When it comes to streaming devices, there’s quite a few to choose from. One of which is Amazon Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD.
Currently, Amazon only sells the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition in Canada. While in the US, Amazon offers the Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (Pendant Design) as well as the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote.
Even though these items aren’t officially only available in the US, they still work in Canada with a few workarounds.
The main differences between Amazon’s Fire TV devices are that the Fire TV 4K supports 4K & HDR video, so you can watch Prime Video like The Grand Tour on your 4K TV. The Fire TV Stick only supports HD video. Amazon also sells the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition in Canada, which supports HD video, but does not come with the Alexa Voice Remote.
Setting up the Fire TV 4K is fairly straightforward. First, plug the device into your TV’s HDMI port and then plug the device into a wall outlet using the included microUSB cable.
From there, you’ll be greeted with a setup screen where you can connect the device to Wi-Fi and login to your Amazon account. The Fire TV 4K works with a Canadian Amazon.ca Prime account.
After you’ve done that, you’ll see a short walkthrough video and then you’ll be brought to the Fire TV 4K’s homescreen.
One of the most compelling reasons to buy the Fire TV 4K is to watch content in 4K. The Fire TV 4K is capable of streaming 4K content from both Netflix and Prime Video.
To watch Netflix content, simply login to the Netflix app on the Fire TV 4K.
To watch Prime Video content, it’s a bit trickier, if you try to watch a Prime Video on the Fire TV 4K in Canada, you’ll be greeted with a 5505 error. There are two ways to get around this: by using a VPN and changing some Amazon account settings or by casting the video from your phone to your television. To do this, first, download the Prime Video app on your Android or iOS device. Once you do that, log in to the app, and when you find a movie or TV show that you want to watch, you can press the button in the app that says “Watch On Fire TV”.
From there, you’ll be able to control playback of video on your Fire TV 4K. You can also then use your Fire TV’s remote to play/pause and fast-forward and rewind. Essentially what is happening you are pushing the content from your phone to your Fire TV 4K. This is the easiest to watch Prime Video content on the Fire TV 4K in Canada.
The Fire TV 4K also has the ability to watch content from Kodi and you can install Kodi using this method.
Alexa, what can you do?
Another benefit to the Fire TV 4K is being able to talk to Alexa using the device’s voice remote. Just press the microphone button and you’ll be able to ask Alexa things like “what’s the weather?” or “how tall is the CN Tower?”
One thing to note is that you’ll need to adjust some settings in the Alexa app for the Fire TV 4K. Like to change the temperature units to Celsius and also say the place name you want the weather for.
Alexa on the Fire TV 4K can also control your smart home devices such as Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wemo, ecobee, and more. The Fire TV 4K can show your smart camera feeds like Ring, Arlo, Nest.
Buying the Fire TV 4K
In the US, the Fire TV 4K can be purchased from Amazon.com. In Canada, the Fire TV 4K and the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote aren’t officially available in Canada but you can pick one up from Wantboard.
In summary, the Fire TV 4K is a great streaming device that has the benefit of being able to watch Prime Video content and access to Alexa.
Canadian Compatibility: Except for some workarounds (for Prime Video) and apps and Alexa skills that aren’t available in Canada, the Fire TV 4K works with no issue.
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