The Best Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote + Echo Dot (Black) – 2018
Pair the included Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot and get hands-free voice control of your Fire TV with Alexa.; Use your voice to control playback of content (play, pause, resume) in many of your favorite apps. Additionally, many apps including Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access, SHOWTIME, NBC, and others have integrated even further with Alexa, which will allow you to browse, search, and change channels within supported apps.; Fire TV Stick delivers streaming access to over tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills and more than 500,000 movies and TV episodes.; Echo Dot has 7 far-field microphones that hear you from across the room for hands-free voice control, even while watching a movie or listening to music.; Ask Alexa to play music, order a pizza, or provide information. With compatible smart home devices, you can turn on the lights, set thermostats, and more.; Amazon Prime membership unlocks thousands of movies and TV episodes, including Thursday Night Football, Amazon Original Series, Prime Video Channels, and ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music.
Earlier this month, my TV entertainment included Dish 200+ channel satellite TV, 20Mbps turbo internet, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. After doing some research, I bought 3 Amazon Fire Sticks with the voice remote, cancelled Dish, upgraded to 30Mbps internet, added Sling 25 channels, added standard Hulu, and CBS All Access. Guess who still gets 96+% of the channels watched, added Prime Music and several hundred shows (that networks don't play) to all the TVs in the house, and saved over $700 per year compared to what I paid this past year? I did. I never thought of "cutting the cord" until I really looked into it all. Getting Amazon Fire Sticks are worth it and they work well....and once you get used to knowing what show plays where, it's a no-brainer. Just like how you originally had to figure out how to use a smart phone back in the day. After a while, it's a breeze. I highly recommend everything I listed in this review. Seriously....take a couple hours and make a spread-sheet listing the must-have shows that people in your household watch. Then make a comparison to what's available on the streaming services. If you're like me, and you don't watch 80% of the channels you pay for, it's so worth it.
What can I say?? Amazon is taking over! I just love my Amazon products. I now have a fire stick on every televisions I own. I also have given them as gifts. The set up is seemless if you already have an Amazon account. As soon as I plugged it in, it started and transferred my account to it without having to re entering all my information on every one I install. The voice remote is something I can’t do without.l either. All my old fire sticks are being replaced in my home due to wanting the voice activation. It is great for elderly peeps. Just say what you want to watch and it will find it for you. Another option I love, is the ability to add your Apps that need subscriptions. Such as Showtime, HBO, Gaia, etc. the fire stick allows you to order the subscription and charge your amazon account instead of having to log into each app individually.It was becoming a real pain to have different app accounts and all of them having your credit information. This way Amazon makes it so simple to add and delete apps all on Amazon. Billing is simple with everything on Amazon charged to whatever payment options you have on file. I got rid of all my Apple TV and Roku for this very reason. No more codes to enter. You can’t go wrong with the fire stick. It’s an everything in one unit device. I order my Amazon items from the fire stick also. For friends and family, I will keep buying them as gifts. Also, they are linked to all your amazon products that are linked to your account, like show, echo, etcFor the money, you can’t beat it. I have been without cable now for five years and I only put the apps that have the programs I like to watch. It’s really cheaper than cable/satellite hands down. And everything on cable you can access using their Apps. Thanks Amazon for such great products. There are too many good things to mention. One more thing to mention, the Bluetooth capability is awesome too. I connect my headphones at night to allow my spouse to sleep without noise from the tv. The only thing i would suggest is having the power cord longer. It’s hard to plug in if your outlet is more than four feet away. It also uses the HDMI port to connect to the tv or laptop. The size makes it nice to pack and take on vacation or business trips. It would be nice if it can be powered by batteries. Thanks again Amazon!!
We are loving the Firestick! We have cut the cord and are streaming all content on the Firestick. We have so much to watch! We have access to Amazon Prime videos, Amazon channels that we love, Acorn TV, Masterpiece, and Brit Box, Netflix and Hulu with live TV. This change over has been very easy. It’s definitely different than the traditional cable package and regular TV guide, but I am learning to prefer how much more control and choice I feel like I have. And we are saving $80/month by dropping cable and using the streaming content apps listed above.Installation and setup was extremely easy.A nice surprise was learning that the Firestick has an app for Mozilla Firefox and that we can also view our favorite websites on the tv from our Firestick. We are very happy with this product and immediately bought and installed a second fire stick for another room! And we can easily bring the Firestick on vacation and connect to all our streaming content/apps as long as we have WiFi and a HDMI tv connection. It’s been a great experience!
I bought this Fire TV Stick for my 85 year old grandmother who has trouble navigating through technology. I knew that this device would be helpful because instead of navigating through the apps (which is a foreign concept to her) she is able to ask Alexa to play her shows.Pros:- Easy to set up. I set this up in my Grandmother's rehabilitation center while she was recovering from a broken hip. I plugged into her TV and paired with the Rehab Center's free Wifi. No problem!-Grandma is easily able to ask Alexa to play 'This is Us' - her favorite show! She also asks Alexa what the weather is.Cons:- Grandma had trouble understanding the button meanings, but explained to her, and I believe she is grasping it now.Overall, very happy with this product for my Grandmother. Apps, Streaming services, etc, are difficult for her to understand. However, this userinterface was fairly simple and only took a day or so for her to grasp.