Online content streaming services might soon render paid cable obsolete. A marketing study from 2018 estimated 33 million Americans to cancel their cable service in favor of online streaming.
With 150 subscribers, it's safe to say Netflix is essential for many consumers. But it's not the only one. For ultimate choice, the product that reigns supreme in the market is the affordable and easy to use Amazon Fire Stick.
The first generation of Amazon Fire Stick was released in 2014 and has quickly become a smaller, more compact version of its predecessor Fire TV.
Where Fire TV is a TV box similar to the Shaw or Telus box, the Amazon Fire Stick is simply a plug-in USB stick. But don't let its small stature fool you. This tiny little stick is all you need for ultimate content viewing pleasure.
And the best part? Amazon Fire Stick setup is easy as pie. Keep reading for a step-by-step tutorial that will have the power of Amazon at your fingertips in no time.
The days of flipping through channels to find something to watch are long gone. Netflix is an obvious choice for content streaming, but there is a lot of great content out there that is not on Netflix.
Amazon Prime, Hulu, Crave; these are only a few of the other options, each with their own exclusively produced programs.
The Amazon Fire Stick is essentially an entire internet-powered TV box that allows you to download all of your favorite streaming sites. And more.
This magic little stick gives you the ability to download popular apps like Netflix, watch TV channels, listen to music, play games and mirror your phone's screen. And as an added bonus, you can talk to Alexa right from your TV.
For a one-time price of around $50 USD, plus whatever you pay for your favorite monthly subscriptions - you'll still save money if you cancel cable.
Now that we know what it can do, here's how to install the Amazon Fire Stick. Especially for the not-so-technically inclined, it can seem daunting to set up a new device.
Fear not! We're here to help. First of all, here's a list of what you'll need to get started.
You don't need anything too fancy. As long as you have an HDTV with an HDMI port, you're all set.
The Fire Stick requires Wi-Fi. And the stronger the connection, the better. There's nothing worse than settling in to watch your next favorite show only to find it's terrible quality or it keeps stopping to buffer.
Since it's an Amazon product, you'll need an active Amazon account to register the stick to. If you have Amazon Prime, even better. Because then you'll have access to all its great content. But a regular account works too.
Avoid this annoying setback by having two AAA batteries on hand for the remote. The package should include batteries, but it's good to be prepared just in case it doesn't.
Now that you're equipped with all the required equipment, it's time for installation. First of all, unpack the box, and put two AAA batteries into the remote.
Included in the package there should be batteries, the Fire Stick, an HDMI extender and a power cord.
First, plug the power cord into the micro-USB port of the Fire Stick. Then plug the other end into a power outlet.
Then, plus the USB Fire Stick into an HDMI port on your TV. Use the HDMI extender if it's a bit out of reach. Remember which HDMI port you used.
The next step is to turn on your TV and select the right HDMI channel. If you plugged the USB into HDMI 2, select HDMI 2. Then, give it some time to load.
Once it's done loading, the Fire Stick should automatically pair with the remote. If it doesn't, press and hold the Home button on the remote for 10 seconds. This will pair the devices.
Once paired, press the Control button (the big circular button) on the remote to start the setup. (This button is used for Play, Pause, and Select). Then, pick your desired language from the list and click the Control button again to select it.
Then, the Fire Stick will not start to scan for an internet connection. Select your network and sign in as you normally would on any device.
Now that you're set up and connected, it's time to register your Amazon account. If you ordered your Fire Stick through Amazon, your account will already be pre-registered. Easy peasy.
If not, follow the instructions on the screen to register your account. If you don't have an account, click the button that says "I Am New to Amazon", and it will take you to a page to register.
Give it a few moments to complete the registration process. Once you're registered, you're pretty much good to go. It will ask if you want to save your Wi-Fi password. It's up to you, but you might as well select Yes.
It will make it easier to connect other devices to the network and alleviate any annoyance if your connection gets interrupted at any point.
Now, the only other thing to do is create your parental controls. If you don't need any, select "No Parental Controls", and you'll be all set.
If you do, simply click "Enable Parental Controls" and follow the instructions on the screen to set up a PIN. You will now have to enter that PIN for any activities not approved under the parental controls.
Congratulations, your Amazon Fire Stick setup is complete. Now you just need to download your favorite streaming services and you'll be ready for hours of blissful TV watching.