I tend to get a lot of questions about the Amazon Fire TV Stick due to its popularity among people looking to jailbreak their firestick. However, the Amazon Fire TV is the device you need if you want to enjoy 4K resolution in HDR. With a price tag of $69.99, the Amazon Fire TV is one of the most affordable ways to watch 4K Ultra HD in HDR TV.
The Fire TV underwent a design change in October of 2017. Instead of a box design, the new “Pendant Design” is more of a dongle similar to the Google Chromecast.
Amazon Fire TV Specs
- Dimensions: 2.6” x 2.6” x 0.6” and weighs 3.1 oz
- Processor: Amlogic Quad-core 1.5 GHz | ARM 4xCA53
- GPU: Mali450 MP3
- Storage: 8 GB internal
- Wi-Fi: Supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi networks.
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.2
- Ethernet: Requires optional ethernet adapter
- Ports: HDMI output, micro USB for power or optional Amazon Ethernet Adapter
- Audio Support: Dolby Atmos compatibility, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby Digital
Alexa Voice Remote
The Amazon Fire TV comes with the Alexa Voice remote which provides the same function you get with an Amazon Echo. Not only can you find, play, pause, rewind and fast forward your favorite movies and TV shows, but you can use Alexa to view camera feeds, control lights, thermostats, and other use other features with compatible smart home devices.
Fire TV Ethernet Dongle
If you are like me you like the dependability of an ethernet connection when it comes to streaming video. In order to do that with the Fire TV, you will need to purchase the optional Ethernet Adapter.
The Ethernet dongle provides a 10/100 Mbps internet connection and is compatible with the latest Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick. It’s simple to set up. All you need to do is plug it into the micro USB port on your Fire TV and connect it to your router via Ethernet. The Fire TV should then be online.
Fire TV Channels
There are thousands of channels available on the Amazon Fire TV. You will find streaming mainstays like Netflix, Prime Video, and Hulu. Premium channels like HBO, Showtime and Starz are available. Fire TV also provides access to live streaming services like DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV and FuboTV.
You can access millions of websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit with browsers like Silk and Firefox. Plus, stream millions of songs through Prime Music, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.
There are way too many channels available on the Fire TV to list them all here. However, you can search every available Fire TV channel and see if they have your favorites.
Setting Up Amazon Fire TV
The Fire TV plugs into the HDMI port on your television. Then, simply plug in the power cord. From there, put the included AAA batteries into the remote. Once the Fire TV automatically pairs with the remote, follow the following steps.
- The Fire Stick should locate a list of WiFi networks. Chose yours and enter the password. You can skip this step if you are using the Ethernet dongle.
- The Fire Stick will then install any updates
- Then, supply your Amazon account login information. If you purchased the device through Amazon, this is already configured.
A Short tutorial should begin. After that, you are free to use your Fire TV.
If you are looking for an affordable way to watch 4K UHD resolution with High Dynamic Range, then Fire TV is a big bargain. If you are content with HD in 1080p, then you can save some money by going with the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
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