Complete Review on Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

With 4K support, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K becomes a brilliant option and is the best-selling streaming stick on the market. Even the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K allows the users to stream ultra-high-definition video with Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+ technology.

Moreover, it offers a remote controller with an Alexa voice-activated technology, which allows the users to search for a show or change the channel over their voice. Simply “Ask Alexa” to do so and more other features you will going to know from today’s topic. Here’s a complete review on Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is the third version of Amazon’s streaming device. It supports up to 4K Ultra HD streaming with Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+, and HLG, and delivers an immersive sound with Dolby Atmos. It also offers the next-gen. Alexa voice remote with dedicated power, volume, and mute button.

Pros

  • Speedy user interface.
  • Fantastic variety of content with thousands of streaming apps.
  • Amazon Alexa voice assistance.

 Cons

  • UI is biased towards Amazon.
  • Performance varies between apps.
Amazon Fire TV stick 4K

Powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K boasts an 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip as its predecessor. But it offers 4K streaming under $50 that easily fits in your budget. Moreover, you can access thousands of movies and shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, and other streaming services.

Price and Availability

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is available at 4,999 INR / $49.99 / £49.99 price according to the country conversion rates. However, Amazon hasn’t started to sell its Fire TV Sticks in Australia, but it will begin soon.

The price is higher than the non-4K version at around $10 / £10. But it’s very reasonable according to Firestickhub due to offering thousands of quality content, with 4K support and features Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+, HLG, and Dolby Atmos.

Design

Like the previous version, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K hasn’t changed so much in terms of design. The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is compact, unobtrusive, and designed to plug into the HDMI 2.2 port on your TV.

As the Fire Stick is a little bit wider compared to a standard HDMI cable, Amazon provides a male-to-female HDMI extender cable to fit in. This cable can be also used to improve the Wi-Fi connection and remote-control performance.

Review on Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

The Fire TV Stick 4K looks almost similar to the previous model except for any text with the Amazon arrow logo. Whereas the processor and Wi-Fi remain the same, i.e., 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip. But it supports 4K with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Even you will find a micro-USB port to connect the power adaptor.

The biggest change is on to the remote. It includes volume buttons and a power button. Previously, you can’t change the volume through the TV’s remote. You have to ask Alexa to change the volume. Now, you can change the volume on your TV, AV receiver, or soundbar conveniently. However, you can see a microphone button at the top of the remote similar to its predecessor without saying “Alexa” to give the command.

Set Up the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Setting up the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is very simple, just plugged into the HDMI port and power source. With a user-friendly interface and responsive remote control, you can easily handle it. You will get the recently accessed apps, channels, and shows on the home screen. Simply scroll up and access different contents.

Setting of Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Read our previous article “How to Use the Amazon Fire TV Stick?” to know the whole process of setting up the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. I hope you will be helpful with it. Feel free to ask any queries you have regarding the setup of Fire Stick.

Features and Performance 

Amazon is always known to deliver the best Fire TV Sticks within the budget range. And, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K isn’t an exception. So here are all the features of the Fire TV Stick 4K you need to know.

Responsive UI

The UI is very responsive. It’s fantastic fast to load apps and select the streaming service. However, the experience varies according to the apps, but it’s extremely simple and easy to sign up also. Even you didn’t face any issues as its encouraging process helps to set up the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K conveniently.

Remote Control

With a new design, the remote control of the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K works effortlessly. Alexa-powered voice remote helps to search videos quickly and accurately on the streaming apps. But every app doesn’t support voice search, in that case, you have to search manually.

Generally, voice search is very good and helps you to turn on your TV, control your smart devices, and view live camera feeds on your TV from smart security cameras over your voice command. However, the search functionality becomes better than its predecessors.

Streaming services like BBC iPlayer won’t support voice search. Even you can’t skip to the next episode by voice control which might be annoying to you. Another drawback of the remote is that your request may be unable to support the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.

Whatever you select and start that might be closed and you need to restart it again. But you can search for 4K contents, shown by titles and actors. However, Amazon shows priority toward its content, which could be annoying to you.

HDMI and Internet

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is a great traveling companion to unlock home content. You can connect it to the HDMI port and Amazon provides an extender cable that can also be used as a Wi-Fi connection. The device requires a high-speed internet connection (at least 20 Mbps) for streaming 4K shows on platforms.  

4K and DVR

A compatible Ultra High-Definition TV with Fire TV Stick 4K is required to stream 4K. Even the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K offers Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+ visual technology, and HQ Dolby Atmos sound system. With a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 8 GB of internal storage, the Fire Stick has plenty of storage including speed.

Simultaneous Streaming

Amazon allows more than one device to be registered on a single profile. You can find most of the streaming platforms and streams well. UK viewers can’t find Now TV whereas US viewers can’t stream Vudu – the largest source of Dolby Vision content.

As it includes a large variety of content, you might miss any old niche app. Recently, Fire TV Stick has added “Live TV” on the interface for US viewers. It collates all the live channels into one place. Overall, it’s a good streaming device.

Parental Controls

With a huge variety of content, parents will set controls over the channels to restrict their watching shows and movies for their children via the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. The device has settings that allow the parents to limit the channels and content of Prime Video based on rating and restrict the children from age-appropriate content.

Streaming Services and Apps of the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

You will get a huge variety of content through the Fire TV Stick 4K and it works with all the popular streaming services including Netflix, HBO, Sling TV, Hulu, and YouTube TV. It also allows you to access a vast movie and music collection on Amazon Prime.

Pluto TV offers free content on over 250 channels, including MTV, CNN, People TV, NBC, and thousands of on-demand movies. Whereas other popular streaming services are available via subscriptions. 

streaming services offered by Amazon Fire Tv Stick 4K

Amazon Prime Video

The subscription package of Amazon Prime costs $12.99/month. You can access Prime Video with the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. You can purchase the subscription to Amazon Prime Video separately at $8.99/month which delivers 100+ TV channels.

A regular Amazon Prime membership offers a ton of perks, including free shipping. Even Amazon Prime members can stream millions of songs on Amazon Music with the Fire TV Stick 4K. Moreover, you will get free cloud storage on digital content bought from Amazon.

HBO

HBO offers original content like Game of Thrones and Westworld, including a broad range of TV series and documentaries at a subscription cost of $14.99/month. 

Hulu

The basic plan of Hulu costs $5.99/month, whereas the ad-free option is set to $11.99/month and the ad-free live TV plan costs $60.99/month. You can access all the on-demand content on every plan of Hulu.

The library of Hulu contains thousands of movies, and original shows like Marvel’s Runaways and The Handmaid’s Tale. However, the Live TV plans of Hulu have ABC, FOX, CBS Sports Network, NBC, CNN, and ESPN in selected locations. 

Netflix

The basic plan of Netflix costs $8.99/month and it allows you to watch on a single screen at a time. Whereas the premium plan costs $15.99/month and offers simultaneous streaming on four devices. Even it allows accessing ultra-high-definition content including myriad movies, documentaries, TV series, and its original productions like BoJack Horseman, Narcos, and Stranger Things. 

Sling TV

Sling TV, a cable replacement service, provides live TV streaming including 4,000+ movies and TV episodes. It has two types of plans, i.e., the Orange plan and the Blue plan. Both plan combinedly costs $45/month which offers a wealth of movies and TV content, and dozens of games.

Blue plan costs $30/month and offers 45+ channels like FOX News, National Geographic, and so on. Whereas the Orange plan costs $30/month that features 30+ channels, including CNN, ESPN, and Bloomberg Television, ESPN, and CNN.

Live TV Streaming on the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Amazon has introduced Live TV support with Fire TV, integrated with Sling TV, Hulu Live TV, and YouTube TV. Amazon Fire TV Stick allows you to stream live TV channels across different apps within recommendations and the interface.

You can stream these channels through the integrated channel guide of Fire TV and customize your favorite channels. So, the live channels will appear in your ‘Recents’ and the ‘On Now’ sections. The Live tab enabling organize programs on live streaming services based on your recently watched content.

Last Words

Overall, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K has impressed us a lot. The user interface is super responsive, quick to load, and intuitive way to set it out. You can simply navigate different movies, apps, and shows, including the recently accessed content on the home screen.

However, the lack of consistency is an issue that affects the predecessors of the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. Hopefully, future updates will improve as streamlined as possible to provide more parity to watch the content. This is all you need to know in the review on Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.

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FAQs

1) Is it worth getting a 4K fire stick?

Yes, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is an excellent value-for-money TV Streaming device. It offers many TV apps and premium streaming services that you need.

2) What channels do you get with Firestick 4K?

You can access several channels, i.e., CBS, NBC, CBS Sports Network, FOX, NFL Network, and the regional sports network like NBCSN, NBA TV, FS1, and more.

3) What channels are free with the Firestick?

Yes, the Fire TV Stick supports plenty of free channels on Pluto TV, Tubi, Plex, and Xumo. Moreover, GoNoodle and PBSKids are the best two kids’ channels.

4) What is the difference between a Firestick and Firestick 4K?

There are multiple differences. The old fire tv stick used an 802.11n wireless card, whereas the new 4k uses 802.11AC. Moreover, the 4K model has more memory and storage than the old one. To know more read our article “Amazon Fire Stick Vs Fire Stick Lite.”

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  1. Very clear description. Thanks.

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