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I love this little device, and I decided to write about it because when I first heard about it the whole thought of it confused me, and I really didn’t understand how it worked. AND, if I knew then what I know now, I totally would have used one of these during my chemo days…check it out.
The one I bought is the one on the left, the 2nd Gen Fire stick. It of course has a fancier sibling, the 4K (that guy on the right, below.) Not sure most people would really notice much of a difference, but the 2nd Gen works fine for me, and does everything I need it to do. I actually bought three, the first one, for my upstairs TV, one for a gift for the boy child, and one for my main level TV, because sometimes my SmartTV gets glitchy with the Prime Video App.
We have Amazon prime, so through Prime Video, I can browse movies and shows, and add them to my Watchlist. It is super easy, there is a menu bar right under the search bar on Amazon with a link that says Prime Video. You click on it, and can search for whatever interests you.
I can’t believe how many years I paid for Prime and never used the video feature. Then one night, I was having a terrible time sleeping (continuation of my hot flashes/night sweats/insomnia), so I grabbed my laptop and looked for something to entertain me. I ended up browsing Amazon, and stumbled across The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel series, then watched two episodes back to back. The next day I asked my techie friend how the fire stick worked – we’d talked about it before, but I never had any reason to think I’d get much use out of it until I found a show I really wanted to watch more of, and not on the small screen of my laptop.
This little thing just plugs right into an HDMI port on your TV. (Every TV we have in our house has at least 2) Then you just use the remote to control it. Since you order it off of Amazon, it shows up already linked to your account, or…maybe you have to add your Amazon email, whatever it was, it was super easy. You can also set up parental controls so that you have to enter a pass-code for the more mature themes. I generally just watch the free movies and shows, and there are some great oldies on there too. Also, entire seasons of Spongebob are available in case you need to entertain the youngsters! I find it easier to use my computer to search and add to my watchlist, then when I use the fire stick, all the things on my watchlist are there, all I have to do is just click on them.
So where does that comment about chemo fit in to all this? During my treatments, we didn’t really care too much for the daytime TV offerings. We inspected the TV in our little room one day in the infusion center, and realized there are available connections that would enable us to hook up a DVD player to it, then watch some movies that we had bought, but not yet had a chance to watch. So, that is how we passed the time, most days in chemo – watching movies. That is where Nick saw Jaws for the first time, on that DVD player hooked up to the chemo room TV. Had we had a fire stick at the time, we’d likely have watched way different offerings, and with greater ease.
I’d call this an F*cancer top pick!!