Amazon Fire TV vs Roku 3
Amazon Fire TV vs the Roku Box
Amazon Fire TV is an awesome new way to connect your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. My brother in law had talked me into buying a Roku 3, but after reading the specs on the Amazon Fire TV, I am getting one of these instead! Why? Let me tell you all about it…
What is the Amazon Fire TV and the Roku Box?
If you’re like I used to be, you aren’t even sure what a Roku box is! These devices are your best alternative to paying for cable TV each month. In one small box, you are able to connect to apps. Just like you can have the Netflix or Hulu Plus app on your smart phone or tablet, you can connect to them through this little box, like the Amazon Fire TV or a Roku box. Instead of paying a for cable or satellite TV every month (which can cost anywhere from $35 – $100+), you can make a one time purchase of $99, and then you only pay a monthly fee for apps you want to connect to (and some are FREE!). Right now you can get Netflix Streaming for $7.99 per month (sign up for a free one month trial), and Hulu Plus for $7.99 per month (you can sign up for a free trial for a week). If you just had those two apps (which would give you access to a TON of movies and TV shows), it would cost you $15.98 per month).
Amazon Fire TV vs Roku 3
So now you get what these little boxes do and how they can save you money… now to decide which is better! They both cost $99. Let’s take a look and see what you get for those 99 bones…
Just by looking at that chart I can see I’ll get more bang for my buck with the Amazon Fire TV. Faster processor, hundreds of games (games? yes, I said games… you could probably satisfy your elementary school aged child’s desire for gaming with this device), and the # one kicker for me is the ability to filter content through the Kindle FreeTime app. See why I love the Kindle FreeTime app so much in this post. You might also like to see why Heather, a Roku lover, is so excited about Amazon Fire TV!
Do I Even Really Want an Amazon Fire TV Box?
Here are a few reasons to consider when deciding whether or not to get an Amazon Fire TV…
- Save Money – If you are paying monthly for cable or satellite TV and you don’t watch every single channel, you are wasting your money! In the first year alone, if you factored in the cost of the box, the cost of Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime (for which you would also get free 2 day shipping on thousands of products Amazon offers), the cost would average out to $32.48 per month. You’ll still have access to many of the TV shows and movies you’re watching on cable TV.
- No contracts – no two year contracts like you are required to sign when you get satellite or cable. Enough said!
- 30 Day Money Back Guarantee – try it out for 30 days totally risk free! See how it compares to cable. Can you get all the programs you watch already? Then switch! Not fulfilling yoru entertainment needs? Return it and cancel the Netflix, HuluPlus, and Amazon Prime subscriptions and you’re only out a little money.
- Parental Controls – I don’t know about you, but there are things on TV that I don’t want to watch, let alone let my children watch. I love the ability to filter what they are able to see via the Kindle FreeTime profiles (you can create up to 4).
- Games – access to hundreds of games (apps) for the kids. Amazon features a free paid app every day, so you can always snag a deal through that too! I don’t like to clog up my smart phone with kids games, so this is a great alternative and saves my phone on memory/speed!
Amazon Fire TV -$99.99
Ships Free with or with out Prime!
(Although we love Amazon Prime)
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