The 13 Best Apps Of FireStick Lite
The Amazon FireStick Lite is the base entry in the Amazon Fire line of streaming devices. It has a full suite of streaming services and will turn any HDMI port into a smart TV. It has all of the features and apps you would expect from one of the stream boxes four times its price. The only downside is that it doesn’t support 4K, and the remote won’t control your TV.
The FireStick has long been a favorite of the video streaming community because of its low price, its extremely portable form factor, and the ability to jailbreak it and load Android-specific programs called APKs onto its Android operating system allowing many people with less than legal watching habits to have access to easy movie streaming.
The 13 Best Apps of FireStick Lite
There are a ton of apps available for the FireStick Lite. It is built on an Android operating system framework. Because of that, you can also load programs that aren’t available in the Google Play store on your TV. But it also makes the device versatile and varied in the type of streaming apps available for users.
Paid Subscription Apps:
- HBO Now
- PBS Kids
- Express VPN
Mostly Free Apps:
Some of the best apps available on FireStick are its video streaming apps. Most people think of Netflix and Disney+ as the only streaming apps worth talking about these days, but in reality, hundreds are available on the FireStick Lite. These are some of the more popular ones.
You have heard of Netflix. It started the streaming game and has become a drop in a much larger pond. You will require a monthly subscription to view any content on Netflix.
Due to the increase in streaming platforms, Netflix has lost a lot of content in the past few years, but it does have some great Netflix Original shows you can’t get on any other platform. So, if you want to watch Stranger Things, Peaky Blinders, or Black Mirror, Netflix is your only choice.
Hulu is another very popular streaming service. The Walt Disney Company owns Hulu. There is no free option with Hulu. A monthly subscription is required to be able to view any content. A lower-tier also shows ads with a more expensive tier to take the ads away. Hulu also charges more per month per screen you want to stream on.
While Hulu does have movies, television is where it thrives. Especially current television. Current episodes of your favorite shows, especially on Disney-owned networks like ABC, are added on the day they air on standard broadcast. So, you never have to miss an episode of your favorite show.
Disney+ has recently become one of the most popular subscription-based streaming platforms due partly to Disney owning the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Star Wars Cinematic Universe. Those two IPs alone make Disney+ a streaming powerhouse. Add in the back catalog of Disney, and you have a streaming must-have.
HBO has some of the most popular television series currently airing in 2022. With new hit shows like Barry, We Own This City, Westworld, and older standards like Six Feet Under and Band of Brothers, you can’t go wrong with what HBO Now offers.
Noggin is an entertainment brand that is a partnership between Nickelodeon and the Sesame Workshop. It aims to create educational content to excite children’s imagination and creativity and help them learn and build confidence. A subscription is required to view content on Noggin.
Vudu isn’t subscription based, but it’s a digital Blockbuster Rental. On Vudu, you can rent and buy movies for storage on your FireStick Lite. The prices vary depending on the movie you are purchasing or renting. Think of Vudu as a digital library of videos.
This is the most popular VPN often used to hide the true country location of the user. Not all uses of a VPN are nefarious, as many people will use it to access other countries streaming libraries for different apps, such as Netflix, because they will have different movies available due to different deals in different countries.
Free Subscriptions (Mostly)
Tubi is a free streaming service with over 40,000 movies and television shows. Tubi is owned by the Fox Corporation and supports its service with ads shown during ad breaks in the movies and shows.
Crackle is a free video streaming service owned by Sony. Just like Tubi, and most of the free streaming video apps, Crackle is free because it shows ads during the videos. But, hey, it’s free.
Crunchyroll is much like the above, except it is dedicated to anime or Japanese animation. Crunchyroll is free with ads but also has ad-free subscriptions available. There’s also a way to get the premium plan for free.
Plex has videos you can stream for free from their servers. Still, it is much more of a personal media server to turn your digital media collection into your own personal Netflix at home.
You can then use Plex to stream your movies stored on your server at home to anywhere with an internet connection and access to the app.
Plex also has a monthly subscription with the Plex Pass, but it just adds features to the free version. Plex is usable for free.
YouTube has been the gold standard for uploading videos to the internet since 2005. More free content is available on YouTube right now than a person could watch in their lifetime. If there is a hobby or interest you have, no matter how obscure or esoteric, someone has made a YouTube series about it. You can never go wrong with YouTube.
It’s also possible to get YouTube Red which allows for an ad-free version of YouTube.
There are numerous streaming apps for FireStick Lite. There are free ones and some that require subscriptions. Either way, the small thumb drive-sized FireStick Lite will keep you entertained for weeks.