How to Stream Live TV on Amazon Fire TV

"How to Watch Live TV with Fire TV"

The Amazon Fire TV is a media streaming device that can be used to watch Live TV Streaming Services. They offer three versions: Fire TV Cube, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick.

Amazon also offers an Over-The-Air (OTA) Tuner and DVR called Fire TV Recast. There are two versions — one allows you to record 2 tuners and store 75 hours of recording for $229.99, while the other includes 4 tuners and 150 hours of recording space for $279.99.

How do the Amazon Fire TV Cube, Amazon Fire TV, and Amazon Fire TV Stick compare?

The Fire TV and Fire TV Cube both have a quad-core 1.5 Ghz processor, which makes them 40% more powerful than the Fire TV Stick.

The Amazon Fire TV Cube has double the storage (16GB) than the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick (8GB).

They all support latest 802.11ac dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi, but the Fire TV Cube is the only one with a built-in Ethernet port.

If you do want to add Ethernet to the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, you can add the Amazon Ethernet Adapter for $14.99

How do Amazon Fire devices work with Alexa?

You can control all devices with the included Alexa Voice Remote.

What makes the Fire TV Cube unique is that it is the only Fire TV device that can be controlled hands-free without pairing it with another device. It also can be used as an Universal Remote to control IR and HDMI-CEC devices.

You can control the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick hands-free, but it requires you to purchase an Echo device.

How do I use a Fire TV Recast with Fire TV?

The Fire TV Recast wirelessly streams live OTA channels like CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, CW, and PBS from the Fire TV Recast to your Fire TV, Echo Show, Echo Spot, iOS, and Android devices.

It can be placed anywhere in your home where you get Wi-Fi, so you can intelligently place it in the position to get your best signal. As part of the set-up process in the Fire TV mobile app, it will show which direction to place your antenna to get the most channels for your location.

Once you connect your Fire TV Recast, your Fire TV will have On Now and DVR menus, so you can easily access live and recorded program. It includes a standard Channel Guide, which includes live content from the Fire TV Recast, but will begin integrating other services as well.

Our Recommendation

If you plan to use the device for Streaming Live TV, we suggest buying the Fire TV Cube or Fire TV, over the cheaper Fire TV Stick.

If you want to stream and record your local channels, we suggest the Fire TV Recast only if you also have a Fire TV media streaming device.

Fire TV Media Streaming Players

Fire TV Stick

The device can stream up to 1080p up at 60 fps and Dolby Audio. It supports the latest 802.11ac dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Fire TV

The device can stream up to 4K Ultra HD at 60 fps, HDR, and Dolby Atmos. It supports the latest 802.11ac dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0.

Fire TV Cube

The device can stream up to 4K Ultra HD at 60 fps, HDR, and Dolby Atmos. It supports Ethernet, latest 802.11ac dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0.

It can also be used as a universal remote and controlled hands-free without pairing it with an Echo.

Fire TV OTA DVR

Fire TV Recast

2 Tuners / 75 Hours

The device includes 2 tuners, 500 GB of storage, and 75 hours of HD recording space.

Fire TV Recast

4 Tuners / 150 Hours

The device includes 4 tuners, 1 TB of storage, and 150 hours of HD recording space.

Compatible Services

You can use Amazon Fire TV to access DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Philo, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV.

Unfortunately, YouTube TV cannot be used with Amazon Fire TV.

Other Devices

You can also check compatibility for other devices.

Local Channels

Depending on your location, here are what local channels you can watch on Amazon Fire TV with DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Philo, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25
ABC - - - -
CBS - - -
Fox - -
NBC - -

Top Cable Channels

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25
A&E -
AMC -
Animal Planet - - - -
BET - - - ^ $5
Bravo - -
Cartoon Network -
CNN -
Comedy Central - - -
Discovery - - - -
Disney Channel - - -
E! - - ^ $5
ESPN - - -
Food Network
Fox News - - -
Fox Sports 1 - -
Freeform - - -
FX - -
FXX - -
Hallmark - ≥ $50 ^ $5 ^ $5
HGTV
History -
Investigation Discovery - - - -
Lifetime -
MSNBC - - ^ $5
MTV - - - ^ $5 ^ $5
Nickelodeon - - - - -
OWN ≥ $55 - - - -
Paramount Network - - - ^ $5 ^ $5
Syfy - -
TBS -
TLC - - - -
TNT -
truTV - ^ $5
USA Network - -
VH1 - - - ^ $5 ^ $5

Sports Channels

Sports fans tend to have different needs; some want national sports channels like ESPN and TNT, but others want regional sports networks like YES Network and Comcast Sportsnet.

National Sports Channels

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25
ESPN - - -
ESPN2 - - -
Fox Sports 1 - -
Fox Sports 2 ≥ $65 - -
NBC Sports Network - -
TBS -
TNT -

Pro Sports

Most services don’t offer pro sports networks in their base plan.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25
MLB Network ≥ $55 - - - ≥ $50 - -
NBA TV ≥ $65 - - ≥ $50 ^ $5 ^ $10
NFL Network ≥ $55 - - ≥ $50 -
NFL RedZone - ^ $9 - - ^ $10 - ^ $10
NHL Network ≥ $65 - - - - ^ $5 ^ $10

Other Sports Channels

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25
beIN Sports - - - - ^ $5 ^ $10
Eleven Sports - - - ≥ $60 - -
ESPNEWS ≥ $55 - - ≥ $50 ^ $5 -
Fox Soccer Plus - ^ $6 - - ^ $15 - -
Golf Channel ≥ $65 - ≥ $50 - ^ $10
Olympic Channel ≥ $65 - - -
Tennis Channel ≥ $55 - - - ≥ $60 - -

Premium Channels

Most of the streaming services offer premium channels like Cinemax, HBO, Showtime, and Starz as add-ons to your subscription.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25
Cinemax ^ $5 - ^ $9 - ^ $15 ^ $10 ^ $10
EPIX - - - - - ^ $5 ^ $5
HBO ^ $5 - ^ $5 - ^ $15 ($80) ^ $15 ^ $15
Showtime ^ $8 ^ $11 ^ $10 - ^ $11 ($80) ^ $10 ^ $10
Starz ^ $8 - - - - ^ $9 ^ $9

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