We’re no astrologists, but we see a profound convergence on the horizon: the winter (prime time for indoor-entertainment pursuits) and the never-more-exorbitant cost of a cable subscription. Maybe Amazon sees it too, because it’s making it super-attractive for shoppers to address both situations in one fell swoop. How? With a sprawling pre-Christmas sale on Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks and more. Yup, it’s time to get some gear, cut the cord and kick back. Farewell, cable bill. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Here are our fave deals of the bunch.
Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite
Easy as pie: Simply plug it into one of your TV’s HDMI ports and it’ll search for your home’s Wi-Fi network and wait for you to log in. Once synced, you’ll have access to hundreds of streaming apps and channels.
$20 at Amazon
“I’m very pleased with the Fire TV Stick Lite,” raved a shopper. “Alexa is installed and using voice commands to change the TV is so wonderful! I can also turn the lights off from my remote control when it’s time to movie watch. I love it! Let’s see the cable companies let me do that! I figure I’ll be saving about $230 per month now and all for an investment that cost less than one month’s cable bill.”
“We finally had enough of the cable company’s greed and lack of appreciation and respect for their long-standing, loyal customers,” related one cord-cutting convert, “so we bought the Fire Stick …. It works great! We are able to access all of the popular apps used for streaming our television programs without any problems at all.”
Fire TV Stick 4K Max
Bigger, better, faster, stronger — these all describe the Fire Stick 4K Max. It’s the creme de la creme of Amazon’s streaming sticks, with support for Wi-Fi 6, Amazon Luna game streaming, and much more.
$35 at Amazon
“Wow! I mean wow. This new fire stick is great. When they say 4K Max, they mean it. I had the original Fire Stick for the longest time and it looked great the difference is with the 4K Max it’s incredible how much more compressed and razor sharp true 4K the picture now is even if you’re streaming a series from the 70s,” one buyer said. “It’s razor sharp as clear as glass great product in a nutshell this is the fire stick with more RAM in it so screens are changing at the speed of turning pages instead of 1.5 to 2.5 seconds of process negotiating and then they screen starts to bleed in. Best Fire Stick yet!”
Take it from this trailblazer: “I’m the first person I know to get a Fire TV, so it was a gamble, but it definitely paid off…. Very impressed. I don’t need a lot of bells and whistles so I like when the things I need a TV for are simple and seamless. It’s super easy switching between the TV and three gaming consoles. Easy to add an HTML splitter and take advantage of more devices on one input if needed.”
Hisense 50-inch ULED Smart Fire TV
Not only is this TV already more than $130 off, but if you buy it before December 18th, you get a $50 credit toward future Amazon purchases. That basically makes it $180 off in total, and that’s a steal.
$400 at Amazon
“Fantastic TV! Picture quality is just amazing. I didn’t know I needed the upgrade until I had this. I do agree with other reviewers that the sound is a bit lacking, I would definitely invest in a soundbar. Other than that, for the price, I would absolutely recommend,” one reviewer said.
If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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