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How to watch live TV on Amazon Fire TV

You have some great options.

Jul 22, 2020, 9:56 am*

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John-Michael Bond 

John-Michael Bond

The Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV have made a mighty impact in the streaming space. Quickly building a massive and loyal following, the Fire Stick is an easy-to-use intro device for streaming fans and one of the easiest ways to watch live TV online without cable.

Whether you’re looking for an entertainment-based package on a budget or a high-end service featuring over a hundred channels, the Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV has you covered. Here’s everything you need to know to watch live TV on Amazon Fire TV Stick.

How to watch live TV on Amazon Firestick and Fire TV

Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV represents a beautiful middle-ground for people familiar with streaming but new to streaming live TV. A Hulu with Live TV membership includes a full package of cable TV channels, along with a traditional Hulu streaming membership. Should you ever get sick of watching live TV, Hulu is waiting for you with more to watch. Not that you’ll run out of content on Hulu with Live TV. Its 50-plus channel package includes everything from Cartoon Network to ESPN, with every major news network to boot. If that wasn’t enough, Hulu with Live TV includes 50 hours of cloud DVR storage and on-demand shows not included with Hulu’s streaming service. 

Hulu Guide
Hulu with ads$5.99/mo. or $59.99/yr.
Hulu with no ads$11.99
Hulu Live TV + Hulu with ads$54.99
Hulu Live TV + Hulu no ads$60.99

Sling TV

Sling TV is a live streaming TV solution that lets users pick from a handful of inexpensive channel packages. Rather than getting a hundred channels that you don’t care about with an expensive cable package, Sling TV offers smaller packages of hot channels at a discount. Along with live streaming TV, Sling TV offers on-demand and cloud DVR for subscribers as well. Sling offers two packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, both of which cost $30 per month, along with the option to get both packages for $45 per month.

There’s some channel overlap, with both offering mainstays like Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, and CNN. That overlap makes the missing options from each package frustrating. Sling’s Orange package has three ESPN channels and Disney, but not Nat Geo, FX, local channels, FS1, or SyFy. The Blue package, on the other hand, has all of your favorite sports channels—except ESPN. You can solve the problem by getting Sling Orange + Blue. There’s so much overlap that buying both doesn’t feel like it adds much. Still, at just $45 per month for the combo package, getting everything with Sling TV won’t break the bank.

Sling TV
Orange$30
Blue$30
Orange + Blue$45

FuboTV

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FuboTV is an international sports fan’s best friend, a live TV streaming service that offers the best of soccer, NBA, and Formula-1 along with basic cable channels. While you’ll miss out on a few favorites like ESPN, FuboTV includes Bravo, MSNBC, SyFy, History, and other basic cable standards you’ve come to expect. FuboTV is also the only streaming TV service offering 4K sports and special events. Spanish speakers looking for a cheaper alternative should also consider the Fubo Latino package for $7.99 per month. This package comes with 15 Spanish language channels for a reduced price. If making sure you’ve got access to local channels is important to you, FuboTV deserves an extra look. While it doesn’t include ABC, it offers local NBC, Fox, and CBS channels for most of the U.S. market. Your membership even includes cloud DVR.

fubo tv
Standard$59.99
Family$64.99
Family with Showtime$74.99 ($69.99 for first 3 mos.)
Elite$79.99

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Philo

If you’re looking for streaming TV on a budget, no service compares to Philo’s 43-channel $20-per-month baseline package. Originally designed for students living in college dorms, Philo’s lineup is light on news, but it packs in some of the best channels in entertainment: AMC, BET, CMT, MTV, Comedy Central, and VH1. Philo comes with on-demand and unlimited DVR, with recordings lasting up to 30 days. No one offers more for less. However, the lack of news beyond BBC World News is frustrating. If you can get by without American news sources, Philo is a steal.

Monthly$20

AT&T TV Now

Cost: $65-$135 per month

There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.

at&t TV Now
Plus$65
Max$80
Entertainment$93
Choice$110
Xtra$124
Ultimate$135
Premier$183
Optimo Mas$86


Fire TV Stick$39.99
Fire TV Stick 4K$49.99
Fire TV Cube$119.99
Insignia Fire TV $169.90
Amazon Fire TV How-To Guide
Amazon Fire TV Devices

Amazon Fire TV is Amazon’s line of digital media player consoles, which cover whatever your streaming needs may be. Not only are these devices one of the easiest ways to stream Amazon’s massive Prime Video library, but it hosts a large number of channel apps including Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Now, Crackle, Showtime, YouTube, iHeartRadio, and many more. Fire TV comes with an easy-to-use remote complete with voice commands. It’s a great first-time cord-cutter’s must-have.


Streaming Device Guides

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ChromecastiOSPlaystation
RokuSmart TVsXBox

Live TV Service Guides

AT&T TV NOW CBS All AccessFubo TV
Hulu with Live TVPhiloPluto TV
Sling TVVidgoYouTube TV

New to cord-cutting? Here are our picks for the best movie streaming sites of 2018 and free live TV apps and channels. If you’re looking for a specific channel, here’s how to watch HBO, Showtime, Starz, Sundance TV, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, AMC, FX, Fox News, Freeform, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FS1, TBS, TNT, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel, Syfy, HGTV, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, PBS, the CW, BBC, CSPAN, NBA TV, MTV, Comedy Central, Food Network, TLC, HLN, A&E, Animal Planet, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, the History Channel, and NFL RedZone without cable, as well as free movies on YouTube. If you’re on the move, here’s how to watch Fox Sports Go and live stream NBC Sports.

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*First Published: Jan 2, 2018, 5:30 am