Amazon Firestick Explained – Why You Need it Right Now

Entertainment is a big part of the lives of most people. Some people are entertained by sports, some find entertainment on the poker tables of a casino and some find joy in gaming. Although, since the former involves money too, so that adds another layer of fun to it. Especially, in the past few years, we’ve seen a great surge in the online gambling industry. However, media entertainment is something where everyone can find at least one thing they like. Some of the biggest companies in the world are almost exclusively built around media entertainment and it’s very easy to understand why.

Amazon, in 2019, is truly a force to be reckoned with. Not only is it the largest online store in the world, but it has also well on its way towards becoming one of the big 3 players in the world of media entertainment. It already has a video streaming platform with millions of monthly active users, a music playing service which—is possibly only surpassed by Spotify and Apple Music—and both an e-book and an audiobook store.

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However, the product from Amazon that is actually disrupting the way people experience media is a small device that is gaining more and more popularity every day, the Amazon Firestick.

The Amazon Firestick

The late 2010s have witnessed an exponential rise in the usage of online streaming platforms and these platforms have even managed to replace TV as the primary source of media for people from all over the world. Unfortunately, for the most part, people could only make use of these services on their laptops or mobile phones, leaving the biggest screen in their home to become an obsolete piece of technology.

SmartTVs did start to crop up eventually but they were so expensive that they just didn’t seem to be worth their price tag. Then one day, Amazon changed the game.

While it didn’t happen overnight, but in a relatively small amount of time, Amazon Firestick becomes one of the most sort-after devices in any country it was available in. Why? Because it finally bridged the gap between online streaming services and TVs.

With the Amazon Firestick, everyone can access their favorite streaming services right on the TV screen by plugging it in and connecting it to the internet. By using the Firestick, people didn’t have to compromise and watch their favorite TV shows on smaller screens and could instead watch it on their big screen TV.

The Firestick Revolution

Firestick deserves major credit for literally preventing the TV from going obsolete in a lot of households throughout the world.

While Google definitely tired to do something similar with chrome-cast, it just wasn’t as big of a success as it still required people to use their phone to access the content on their TV screens but with firestick, there are no such limitations. It’s a plug and play device of the highest caliber and comes with a unique remote, which is all one needs to successfully operate the device and all of its features.

Moreover, Amazon could have easily restricted the firestick to only play Amazon exclusive but everyone who uses the Firestick is grateful that they didn’t go down that route. Firestick would never have been as successful as it is right now if one could only watch TV shows and movies available on amazon prime video but the fact you can potentially use any streaming service of your choice to watch content on your firestick makes buying the device a very sound choice for anyone who likes to stream videos and has a good TV they don’t want to see go to waste.

The Special Features of Firestick

But it doesn’t stop at that, there is so much more you can do with firestick than just stream your favorite TV shows and movies. You can even play online game on it! So, if you feel like playing a round of blackjack on the online casino of your choice, Firestick lets you do that!

You can even install apps on your firestick which can be used along with all the streaming content to enhance the experience as per your satisfaction. Apps like IMDB and rotten tomatoes are a must-have for any self-respecting cinephile!

All of these things come together to make amazon firestick the best plug-n-play streaming device currently available in the market and that too at a very reasonable price. It turns any ordinary TV in a proper smart TV and the remote it comes with even comes with is like no other. It comes with one of the coolest AI Assistants, Alexa, which can help you easily find the content that you are looking for.

But nothing made by mortal humans is very perfect and the Firestick is no exception. The UI still has a lot of room for improvement and there is no real functionality if one wants to pair two firesticks together for simultaneous broadcasting.

However, these minor issues are not even close to being deal breakers and if you are looking to buy a streaming device, then Amazon Firestick is a great choice.

Ranbeer Maver is a Computer Science undergraduate. He's a geek who embraces any new consumer technology with inhuman enthusiasm.