How To Download & Watch Movies on Your Amazon Firestick

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Today, we all have access to massive libraries of movies, both new releases and classics (and not-so-classics) from the past. Whether you’re using your smartphone, your computer, or a TV, you can access huge numbers of legit (and not so legit) copies of movies. Sites like Hulu, Netflix, and Prime Video constantly stream terabytes of video content. You can watch pretty much anything you want, whenever you want.

One of the simpler solutions for consumers to stream video to their television is the Amazon Fire TV Stick. This option begs the question, can you download movies to your Fire TV Stick? The answer is no, not directly.

The Fire TV Stick doesn’t have enough local storage space to store videos; it needs to stream stuff from another source and use the limited space for caching and storing apps. However, there are ways to download movies to other devices for later viewing.

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In addition, your Fire TV Stick can access Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix or similar services. This guide will show you several options to get movie content on your Fire TV Stick.

Stream/watch movies on the Fire TV Stick

The first and easiest way to access movies is to use Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix or any other service. Just install the right app. Most such sites require a subscription, although there are some excellent free alternatives, then browse the service’s available libraries to your heart’s content.

Keep in mind that not all the movies you might want to watch are available on one service; sometimes you have to bounce between different sites to find what you are looking for.

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There are several great paid and free streaming services; here are some of the most popular.

Use Amazon Prime Video on Fire TV Stick

Amazon Prime Video is a free bundled service with a subscription to Amazon Prime. Prime generally costs $119 per year or $12.99 per month. For most people, the Prime Video subscription isn’t the main reason to buy Prime, but it’s a nice bonus with lots of solid, high-quality movies and TV content.

Using Netflix on Fire TV Stick

Netflix is ​​one of the most popular streaming services out there. With plans starting at $8.99/month, it’s a great choice for a primary video streaming service. There are many movies, TV series and an increasing amount of original content.

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Using Hulu on Fire TV Stick

Hulu is another primary streaming site, with the desirable benefit of offering upgrades to premium channel packages like HBO and Showtime and live TV options. It also produces high quality original content. Starting at just $6.99 a month, Hulu has a decent selection.

Using Pluto TV on Fire TV Stick

Pluto TV has the advantage of being completely free to watch, as well as offering an excellent cable TV-like array of channels that make you feel like you have a (low-end) cable TV subscription. There is a variety of movie channels and TV show channels such as MTV channels, Nickelodeon channels, an action channel and many more.

To use Classic cinema online on Fire TV Stick

Classic Cinema Online is one of the all-time greats among the free service providers. There are no new movies here because CCO focuses purely on the old classics, and there are some great movies (and lots of B-movie fillers) on the site. This option is a must-have for fans of the old Hollywood scene.

To use popcornflix on Fire TV Stick

Screen Media Ventures owns Popcornflix and has licenses to screen over 1,500 movies, all streamed for free. They have a good mix, with some movies that no one has ever heard of, as well as quite a few classics and even some newer ones.

Use CONtv on Fire TV Stick

Viewster is an indie-oriented streaming channel with lots of fan-created and independent content. It has a lot of animation and anime, so if you’re a fan of those genres, this is a site worth checking out.

How to Use Kodi to Watch Downloaded Movies on an Amazon Fire TV Stick

If you want to download content, have it on your local network, and then stream it to your Fire TV Stick on demand, then Kodi is the one for you. Kodi is a media server system that takes some work to set up, but once it works, it’s fantastic. You’ll need to install Kodi on your Fire TV Stick as well as on any computer you’ve set up as a media center. Here’s how to do it.

  1. From the Fire Tv Stick’s “Home” screen, select “Settings.”
  2. Navigate to “Device and Developer Options.”
  3. Set “Allow apps from unknown sources” “On.”
  4. Navigate back to the Fire TV “Home” screen.
  5. To use “To search” to find Downloader and select to install it.
  6. Open “downloader” and give it access to your photos, media and files.
  7. Downloader will ask you for a URL, add “http://kodi.tv/download” and select “To go.”
  8. Select the most recent version of Kodi and then install it.
  9. Navigate back to the Fire TV “Home” screen.
  10. Select “Your apps and games”, then find “kodi”, but don’t start it yet.
  11. Install Kodi on the computer with all your media.
  12. Open “Kodi” on the computer.
  13. Select the “acceleration” (settings) icon.
  14. To elect “Service Settings” and then select “UPnP/DLNA.”
  15. Switch “Share my libraries and all options” to “On.”
  16. Open the “Kodi” app on your Fire TV stick.
  17. Select “Files” from the left menu and “Add videos.”
  18. To elect “To leaf through” and then select “UPnP devices.”
  19. Select “Video Library” and choose “OKAY.”
  20. Rename the library if necessary and browse it to play your movie.

If you follow the instructions above, you should be able to stream your downloaded movies to your Amazon Fire TV Stick. Kodi is exceptionally good at managing itself and should find the other Kodi app, link to it and stream content directly. This option is just one more way to enjoy your content!

You need fast internet to get good streams – check out our tutorial on optimizing your network speed.

Want some more information about Kodi? Here’s our guide to watching movies on Kodi.

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