Rating 4.5 out of 5

Amazon Fire Stick

The Amazon Fire Stick is a dynamic device that instantly turns any television into a smart TV.

All you’ll need is a TV with an HDMI port and a Wifi connection to connect to your favorite streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, or Prime Video. Additionally, there are dozens of apps to choose from where you’ll also be able to stream content by using the login for your cable provider.

Additionally, if you are already an Amazon Prime subscriber, you’ll be able to access dozens of free movies and tv shows through the Amazon Prime Video app.

Cutting The Chord

Just a few years ago I couldn’t imagine a world where I didn’t have 24 hour access to 3,000 cable channels that I never watch.

The Amazon Firestick has allowed me to save close to $100 a month by ditching cable — and I barely notice the difference. With services like Sling TV, and Hulu’s Live TV, you’ll get a wide selection of entertainment to choose from ranging from $25-$40.

What You Should Know

For all the great benefits of the Fire Stick, be advised that the remote absolutely RIPS through batteries. We have two separate units at my place, and it’s not uncommon to have to replace the batteries every 4-6 weeks with what I would consider to be moderate use.

Seeing as how this is an Amazon device, they want you to spend money on Amazon services. As an Android user, I have a substantial amount of movies and TV shows that I’ve purchased through the Google Play App, so I was disappointed when I found out that the Fire Stick has no support for Google Play.