One of the complaints I have heard is how hard it is to open the battery cover on the Fire TV Stick Remote. I did a video on how it can be opened. Please note that I have already opened it during my unboxing video so it is a bit conditioned. I did have trouble when I first opened it but as you can see now, I can open it with one hand (thumb).
One of the most common question on the Fire TV Stick is regarding the ability to change accounts and having multiple Fire TV Sticks to one account. Regarding the question on having multiple Fire TV Sticks to one account, there has been multiple users reporting that they have up to 4 sticks using the same account. So we can get that out of the way.
When the Fire TV Stick is shipped, it is pre-registered to the account which you bought it. During the setup, you will reach this page which indicates the Amazon account the Fire TV Stick is registered to. You have the option to continue or change the account.
If you already set up to one account and want to sign into another account. Follow these instructions:
From your Home Menu, scroll all the way down until you reach ‘Settings’
At “Settings”, push the right key on your remote until you reach “My Account”
Click My Account and you will have the following options:
Sync Amazon Content
Select Amazon Account to register another Amazon account for your Fire TV Stick.
Select ‘Deregister’. It will be the only way to sign in using another account. You cannot save more than one account to the Fire TV Stick.
Once you deregister the Fire TV Stick, you can register an existing Amazon account or Create an account.
I completely forgot about the HDMI extender which came with the Amazon Fire TV Stick when I was making this video last night. It was late and I was a bit tired but this extender has resolved my issue of not being able to access the USB port on the Amazon Fire TV Stick. I made a video and have uploaded it to youtube detailing how to use the HDMI connector. It worked like a champ. For aesthetic reasons, you may want to use zip ties to hide the TV stick and the USB cables.
I came across a problem with my Fire TV Stick. My Samsung TV doesn’t have enough room to plug the USB cable for my Fire TV Stick! See for yourself. I don’t have a good answer right now. I had problems connecting the Fire TV stick to the other HDMI ports as it didn’t fit. I didn’t want to jam the HDMI port on my TV as I use it for my cable box, PS3, and Chromecast.
Update: Issue is resolved. See updated post here.
Here is our Amazon Fire TV Stick setup walk through on a PC monitor. Although this walk through should be the same for any TV with an HDMI port.
Here is my unboxing video of the Amazon Fire TV Stick that just arrived. This is a no cut unboxing video with subtitles. Enjoy!
Christmas gift is here! Amazon sent me a notice saying that the fireTV stick was ready for shipment which is way ahead of schedule! This is a nice Christmas present that wasn’t supposed to be. I got an email on Dec. 19th with the subject, “Welcome to Fire TV Stick.” I placed this order on Nov. 2nd and my initial delivery date was supposed to be mid-Jan so this is a very nice surprise! Mr. UPS dropped off the Amazon fire TV stick just now and I can’t wait to do the first unboxing.
Users are not happy with Amazon as the voice recognition software prefers its own content and only supports Vevo content (verified by reviews on its own website). It doesn’t appear to work with Hulu or Netflix. One of the major feature of Fire TV is the ability to use voice search. However, when you search for a video, only content to purchase will be displayed even though it may be free on other apps such as Hulu or Netflix.
Amazon finally gave full details to its Fire TV Stick to go head on with Google’s extremely popular Chromecast. A bit late to the game but Amazon has revealed why it was worth the wait. The current backorder signifies its popularity which will complement its Prime subscription. If you order the Amazon Fire TV stick today, you will not receive it in time for Christmas but in mid-Jan. The date will likely slip as you approach the holidays which is a huge dissapointment. The price is $39 which is comparable to Chromecast’s $35. Amazon Fire TV stick includes a remote which is a nice add on.
Here are other features listed on Amazon’s website.
- Four times the storage capacity and double the memory of Chromecast.
- Dual core processor and one gigabyte of memory
- Huge selection of apps which is synonymous to Chromecast
- Huge library of movies, tv shoes, music, and games through Amazon Prime
- Ability to stream slideshows of personal photos and videos through your amazon cloud account
- Instant streaming with its ASAP technology
- Dedicated remote
- Easy to use app with voice search through its Android app (iOS app not yet available)
- Mirror function. Share what is on your tablet or phone to your TV.
- Only requirement is that you have an HDTV and an available HDMI port on your TV.
Another problem with Chromecast is it’s inability to let you bypass hotel or college dorm captive portal Internet access. Apparently, Amazon has a solution to this and it is in the pipeline.
You can play simple games with your remote but not sure how much use this will have.
The Android app which will let you voice search. iOS / Apple app coming soon.
Stream directly from your Amazon music library of stream Prime music which has a wide variety of music available on demand. You also have the option to play music from other apps such as vevo, Pandora, iheartradio, and others.
A lot of people will compare the Amazon fireTV with the Chromecast. One major sticking point with Chromecast is that it didn’t have a specific app associated with Amazon instant or prime videos. However, there is a workaround with this which you can find here. It doesn’t work as smooth and some users have experience where it doesn’t work at all. If you want to only watch Amazon Prime videos along with your Prime membership, the fireTV is the way to go. At $99, it is not a bad price to pay. However, $99 is much higher than Chromecast’s cost at $35. If you find yourself watching Netflix more than anything else, there will be no need to get the Amazon fireTV. Amazon fireTV does have more features as a remote, voice control, and ability to play games but not everyone will find this as attractive.
The war is on and consumers should come out the winner here. See below on further details between fireTV and Chromecast comparisons along with Roku and Apple TV.