It is a challenge to buying any amazon fire TV device for Canadians.
Amazon has made two fire TV stick options available in Canada. Since November 2017 the amazon fire stick basic edition was made available in Canada, and in 2018 they have made the fire TV stick 4K with Alexa voice remote available at Canadian amazon.
Though amazon fire TV devices are very popular stateside, but other fire TV models are still not available on the Canadian amazon site as well as American amazon site does not ship to Canada.
If you would like to buy any other models like the amazon fire TV cube, you have to purchase it through US amazon.
Some information about amazon fire TV
Now a days, Amazon fire stick 4K and Roku are the most popular streaming devices in the market for watching movies, TV shows and music streaming.
Amazon’s entry level fire TV stick costs $39.99 and the 4K model costs $49.99. The fire TV stick 4K was released by amazon in 2018 and it is an upgraded version of the previous model as well as it comes with an Alexa voice remote control.
2. Size and weight:
The amazon fire stick weighs only 53.6 grams and the remote control weighs 43.4 grams which can fit into your pocket.
Amazon fire stick has 8 GB storage capacity so it allows you to store data with 8 GB capacity. Cloud storage is free for all content purchased from amazon. You can connect external device to the amazon fire TV stick such as additional storage via an OTG cable.
Amazon fire stick TV has a simple setup process. If you are a new user, first you need to create an account to get started. Once you have done then you just plug it into the HDTV and start connecting to the network to start streaming.
Amazon platform is modern and feels more useful and polished. But critics say that it will force you to view amazon’s own content. You will only see one row of your own apps at the top of the screen and the rest of the home is taken up by content from amazon prime video. If you have installed too many apps, you will need to scroll all the way and you have to click on View all to see them. Even if you don’t subscribe to the amazon prime service, you will still see it on your home screen.
6. Streaming and Picture quality:
Amazon fire stick’s 4K Ultra HD streaming quality can accommodate 720p, 1080p, 2160p and reach up to 60 frames per second (fps). It provides excellent picture quality, splendid and vibrant colours and outstanding HDR 10, HDR 10+ and HLG quality for richer pixels. But this feature will only work with a compatible Ultra HD television.
The basic amazon fire TV stick has a 1.3 GHz processor and 8 GB internal memory. It support for Bluetooth 4.1. It plays videos in 720p or 1080p resolution at up to 60 frames per second (fps). You can find a 1.7 GHz processor, support for Bluetooth 5.0 and 2160p video resolution in the fire stick 4K model. Its internal storage stays at 8 GB.
8. Remote control:
The amazon fire stick’s remote control is designed with buttons for convenient press and play. Using your remote control you can set the device to mute or adjust the volume, return to the previous page, move forward to the next track or can activate voice command.
How you can buy Amazon fire TV if you live in Canada?
Here are a few steps on how to get amazon fire TV if you are in Canada and you can also get some information about your choice.
Step 1: First you will need to set up an account at a USA mailbox forwarding website. These companies take a fee from you and give you with a USA shipping address that you can now use for your US amazon order. Some good USA mailbox sites are ‘ShipToTheBorder’, ‘MyUsaAddress’, and ‘MyUS’. The company will send your order to your Canadian address automatically.
Step 2: Go to amazon fire TV and add it to your cart. But at check out, you will now use your USA mailbox site address.
Step 3: After you have placed your order, for delivery status check your US shipping account settings. Afterthat put your forwarding Canadian address and ship it to Canada.
Step 4: As a final method you can try this. If you have a friend in the US simply have it shipped to them and then have them ship to you. But still you have to pay double shipping charges and you have to pay in US dollars. If you’re a snowbird pick one up next time you go to the states.
Amazon fire stick alternatives for Canada
While the above methods are useful and does work for Canadian users, shipping your fire stick from USA into Canada will cost you another $15-30.
There are some other better Kodi boxes you can consider which are of some price. The fire stick specs are not that much good and you will have to sideload on all the best apps.
As well as the fire stick doesn’t have an Ethernet port, which is crucial for HD streams and live feeds on Kodi.
There are so many better and stronger options for Kodi boxes that ship to Canada without any premium shipping charges. Take a look at the following –
i) NVidia Shield (Powerful Android box + gaming) – Canada (just updated 2017)
ii) Minix Neo U1 – Canada
iii) MyGica ATV – Canada
iv) Zoomtak T8V – Canada
v) Asus Chromebox (can be loaded with OpenElec/ LibreElec) – Canada
Now it’s your decision that which one you will like to pick, fire stick in Canada by drop shipping or take advantage of another Kodi box to enjoy.
Amazon releases amazon fire TV basic edition in November, 2017 in Canada.
After releasing it amazon has made the fire TV stick 4K with Alexa remote available in Canada recently. It has the price $20 dollars more than the basic edition fire TV, but now you can get 4K video and a voice command Alexa remote.
What you will get by paying extra $20 dollars?
Comparison with the amazon fire TV basic
1. Up to 2160p/ 4K output resolution with Dolby Vision, HDR 10+ and HDR 10 format support.
2. 80% more powerful due to upgraded 1.7 GHz quad core processor.
3. Upgraded 802.11 ac Wi-Fi chip.
4. Upgraded remote with Alexa support and added volume and mute buttons.
5. Upgraded audio from Dolby Audio to Dolby Atmos.
6. Added Ethernet support, but you will need to buy amazon Ethernet adapter for amazon fire TV devices for $19.99.
One thing you have kept in your mind when purchasing amazon fire TV as a gift.
Be sure while purchasing the amazon fire TV as a gift to check “this is a gift” option when you add the fire TV stick to your cart. If you purchase with your Amazon prime account, it will be registered to your account.
This will ensure that fire stick doesn’t come pre-registered to your account and gift recipient can register to their own amazon account.
I think this article is helpful.
So try these methods to buy amazon fire TV in Canada or you can consider the alternatives also.