Is There a Monthly Fee For Amazon Fire Stick: Updated for October 2023

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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic expert with 10 years of experience, involved in the research and development of SMART HOME systems.

Amazon fire stick is the ultimate online video streaming device for the majority of people who like to have an affordable plan for watching movies, TV, and TV series (including music).

With a fire stick, you can convert your regular TV into a smart one, which can be controlled via Amazon Alexa.

The most asked question is the monthly fee of the Amazon fire stick. Actually, Amazon Fire Stick does not have a monthly fee. It is a one time paid device.  

Now, you may wonder how to watch all the channels on Amazon fire stick. Right?

Well, let’s dig deep into the problems that most of you been asked before buying Amazon fire stick.

Do you need a subscription for Amazon Fire Stick?

No, you do not need a subscription for Amazon Fire Stick. It’s a one-time deal, and you are good to go.

However, what you need to know is, you need to pay for some services to get access.

As an example, if you need to watch the entertainment contents offered by Amazon Prime, then you need to have a working Amazon Prime account.

By the way, Amazon prime is one of the best subscriptions you can have with fire stick. I’ll talk about this in a later section.

Other than Amazon prime, you can have a vast array of channels on fire stick.

If you want to watch live TV streaming, it is possible with Sling TV.

Premium channels like HBO, ESPN, Hulu, or Netflix can be added easily to your Amazon fire stick.

However, you need to aware that these premium channels and services require a paid subscription to activate them.

Amazon fire stick is a just free platform to offer these services. It’s not an all in one package with a one-time purchase.   

What is the difference between amazon prime video and amazon fire stick?

Still, if you have any confusing thoughts about amazon prime and fire stick, then I’ll hope this explanation will resolve it.

What is Amazon Fire Stick?

It’s an electronic device that can be connected to your normal TV using HDMI port. To work, you need to have a working internet connection. The fire stick will connect into the internet and will start to show the entertainment platform on your TV.

Using this platform, you can watch TV shows, movies and much more. Some of these channels are free to use. But, most channels need a subscription for them.

What is Amazon Prime?

Amazon prime is a subscription plan offered by Amazon. If you have activated this option, you’ll have many benefits including;

  • Premium shipping options for amazon selling products
  • Higher discounts from Amazon for products and services
  • Free access to lots of different services and digital products such as ebooks, movies, channels and TV shows (amazon prime video etc).

Therefore, if you have an Amazon Prime subscription, it will enhance your entertainment experience with the fire stick.

How much is Amazon Prime for Firestick?

Amazon prime has three subscription packages.

Each one has its own pros and cons. Here, I’ve listed them for easy understating.

PackageFeaturesPrice (updated 10/10/2023)Latest Price
Prime MonthlyPrime VideoAd free music streamingUnlimited photo storageUnlimited reading$14.99 per monthCheck on Amazon
Prime AnnuallyPrime VideoAd free music streamingUnlimited photo storageUnlimited reading$139 per yearCheck on Amazon

I think I do not need to explain Amazon’s prime features related to shopping and deals. It’s a well-known service in USA.

As for the entertaining, Amazon prime is one of the superb option that I have experienced.

How to get Amazon Prime subscription for Amazon Fire Stick?

Step 01 – Log in to your Amazon account. If you do not have one, you can create it freely. Set up a payment method, address and other useful information.

Step 02 – Go to this link. It will show three different packages that I have mentioned in the above table. You can choose whatever option you feel good to go with.  

Step 03 – You can choose the 30-day trial option for further process. It will give some flexibility to test the services for free. At least for a month period. If you do not like it, you can cancel the subscription without a fee (within one-month period time)

Step 04 – Once you have activated the Amazon prime, you can access it via your Amazon fire stick.

How to watch amazon prime on firestick?

If you have purchased the Amazon prime service, now you can easily access its benefits through your firestick.

What you need to do is;

  1. Connect your fire stick to your TV and set up the proper WI-FI connection in order to access to the internet.
  2. Then, on the TV menu, you can navigate to the settings options.
  3. Under the settings, you can register your Amazon account with the proper credentials. It will connect your fire stick to your Amazon account.
  4. Once you have successfully finished that, you can navigate into the main menu, and you’ll see the Amazon Prime app icon on the screen (it is pre-installed with the fire stick).
  5. Click it to watch your Amazon prime videos.

The above videos may further help you to understand the process of pairing Amazon prime and Amazon fire stick.  

Moreover, here’s an instructions link from Amazon. It has much more information regarding the ways of connecting Amazon prime services into different devices.

What is free on Amazon Fire Stick?

Here’s a full list of channels you can enjoy with Amazon fire stick for free.

  1. YouTube
  2. ExpressVPN
  3. Sony Crackle
  4. NASA TV
  5. Pluto TV
  6. Kanopy
  7. Rakuten VIKI
  8. Hoopla
  9. TED
  10. PBS & PBS KIDS
  11. Viewster 
  12. Crackle
  13. Streamdor 
  14. The CW on Fire TV 

Other than the above list, there are many free apps that been offering thousands of channels, TV shows, and movies. Here’s a good article for you to check.

Can you watch normal TV on Amazon Fire Stick?

Absolutely yes. You can watch normal TV with your fire stick device.

There are several ways to do this. You can access normal TV channels through available stream providers (apps).

Or else, you can use pre-installed apps in the fire stick to watch them too.

The above video summaries many options (apps/services) that you can use to watch normal TV channels.

Other than the above methods, you can always use your TV antenna cable to scan normal TV channels. It will cost less since it even does not require a fire stick or Wi-Fi connection to work.

How to get Amazon Fire Stick?

Amazon fire stick has three options to choose.

The option depends on your personal requirements. Therefore, I’ll add a small intro about three of them here.

Fire TV StickPicture quality – up to 1080pAlexa SupportStorage – 8 GBAudio – Dolby Audio  Check on Amazon
Fire TV Stick 4KPicture quality – up to 4KAlexa SupportStorage – 8 GBAudio – Dolby Atmos  Check on Amazon
Fire TV CubePicture quality – up to 4KAlexa SupportStorage – 16 GBAudio – Dolby AtmosCheck on Amazon

How much does it cost to activate a fire stick?

Activating an Amazon Fire Stick does not require any additional cost. Once you purchase the Fire Stick, there are no monthly fees for the basic functionality of the device itself. However, it’s important to note that while the Fire Stick itself does not have a monthly fee, many of the streaming applications or services you might want to use on the Fire Stick, such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, or Hulu, do require separate subscriptions or monthly fees.

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