I haven’t streamed much of anything from Amazon and I’m curious about how it all works.
Those of you who do, do you like it? Can you answer some of my basic questions?
I don’t watch T.V. or movies on my computer. The screen’s small, the speakers are terrible, and I don’t have a comfy chair- my desk chair’s no good for relaxing. I throw all my streaming content to my T.V. via a Chromecast.
I’m fairly happy with the Chromecast. It wasn’t expensive and it gets the job done. It requires using either my phone or my tablet as a remote control and this is not always reliable- it’s my biggest complaint, but it only really gives me trouble once in a while so I’m fairly content.
Chromecast is not compatible with Amazon, so I haven’t really explored Amazon’s screening services much. I once rented a movie that I couldn’t find elsewhere. Chromecast isn’t properly compatible with Amazon but Chromecast does have a feature called “Screen Cast” that lets you just throw anything only your tablet up onto your T.V. The feature does warn you that Screen Cast may result in poor quality picture and audio. Well, that warning proved to be true for the one time I used it to put Amazon screening content onto my T.V. It looked completely terrible and the sound was often out of sync.
So, question one, what do you use to put Amazon content onto your T.V.?
Roku? Fire Stick? What do you prefer about one over the other/are there additional options I’m unaware of?
Do I lose anything that I get with my Chromecast if I switch to a Fire Stick or a Roku? I use Chromecast for Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu mostly. There are a few other apps for specific channels that I sometimes use (ABC, Comedy Central). Chromecast also has a feature that puts a Chromecast icon on any video embedded on any website (when browsing with Chrome) so that the video can be cast to my T.V.
Another important question: How does the experience of Amazon’s screening services compare depending on whether or not you’re signed up for Amazon Prime? Is there significantly less content available if you’re not Prime? Or, at least, less content that is available for free?
If there’s a significant amount that is free with Prime then I might consider signing up for Prime- certainly if I’m viewing as much free (with membership) content as I do with Netflix. The $99 per year isn’t so bad when broken down monthly especially considering the shipping benefits. It’s just really tough that they make you pay the full $99 all at once. If they offered a membership at $9 per month, billed monthly, I’d probably have signed up by now. $99 all at once is really rough.
So, in summary:
What device to use to get it onto my T.V.?
Do any of the available devices mean I lose some of the function of my Chromecast?
How much free content without Prime?
How much free content with Prime?