Amazon Firestick in simple terms
Didn’t television used to be free? Now we pay more for our cable bill each month than our car payment, and the payment plan will never end! We assume you’re reading this article because you are fed up with the high price of cable television and are looking for alternatives. You have come to the right place. There are many options if you are ready to cut the cable and stop paying those outrageous prices.
We are John and Jerry. We are two life-long best friends who have many of the same interests and many of the same dislikes. We both are interested in saving money, and we dislike wasting money! We also like onion rings, cheese cake, certain draft beers and pants with stretchy waistbands. We both have done hundreds of hours of research on the topic of cutting the cord to cable, and we want to share with you what we have learned. We are doing this because it was a little overwhelming at first when we started this journey to cutting the cord. Admittedly, the journey was a little more overwhelming for Jerry—John is a technology savant—Jerry just plays clarinet. Interestingly enough, Jerry’s almost total lack of technological knowledge (John is pretty sure he saw Jerry putting white out on the computer screen back in our college days) has become an asset. Since technology is so intuitive to John, he just knows things, ya know? Stuff that makes no sense to Jerry, John just gets. So you, the curious consumer, gets the best of both of our brains and experience. John will give you his amazing technological knowledge, and Jerry will take you by the hand and break this stuff down so much that even he can understand it!
When you get rid of cable, you will still need the internet. You will use this internet to connect to services such as Netflix and Hulu (to name just a few) that will give you access to thousands, and we mean thousands of programs. To do this, you need a device to connect your television to your internet. One of the most popular things to do this is the Amazon Firestick.
What is a Firestick?
Let’s try to explain the firestick in simple terms. The Amazon Firestick is a streaming media device created by Amazon that, when hooked up to your television, allows you to stream tv shows and movies. It looks like a pregnant USB flash drive and comes with a remote control. There is also Fire TV, which does the same thing as the Firestick. It is a larger rectangular box that has more processing power than the Firestick, and has expandable storage. You can expand the storage of the FireTV device by using a micro sd card or a USB thumb drive. Even though there are some advantages to the Fire TV, if you are cutting the cord to cable, I recommend the Firestick. It is less expensive, easier to conceal, is super easy to operate and even easier to install.
Where do you buy the Firestick?
Click on the link below and it will take you right to Amazon where you can purchase one of several options. We have done our research, and recommend one of three options: the Amazon Firestick, the Firestick with Alexa Voice Remote, or the Fire TV with Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote.
First, let’s talk about each of these options, then we’ll tell you how easy it is to install (or you can just watch Jerry in pants with a stretchy waistband show you how in a couple of minutes he installed his Firestick for the first time in under 10 minutes—under 10 minutes! Remember, this is the clarinet playing dude. That’s pretty impressive!)
First, the regular old Firestick with voice remote
This is the one we have. You open the box and there are two things in there: the small remote control that easily fits in your hand, and what looks like a flash drive that ate too much cheese cake and craft beer. For the record, we love this one and has worked very well for us. We’ll talk about installing it at the end of this article, but we have to tell you, the remote is so easy to use you can actually push a button and say what you are looking for, and it will take you there! As of this writing, this option is just under $40.00. Now, this gets you access to streaming services but remember, you probably will have to pay a small fee (around $10.00 per month) to get access to streaming services like Hulu and Netlix.
Our second recommendation, the Amazon Firstick with Alexa Voice Remote
This is essentially the same as option #1, except it comes with Alexa. Alexa is a small round device that can sit on your coffee table and picks up voice commands from wherever you are in the room. You can tell it to find something on the television, just like you can with the remote control voice command, but Alexa can do it hands free. You can also tell Alexa to play your music, find out what temperature it is outside at the moment, many other cool, essential things.
Our last recommendation is Fire TV with Ultra HD and Alexa voice remote
This option is for those of you who already have gone beyond HD and are into televisions with Ultra HD. This will stream any Ultra HD movies and programs to your Ultra HD television so you can have that Ultra HD television viewing experience you paid for! This package also comes with Alexa voice remote, which is some tasty frosting on this cool cake.
Installing the Firestick
Ok, you may not believe how easy the Amazon Firestick is to install, but remember-this is Jerry talking now-even I did it, with no help, in under 10 minutes! Ready, here it comes: First you take the Firestick out of the package and then…you plug it into a USB port in the back of your television. Put the included batteries in your remote and..and nothing, that’s it. Follow the simple instructions on the screen, and you will soon be treated to a screen that will give you, with a click or two on the remote or a voice command to Alexa or your remote control, access to whatever streaming service you happen to subscribe to. Check out the video of Jerry (in pants with stretch waistband) installing his Firestick, for the first time, by himself…successfully!
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Jailbreaking the Amazon Firestick
You may have heard in some dark corner or alleyway (what are you doing in an alley anyway? Get inside and have some cheesecake and craft beer. Be safe!) that you can (say this with a whispered voice) jailbreak your Amazon Firestick with Kodi! What the hell does that mean? Well, the short answer is that Kodi is just software that you can use to access more streaming content through your Amazon Firestick. Jailbreaking just means installing it on your Amazon Firestick, which is completely legal. Look for our article on jailbreaking your Amazon Firestick, but believe us, don’t hurry. You will have so much content to look at on your Amazon Firestick that you won’t need to jailbreak anything for a while!
Ok, that’s it for now. Order your Firestick, plug it in and start playing around. Have fun, and watch for more helpful articles very soon from John and Jerry