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I use an Amazon Fire Stick which is really good. Just plugged it in and it runs off my Wifi.  Get Netfix, You Tube, Spotify, Amazon Prime, Now TV and a few others.

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33 minutes ago, Leveller said:

Are these only for people who haven’t already got smart TVs? I’ve never really understood what use they are otherwise.

Essentially yes

Since I got a smart TV I just use the same apps on there now

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14 hours ago, TonyTonyTony said:

Stick it in an HDMI port - enter the WiFi password and Fanny is your uncle

You can get free footy too if you are a bit savvy so that probably counts you out 😜

Exactly this, best use of a fire stick imo.

If you don't have a smart TV they're very useful. If not, they're just handy if there's a particular app you want that your TV doesn't support.

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18 hours ago, Sturny said:

Surprised firesticks are still a thing. Thought they were rapidly dying out with most if not all modern TVs having it inbuilt to the software

The problem is the proprietary software that some TV manufacturers use has limited apps. I have a lovely LG TV but the inbuilt web browser for example is unusable and there are no alternatives on their App Store. 

During last season I couldn't use it for watching Robins TV and resorted to casting from my laptop which was patchy at best.

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On 17/06/2021 at 16:57, Robbored said:

Has anyone used one? Are they easy to use and are various apps needed to run it?

 

Get the cube mate (more money)I would suggest rather than ones what hang out the back because they are not the best

On 18/06/2021 at 12:27, Sturny said:

Surprised firesticks are still a thing. Thought they were rapidly dying out with most if not all modern TVs having it inbuilt to the software

That’s what I thought but not the case the tv apps are your standard and the 3rd party apps don’t work well

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Have been using Firesticks for years, very handy, I  have my free streaming apps on there so I can watch practically any film or tv shows for free when I'm working away from home in Northern Canada ( I can't access BBC iplayer here), there are many videos on YouTube to show you how to set them up, it's very simple, if you decide to go this route I would recommend using Real Debrid it gets all the best feeds so no buffering and costs about 30 Euros a year. If you need any info just holler :laugh:

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9 hours ago, Ashton Yate said:

Anyone recommend a decent VPN that can be used with a Firestick, ideally a free one?

I have read a few articles about issues with free VPN's and how effective they are, ask yourself where the value is running a service like that for free.

I use Private Internet Access (PIA) across 5 devices for £45 for 2 years, they guarantee they don't hold any user records so they can't even be made to produce anything. 

Their current deai is a little higher but still very competitive.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/buy-vpn-online?coupon=official-site&utm_campaign=10277460156&utm_adgroup=103869448513&keyword=pia vpn&gclid=CjwKCAjwzruGBhBAEiwAUqMR8GsyfhVL4j42N1NNp6rPH4i8gYMewDht6QIVXmeisTcyjxOrBW7M-RoCnUMQAvD_BwE

Like ISP's there are plenty out there with introductory offers though.

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33 minutes ago, phantom said:

Do people "really" need one?

I've never been convinced either way

I've wondered this too. Very much interested in IPTV via Firestick, but don't know enough about it, and hear everyone saying about using a VPN too, but know very little about that either. I get what it does, but is it really necessary? How likely is it that this will be detected?

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27 minutes ago, Ashton Yate said:

I've wondered this too. Very much interested in IPTV via Firestick, but don't know enough about it, and hear everyone saying about using a VPN too, but know very little about that either. I get what it does, but is it really necessary? How likely is it that this will be detected?

With the IPTV service i use they have a built in VPN option. I've very rarely used a VPN only when there has been a block from the "big" broadband providers.

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23 minutes ago, erndogz said:

With the IPTV service i use they have a built in VPN option. I've very rarely used a VPN only when there has been a block from the "big" broadband providers.

Thanks. Would you mind sharing which one you use and how much it costs?

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8 hours ago, Ashton Yate said:

I've wondered this too. Very much interested in IPTV via Firestick, but don't know enough about it, and hear everyone saying about using a VPN too, but know very little about that either. I get what it does, but is it really necessary? How likely is it that this will be detected?

I was under the impression tat certain streaming providers were blocked in certain territories, so using a vpn gets around that, once you know which country is best. 

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