There’s a lot of talk these days about cutting the cord, the cable tv cord that is, and with cable tv prices where they are, who can blame anyone to doing it.
To do it and still have access to rich streaming content you’ll need a broadband connection and some sort of device to connect to that content. Services such as Netflix and Pandora, to name just two, are easily brought to your non-smart tv via add-on boxes from any number of vendors.
If you’re using one of Amazon’s Fire devices, either Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, then you need to download this app pronto!
App Shortcuts for Fire TV Pro makes using Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick quick and easy and gets you from app to app with just a touch of your finger.
This app, developed by RSTK Studios, provides a simple one-touch interface to your Fire apps as well as duplicating the functions of your Fire remote.
Start up your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, start the app, and put down the Fire remote, you’re good to go.
Set Up and Functionality
The ability of this app to control your Fire TV or Stick requires that you have a “side loaded” app on your Fire device as well as this app on your iPhone or iPad. So, there is some legwork required here, it’s not just a simple app install. That being said, it is not a difficult chore, just a few more steps than what you’re used to.
The process is well defined and this reviewer had no problems completing the install of the app on a Fire Stick and connecting it to the app running on an iPhone. You’ll need to provide a name for your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick and then enter it’s IP address into the app. Again, not a big deal and the detailed instructions provided tell you exactly how to do it.
The use of the Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick provides consumers with two excellent choices for adding streaming apps to any TV or monitor. They are both low cost additions and provide a wide range of apps to choose from.
The value of these devices is significantly enhanced by adding this app to the mix. It makes bouncing around from app to app super easy and while the free version gets the job done, the Pro version adds in a virtual remote that mimics the one that came with your Fire device.
We highly recommend this app for anyone who is using, or considering using, either of Amazon’s Fire devices, the Fire TV or the Fire TV Stick.
App Shortcuts for Fire TV Pro requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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