The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a small device looks like a USB drive with an HDMI connector on one end and a Micro-USB socket on the other side and plugs into a TV’s HDMI port. It enables any TV to stream content over Wi-Fi such as Hotstar, Youtube, NetFlix, Voot, Eros Now etc. It gives you access to your favorite TV shows, movies, music, photos, games and much more.
The voice remote is the main highlight with the Fire TV Stick that you don’t get with a Chromecast. The remote’s most important feature is its voice button- you just hold it down, name a movie, TV show or app and Amazon can search it. It also include buttons for play/pause,rewind and fast forward but you have to use your TV remote to manage volume.
As per specifications, the Fire TV Stick has a quad-core processor and 8GB of memory. Only about 6GB of the Stick’s 8GB is available for your use and it is not expandable. It comes with Fire OS 126.96.36.199 which is based on Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.1.
How to set up a Fire TV Stick
The following are the steps to set up a Fire TV Stick.
- Connect Your Amazon Fire Tv Stick
Connect one end of the USB cable to your Amazon Fire TV Stick and the other end to the power adapter. Plug your Fire TV Stick into the HDMI port on your TV and then plug the power adapter into a power socket. Turn on your TV and then select the appropriate input.
Note that, you can use the HDMI extender to improve Wi-Fi and remote performance or if you have trouble fitting your Fire Tv Stick into an HDMI port on your TV.
- Power up your Voice Remote
Open the back of the remote and insert the batteries.
- Complete the on-screen setup
Using the Fire Tv Stick Remote, choose your language from the list and then select your Wi-Fi network from the networks displayed on the screen. If your network is password-protected, enter the password using the on-screen keyboard to connect your Fire Tv Stick to the internet.
Once you are in, you will see five main tabs on the top- Home, Movies, TV Shows, Apps and Settings. Each tab has a featured section at the top that lists few titles and you get rectangular tiles for recently used apps and videos. You can play and enjoy your favorite contents.
You can get the Fire TV stick from Amazon India website for Rs. 3,999/-
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