Oct 2 2020
The Amazon Fire Stick is one of the most popular media streaming piece of hardware on the planet.
Give you immediate access to hundreds of thousands of TV shows and movies through a variety of different streaming platforms and sources, the Amazon Fire Stick is also simple and straightforward to use.
Designed to plug directly into an HDMI port on the back of your television (powered by USB), it takes about five minutes from start to finish to get your Fire Stick up and running – and then you are off to the races watching shows, movies, documentaries, playing games, and using your favorite apps all on your TV!
Of course, with its almost unbelievably low price tag (usually around $50, but sometimes even cheaper than that when Amazon puts them on sale) a lot of people think they have to pay a monthly fee to enjoy all this media stick has to offer.
But is that true?
Is There A Monthly Fee For Fire Stick?
The beauty of the Amazon Fire Stick is that you only have to pay once to purchase the stick itself to use it as often as you like. You can set it up for free, you can stream TV shows and movies for free, and you can download many of your favorite applications for free – all without any strings attached.
Of course, if you want to stream movies from a subscription service like Netflix, Hulu, or Disney Plus (for example) you will have to pay those services on a monthly basis. But you won’t ever have to pay Amazon a monthly fee just to use your stick.
Getting the Most Out of Your Fire Stick
If you want to watch movies and TV shows (or play your favorite games and apps) on the Fire Stick without spending another pending you can do so by grabbing any of the free apps available from the Amazon App Store available directly through the stick itself.
Apps like Plex, Kodi, and others let you set up your own media libraries with digital movies and TV shows you have on your computer or laptop. You can also stream from third-party sources with those kinds of applications free of charge, too.
Of course, you can also set up your Fire Stick to use services like Kanopy that are available 100% free of charge with your library card. You can stream movies and TV shows (and so much more) from a service like that without paying another pending.
The IMDb application on the Fire Stick shows free movies and TV shows, too, and other apps – like PBS, for example – can help you get plenty of media without spending any money.
Obviously, it’s not a bad idea to add Amazon Prime to your Fire Stick to take advantage of Prime Video libraries. If you’ve got the budget a Netflix, Hulu, or Disney Plus subscription can add a lot of value, too.
And then you have live TV applications that run on your Fire Stick to pick and choose from, too.
Pluto TV is 100% free of charge (and fantastic) with hundreds of live channels to pick from. You can also go with paid services like YouTube TV, Sling, and Hulu Live to get your life TV effect as well.
Is there a monthly fee for Fire Stick users?
Not at all. You can definitely get a lot of value out of your Fire Stick when you pay other subscription services on a monthly basis, but there’s lots of free movies, TV shows, and more that you get right out-of-the-box with Fire Stick without having to spend a penny.