My personal 2020 streaming device recommendation !
It’s been a looooooooooog while since I have last made a post on this blog. Things had been busy in my life and IPTV hasn’t been a priority of my life. Who have time for TV, right?
But I haven’t forgotten this hobby!
For the last few weeks I have been configuring a new device for home streaming and to my surprise that the Amazon Firestick 4k from 2018 is still a worthy device.
This article is not going to be a review for the Firestick 4k, instead I will give the lowdown of what’s running on my Firestick.
For Asian content, I have loaded the Napper Asian World onto the Firestick. It has all live and VOD content I’ll need. Even some English channels if I don’t want to switch app for English content.
English TV (North America)
For English content, I’m using Napper English. For the most part I’m only using this app for live tv for Canadian and US stations. It includes premium movie stations like HBO, Movie Network, as well.
This also have some Asian live station as well if you don’t need full Asia service.
Note: For the app to work properly, you need to change the Decoding method to the 3rd option.
For live sport events (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, Boxing, EPL, MMA etc…) I use the service SmoothStreams. What’s unique about SS is that their service is catered to sports only. How SS work is during the time of day when there is no sporting event running, SS will show regular TV content on their line up. Such as ESPN, CNN, Fox, HBO, etc… (They have about 60+ regular line up). When there is a sporting event that goes live, SS will replace an existing channel with the live event.
You can expect nightly major league games, weekly MMA fights, and big ticket events such as boxing.
The service even have a website which you can log in with your computer or any web enabled device for streaming.
This is the crown jewel for sports content. If you are a sports fan and only want one streaming service, then this is it.
- You can generate m3u8 streams using SmoothProxy and use with m3u8 aggregator such as TiViMate or PerfectTV
- Android app available
- Can install on multiple devices, 3 different IP address allowed. So you can split a subscription with a friend or two.
- Invite only
In order to use SS on Firestick, you will need to load SmoothProxy and then install a m3u8 aggregator to view the streams. You cannot use the Android app on the Firestick as it requires GooglePlay services. If you try to install GooglePlay services on the Firestick, it will brick your stick permanently!
For non-paying stuff. I install Plex onto the Firestick and connect it to my Plex server.
I use the service with combination of SABnzbd (NZB Downloader), Sonarr (TV Shows) and CouchPotato (Movies) in combination with nzb360 on my Android to automate my English content.
Aside from the 3rd party streaming services, if you have Amazon prime you also get a pretty good set of English content with it. You can also install Netflix on it as well.
You can also cast onto your Firestick via ChromeCast as well.
Which Firestick version which I buy?
As of November 2020, there is current three versions of the Firestick available.
Even though the Firestick 4k is 2 years old, I chose it over the regular Firestick (non-4k) because it was literally only $10 more, support 4k and 1.5GB of ram instead of 1GB.
I personally wouldn’t buy the Firestick Lite because it doesn’t have integration with your TV and other devices.
If you absolutely don’t need 4k and don’t care about the 1.5GB of ram, then the non-4k Firestick is worthy.
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