With more choice about how we consume video content than ever before, gadget junkie Steven Scott, Connect Content Manager, was eager to try out the new Fire TV Stick. Here’s what he thought.
Gone are the days when enjoying media online meant being chained to your desktop or laptop. Nowadays, you can enjoy TV, movies, music and more on your smart TV via the internet.
But if you don’t have a smart TV, then a streaming dongle like the Amazon Fire TV Stick is a simple and affordable alternative.
The Fire TV Stick is a device that plugs into the side of your TV using your HDMI port. You can watch a wide variety of content using the Fire TV Stick, including BBC iPlayer, and on demand services from ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. You can watch Amazon content, of course, through Amazon Prime and Amazon Video.
You can also watch Netflix, listen to music from Spotify or Amazon Music, and play games. When it comes to media, there’s hardly anything that it cannot do.
The Fire TV Stick has a voice function and will speak to you. If you have enough sight to not need audio description, this could be a dream because you don’t have to see the screen too well to get through the menu system, which is very accessible.
Amazon has been increasing accessibility in its other offerings, by starting to introduce audio description on selected Prime Video content. You can find out more about how this works, along with more tech news on Tech Talk’s AudioBoom page.
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This article originally appeared in Connect magazine - Autumn 2017 edition.