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Amazon Fire TV Stick

Amazon Fire Stick

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Though some TVs have apps built in to allow streaming of Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Crackle and more, it’s easy to make sure you have access to all with an external device that is purpose-built for streaming video and audio content channels. Originally, the devices were stand-alone boxes that plugged into your TV using HDMI or other cables. Now, most of these devices are tiny and simply connect to one of your TV’s HDMI ports. Plug it in and you’re done.

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick does just that. It is smaller than its included remote, and allows you to stream all the major services, including Amazon videos. There you can watch videos with your Prime account for free or rent or buy movies, TV shows and more. Another cool feature? If you travel, just grab the Stick (and the remote, and the power cord) and put it in your luggage. When you’re in your hotel room or ship cabin, plug it in to your TV, sign in via WiFi, and you have access to all your familiar content.

The Fire TV Stick takes advantage of all that the HDMI port has to offer, including 1080p video streaming and up to Dolby 7.1 surround. If you have an optical output on your TV set up to speakers, that signal goes out, as well. There are games available, and Amazon claims it has 4x the storage and 2x the memory of Chromecast.

At $39, it’s a good deal to get all the streaming services. And for $10 more you can get a voice remote! Available via


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