For the past few years since moving into our new home I have been complaining about both cable and satellite TV options and having to pay outrageous prices for tons of channels that I don't want. Both cable and satellite providers offer packages that include up to 85% of their programming as home shopping channels, religious channels or channels showing the same infomercials 24/7. In order to receive the one of two channels I really liked I would have to pay as much as 2 or 3 times the basic subscription rates! In my other blog, Free Flowing Waves, I go into further detail about my complaints.
As I stated in my blog post, mentioned above, we decided to buy the Amazon Firestick and give it a try. Firestick has received some very good reviews and it was not expensive, $39.99 from Amazon Prime. So we ordered it and since we have Prime we received free shipping and next day delivery. As far as I am concerned, this is one of our best decisions! Prime services like HBO, Cinemax, Showtime etc. cost an arm and a leg if you were to subscribe to them and they aren't the most current movies either! If you have Amazon Prime and Firestick your are given unlimited access to thousand of movies and TV shows offered by Prime video.
What I really like is that I can search for old TV shows which I loved when I was growing up or search for episodes of my favorite shows that I could not afford to subscribe to with cable or satellite. When we received our Firestick it was just a day or two after the Oscars were announced. I thought I would give it a try and search for some of the movie winners that interested me. No problem. I found them and watched them in the comfort of our own home. I would have had to wait a long time to view these movies on cable or satellite and would have had to pay a fortune to be able to do so.
All you need to have for a Firestick is a Smart TV and a good Internet connection speed and your set to go. The installation is quite easy as all you have to do is plug it into your TV and follow the simple instructions. I don't consider myself a techie, but I have no problem using this device. You don't need Amazon Prime, but having it does give you more options. Amazon Prime costs $99 per year (student rate is $49 per year) and the Firestick is a one time cost of $39.99. Having Firestick will cost $8.25 a month compared to paying cable or satellite subscription that could cost well over $90 a month!
I would highly recommend Amazon Firestick to anyone who is sick and tired of paying exorbitant fees to cable and satellite TV for hundreds of useless channels.