Amazon’s streaming devices — the Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube — offer a simple way to stream content to your TV. They’re ideal for those who don’t want to shell out for a smart TV and those who want to access all their streaming services in one place. These three devices even transform your space into a smart home. The competitively priced streaming sticks simply plug into the back of your TV, while the powerful Cube sits on your TV stand.
Whichever device you pick, you’ll have access to a huge Amazon Fire channels list. Whether you’re looking for the best live TV app for Amazon Fire devices or Amazon Fire’s free channels list, you’ll find everything you need to know below.
The best paid Amazon device channels
Amazon Prime Video
All Amazon Fire devices have Amazon Prime Video hardwired into them, so you’ll see Prime shows and movies on your device’s home screen and search results. A Netflix-like service, it combines award-winning exclusives like Fleabag with Hollywood blockbusters and full seasons of your favorite series. You’ll need a full Prime subscription ($12.99/mo. or $119/yr.) or a Prime Video subscription ($8.99/mo.) to access everything. Plus, you can control the service with your voice and get first access to new features like the recently introduced personalized user profiles.
Families and the young at heart will adore Disney+ ($6.99/mo. or $69.99/yr). The only place to watch almost every release from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars, this kid-friendly streaming service has plenty of original content too. (Check out The Mandalorian and the new Lady and the Tramp first.) Use your device’s Alexa-enabled voice remote to open Disney+, play specific titles and pause, fast-forward or rewind.
Hulu combines the best of both worlds: more than 2,500 on-demand titles with over 65 live TV channels. Securing both will cost you $54.99/mo. (Alternatively, pay just $5.99/mo. for on-demand access.) The live TV package includes news from the likes of ABC and NBC, sports from ESPN and FS1 and entertainment from Bravo and Disney Channel. You’ll get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage, and can do everything from searching for titles to changing the channel via the Alexa voice remote.
Netflix (starting at $8.99/mo.) is one of the best streaming services you can sign up for on your Amazon device. Not only will you have access to tons of original shows and movies, but you’ll also be able to watch highly-rated films from years gone by and catch every episode of hits like Breaking Bad. Netflix’s library is constantly changing, but it’s easy to find the latest releases via the Recently Added row. Stream ultra-high-definition (UHD) content via the 4K Stick and Cube. You can even use Alexa to open and control Netflix with your voice.
Philo is the ultimate way to cut cable costs. With more than 50 live TV channels, this $20/mo. streaming service has everything from AMC to Comedy Central and Discovery. It’s integrated into Amazon Fire devices’ live TV guide, so you can use your voice remote or Cube to take you to a specific channel. Plus, Philo comes with unlimited DVR storage so you can record to your heart’s content.
The best free Amazon channels
Crackle is a free, ad-supported way to watch movies and TV shows. You’ll need to sign up for an account to use it. Once you’re in, you can catch shows like Hell’s Kitchen and films like 10 Cloverfield Lane. There are even more than 25 original series to watch too. Use your Fire device’s voice capabilities to launch Crackle and search for content.
While news networks like CBS have their own apps, NewsON is a way to watch free local news from almost 300 stations. Catch both live and on-demand broadcasts without even having to log in.
Although you’ll have to pay to remove ads, Spotify’s free version is still worth your while. Create your own playlists or listen to one of the service’s curated lists. You can even use voice control to play specific songs or genres, pause music and find out information about your current song.
Sports on Amazon devices
There are so many ways to watch sports via your Amazon streaming device. For the biggest range of sports channels, try a sports-focused live TV service like fuboTV. Starting at $54.99/mo., it offers more than 30 live sports networks, including FS1, NBC and regional options.
Alternatively, download a specific network’s service from the Amazon Fire TV apps list. ESPN, FOX Sports and NBC Sports all have apps showing live and on-demand football, basketball, baseball and more. Some events are free to watch; others will require a small monthly subscription fee.
Finally, there are various league-specific apps. Watch regular season NBA games and video recaps via NBA for Fire TV, live football games through the NFL app and every single baseball event via MLB at Bat. Again, you may be required to pay a monthly fee to watch certain content. For example, you’ll need an NBA League Pass subscription to view live games. Prices for this start from $28.99/mo.
Local channels on Amazon devices
Amazon Fire’s TV channels include local networks too. But they don’t come free. Major networks like ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC all have special Amazon Fire apps that require you to log in through your local TV provider. Another way to get Amazon Fire local channels is to subscribe to a live TV streaming service like Hulu + Live TV or Sling TV.
Our hot take
Amazon streaming devices come with literally thousands of apps that offer all kinds of content. There are numerous ways to catch all the live TV networks you’d get with cable as well as endless shows and movies to watch on-demand. And if you’re heavily into news headlines or the sporting world, don’t forget to use your Amazon Fire TV remote to download those dedicated apps.