The Amazon Series: I am an avid shopper of all things Amazon, and I live and breathe my Amazon Prime account. I do try to shop local, when it’s cheaper (and sometimes it actually is much, much cheaper), but for the most part Amazon has afforded me to save a lot of money over the years. This is the first installment of the ‘Amazon Series’, where I’m here to show you how Amazon can save you a lot of money too.
One way we’re all trying to save money is cutting the cord when it comes to cable and satellite companies. The Amazon Fire Stick was the way that I did this. The device is $39.99 and allows you to download thousands of apps to watch television, check the weather, play games, and browse the internet, all on your television.
I originally purchased this so that I could watch Netflix and Hulu on my television without needing to hook my laptop up to it via an HDMI cable. I figured $39.99 was a small price to pay. I was right. Not only do I get to watch Netflix and Hulu on it, I can watch anything associated with my Amazon Prime watchlist, as well as IMDBTv, CBS, NBC, ABC, etc. all for free. So, even if you do not want to pay for Netflix and Hulu, you will find lots of television shows and films that you can watch completely for free on the Fire Stick. You can watch live television on some apps for free too, or purchase cable television channels as one-offs – like Starz, HBO, Showtime, ESPN, Disney, etc. – to watch what you’d like.
The Fire Stick works by connecting to your internet as a streaming device. It connects into one of the multiple HDMI ports in the back of your television, and then requires an electrical plug for a power source. In my set up, you can’t even see it, or any cords, which I love. It’s a great alternative to permanently damaging your walls by putting holes in them to get cords to not be visible.
The device is Alexa compatible; so, if you have an Alexa, you can ask Alexa to turn on your television (after you sync the device with your TV), ask her to open Hulu, and watch your favorite TV show, without needing the remote at all.
As of the date of this post, Amazon is even offering 2 months of HBO for free with the purchase of a Fire Stick. Make sure once it’s in your cart that you select the option for ‘Fire TV Stick + 2 months of HBO for $39.99’.