In today's climate of smart TVs, apps and fancy home setups, it can be easy to forget about the humble streaming stick. But if you're one of the many people not willing to spend hundreds on a brand-new TV, just so you can catch up on the last series of The Crown, then smaller devices like the Amazon Fire Stick are the perfect affordable option.


But just what is an Amazon Fire TV Stick, and exactly how does it work?

Below, we’ve put together a straightforward guide outlining what to expect from the streaming stick and why you might want to get your hands on one of your own.

For more information, you can see our Amazon Fire TV Stick review and our guides to Amazon Prime stick channels, the Fire TV Stick costs and Chromecast vs Fire TV Stick. Or, if you're already certain that you want to purchase a Fire Stick, you can see our best Amazon Fire TV Stick deals.

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What is the Amazon Fire Stick?

The Amazon Fire Stick is a smart TV device, which essentially allows you to access a range of channels and platforms straight to your TV simply by plugging it in.

The Fire Stick is one of the market leaders for this type of streaming device and boasts a generous 8GB of storage for apps such as Netflix and the BBC iPlayer.

There are four versions of the Fire Stick; the standard model, the cheaper Lite model, the 4K version and the 4K Max. The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max is the latest streaming stick to come out, it has a slightly higher price tag but will allow you to watch in the best quality, with ultra HD streaming.

Buy Amazon Fire TV Stick for £44.99 at Amazon

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How does an Amazon Fire TV stick work?

Amazon Fire Stick

The Fire Stick allows you to watch and listen to all your favourite content with one simple device. Being portable and pocket-sized, you can take it with you wherever you go and access all your content just by plugging it into the back of a TV.

Every smart stick apart from the Lite also comes with Alexa voice control, meaning you can search for shows and control what you’re watching without having to use the remote.

You can access Prime Video content as well as a long list of apps including the ITV Hub, All4, BBC iPlayer, Hayu, Netflix and Disney+. You can also rent and buy films through Amazon with the Fire Stick and even browse the internet.

Music fans would also benefit from the device as you can listen to songs and playlists from the likes of Amazon Music, Apple Music and Spotify, all of which are available on the smart stick.

The Amazon Fire Stick essentially collates everything into one place, so you don’t need to spend time logging in to all your accounts in different locations. Plus, you can use voice control to easily control and stream everything from your favourite show to your latest playlist.

Buy Amazon Fire TV Stick for £44.99 at Amazon

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How much is an Amazon Fire Stick?

Amazon Fire Stick

The standard price of an Amazon Fire Stick depends on the model. The price of the regular Fire Stick is usually £44.99.

For the other models, the RRP ranges from £34.99 for the Lite, to £69.99 for the 4K Max.

And if you're interested in buying an Amazon Echo, too, we suggest reading our Amazon Fire TV Cube review. It's Amazon's most sophisticated device and combines the Alexa voice recognition technology with a streaming device, this baby costs £139.99.

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