Amazon Firestick...do you have one?Do I need one?!

(20 Posts)
conkerpods Thu 06-Oct-16 20:48:46

Hi,we have Virgin Media (TiVo box),we also have an Amazon Prime subscription and Netflix. We watch quite a bit on Netflix,we don't really bother with Amazon Instant video stuff as we do it via the Wii and it's really clumsy to use plus the picture isn't great.
So...should I invest in a Firestick?
And if so,can I put restrictions on it so the kids can't start watching Orange is the New Black or something?!
Any advice please...thanks.

AndNowItsSeven Thu 06-Oct-16 20:55:56

Yes love mine, it's so easy to move about the house or even to a hotel. You can set a password yes for either PG, 12 etc .

Housewife2010 Thu 06-Oct-16 20:57:51

I love mine. I bought a second one for the bedroom when they were half price

ChampagneCommunist Thu 06-Oct-16 21:00:58

How does it work? What can you watch?

conkerpods Thu 06-Oct-16 21:03:22

Champagne do you have Amazon prime?If so you can watch all sorts of box sets and films with the Firestick. You stick it in the USB of your tv and off you go I believe.

conkerpods Thu 06-Oct-16 21:03:41

Thanks everyone.smile

IveAlreadyPaid Thu 06-Oct-16 21:06:07

It's great, but only since we got fibre optic broadband. Couldn't watch it before.

I would happily get rid of sky tv, unfortunately dh disagrees.

FlyHighLittleBee Thu 06-Oct-16 21:08:19

Can you watch catch up TV on it? I want to move my front room around and I cba to have a wire put from the Ariel to the TV (door in the way) so thought about cancelling virgin and getting a fire stick instead?

mangocoveredlamb Thu 06-Oct-16 21:14:51

Love it! Watching ripper street on it as I type!
Lots of great kids stuff on prime streaming too.
Makes it so easy to watch.
Will be using it for Netflix once I start maternity leave.

sluj Sat 08-Oct-16 10:38:48

Catch up TV? Yes, you can download all sorts of Apps on it including the I player, ITV Hub, All 4 etc. Works better than sky catch up as you have box sets on the apps for free on some of them, eg All 4.
The Apps include things like You Tube, Netflix etc. Also exercise videos and cool screen savers like log fires or snowy windows.

Great piece of kit IMO

conkerpods Sun 09-Oct-16 23:15:32

Well we are totally loving the Firestick so far. It's so easy to use and much more responsive than the TiVo system.
I discovered the Health and Fitness app today,can't wait to do some yoga.

anyoldname76 Sun 09-Oct-16 23:20:04

weve got a firestick for our tv in our bedroom, its fab. weve already got netflix and amazon prime so didnt have to pay any subscription fees. a friend of mine bought a 'chipped' one off facebook and it stopped working after a month

giraffesCantReachTheirToes Sun 09-Oct-16 23:22:58

I have one in my bedroom.

Have no ariel (do you even need one?!) or anything in bedroom so was either fire stick or getting virgin media out to get a 2nd box in bedroom and faffing with wires etc. This was much easier and quicker and can alway sfind somethin to watch in bed. Either catch up/old box sets or my own stuff that I have bought on amazon anyway.

Wingedharpy Mon 10-Oct-16 15:07:47

Can I ask you folks who are all clearly more au fait with all this modern technology (I'm fairly old and childless, so no-one on hand to teach me this stuff), if you have a smart TV with the ability to connect to internet, do I need another router/modem(?) box thingy near to it or will it just work off my current wireless internet connection?
My current TV's don't have any holes/ports to insert sticks.

Branleuse Mon 10-Oct-16 15:11:35

I think theyre good

ClaudetteWyms Mon 10-Oct-16 15:12:55

Love my firestick! Wingedharpy if you have a smart tv I don't think you need the stick - you can just download the apps. If you get Amazon Prime you can get the extra content.

I am very un-techy and find the firestick so easy to use, and we're loving Sons of Anarchy box set! Lots of good kids' films for DC to watch as well.

conkerpods Mon 10-Oct-16 18:30:14

It's SO easy to use. And great quality picture too.

IveAlreadyPaid Tue 11-Oct-16 20:06:21

Only draw back is the remote is quite small. Ours is lost.... again 😞

NotLostJustSomewhereSafe Tue 11-Oct-16 20:10:54

We have kodi on ours too. We love our firestick! It occasionally goes missing into one of the kids' rooms but I think Santa may be on the case to sort that problem wink

GinAndSonic Tue 11-Oct-16 20:23:07

I have a roku stick and I love it. We don't have tv (as in I have a TV with no means of getting a digital signal) and so have no TV licence. We used to just watch dvds but now we have Netflix, amazon prime, and catch up from its, channel 4 (deliberately did not download BBC iplayer) and there's apps for watching Ted talks amd all sorts of stuff.

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