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Watching Amazon Fire TV

You might know Amazon as a giant online retailer, but it’s also a manufacturer of many different high-tech devices. Among the company’s most popular tech products are its line of Fire TV streaming media players.

Amazon’s Fire TV players are available in both stick and set-top boxes. All players come with voice-activated remotes that let you operate the players and select programming with simple voice commands. These Fire TV devices also are compatible with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, so if you have an Amazon Echo smart speaker you can instruct it to control your Fire TV device, too.

Another unique feature to Fire TV is that your Fire TV device is automatically connected to your Amazon account. This makes it easy to order paid streaming programming from Amazon; Amazon’s programming, not surprisingly, is prominently featured on screens throughout the Fire TV service.

Comparing Models

As of early 2019, Amazon offers three Fire TV models—two sticks and a cube-like set-top box. The basic Fire TV Stick is 1080p HD only and sells for $39.99 USD. A step up, the Fire TV Stick 4K adds 4K Ultra HD resolution, HDR, and Dolby Atmos sound for ten dollars more ($49.99 USD). The Fire TV Cube has the same specs as the Fire TV Stick 4K but also includes an Ethernet port for wired Internet connections; it sells for $119.99 USD.

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and remote control. (Photo courtesy Amazon, www.amazon.com.)

Table 6.1 compares the Fire TV models; learn more at www.amazon.com/FireTV.

Table 6.1. Comparing Amazon Fire TV Models

 

Fire TV Stick

Fire TV Stick 4K

Fire TV Cube

Format

Stick

Stick

Set-top box

Voice-controlled remote with Alexa

Yes

Yes

Yes

1080p HD

Yes

Yes

Yes

4K Ultra HD with HDR

No

Yes

Yes

Dolby Atmos sound

No

Yes

Yes

Wi-Fi

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ethernet connection built in

No

No

Yes

Price (USD)

$39.99

$49.99

$119.99

Using Fire TV

You can operate Fire TV from its supplied remote or via voice commands (from the remote control or a connected Amazon Echo device) .

  1. common-01.jpg Select a tab at the top of the screen to go to that content. Select Home to view the Home screen.

  2. common-02.jpg Press the down arrow button on the remote to go to the first row of app tiles. This row displays your most recently viewed apps.

  3. common-03.jpg Press the down arrow button again to go to the bottom row of app tiles. This row displays all the apps you’ve added to your Fire TV.

  4. common-04.jpg Press the right and left arrow buttons to scroll right and left through all the installed apps.

  5. common-05.jpg Press the Enter button on the remote to open a selected app.

  6. common-06.jpg With the row of tabs selected, press the right and left arrow buttons on your remote to select other tabs.

  7. common-07.jpg Select the Search icon to search for shows and movies across all your installed apps.

  8. common-08.jpg Select Your Videos to display content you’ve watched on Amazon Prime and other services, as well as recommended TV shows and movies from Amazon Prime Video.

  9. common-09.jpg Select Movies to view movies available on Amazon Prime Video.

  10. common-10.jpg Select TV Shows to view television series (including original series) available on Amazon Prime Video.

  11. common-11.jpg Select Apps to select new apps/streaming services to install on your Fire TV device and to manage those apps you’ve previously installed.

  12. common-12.jpg Select Settings to configure your device’s settings.

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