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If you want access tofor better binge-watching this winter, consider one of Amazon’s media streamers. Fire TV Sticks make it easy to watch your favorite TV shows and movies on whatever TV you want, so there’s no need to splurge on a fancy, new smart TV. With just hours away, many retailers have already dropped , including . And for a limited time, Amazon is offering Fire TV Sticks in either HD or 4K models at up to 50% off, with prices starting as low as $15.
So whichshould you choose? If you don’t have a 4K TV or are not particularly worried about streaming in the highest resolution, the can upgrade your regular HD TV by granting you access to all the top streaming services, apps and voice controls that have become an essential part of contemporary designs. Since the price is knocked down to 50% off, you can right now.
Streaming lets youwithout sacrificing , as the Fire TV stick will help you access more than 190 channels and apps, though keep in mind, some require a subscription. The Alexa voice remote can help you in seconds. And if you have Echo devices, you can pair them, too.
And if you do have a 4K TV and want to take advantage of 4K high definition streaming, consider the Fire TV Stick 4K or our favorite Fire TV Stick, the. It remains our pick for the overall. These devices include additional features, including the ability to set up profiles for anyone in your household to get personalized recommendations and support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio. And the Max even supports . You can right now, or grab the . Both of these devices will work with non-4K TVs, but you’ll be limited to whatever your TV’s maximum resolution is, so it’s only a great deal if you have a 4K TV or plan to .
Another great feature of having a plug-and-play media streamer is that you can take your TV access with you when you’re away from home. Both devices work with HD TVs, so you can take your device with you to a friend’s house or on vacation and plug it in to get access to all your content. You can even play music through your TV throughapps. Note: You must have a Wi-Fi connection for this device to work.
Amazon offers a number of, including a Fire TV Stick Lite, which is currently. While it doesn’t sport as many features as some of the other models, it still makes for a great upgrade for anyone who wants to bring some intelligence to an older TV. And if you have held back on making the change before now due to privacy concerns, you can always add a to safeguard and protect your online identity, along with other benefits, for as little as $2 a month.