now that you know what a firestick is, what it can do, and where to get it, you need to learn how to set it up once you have purchased it.
First of all, get the firestick out of its box. Proceed to plug in the firestick to your TV via the HDMI port. Also, plug the power adapter into an outlet, and the USB side of the cable to your firestick. Also, make sure your remote has batteries in it.
Turn on your TV, and put the input source to the correct HDMI port where you plugged the firestick.
Now it’s time for the remote to connect, it usually connects automatically. If it doesn’t pair automatically, you press and hold the Home button for about 10 seconds. By doing that you send the remote to “Discovery Mode” which makes the pairing process easier.
After connecting the remote, you will need to connect to the Wi-Fi, which can be done by just following the on-screen instructions. After connecting to the internet, you need to update the firestick, if updates are available.
After updating the firestick, you will need to login into your Amazon account and complete the full registration process.
Now that everything is set, the only thing left for you to do is start connecting the firestick to your other devices, like a soundbar or something similar. Another thing left for you to do is start downloading apps. That’s it enjoy your firestick.
As we saw firestick is a great device that gives you a lot of room to do a lot of things. Like playing games, watching content from your favorite streaming platforms, listening to music, watching TV, and a lot of other stuff that you might enjoy.
Once you have made up your mind about getting a firestick, the setup process is quite easy, and you will have a fully functioning firestick up in no time so you can start enjoying the features that this device has.
Here you learned almost everything you need to know about a firestick, so once you get one, you should have all the knowledge to set it up and start enjoying it.