Review

Fire TV Stick

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Subscription fees may apply for certain apps and services.

Fire TV Stick does not support 4K streaming. If this feature interests you, we recommend Fire TV Stick 4K.

Dolby Atmos is available on select Prime Video, Netflix, and Disney+ titles when connected to compatible equipment.

50% more powerful streaming, plus convenient TV controls

Fire TV Stick simplifies streaming with power, volume, and mute buttons in a single remote. And with 50% more power than the previous generation, Fire TV Stick delivers quick app starts and fast streaming in Full HD.

Enhanced audio clarity of Dolby Atmos

Feel scenes come to life with immersive Dolby Atmos audio on select titles, including on Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+, when connected to compatible soundbars and home audio systems. Dolby Atmos moves sounds all around you—even overhead—immersing you in whatever you’re watching.

Alexa Voice Remote with TV controls

Just press and ask Alexa to find, launch, and control content, or even switch to cable. Quickly get to favorite apps—Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, and Hulu—with preset buttons, and go beyond streaming to check sports scores, play music, or see your live camera feeds. Dedicated power and volume buttons control your compatible TV, soundbar, and receiver.

Find content fast

Streaming on Fire TV is simple and intuitive. It all starts with the Main Menu, where you can quickly access your favorite content. Search across hundreds of channels and apps to find what you want to watch. Enjoy personalized streaming using Profiles, with recommendations, viewing history, and watch lists for each person in your household. Learn more here.

Over 1 million movies and TV episodes

Enjoy favorites from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Max, Apple TV+, Peacock, STARZ, SHOWTIME, Paramount+, and others. Stream live news, sports, and must-see shows. Access tens of thousands of HDR titles. Plus, play millions of songs through services like Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio. Subscription fees may apply.

Watch live TV and free TV

Stream live TV, including news and sports, with subscriptions to Hulu+ Live TV, SLING TV, YouTube TV, and others. Plus, watch movies and TV shows for free with ad-supported apps like Pluto TV, IMDb TV, and more.

Plug and play, out of the way

The compact design plugs directly into an HDMI port and can tuck neatly behind your TV. Easily move Fire TV Stick between TVs at home or away so your content travels with you.

Prime members get more from Fire TV

100+ channels like Discovery+, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Paramount+, AMC+, Cinemax, and more are available for Prime members to add—no extra apps to download, and no cable required. Only pay for the channels you want and cancel anytime.

TV is just the beginning

Fire TV is always getting smarter with new Alexa skills and voice functionality. View live camera feeds, check the weather, order a pizza, and stream music. Learn more about compatible smart home devices.

Certified for Humans

Certified for Humans products are smart devices for non-experts. Stress-free, no patience needed devices. Connecting to Alexa is quick and easy—even the software updates are automatic. All Certified for Humans devices meet a high standard and customers love them because they’re surprisingly simple. Learn more here.

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Simple to set up and use

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1. Plug Fire TV Stick directly into your HDTV, or use the included HDMI extender.

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2. Plug into wall outlet.

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3. Connect to internet and enjoy.

Every day is an earth day

You don’t have to be an environmental scientist to make sustainable choices. We considered sustainability in the design of this device. Here’s how:

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Materials

50% post-consumer recycled plastics in streaming media player
20% post-consumer recycled plastics in the remote
Cable and adapter not included.

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Low Power Mode

To reduce its energy consumption, this device will enter Low Power Mode when it goes to sleep. Learn more here.

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Device Packaging

97% of this device’s packaging is made of wood fiber-based materials from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources.

Technical details

Fire TV Stick

Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen)

Size

3.4” x 1.2” x 0.5” (86 x 30 x 13 mm)

Weight

1.1 oz (32.0 g)

Processor

Quad-core 1.7 GHz

GPU

IMG GE8300

Storage

8 GB internal

Wifi

Dual-band, dual-antenna wifi (MIMO) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard wifi. Supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wifi networks.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 5.0 and Bluetooth Low Energy. Pair with compatible Bluetooth speakers, headphones, video game controllers, and more.

Voice support

Yes, with Alexa Voice Remote (included) or the free Fire TV app (available for download on Fire OS, Android, and iOS).

IR device control with included Alexa Voice Remote

The included Alexa Voice Remote can control Fire TV Stick and certain functions (such as power and volume) on a wide range of compatible IR-enabled devices, including TVs, soundbars, and A/V receivers. Note: Certain functions may not be available on some IR-enabled devices.

Cloud storage

Free cloud storage for digital content purchased from Amazon.

Ports

HDMI output, micro-USB for power only.

Audio support

Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+ surround sound and HDMI Audio passthrough for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+, Dolby Atmos.

Video content formats supported

HDR 10, HDR10+, HLG, H.265, H.264, Vp9

Output resolution supported

1080p and 720p up to 60 fps

System requirements

High-definition television with available HDMI input, internet connection via wifi, a power outlet.

TV compatibility

High-definition TVs with HDMI capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50 Hz.

Warranty and service

90-day Limited Warranty and service included. Optional 2-Year and 3-Year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Fire TV is subject to the terms found here.

Content availability

Certain apps and services are subject to change or withdrawal at any time, may not be available in all areas and languages, and may require separate subscriptions.

Accessibility features

VoiceView screen reader enables access to the vast majority of Fire TV features for users who are blind or visually impaired. Screen magnifier enables viewers to zoom in and out, and pan around the screen. Text Banner consolidates onscreen text into a compact, customizable banner that appears on the screen. Watch videos and TV shows with closed captioning displayed. Use Audio Description for verbal descriptions of what is happening on the screen, including physical actions, facial expressions and scene changes. Captions and audio descriptions are not available for all content. You can also listen to Fire TV with compatible Bluetooth headphones. Learn more about accessibility for Fire TV.

Included in the box

Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen), Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Gen), USB cable and power adapter, HDMI extender, 2 AAA batteries, Quick Start Guide

Software Security Updates

This device receives guaranteed software security updates until at least four years after the device is last available for purchase as a new unit on our websites. Learn more about these software security updates. If you already own a Fire TV, visit Manage Your Content and Devices for information specific to your device.

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Size

38 x 142 x 16 mm

Weight

43.4 g (without batteries)

Batteries

2 AAA (included)

Technology

Bluetooth

Compatibility

Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Stick 4K Max

Features & Specifications

  • Latest generation of our best-selling Fire TV device - 50% more powerful than the 2nd generation for fast streaming in Full HD. Includes Alexa Voice Remote with power and volume buttons.
  • Endless entertainment - Stream more than 1 million movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Peacock, and more, plus listen to millions of songs. Subscription fees may apply.
  • Live TV - Watch your favorite live TV, news, and sports with subscriptions to SLING TV, YouTube TV, and others. Use the Guide button to see what's available and when.
  • Free TV - Access over 200,000 free movies and TV episodes from popular ad-supported streaming apps like IMDb TV, Tubi, Pluto TV and more.
  • Listen to music - Stream on Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and others. Subscription fees may apply.
  • Less clutter, more control - Alexa Voice Remote lets you use your voice to search and launch shows across apps. All-new preset buttons get you to favorite apps quickly. Plus, control power and volume on your TV and soundbar with a single remote.
  • Home theater audio with Dolby Atmos - Feel scenes come to life with immersive Dolby Atmos audio on select titles with compatible home audio systems.
  • Easy to set up, stays hidden - Plug in behind your TV, turn on the TV, and connect to the internet to get set up.
  • Certified for Humans - Struggle-free, tinker-free, and stress-free. No patience needed—it's actually simple.

Pros & Cons

Pros

2nd take it worked. Tried repeatedly to get to work, spent several hours on phone trying to chat with over burdened “customer support” to no avail. Would work for a short time and then screen would go blank and when it was working, no sound. Customer Support was one of the most frustrating chat support services I have ever encountered. Update...immediately after posting this review was contacted by James with Amazon customer service in Seattle. Made arrangements to speak with me when I got home and asked me to do a couple basic configurations with the fire stick which none worked. Sent a new stick which arrived in a few days. Was able to set it up and configure within minutes and works great. James also followed up after receiving notification that I had received it to make sure it worked properly.

Fire TV Stick 3rd Gen with 3rd Gen Alexa Voice Remote. This 3rd Generation FireTV Stick now comes with the 3rd Generation Alexa Voice Remote, allowing for more control over your applications and TV experience. This new Alexa Voice Remote 3rd Generation was recently released, and I have reviewed it already as I have been using it with my FireTV Cube. Currently it appears as though this FireTV Stick 3rd Gen is the only device that ships with this new remote, as the FireTV Stick Lite, FireTV Stick 4K, and FireTV Cube all are currently shipping with older remotes. PROS: SPEED- This is the biggest upgrade if in my opinion if you are coming from a 2nd generation device. The specs mention that this 3rd generation is “50% more powerful,” and you can definitely tell the difference in navigating menus and loading applications. This is probably the biggest reason to upgrade from Gen 2. DOLBY ATMOS – This might not be a big deal for many people, but support for the Dolby Atmos specification is nice for audiophiles with home speaker systems that can make use of it. REMOTE – As I mentioned in my review of this new remote, the main additions are the “Channel Guide” button, that brings up the menu to watch live TV if you have that set up; and the four App Buttons- for quickly launching Prime Video, Netflix, Disney Plus, and Hulu. The remote also allows control of your TV through power and volume buttons that are not available in the FireTV Stick Lite. CONS: NO 4K- This version does not support 4K video streaming, and I wouldn't imagine that it will be supported in the future either, because there is a FireTV Stick 4K product that exists if you want that feature. That FireTV Stick 4K is still shipping with the older 2nd generation Alexa Voice Remote currently though, (the one with a TV power button but no app buttons or channel guide button), so that's kind of disappointing. All in all, this to me is worth the upgrade from and older FireTV Stick, mainly because of the speed difference but also the newer remote is nice to have. If 4K matters to you, you might want to wait and grab the FireTV Stick 4K version when they eventually start shipping it with the new Gen 3 remote. The Lite version doesn't really seem like it would be worth it in most situations, because for only $10 less you lose Atmos support and all of the TV controls (power, volume, channel guide, app buttons, etc)

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! AMAZON HAS DONE IT AGAIN!! ***EDIT 05/31/2021 - READ WAY BELOW! AMAZON FIRESTICK 3RD GEN BEATS OUT NVIDIA SHIELD, CHROMECAST 3RD GEN AND ROKU**** I REALLY LOVE THIS NEW DEVICE! IT IS FAST, I CAN STREAM MY OWN MOVIE APPS (CARTOON HD, TYPHOON, SYNCLAIR, FILM PLUS, NOVA, KODI, CINEMA HD) AMAZINGLY FAST! Netflix and prime is super fast also!!! I AM GOING TO ORDER 4 MORE!! AMAZON FIRESTICK BEATS OUT APPLE TV AND CHROMCAST GOOGLE TV!!!! Edit 05/03/2021: 4 days of heavy usage (horror movie marathon) and no rebooting, and the firestick has yet to lag or become slow. I switched from wireless to Ethernet and same thing: no issues at all. Absolutely a fantastic device!!! Edit 05/10/2021: posting a weekly update. This device is even more amazing than I first noted. I have yet to experience any slowness or lag. I use it approximately 3 to 6 hours a day, sometimes over 6 hours. I use it for the Live tv option, and of course for YouTube, and audible, I am definitely not seeing any lag it is very speedy. With my 4k, at least once a week I had to unplug and plug it back in. NOT THIS 3RD GEN!! YOU WILL NOT REGRET THIS PURCHASE! A bit of advice on two things: First, the 4k firetick, while amazing as it is, is running Android 7.1, which can explain the lag between apps. The 3rd gen runs Android 9.0, which explains the speed increase and better memory management, not to mention more secure (Firesticks are super secure, just my opinion on Android from a full time Android user). Hence, it is a better idea to get the 3rd gen. Second, I change frequently from WiFi to Ethernet, to continue testing lagging and I have still experienced absolutely no lag. Ethernet connects at 150 Mbps, will not go higher, where as WiFi is 540 Mbps which tells me the Firesticks are made for WiFi, which makes sense however I love the Ethernet option because I have a cable available. All I can say is, the Firestick outbeats every streaming device out there (except maybe the Nvidia shield) with reliability, speed, ease of use, connectivity. YOU ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT REGRET YOUR PURCHASE!!!! EDIT 05/19: I started experiencing lagging issues, and had to unplug and restart the Firestick, first time in 30 days! Was hoping to make it to 45 days but 30 days, with 5 to 7 hours a day of use is pretty amazing!! I made an error earlier on Ethernet speed with Amazon's Ethernet adapter. The Ethernet adapter from Amazon clocks at 150 Mbps, so I bought Cable Matters Micro USB to Ethernet Adapter and .. WOW! I connect at 349 down and almost 40 up!! I have absolutely no internet lag, on or off wifi but I always prefer Ethernet when I can use it. I managed to download and install a total of 12 applications via filelinked, and I still have 1.99 gb of space available. This firetick continues to amaze me!!! Firestick once again beats out Roku, Google Chromecast Android tv, apple tv, except the Nvidia shield. You will not regret this purchase! Edit 05/31/2021: I decided to purchase a Nvidia shield pro, so that I could compare and because I got a lot of messages stating it is the best on the market. It was ana amazing setup, the device is powerful, and snappy. I compared it with the 3rd gen stick and the only three differences I noticed was the following: More memory; shield has 3gb vs 3rd gen having 2gb Space; shield has 12gb, can be expanded to 1tb. Firestick has 8, expandable to 512gb. Screen; 4k is absolutely amazing. 3rd gen has 1080. Compared with he 4k firestick, the screen is the same. Speed is the same between shield and firesticks, and navigation is as silky smooth HOWEVER, I am noticing via Hulu, Netflix and Disney plus on shield, the voice was not matching up to the characters when watching movies and shows. No matter what I did: uninstall, reinstall all three apps, shut down and restarted numerous times. It is really annoying and does defeat the entirety of the device as a streaming device. Price; Nvidia shield is $199, 2019 model with Android 9, April security...Chromecast Android tv is Android 10 with may security patch..at $49.99, 2020 model.... 3rd gen is $39.99 and prime day you can probably get it for $24.99..for a 2021 model. I will not rate Roku because you cannot sideload apps, and it is limited like apple streaming. Winner? AMAZON!!! AMAZON IS THE ABSOLUTE WINNER! For price, security patches, navigation, side installing apps, ease of use... COME ON FOLKS! I DEBUNKED THE NVIDIA SHIELD MYTH!! I also am returning the shield because I cannot keep something that cannot handle streaming. Note: Nvidia shield is amazing for gaming, and absolutely beats out all streaming devices. This is just streaming applications that I have reviewed and an issue with!

Cons

After Years of FireTV, I am switching to Roku. After the update I hate the interface for the following reasons; 1) It mixes content from a 100 different subscriptions services. So I see content that is on Hulu or HBO even if I am not subscribed to them. It's actually hard to find things that are just available on Prime for free now. 2) The IMDB video is annoying. I don't want to watch ads but Amazon wants me to watch ads. So IMDB video is filling up my feed when I'm not interested in it. 3) Amazon moved quite a few things out of Prime Video which was free and stuck it into IMDB so I have to watch ads. This made the Amazon Prime subscription less valuable. 4) Amazon recently start rejecting non-fiction content from independent content creators. Hell I can't count how many bigfoot, UFO, fitness videos and independent documentaries I watched on Prime. Now they took a good deal of this and moved it out of free for Prime and they aren't letting people submit any new non-fiction content now. 5) I got Roku yesterday and the picture quality is actually better. 6) The Prime Video app on Roku is actually more navigable and easier to find Free for Prime content that the FireTV ecosystem.

Wait they they work out the bugs-don't order. So frustrated. The set up was super easy but it worked for like five minutes before the screen froze. Now it keeps going black. I should have stuck to the old version. Having to immediately return something that I waited so long to ship is beyond annoying. So better quality control Amazon

Garbage! The new fire stick worked for about a day and then all the sudden we have no sound! We unplugged. We revised audio settings. Nothing we do can get this thing to play sound anymore!! Returning this garbage!

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