The Amazon Fire Stick is a small device the size of a flash drive that plugs into a TVs HDMI port.
The Fire Stick enables any TV to stream content over WiFi such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Pandora, HBO go, and much more.
A remote control is included that works with buttons or voice commands, new versions now included Alexa Virtual Assistant.
It can basically turn any TV into a Smart TV by simply plugging it into a HDMI video port.
Introduced in 2014 the Fire Stick is in competition with Google Chromecast, and Roku.
Amazons Fire Stick, Chromcast, and Roku, are a new breed of electronics called Streaming TV Sticks that stream movies and TV shows from online sources.
There are two versions of the Fire Stick with the new version introduced in October 2016. The newest version included updated hardware along with the virtual assistant Alexa.
Amazon Fire Stick Hardware
The first version had a Broadcom BCM28145 Dual Vore 1.2 GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB Storage, 802.11n WiFi, and Bluetooth 3.0.
The new second generation has a Mediatek 8127D Quad-core ARM 1.3 GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB Storage, 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.1.
The video output resolution is the same for both with High definition 720p or 1080p.
Amazon Fire Stick Installation
A Fire Stick is plugged into a HDMI port on a TV.
It also needs power which is supplied by a USB connector or alternatively an AC power supply.
After it is powered on and the TV set to the correct HDMI input a WiFi connection is setup to a router.
The setup is easy with a on screen guide.
Once a WiFi connection is made videos are ready to be streamed to your TV.
It includes all the popular online streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go and more.
How To Stream/Play Videos With the Fire TV Stick
After a Fire TV Stick is setup with a TV, a steaming service will be needed.
Amazon, Netflix and Hulu are the most popular online streaming services each with their own content.
Anyone who has Amazon Prime shipping will also have access to videos automatically on the Fire TV Stick
Amazon has a free 30 Day Trial for streaming videos which can be signed up for here.
Link to Amazon 30 Day Free Trial Instant Video Page
Netflix and Hulu have their own pricing plans.
Read More About the Fire Stick Here on Amazon
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The Amazon Fire Stick is a great low cost way to turn any TV into a Smart TV and play all kinds of content, from TV shows and movies, to music.
Besides streaming movies and TV shows it can also play games and has Voice controls with Alexa virtual assistant.
Apps can also be installed to further customize the Fire Stick to enhance its ability to do what an owner wants.
Amazon also makes the Fire TV Box which is an android TV box that has better hardware but also cost more.