Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV is a great solution if you're heavy into the Amazon ecosystem, or just a big fan of Amazon. The interface is a little in-your-face in regards to pushing Amazon content, but that's to be expected.

Fire TV supports almost as many streaming services/apps as Roku, and with games included in the count, actually exceeds Roku in total apps available. The top tier services, such as Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and more are all supported. There is no iTunes support; an Apple TV is the only device that supports iTunes.

As A Single Solution

It's possible to use an Amazon Fire TV device as your single sources for television content. Most broadcast network shows -- except for CBS -- are available through a Hulu subscription. Most new content is available on-demand the next day. Favorite shows that aren't part of the Hulu package can be purchased from Amazon, giving you an even greater selection of content. Live sports from ESPN is also available with a Sling TV subscription.

While the additional purchases and subscriptions will increase the overall cost, you may still come away saving money, depending on how much you save by dropping cable or satellite.

Fire TV

Fire TV
The standard set-top box, the Amazon Fire TV, is similar to other set-top-boxes. It supports HDMI TVs, has an Ethernet port, and an expansion slot for a microSD card for expansion up to 128 GB app storage.

The interface is very responsive, and easy to use. The focus, as we said, is on Amazon content, but it's not difficult to access other services, such as Netflix, Hulu, and others. The standard Amazon Fire TV is $99.99. The Fire TV Gaming Edition, which includes a gaming remote, is $129.99.
Fire TV Stick

Fire TV Stick

The Amazon Fire TV Stick comes in includes an Alexa voice remote and supports some gaming capabilities. The Stick is $39.

The Fire TV Stick is WiFi only, and is suitable for casual games. Not all games in the Amazon Fire App Store will work on the Fire TV Stick, but a good size library still exists.

The Fire TV or Fire TV Stick may be the only device you need to cut the cord.