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Fire TV Stick - Review Analysis and Summary by alexey ,  Apr 26, 2015

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Product: "Fire TV Stick"

Date: April 25, 2015 

Total number of reviews:  21,948
  
Overall satisfaction:  4.3 out of 5
  
Returned or considering to return:  2.0%
  
Most Frequently Mentioned Positive Features: 

movie
remote
netflix
watch
price
streaming
video
wi-fi
fast
quality
picture
cable

  
Most Frequently Mentioned Negative Issues: 

remote
Wi-Fi
movie
connection
internet
Netflix
watch
Roku
video
streaming
Chromecast
network
power
buffering
cable
content

Note: Some keywords are mentioned in both positive and negative lists.  This is normal: some users are happy while others are not so happy with same features of the product.


Individual Feature Rating from Best to Worst (max=5 stars, min=0 stars):

Our algorithm is capable of rating individual features of the product.


 expectation  
 fast
 
 money 
 music 
 program 
 quick 
 simple 
 value 
 picture 
 price 
 quality 
 movie 
 Netflix  
 watch 
 service 
 screen 
 Wi-Fi  
 internet 
 connection 
 battery 
 buffering 
connected  
HDMI      
 network 
 power 
 speed 
 support  




Quotes from reviews  

What people say about: 
 
amazon:
 
"Then, along comes the Amazon Fire TV Stick...PROBLEMS SOLVED."
"Incidentally, this problem does not manifest when streaming from Amazon Prime."
"I am unable to watch any shows (even though I am an Amazon Prime member) or purchase any movies or shows because of my location."
"Unfortunately, the interface is extremely Amazon centered and, as my mother isn't very good with technology and the interface doesn't allow the user to filter out content that has an additional cost vs. content that is free with your Amazon Prime Instant Video service, she is always fearful that she will accidentally buy something and avoids the Amazon Video Content entirely."
"NOT Happy it woks fine on Amazon prime but lousy on Netflix the picture turns fuzzy after a few seconds."
"I buy a LOT of stuff on Amazon because I live in the boonies and it is easier to get stuff on line than drive for miles and waste gas."
"Amazon has a great lineup of programming, It is actually mind-boggling what you can get via the Fire TV stick."
"Now we are able to stream 20 live channels of tv along with other amazon and Netflix content on our second tv."
"Easy to stream music, netflix, amazon vid's, etc."
"Amazon's app selection is pretty good, but side-load Kodi (which runs smooth as silk chocolate), and your content options are limitless!"
 
 
movie:
 
"Too slow to watch movies."
"I bought the Firestick since I have Amazon Prime and thought it would be a big variety of movies, but honestly the Prime selection is pretty weak."
"amazon pushes amazon's video content over competitor apps, so instead of seeing all of the available ways to watch a movie via prime, netflix, hulu, it doesn't do that well enough for me to recommend this device."
"Device seemed cool nice and snappy but the problem comes when you plan to watch a movie it freezes after around 30 min of play time."
"We got it so we could watch Netflix in the bedroom and 90% of the time movies and videos are unable to fully load."
"We've had the Fire TV Stick for a month and it's made streaming in our favorite movies and shows so easy"
"Love it but not enough free movies and fun DvD  What's up with that Amazon?"
"My grand children can watch movies on Netflix without any problems."
"It was very easy to use prime membership to watch movies and TV shows."
"So easy to use and tons of great movies and TV shows!"
 
 
remote:
 
"I think Amazon needs to change the design AND send me a new remote since the only to open this is to damage it."
"It is a bit slow to respond to commands from the remote, and there are delays while watching streaming shows - but that may be due to my wireless internet."
"Navigation on remote is frustrating certain apps, slingtv, need to the stick to restart constantly for the app to work."
"I hate fact you can't use it with a Universal Remote."
"remote is not great."
"Good streaming device, I like the remote better than the roku but the roku interface is better."
"Have seen Chromecast and although it is also good, I went for the Fire Stick because of the remote, which is really nice to have."
"The CPU/GPU offers plenty of horsepower to run the apps and games you've been using on your phone/tablet (it's pretty impressive for a tiny device) and the remote is nice and simple, but still perfectly functional."
"The remote is nice looking and functions well."
"Would recommend this over the Google Chromecast as having the remote and built in apps/interface make it mush easier to use for my kids and my parents."
 
 
Netflix:
 
"Some people have no issues with Netflix and other apps, but for me it's been enough of a hassle that I'm thinking about getting a Roku."
"He conducted extensive tests and determined that the problem was neither caused by Netflix nor the internet, but by a defective FireTV stick.I have accordingly disconnected it and await your suggestion about what to do now."
"I was unable to get Netflix, so called them and they suggested that I reboot my router and TV, but ut didn't help.I was told by Netflix that it has to be a problem with my internet.I had AT and T come in this morning."
"We mostly using our entertainment systems for Netflix and Hulu Plus.I wouldn't recommend this product to friends and family."
"Netflix app has developed an error that we can no longer access Netlix using Fire TV Stick."
"I used this for my grandma's TV and she is tickled pink she can watch Netflix so easily and Prime that we got rid of her cable bill and saved her $60 per month.You cannot beat this device."
"Easy to stream music, netflix, amazon vid's, etc."
"Easy way to access netflix in our home without having to cast from the phone!"
"Hulu and Netflix work great through the fire tv stick."
"Works great for Netflix."
 
 
watch:
 
"But this requires Amazon prime membership anda long process of uploading to their cloud followed by still unable to watch my videos"
"but 99 out of 100 times when she tries to start a movie it gives her the blue screen that more less states your setup does not pass the copy protect system check and she is unable to watch anything she has to wait until I can assist her by ower cycling everything which again this was bought for a disabled person."
"Of all the devices I've used (Android phone, IOS devices, PC, PS3, Roku) to watch Baseball with my MLB subscription, this is by FAR the worst."
"I am unable to watch any shows (even though I am an Amazon Prime member) or purchase any movies or shows because of my location."
"Too slow to watch movies."
"I used this for my grandma's TV and she is tickled pink she can watch Netflix so easily and Prime that we got rid of her cable bill and saved her $60 per month.You cannot beat this device."
"Easy to move between TV's in case you have kids that want to watch something."
"We bought these for a couple bedrooms in the house that can not get cable in them due to the build of the house.The kids love them so easy for them to use to watch shows on Amazon and Netflix as well as others they also have found a couple games to play on it too."
"Offers a lot of great programs to watch."
"My grand children can watch movies on Netflix without any problems."
 
 
price:
 
"For the price, it is hard to criticize the Fire TV Stick."
"I bought this device when still on pre order... it was only $20 and I thought for this price would be worst than my Chrome Cast..."
"But like i said its a good investment with a unbeatable price $39 is a cheap price."
"These sticks are simply unbeatable for the price."
"And the price is unbelievable!"
"The price is good but I feel I paid more for fancy packaging instead of performance."
"The price is great!"
"Great price."
"Great product at a great price."
"Awesome product at a great price."
 
 
video:
 
"But this requires Amazon prime membership anda long process of uploading to their cloud followed by still unable to watch my videos"
"I can stream from Plex just fine to my 3 year old Sharp Smart TV just fine, even HD videos, but the tv interface is pretty horrible, so I bought the Fire Stick to get a nicer interface."
"I should also mention that this problem even occurs on Amazon Prime videos, but not as often."
"We got it so we could watch Netflix in the bedroom and 90% of the time movies and videos are unable to fully load."
"My biggest complaint with all of Amazon's video streaming services has been that the navigation system is terrible."
"Got this stick because Amazon has decided not to make Prime instant video compatible with Chromecast."
"You get access to Amazon's Instant Video and Prime Video, as well as other Prime services like music and photos."
"Great video streaming with no lags."
"Great option for streaming video content."
"Works great for watching Amazon videos, but when I use it to watch Netflix the picture was freezing up, then would fast-forward until the picture and sound synced up again."
 
 
streaming:
 
"Incidentally, this problem does not manifest when streaming from Amazon Prime."
"It works fairly well as a streaming stick but I do have some slight problems with it."
"Unfortunately I don't think any of the other streaming services are any better in that respect."
"Seemed fast and powerful, but failed miserably streaming Plex."
"Which is extremely frustrating since many of them do with a different streaming device such as roku."
"It was also easy to set up streaming on our wi-fi router."
"Quick and easy to set up, streaming seems to be fast and clear."
"We've had the Fire TV Stick for a month and it's made streaming in our favorite movies and shows so easy"
"Good streaming device, I like the remote better than the roku but the roku interface is better."
"if not bad as I hate to I will have to trash it and by a different streaming device."
 
 
Wi-Fi:
 
"I think the problems are likely due to either the built-in WiFi receiver and/or on-board memory to buffer content."
"My reception has been fine even tho I'm currently using it on a tv that is on the second floor at the opposite end of the house from where the wi-fi router resides.My only real complaints so far are minor."
"I've been unable to get the WiFi to acknowledge the device, even after discovering how to bring up a password screen (no thanks to the instructions, which were useless).This might work fine on your home TV with your home WiFi but for various reasons even that application hasn't worked for me."
"I have taken it with me to hotels and my moms with ease so I can have my favorite shows wherever I am.-wide variety of apps games and lots of fun things-nicely priced and the assurity that Amazon will walk you through problems you may have.Cons-the remote given to you is so small easy to lose and not very durable.-unless you have good wifi you may experience some lagging while watching your shows but you have to remember you're streaming and it is a strong possibility.If you're looking to get away from cable this device is amazing and I highly recommend it."
"We thought the problem was Sling or our wireless connection but read about Roku's faster processor."
"It was also easy to set up streaming on our wi-fi router."
"We both have 46-inch LED HDTV sets and fast wireless routers in our houses.The Fire TV stick is very easy to set up when you first plug it into your HDMI port on your TV."
"I enjoy it, but if you are at a hotel and need a password for wireless in hotel room, Fire TV stick won't let you log in."
"The wi-fi receiver on it seems to be very good."
"When I check the network on the stick it says ""very good"" connection and ""connected"", I have a 50Mbs connection with a wireless N router, I have 13 other devices in the house that all connect fine and have no issues, when I speedtest with my phone sitting next to the firetv stick I get about 35Mbs Down, and about 18Mbs up."
 
 
Roku:
 
"Some people have no issues with Netflix and other apps, but for me it's been enough of a hassle that I'm thinking about getting a Roku."
"Doesn't have the ability to cast video apps like Netflix through iOS like Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV...that's a major feature to be missing on one of the most used operations systems in the world"
"Definitely not as good as my ROKU."
"Also with Roku the remote did not work very well."
"We thought the problem was Sling or our wireless connection but read about Roku's faster processor."
"Easily comparable to a Roku 3."
"The Roku is by far the best in terms of performance, quality, and ease of use."
"as good or better than my roku."
"This product is great if you have Prime but I still prefer Roku."
"The roku has the best function, the apple tv Has the best stability and streams from computer but no amazon, the fire stick is the most portable and the least expensive."
 
 
quality:
 
"Well over all its a quality item but we have had some problems with it like the speed and connection and has had glitches has been a problem and its notmour internet."
"I has high hopes for the Firestick, but compared to the Google Chromecast, it had a horrible picture quality."
"The quality of the picture is not all that great."
"I use it for Sling TV, WWE network, Netflix, and Amazon Prime (Obviously) There aren't as many private channels as Roku, but once you get into Roku, you will be disappointed by those channels quickly and the poor quality of the broadcasts."
"Unfortunately, the picture quality is not great."
"The Roku is by far the best in terms of performance, quality, and ease of use."
"It was really easy for my 13yr old to hook up and get running for us and the quality is so much better then when they try to watch from their nintendo."
"The image quality is great, much better than hooking up a laptop to the TV with an HDMI cable."
"Good quality and fast downloads... easy-to-use."
"Well over all its a quality item but we have had some problems with it like the speed and connection and has had glitches has been a problem and its notmour internet."
 
 
cable:
 
"I have to use the extension cable to plug the stick into my television which creates problems because the connections often become loose."
"This because I have Comcast/Xfinity as my cable provider, whom I am extremely disappointed in every month, and the lack of agreement between them and Amazon for activation of the Fire stick for the HBO GO app."
"However I missed my cable channel array."
"I had lots of problems with getting the firestick to connect to my Buckeye Cable System router!"
"We've had zero problems with our Firestick and could not be happier with cutting cable."
"This is a great buy and may wean you from cable or satellite TV."
"works great was able to cut a little off the cable bill."
"I used this for my grandma's TV and she is tickled pink she can watch Netflix so easily and Prime that we got rid of her cable bill and saved her $60 per month.You cannot beat this device."
"I cut the cord a while ago and this is a great replacement for the cable box on a bedroom TV."
"Love being able tostream no big cable bill"
 
 
fast:
 
"Seemed fast and powerful, but failed miserably streaming Plex."
"Otherwise, you may be displeased with lack of choices.The device itself is fast, responsive, intuitive."
"Netflix had problems streaming - fast/slow periods."
"This has many really good features- my only complaint is it does not fast forward very well- very hard to gage how far you have gone forward on a show- also seems to freeze a lot- frozen picture while sound goes on."
"It's fast - maybe 20 seconds - but frustrating.A huge improvement I've noticed over my older model Rokus is the fact that if you are watching a program, it will automatically start the next one."
"Quick and easy to set up, streaming seems to be fast and clear."
"Yes please.Its fast, easy to use and simple to setup."
"fast, good amount of different apps."
"Small, compact, easy to use, fast!!"
"Superb, fast, flexible, easy to use!"
 
 
picture:
 
"I has high hopes for the Firestick, but compared to the Google Chromecast, it had a horrible picture quality."
"Picture not as clear as Amazon TV, but good for price!"
"The quality of the picture is not all that great."
"When I was able to get it to work, the picture was horrible and the sound was garbled."
"Unfortunately, the picture quality is not great."
"The picture was clear and audio was perfect."
"Picture and sound are good."
"We got this to take the place of streaming through our Wii... What a difference in picture and so easy to use."
"Works well, but the picture comes in very pixelated and freezes every now an then due to slow internet connection if anyone else is using the internet at the same time."
"Much better picture than using the Wii for Netflix.Highly recommended and very satisfied with my purchase."
 
 
content:
 
"This thing has logged me out of Netflix for no reason, causing me to have to re-enter my password etc (which is a real pain with the remote), and on a regular basis it gives me a message saying it's unable to play/load the content."
"Every few days I get an error where it won't show content."
"It says HD content not available...I have only been able to watch one show, one time."
"Hard to navigate and find the content you want."
"For the money ($40+, missed the $19 dollar special),  it seems as if the content will exceed Netflix , but I haven't really usedit yet."
"There is a good selection of content on amazon and what there isnt, I can stream from Netflix or my pc using Plex."
"Amazon content plays pretty much flawlessly, and some apps (Red Bull TV, Plex) generally work pretty well."
"Great option for streaming video content."
"Love how easy it is to watch movies and other content."
"You can stream any content from your iPhone or iPad to the TV which the kids love."
 
 
internet:
 
"Free programming content via the Fire TV stick is just a bonus for me.We have not had any issues with program lags because of slow Internet connections."
"He conducted extensive tests and determined that the problem was neither caused by Netflix nor the internet, but by a defective FireTV stick.I have accordingly disconnected it and await your suggestion about what to do now."
"I was unable to get Netflix, so called them and they suggested that I reboot my router and TV, but ut didn't help.I was told by Netflix that it has to be a problem with my internet.I had AT and T come in this morning."
"Also a BIG negative it will disconnect from the internet regularly."
"After pulling for a long time, I had to search the internet and saw that this has been an ongoing problem."
"Just make sure you have a good modem/router and high speed internet"
"works great, but I wish it would work without the internet"
"Can't be my internet because everything else in my apartment runs perfectly fine."
"When I check the internet connection, it shows the connection is very good."
"I  purchased the fire stick on sale for $19.99 and was in love with it until my internet  provider called and said my data was all used."
 
 
connection:
 
"Free programming content via the Fire TV stick is just a bonus for me.We have not had any issues with program lags because of slow Internet connections."
"I have to use the extension cable to plug the stick into my television which creates problems because the connections often become loose."
"Works well, but the picture comes in very pixelated and freezes every now an then due to slow internet connection if anyone else is using the internet at the same time."
"Since then I cannot watch anything with the Fire TV stick because it insists the internet connection is too slow."
"I was watching the second season of Downton Abbey but then it started to buffer and told me my internet connection was too slow."
"When I check the network on the stick it says ""very good"" connection and ""connected"", I have a 50Mbs connection with a wireless N router, I have 13 other devices in the house that all connect fine and have no issues, when I speedtest with my phone sitting next to the firetv stick I get about 35Mbs Down, and about 18Mbs up."
"If you are looking for a device that will connect your tv in the same room as your router, I suggest going with a device that allows for a wired connection you will have a more reliable signal.Amazon should pull this product off the market."
"When I check the internet connection, it shows the connection is very good."
"?It Stalls constantly.It says its my connection, yet the settings says my Linksys conn. is  ""very good"" So I bought a Roku Stick-wks FANTASTIC!"
"It crashes all the time and never seems to be able to keep a connection with my network - boo."
 
 
stream:
 
"I guess its back to the horrible tv interface, or,  I can stream from Plex to my laptop or any of my phones with no troubles."
"Not nearly as easy to stream from a phone (non Amazon) or tablet as chromecast."
"We have 3 different devices to stream video and this is the worst of them."
"If I try to connect it to 5GHz, I get the ""connected with problems"" message, and it isn't able to stream anything."
"I currently use my blu-ray player to stream to my 60"" Samsung plasma, but the interface is slow and clunky, and it does not offer HBO Go, which was just introduced to the Fire Stick."
"Now we are able to stream 20 live channels of tv along with other amazon and Netflix content on our second tv."
"Easy to stream music, netflix, amazon vid's, etc."
"Streams well, no dropout yet."
"Compared to the Chromecast, I think this is less user friendly since everything must be done through the TV using the remote (vs being able to stream directly from your phone)."
"The roku has the best function, the apple tv Has the best stability and streams from computer but no amazon, the fire stick is the most portable and the least expensive."
 
 
chromecast:
 
"I had the chromecast first and was getting so frustrated with having go download the apps to my phone because chromecast isnt compatible with my Kindle."
"Doesn't have the ability to cast video apps like Netflix through iOS like Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV...that's a major feature to be missing on one of the most used operations systems in the world"
"I only use this for netflix and phone screen mirroring.Complaints:  The only complaint I have about this vs the Chromecast is that every time I log onto the netflix with the Firestick, I have to select the netflix user that's watching."
"Is hard to know what Chromecast is doing (state) because you can't tell who was doing what with it last.Kindle TV StickPro - Interface to all services in one place."
"Comparing Samsung Smart TV (circa 2013) vs Chromecast, TV Stick because SmartTV is so slow."
"Got this stick because Amazon has decided not to make Prime instant video compatible with Chromecast."
"Have seen Chromecast and although it is also good, I went for the Fire Stick because of the remote, which is really nice to have."
"The Google Chromecast was a great idea, but came up a little shy of the ""Total Package"", since it completely lacked the ability to operate on its own (it cannot even be connected to many hotel wireless networks), and had no 5GHz capability (Can you say range/speed limitations?)."
"I have both the chromecast and the fire stick and I find the chromecast far superior for streaming Hulu and Netflix."
"I had the chromecast first and was getting so frustrated with having go download the apps to my phone because chromecast isnt compatible with my Kindle."
 
 
simple:
 
"Not that you need it, it is pretty simple to use."
"VERY DISAPPOINTED only wanted one simple thing and this failed to perform."
"The picture quality is amazing, even with a slow internet connection, and it's pretty simple to use and setup."
"Set up is very simple, but I can't say I'm very happy with it."
"I can put on a playlist while working around the house without having to jump around to another device or a web browser to launch Pandora or Spotify.The Fire Stick was dead simple to set up and I had no WiFi issues or anything at all, it just worked."
"Yes please.Its fast, easy to use and simple to setup."
"Other a great and simple to use product."
"The CPU/GPU offers plenty of horsepower to run the apps and games you've been using on your phone/tablet (it's pretty impressive for a tiny device) and the remote is nice and simple, but still perfectly functional."
"Easy simple to use."
"It's easy to use and simple to set up."
 
 
service:
 
"Unfortunately I don't think any of the other streaming services are any better in that respect."
"My biggest complaint with all of Amazon's video streaming services has been that the navigation system is terrible."
"Bought this since i moved my PS3 out of my room, and was missing all the apps and services i used to have, but now with the Fire TV Stick i get all my old apps and more."
"All can access most services.Samsung SmartTVPros - works w- Harmony remote.Cons - Slow."
"Extremely frustrated and let down, I told her that I would no longer be of service and that I wanted to return the Fire Stick."
"We received our fire stick yesterday and have been enjoying service on it ever since then."
"It's not my network because Apple TV and Playstation do not have these problems using the same services."
"You get access to Amazon's Instant Video and Prime Video, as well as other Prime services like music and photos."
"Great product, great service from Amazon."
"Excellent customer service and quick fix"

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