The Amazon Firestick is a handy little streamer and a great way to get content to your big screen. While it’s perfect for Kodi, we are going to focus on a newer program this time around. Our Stremio on Firestick guide will help you install the hub on Amazon’s streamer and show you how to access some interesting add-ons as well.
What is Stremio?
For years Kodi was the best option if you needed a hub to stream your media. The add-ons are also an obvious perk. It’s also ideal for add-ons, one area where it has very little competition. That has changed recently, and Stremio is one of the apps to step up to the plate. If you are familiar with Kodi and Plex, you will feel right at home with this one.
As the Stremio app is a program, you can use it to stream media from various devices. This guide is just for the Amazon Fire TV and their streaming stick, but the program also works on Windows, Macs, Linux, Android, and iOS. There are more similarities than differences when it comes to Stremio vs Kodi although there are a few important factors that will give Stremio the edge with some users.
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Downloading and Installing Stremio on Firestick
The first thing you need to do is download and install Stremio on your 4K Amazon Firestick or Fire TV stick. Thankfully, this part is straightforward as the company has the official .apk file on their website. That means you don’t have to take chances on shady links – just go straight to the source. In this case, that’s the Play Store so you’ll want to download and install Stremio from there.
For the regular Fire TV stick, you can use the same process we use to install Kodi. That means you can use a smartphone to sideload the application onto your streaming stick. We went with Apps2Fire for this Stremio on Firestick installation guide, but there are several options available. If you haven’t done so already, you also need to go to Settings on your Firestick and allow ADB Debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources.
Once you download your sideloading app from Google Play, you need to sync your stick up. Scroll to the left to reach the Setup section, and click on Search Fire TVs. Once it gives you an address, copy it to the box, and you’re good to go once you get a synced message.
Now you’ll want to go to the Local Apps tab and find Stremio. Select the app, then tap Install and wait for the process to finish. It may take a while depending on the speed of your connection and your device, but you will receive a message when it’s done. After that, the Streamio is loaded up on your Firestick, and you are almost ready to stream.
Setting things up
When you fire up Stremio for the first time, you may be in for a shock if you’re an avid Kodi user. The program prompts you to log in, and gives you the option to do so through Facebook. For people concerned about their privacy, the recent Facebook news is going to give you a bit of pause. Well, have no fear as there is a “Guest Login” option which is what we would suggest if you are concerned about privacy.
As always, we also advise you to use a VPN unless you only plan to use Stremio for your media or programs like Netflix. Regardless of how you log in, you will be greeted with a list of movies, series, and channels. You can access the settings from the Gear icon on the right, but the options are limited with one exception. That would be the Stremio addons section which is where the free movies and TV shows come into play.
This section features a handful of official Stremio addons to go along with community add-ons and your personal favorites. Want to make your own? That’s relatively easy as well if you have a little gumption and use their SDK. They even have a running contest worth $5,000 in prizes if you think you have what it takes.
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As mentioned, you’ll see plenty of content when you fire up the app, but what you can actually access right away is limited. Want to watch Thor Ragnarok? The program will direct you to a service that provides it for a price. All the popular options are present as well including Vudu, Amazon, and Google Play of course. Those options may vary depending on your device, but there are plenty to choose from, and it lets you know what video has been rented.
Outside of the new releases, there are tabs for series, channels and something called a Guidebox. Channels are varied although we mainly found a lot of Vevo content, so we hope you dig music videos or TV show clips. The Series tab has a lot of fan favorites which can be accessed through subscription services just like with the Movies section.
The Guidebox at the bottom with a list of channels featuring free content. This includes everything from Jimmy Kimmel Live to Key & Peele and the CBS evening news. The three bar menu on the left side opens up the real heart of the app however by providing you with access to the Discover section and the Library. Overall, it’s a nice layout that’s a whole lot easier to navigate than Kodi if you are a beginner.
Now that you know how to install Stremio on Firestick, you can explore the program on your own and see if it’s the right option for you. Compared to Kodi and Plex, it is relatively new, so you may experience some growing pains along the way. While you won’t find nearly as many Stremio addons, the selection has grown along with the community.
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