Amazon Instant Video is not Enough. What Else Can Amazon Fire TV do?
Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire Stick offer an unparalleled video streaming experience. Quickly becoming the hottest streaming box and stick on the market, you are hard pressed to even find them available at your local electronics store. Learn why in the below article.
A few years ago, Amazon released a media set-top box called the Amazon Fire TV and a streaming stick called the Fire TV Stick. This video streaming box is an Internet-connected device that lets you watch video from services via an internet connection, on your TV.
Definition of a Complete Cable TV Alternative
Before we start dissecting Amazon Fire TV and Stick, lets talk about what a cable TV alternative is, and or should be.
The greatest weapon in a cord cutter’s arsenal is a video streaming device. For those of you that don’t know; a video streaming device enables you watch video streaming services like Amazon Prime, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, Netflix, Hulu, and HBO GO and of course from Amazon Instant Video on your TV.
A Video Streaming box (media set-top box) that aims to be a complete cable TV alternative, should provide:
STREAMING SERVICES – Access to video content from sources as possible. The more options you have, the better chance you have at taking advantage of low prices and new content.
USER INTERFACE – A user friendly interface for easy searching and navigation. Jumping from show to show or movie to movie, should be as easy as changing channels on a standard Cable TV remote control.
OTA INTEGRATION – Most importantly, and notably ignored by most, a set top box with this goal integrate broadcast TV into their interface and offer a way to record it via a DVR.
In short a you need a solution that can act as the foundation in which you build upon with streaming services and access to free broadcast television. Let’s look at Amazon’s Fire TV video streamer and see how it matches up to these requirements.
Amazon Prime Started it and Netflix Had No Choice but to Get on Board
In the world of cord cutting and cable TV alternatives, companies are scrambling to one-up each other in order to corner the market of over-the-top streaming services. Resting firmly in the number one spot is Netflix. As one of the first true streaming services on the market, Netflix helped kick off the cord cutting revolution; paving the way for other services like Sling TV and Amazon Prime Video.
4 Can’t Miss Original Series Now Available on Amazon Prime
With the advent of online streaming, television channels are slowly becoming outdated. Sure, networks like AMC and HBO are churning out hits like Better Call Saul and Game of Thrones; but the majority of hot new shows have come straight to the consumer from streaming services.
With shows like House of Cards and Narcos, Netflix quickly comes to mind when thinking about original streaming content; but services like Amazon Prime have begun to give them a run for their money. Last year, The Man in the High Castle took the streaming world by storm and since then there have been no shortage of superior shows coming out of the Amazon wheelhouse.
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Complete List of Free Trials Available to Cord Cutters
When searching out a cable TV alternative, what streaming service you pick is critical. The ideal situation for a cord cutter is to get all the great content they had before quitting cable but with few commitments and fees. Because everyone is different, it can sometimes be hard (and expensive if you’re not careful) to find that perfect cable TV alternative.
To help make that search for the right streaming service a little easier, I’ve compiled list of online streaming services with free trial periods. More will be added in the future, so be sure to check back later.
The Choice often Comes Down to if you Prefer to Pay for Channels or Shows
For Cord Cutter, the holy grail of television is being able to pick and choose what channels you get every month. In early 2015, cord cutters got their wish with Sling TV, an online streaming service that offered a base channel subscription with a whole host of add-on packages for $5.
At first, Sling TV was the only kid on the block offering ala carte style television to the masses seeking a better cable TV alternative. But now Amazon’s streaming service, Amazon Instant Video, has come out with their own set of cord cutting add-ons; which begs the question of which one is better?
How a Smart Speaker could help fill the void Cable TV left behind
When discussing ways to cut the cord and ditch cable, we most often talk about online streaming services and digital downloads. In fact, 99 percent of cord cutting coverage is dedicated to strictly visual mediums like television and film. But despite what you may hear, there’s more than one way to kill the cable bill.
Introducing the Mohu BeBox
To emphasize this point, in today’s article I am going to be discussing Mohu’s latest device, the BeBox.I have purchased two of these speakers myself and I have been completely blown away with how much I love them. The BeBox is what you would call a smart speaker; essentially a speaker system with an Android tablet built in. This Android based interface opens you up to a word of possibilities.
4 ways a Smart Speaker like the Mohu BeBox, can act as a viable Cable TV Alternative:
Why Cord Cutters have fallen in love with Amazon Prime
Everyone knows about Netflix and Hulu, two game-changing streaming goliaths, but not a lot of people talk about Amazon Prime. When you think of Amazon, you think of a “one-stop shop”, “buy anything” website. Even if you’ve heard of Amazon Prime, you might think it’s just some overpriced plan for free shipping.
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Believe it or not, Amazon Prime Benefits include a wide variety of services that give you unparalleled access to online media like never before. Today we’re going to take a look at Amazon Prime, its features, and how it can be the missing piece of your cord cutting puzzle.