The term cut the cord refers to not being tied down to a cable or satellite company to get your TV content. This is done by a process called "streaming". The way streaming works is it delivers your TV watching content over the internet instead of your TV signal coming into your house via an underground wire from your local cable company, or a satellite dish on your roof.
The BEST way to get access to all the services you need is through an Amazon Firestick. Typically you will have a "HOME" screen (pictured above). Your home screen will be your main starting point for everything you want to do, from antenna channels to various services such as Netflix or Hulu. You simply use a very basic remote that comes with the Firestick and use directional arrows to navigate to each of the services available to you. You can even just speak into the remote if that's easier for you! Each service will have something different to offer, like movies, TV shows, music, and even games! It is basically like going to a farmer's market (a.k.a. the Firestick), and each different service is like a different vendor at the farmer's market.
All of your apps for your TV shows and movies are located on the home screen, on the top row. If you have an antenna and the Amazon Recast DVR, all of your antenna programming will be listed in the "LIVE" category, also found on the top row.
If you have any questions on using your Firestick or would like to set up a consultation to have us help you cut the cord, feel free to contact us!
The way your antenna is tied into the Amazon system is by getting an Amazon Recast DVR. Your antenna plugs into the DVR and the DVR is connected to your Firestick at each TV via your wifi internet. Having this setup is a lifesaver, especially if you have trouble with multiple remotes to operate your entertainment system because it eliminates the need to switch inputs and use multiple remotes by putting all of your apps and antenna channels on the Firestick platform so everything is in one place and all you need is your Firestick remote.
To access the antenna channels on the Firestick, simply go to the "LIVE" category from the home screen of the Firestick. You will then see a row of some of your antenna channels. If you want to see all of the antenna channels available, scroll to the bottom to "GUIDE" and it will bring up a channel guide of all your antenna channels and the shows coming on throughout the day. From this guide you can select a show coming on later and tell it to record. To watch something back that you have recorded, back up to the home screen and go to the "FIND" category and select "LIBRARY." This is where all of your recordings are stored. Simply select the show you want to watch, and away you go!
So now that we have covered how to watch your local antenna channels (thanks to the antenna installations Peoria, AZ recommends), let's go over how to get everything else from movies to watching the big game live! You can do it all on the Firestick. First let's touch on how to get live cable channels without having to crawl to the cable and satellite companies.
There are a few popular apps on the Firestick that provide these services, such as Hulu with live TV, Youtube TV, and Sling TV. Basically, the way it works is, you first download their app onto the Firestick, then once it is downloaded you open the app and click "Sign Up" (or sign in if you already have an account with them). The app will then ask for your login info (which is your email address and a password you want to use), then it will ask for your credit card information (rates vary from approx. $30-$65 depending on which company you sign up with). Once this is entered you then have immediate access to all of the channels the app offers, from HGTV to ESPN. The way you select the channel you want will be from a channel guide on your screen just like you would have with your old cable or satellite provider. And yes, you can record these shows and it's basically the same process as what you would do with your old cable or satellite provider.
We typically recommend Hulu or Youtube TV when it comes to these types of apps as they give you the most for your money and have more channels available than their competitors. For movies, we highly recommend Netflix and/or Amazon Prime, as they have just about every movie you could search for already in their database.
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If you have any further questions on using your Firestick or would like to set up a consultation to have us help you cut the cord, feel free to contact us!