Have you been wanting to dump cable for some time? But were scared to leave your comfort zone. If you are Prime members, you may finally want to give Amazon Fire TV 2017 a shot. When you try using Fire TV you’ll never go back to cable!
Amazon Fire TV connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment, letting you stream over 300,000 movies and TV shows in 4K Ultra HD, 1080p, or 720p. Use the included Alexa Voice Remote to easily find the content you love with universal search across more than 140 channels and apps, or discover something new with personal recommendations right on the home screen.
Amazon Fire TV 2017 PROS:
- Ridiculously easy to set up and small form factor which takes up very little space.
- Simple remote (and a free app so you can turn your cell or tablet into a remote).
- No buffering issues (although you should have a strong internet connection).
- Seamless interaction with Prime Video account and Amazon Music, across all devices. For example, if I download a movie from Prime on my tablet, watch some of it during my commute – when I get home and turn on Fire TV, I can pick up right where I left off from my tablet…seamlessly without having to manually sync.
- Comes with thousands of channels/apps loaded including all of the the major services we use.
- Can be used for games (we haven’t tried any games yet)
- The voice command feature is outstanding. Speak the name of a show or movie and be taken instantly to it, with multiple options for buying, renting or just viewing for free if available. I’ve never been a big voice command user with other devices but this one works so well that using it has already become a habit.
- Using the Amazon Photos app you can instantly upload all of your digital photos from your phone or tablet to your Fire TV for large screen viewing of your photos.
Amazon Fire TV 2017 CONS:
- No way to customize the home screen layout (at least no way that I’ve been able to figure out).
Considering or new to streaming TV services, here are a few things to keep in mind.
1) Make sure you really take the time to do research and due-diligence on streaming services. Many 1 and 2 star reviewers seem surprised that they actually have to pay for things like Netflix, Hulu, etc. Fire TV (and all of the other streaming services like Roku, Apple TV, etc.) do not just give you free access to all content. They allow you to pick and choose what you want to watch and pay for as opposed to making you pay a big fee for a huge amount of channels you will never watch. If you do it right, you’ll have access to the content you want for a substantial savings over what you were paying with cable.
2) Make sure you have a strong (and fast) internet connection. This is very important.
3) Some apps require a cable subscription. You can purchase a streaming service like Sling which will bundle several of the channels you likely want but you may find yourself unable to access certain apps. For now password sharing with one of your friends may solve that problem but I suspect its only a matter of time before that loophole gets closed. So do your research and make sure you can access the channels you want.
4) Give yourself time to adjust to the new interface. It took some getting used to when I lost my ability to surf the cable channel guide. But the fact is, I’m no longer wasting large chunks of time mindlessly surfing the guide. Rather than surf, I’m turning to specific apps to watch specific programs. Its liberating in a way that I didn’t expect. Besides, I can now surf all of the Amazon Prime content by simply using the voice command on the remote.