How to get HBO Max on an Amazon Fire Stick and watch shows like ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Friends’

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Like most streaming services, you can access HBO Max on any Amazon Fire device.

  • You can get HBO Max on an Amazon Fire Stick, and all other Amazon devices, in a few simple steps.
  • To get HBO Max on your Amazon Fire device, just download the app and log into your account.
  • HBO Max is home to a wide host of different movies and shows, both new and old.
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HBO’s streaming service HBO Max has tons of hit series people love, like “Friends,” “Rick and Morty,” and “The Bachelor,” plus great originals like “Euphoria,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” HBO Max also offers tons of films to choose from on movie night – there’s something for everyone.

Although Amazon experienced some difficulty partnering with competing streaming services, HBO Max finally arrived on Amazon devices in November 2020.

You can download now HBO Max on Amazon Fire TVs, Fire Tablets, Fire Cubes, and Amazon Fire Sticks – here’s how.

Once you’ve got HBO Max on your Amazon device, check out our guides on how to make the most of the service’s features.

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‘What is an Amazon Fire TV Stick?’: Amazon’s portable but powerful streaming device, explained

  • The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a portable streaming device that can give you access to thousands of movies and TV shows.
  • Most Amazon Fire TV models are currently on sale on Amazon with Black Friday discounts.
  • Much like other streaming devices, the Amazon Fire TV Stick lets you watch Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, and other streaming services — as long as you have subscriptions to them.
  • All you need to do to use an Amazon Fire Stick is plug it into your TV, connect it to the internet, and get watching.
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The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a streaming video player sold by Amazon. Similar in many ways to the Roku Streaming Stick, the Fire TV stick is the entry-level product in Amazon’s streaming media player family, typically priced at about $40.

The Fire TV Stick is shaped like an oversized USB flash drive, and plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI video input. Rather than storing files, though, it’s a full-featured streaming player, able to turn any television with an HDMI port into a Smart TV.

The Fire TV Stick is free to use and set up, and it’s free to download nearly every major app. However, to watch subscription-based apps like Netflix or Hulu, you’ll need to pay for them separately.

You can purchase the Amazon Fire TV Stick in both a basic version, and 4K version. The only difference between the two is that the 4K version can stream – as the name implies – in 4K resolution.

What you can do with the Amazon Fire TV Stick

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You can access “tens of thousands” of streaming channels through a Fire TV Stick.

Amazon says that the Fire TV Stick adds “tens of thousands” of channels to your TV. That includes all the streaming services you are most familiar with, including Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, and HBO Now, along with network TV apps, sports, and, of course, thousands of less common niche channels you may not be familiar with.

The stick comes with a remote control that has a built-in microphone for voice control. Because this is an Amazon product, you might expect that it has Alexa support, and you would be right – you can give commands to the Fire TV Stick using Alexa, and control all your home automation products (like the Ring doorbell, Philips Hue lights, and ecobee thermostat, among others) just as if you were talking to an Amazon Echo speaker.

What Amazon Fire TV Sticks cost

The Fire TV family includes the Fire TV Stick ($39.99; $19.99 with a Black Friday discount) and the Fire TV Stick 4K ($49.99; $24.99 with a Black Friday discount). The 4K version costs a little more and is identical to the Fire TV Stick except that it (as the name implies) works with 4K video. The original Fire TV Stick sends standard 1080p high definition video instead.

Amazon also sells the Fire TV Cube. Priced at $119.99 ($89.99 with a Black Friday discount), this media player includes a built-in speaker and a microphone that listens for voice commands from across the room – you don’t need to talk into a remote control. While the two versions of the Fire TV Stick require Wi-Fi, the Cube is able to connect to Ethernet for faster, more reliable internet access. (It’s possible to connect the Fire TV sticks to Ethernet with an optional Ethernet adapter.)

How to set up an Amazon Fire TV Stick

Setting up an Amazon Fire Stick is little more than a three step process.

You simply need to plug the Fire TV stick into its supplied power adapter and then plug the stick into your TV’s HDMI video input. Then, turn on your TV and make sure it’s set to the correct HDMI input.

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The Fire TV Stick plugs into a TV’s HDMI port and needs to be powered through the micro-USB port on its side.

Finally, using the remote control, step through the welcome and setup instructions on the TV screen.  You’ll need to enter your Wi-Fi password and log into your Amazon account. You don’t need a VPN or anything of the sort.

After that, setup is largely complete; you’ll just need to add and log into any streaming channels you use (like Netflix, Hulu, and so on).

For more information, check out our article, “How to set up an Amazon Fire Stick, Amazon’s portable media streaming device, for the first time.”

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How to set up and use an Amazon Fire Stick streaming device to play movies, music, games, and more

  • To set up an Amazon Fire Stick and start watching, all you need to do is plug the Fire Stick into your TV and use the remote to navigate.
  • You’ll also need batteries for the remote, and a Wi-Fi connection to link your Fire Stick with.
  • To finish setting up the Amazon Fire Stick, you’ll need to follow a series of on-screen prompts that will help you link all your devices.
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More than five years ago, Amazon released its very own streaming device where you can watch all your favorite TV shows, movies, and more – the Fire Stick. It also comes equipped with Alexa for voice commands. 

Today, an Amazon Fire Stick costs about $40, and it’s simple to set up. All you need is a television with an HDMI port, batteries for the remote, and an internet connection. 

How to set up an Amazon Fire Stick

1. When you receive your Amazon Fire Stick, there will be 3 items: the remote, power adapter, and the Fire Stick. First, find the Fire Stick. 

Amazon Fire TV Stick, $39.99.
The Fire Stick is about as big as a USB flash drive.

2. Plug the Fire Stick into one of your TV’s HDMI ports, which can usually be found on the back of the television. 

3. Connect the power cable to the Fire Stick. 

4. Then, plug the power cable into a wall outlet, or into the USB port of the TV.

5. Turn on your TV. Using the television’s remote, find the correct input channel or source that you plugged the Fire Stick into (for example, HDMI 1), and select it.

6. Once you’ve inserted batteries into your Fire Stick remote, press any button. 

 

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The Fire Stick’s remote has volume and playback controls, as well as an Alexa button.

7. Now, you should see the Amazon Fire Stick start-up screen. Follow the instructions on-screen to finish setting up your Fire Stick. This includes pairing the remote, setting up the language, connecting to Wi-Fi, and signing into your Amazon account. 

Once you’ve signed in to your Amazon account, you can download video-streaming apps like HBO, Hulu, and Netflix as well as games and music. 

If you are a Prime member, you will have access to Prime Video. You can also use Alexa to check the weather and add items to your Amazon cart. 

 

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How to play Jackbox games on a TV, whether you’re using a gaming console, computer, or streaming device

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Jackbox makes hosting in-person or virtual game nights through your TV fun and easy.

  • There are several ways you can play Jackbox games on a TV. 
  • You can download Jackbox on gaming consoles, such as the Nintendo Switch, or connect your mobile device or computer to a TV, or stream a game with services like Apple TV.
  • You’ll need to determine what devices a Jackbox game or party pack is compatible with before you choose how to connect it to your TV for gameplay. 
  • Additional apps and equipment like Chromecast or an HDMI cord may be necessary to play Jackbox games on your TV. 
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Jackbox, a purveyor of party games, is best seen on a TV for the excitement of watching your silly drawings, clever wit, and inside jokes play out on the big screen. And whether you realize it or not, you likely already have access to one of many methods available for playing a Jackbox party pack or standalone game on a TV. 

But before you learn how to play through your TV, you’ll want to confirm which games are compatible with your device. This will help you make the best decision setting up play through your big screen. To do this, just click on the game or party pack you want to purchase and scroll to the compatibility section beneath the game or pack’s description. If you see your platform or device listed, you’re ready to buy. 

Once you’ve made your purchase, ensure you also have a device like another iPad, computer, or smartphone available to log into Jackbox.TV, as that’s how you’ll enter your answers, make your drawings, and vote on the best of the bunch each round.

Here’s how you can play Jackbox on a TV.

How to play Jackbox on a TV with a gaming console

If you own a Nintendo Switch, Playstation 3, 4, or 5,  Xbox One, or Xbox Series S/X, these consoles all support hosting some or all of the games in the Jackbox catalog through their respective stores. Download Jackbox games to your console and, if an HDMI cable is required, connect it from your TV to your console to play – just like you would with other games.

How to play Jackbox on a TV with a streaming device

Jackbox can also be played directly on Apple TV and iPad with the app version. To play the game on your iPad, you want to mirror it to your Apple TV using AirPlay. For iPad users with Google Home, you can also cast the game on your TV through the app’s built-in mirroring tool. 

Amazon Fire TV users can simply purchase the Jackbox app from Amazon and play straight from their TV, while Android TV users can also purchase the Jackbox app in the Google Play Store and start having fun through their compatible TVs.

How to play Jackbox on a TV with a computer

The Steam, Humble, and Fanatical gaming platforms all have Jackbox available to download for PC, Mac, and Linux users. Epic Games also offers Jackbox for PC and Mac devices. Once purchased, you’ll be able to access the games from your purchase library. 

To play games from these platforms on your TV, you’d just need to connect your computer to your TV with an HDMI cord, use screen-mirroring tools from AirPlay on your Mac, or cast from your Mac or PC with Chromecast.  

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