Cutting the Cord Option #5: Amazon Fire TV

Price: $99 (+ $40 if you want the game controller)

Competition: Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, etc.

Applications/Channels: Over 200,000 TV episodes and movies, millions of songs, and hundreds of games.  Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Watch ESPN, Pandora, etc. 


  • Easy to set up – may be the easiest of all of them
  • Voice-search feature (Amazon Instant only)
  • Very fast streaming
  • Full parental controls
  • Gaming capabilities


  • High Price
  • Uncustomizable UI
  • Not as extensive library as Roku
  • Amazon-centric – favorability towards Amazon content

Bottom Line:

Amazon Fire TV is a media hub with a high powered processor and hefty price tag of $99.

Fire TV comes registered to your Amazon account, so all you have to do is plug it in and connect to your network.

There’s also the Fire TV stick – the little brother to Fire TV.   It is an affordable alternative but isn’t as powerful and lacks other features.

As I have a subscription to Prime, an Amazon solution may make sense for me.

Note: I will be going weighing my options this week and ultimately making a decision.  Did I miss any other options?  Any suggestions?  Stay tuned. 

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