Amazon Fire TV is leading the cord-cutting
revolution, bringing high quality streaming shows to your TV screen, all
through your trustee Wi-Fi rather than a cable setup.
I don’t know about you guys, but nothing
beats the experience of watching shows and movies on the big TV screen.
Although Netflix offers apps for PCs, smartphones, and tablets, the cozy
feeling of ensconcing yourself on a couch with snacks and drinks in hand while
you’re fully immersed in the action on the screen is unmatched.
And all you need is a small Fire TV
streaming device, a Netflix subscription, and a good Internet connection to
make this happen.
Well, that and a little bit of
app-installing along with it, which is what I’m going to explain in this
Installing Netflix on Your
Amazon Fire TV
The popularity of Amazon Fire TV is
increasing like wildfire. This year, Fire TV beat the number of users on Roku (another
popular streaming device), reaching the 30
The convenient remote control and
simple-to-use software interface makes the Fire TV a natural choice for the
purposes of Netflix streaming.
What’s more, the Fire TV supports a much
wider range of apps and services which can be incredibly valuable in enriching
your streaming experience (Hint: we’ll be using one such app to unlock the complete content catalog of Netflix
in the UK, which isn’t so easy to do with Roku).
However, Netflix isn’t one of the default
apps that you’ll find in Fire TV home screen right out of the box.
So, first things first, you need to install
the Netflix app on your Fire TV to start streaming.
Follow the steps below to commence the
- Select Search from the main menu and type “Netflix”
- When the app appears on the
screen, select Download or Free
- Once the download has completed
- Select Sign In
- Enter your Netflix account
- Start streaming your favorite
shows on your TV right away!
Accessing Complete Content Catalog on Netflix
Although Netflix is available in pretty
much every country in the world, the availability of shows and movies varies
from region to region.
UK is among the top 5 countries with the largest
content library on Netflix, but it is still than what the likes of Japan and
the US get.
The difference isn’t that great in numbers,
it is nonetheless extremely disappointing if a show or movie you really want to
watch is available elsewhere but not in the UK.
This is outrageously unfair. But you can’t
really blame Netflix for this because they have content distribution laws to
follow and honor agreements with producers and distributors.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can
actually access US-only shows on Netflix on your Fire TV while sitting in the UK,
and it doesn’t require magic.
This can be easily done with the help of a
VPN service, as explained in this guide on watching
US Netflix in UK.
When you’ve chosen a VPN that has the
ability to access US Netflix in the UK, you will now need to install this VPN
app on your Fire TV to enable geo-unblocking of your favorite Netflix shows
that can’t be accessed from the UK.
Although the setup instructions for VPNs
vary depending on the provider, the general process is pretty much the same and
it goes something like this:
- Select Search and type the name of the VPN service you want to use
- If the provider has a VPN app
that supports your Fire TV device, it should now appear in the search results
- Select the app and then press
the Download button
- Press Open after the app has finished downloading
- You will now have to sign in
with your VPN username and password (you should sign up and make a VPN account on
the VPN provider’s website beforehand using a computer for ease)
- When you have successfully
signed in, the VPN app will in most cases ask for Connection request. Press OK when prompted for this
- Now, you can use the VPN
service and change your apparent location to US to access Netflix
- Select a US server and wait
until the connection to the new server is formed
- If successful, your IP address
will now change to a US-based IP
- Keep the VPN running in the
background and now open your Netflix app
- You are now accessing Netflix
the way it is in the US with all its content available at your fingertips
- If you want to revert back to
the UK region of Netflix, simply disconnect the VPN, exit the app, and open
The Fire TV really is a little box of magic
for streaming enthusiasts. But a VPN on Fire TV will open up a whole new a
dimension of magic and give you uninhibited access to Netflix content no matter
where you are located in the world.
Quite simply, put Fire TV, Netflix, and a
VPN together and you have the perfect room for reckless bingeing nights you’ve
always pined for.