How To Watch Almost All TV For Free Using Amazon Fire TV And It's 100% Legal
Nothing In Life Is Free?
I am sorry Santa Claus didn't visit you with the right toys when you were eight, but in the technology world plenty of things are free. In 2001 Napster took the world by storm by offering free P2P file sharing and while that eventually got shutdown, its hard to listen to the millions of people who got movies, music and even porn for free say things like 'Nothing in life is ever free'. Get over it, I am. Amazon Fire TV is amazing and while using it in the traditional sense isn't free, as many blogs will point out with hate towards its cost, sometimes you just have to be smart. No worries, for those of you who don't want to brave the ocean of technology and shift through the different storms of media platforms and language barriers, I am here to make this simple!
What is Amazon Fire Tv
Amazon Fire TV is an interface software that plugs into your TV using a USB port. It then runs a lightweight version of the Android OS to bring you programs like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, HBO, and lots of other programming content. Now before you stop reading this article and insist this is 'old technology' and your 4K HD Supersmart TV from outer space is so much better, you should probably understand that Amazon Fire TV streams in 4K and your Smart TV likely can't do what this device can. Unless it just happens runs off of Android and allows you to download open source content and to my knowledge no TV's allow that, yet. Amazon Fire TV was meant to work the same as ROKU, Chrome Cast, Apple TV, and various other devices out there. The main difference was the use of Android and the ability to use a wider variety of application and content including open source content. Open source, you have probably noticed I have typed that several times and it's an important part of why Amazon Fire TV is worth the purchase!
Get Out Your Fire Sticks
Not Totally Free
I must admit that some of you people were right. It's not totally free after all. No, for this to work you will need to purchase an for around 39.99 -49.99 depending on if the ability to talk to your remote is important to you. If you are a gamer then the 139.99 option is probably good for you as well. Amazon Fire TV has a lot of cool games that come out, some over the Steam application , that allow you to stream and play your games from the couch for free if you do it right. Now that we are done paying that great debt let's look at what we will get in return. Amazon Fire TV Stick
You'll be able to access the best of what's on HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime for free. The way this works is that these companies stream these shows live over the internet and you pay for the program that translates and plays them to your media device. With Fire TV we are allowed to download open source software that enables plugins to these streams and allows us to watch everything from Netflix to paper view for free. This is the grey area of the law that allows some of us to get free content online. The only real catch is that you can't record and show others this content. You couldn't run a blog and show the newest shows on your personal site. That is breaking the law. However, laws concerning streaming content are not as clear and while you can watch the content since it's on stream there is no storing of the content so it's on the right side of the law.
Free TV Shows
I will tell you that I am going to watch Game Of Thrones in a bit. I will watch it at the same time as everyone else and from the comfort of my bed for free. I won't have to pay Comcast 200 dollars a month to watch a single TV show and that makes Comcast very sad. The reason is the same as mentioned above. Since the content is simply picked up while streaming, it's not stored in my device and there is no issue of anti trust laws. Think of it like walking around with a CB radio and picking up a police frequency. While being on that frequency is frowned upon, it's not illegal to listen to it. Scanners only become illegal when their modified for the purpose to interrupting or communicating inside of that frequency. Streaming only becomes illegal when you download or record the content.
Free Paper View
If it's on Direct TV then you can stream it. Thank you Direct TV for giving us something. This may well make up for falsely advertising prices of 19.99 a month while charging over 20 dollars in equipment fees and charging us 300 dollars to cancel early.
So while that 40 bucks you spent on the stick may seem like the end of the world, take comfort in knowing you could save thousands on cable bills per year and movie theaters while your at it. Of course there is nothing like watching a movie in the theater so I would suggest actually going to see the ones you really are interested in.
Yup, this device will play local and live TV for you using third party plugins.
Live Sports and Sports? What!
I can't lie, I didn't get to try it during NFL season but I hear you can watch any team you want. NFL packages start at 29.99 per month. Think about that.
Lots of Content to Choose From
Tell Us How Mr Wizard!
I first discovered Amazon Fire TV when it was showcased at an event that is held in Austin, Texas called South By Southwest in 2013. It seemed a lot like all the other media streaming devices that were meant to make your regular TV just as good as a Smart TV. I hated it to be honest. I didn't understand why it needed storage or memory since my ROKU allowed me to access applications free from the Cloud. If you don't know what the Cloud is you can ask Google or a weather man has about a 50% chance of getting it right.
Anyhow, I ran into a posting on craigslist while surfing away for great buys on cheap electronics one day. It stated that the man was selling a 'Jailbreak' version of the Amazon Fire Stick for 130 dollars. I was curious since the device only cost 40 dollars at Best Buy. After following a link to his official Facebook page I was shocked to see that 233 people had bought this device in the last 2 months. That's some serious money. Now knowing that this device interfaces with applications stored online, I knew this guy couldn't be a programmer because he referred to it as a 'jailbreak'. I met with him and asked a lot of questions and he finally admitted that he wasn't a programmer but he used this open source software to allow the device to access content for free. I went home and learned how to do this myself pretty easily, and I am even working on some applications for it myself. So with that background over, let's learn how to do this the really easy way.
How to Get Free Streaming Media On My Amazon Fire TV
- Go purchase an Amazon Fire TV Stick. Use the link I provided and I get like 5 cents, HURRAH!
- Watch The YouTube Videos Bellow For Step By Step and ask questions in the comments section if you have any issues.
That's it. The software you will be putting on your Amazon Fire Stick is called Kodi. Kodi is an open source software that works with streaming music, movies, games and even networking your entire home or office. It was originally used as an Xbox interface program so for those Xbox fans, this will seem familiar. The program itself doesn't have all of the tools you need but its the add-ons that people like me have built that allow you to access this streaming content for free and legally. The videos I provide will show you how to add Kodi and the addons onto your fire stick pretty easily. I will also update this with the top 5 addons you need right away. Now I have to run, Game Of Thrones is on. Leave a comment and please link my blog to your friends and family! The more you guys view the more I'll share.