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How To Download & Watch Movies on to your Amazon Firestick

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We live in a golden age of movies. Younger readers may find this hard to believe, but there was once a time when watching a movie meant going to a theater and seeing what was showing, and that was it. There were no movies at home. Well, maybe someone had an 8mm projector and a couple of (boring) short films about bears or something, but Star Wars? You saw Star Wars when it was in the theater, or you didn’t see it at all. Times have certainly changed.

How To Download & Watch Movies on to your Amazon Firestick

Today, we all have access to gigantic libraries of movies, both new releases and classics (and not-so-classics) of the past. Whether you use your smartphone, your computer or a TV, you’re able to access enormous numbers of legitimate (and not so legitimate) copies of movies. Sites like Hulu, Netflix and Prime Video stream terabytes of video content on a constant basis. You can watch pretty much anything you want to watch whenever you want to watch it.

One of the more common solutions for consumers to stream video to their television is the Amazon Fire TV Stick. This raises the question – can you download movies to your Fire TV Stick? Not directly. The Stick doesn’t have local storage in which to store any video; it has to stream things from another source. However, there are ways to download movies onto other devices for later consumption. In addition, your Fire TV Stick is able to access Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, or similar services, to get movies that way. In this article I’m going to show you several different options for getting movie content onto your Fire TV Stick.

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Stream movies on the Fire TV Stick

The first and easiest way to gain access to movies is to use Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, or another service. Just install the appropriate app. You will need a subscription for most such sites, although there are some good free alternatives, and surf the available libraries to your heart’s content. Note that not all movies you might want to watch are going to be available on any one service; sometimes you have to bounce around between several different sites to find what you’re looking for.

There are a number of good paid and free streaming services; here are some of the most popular ones.

Amazon Prime Video

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Amazon Prime Video is a bundled service that’s included for free with a subscription to Amazon Prime, Amazon’s flagship quick-and-free-delivery option for its online retail business. Prime generally costs $119 per year or $12.99 per month. For most people, the Prime Video subscription is not the primary reason for getting Prime, but it is a really nice bonus with a lot of solid high-end movie and TV content.


Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services around. With plans starting at $9/month, it’s an excellent choice for a main video streaming service. There are lots of movies, TV series and an ever increasing amount of original content.


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Hulu is another major streaming site, with the very attractive benefit of offering upgrades to premium channel packages like HBO and Showtime. It also produces some high quality original content. Starting as low as $5.99 a month, Hulu also offers some free content, usually older seasons of shows it has licenses for and classic movies.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV has the advantage of being completely free to watch, as well as providing a really nice cable-TV-like array of channels that really feels like you have a (low-end) cable TV subscription. There aren’t a lot of premium movies or shows, but the price is right and the service is very reliable.

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Classic Cinema Online is one of the all-time greats among free service providers. There are no new movies here, because CCO focuses purely on the old classics, and there are some truly amazing films (and a lot of B-movie filler) on the site. This is a must-have for fans of old Hollywood.


Popcornflix is owned by Screen Media Ventures and has licenses to show more than 1,500 movies, streamed free. They have a good mix, with some films that nobody has ever heard of but quite a few classics and even some newer films.


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Viewster is an indie-oriented streaming channel with a lot of fan-made and independent content. It has a lot of animation and anime, so if you’re a fan of those genres, this is definitely a site worth checking out.

Use Kodi to watch downloaded movies on an Amazon Fire TV Stick

If you want to actually download content, have it on your local network, and then stream it to your Fire TV Stick on demand, then Kodi is the solution for you. Kodi is a media server system that takes a little work to get set up with, but once it’s working, it’s fantastic. You’ll need to install Kodi both on your Fire TV Stick and on whatever computer are setting up as a media center. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Select Settings on the Fire TV Stick Home screen.
  2. Navigate to Device and Developer Options.
  3. Turn Allow apps from unknown sources On.
  4. Navigate back to the Fire TV Home screen.
  5. Use Search to find Downloader and select to install it.
  6. Open Downloader and allow it to access your photos, media and files.
  7. Downloader will prompt you for a URL, add ‘’ and select Go.
  8. Select the most recent build of Kodi and then Install.
  9. Navigate back to the Fire TV Home screen.
  10. Select Your Apps & Games and find the Kodi app.
  11. Install Kodi onto the computer that has all your media.
  12. Open Kodi on the computer.
  13. Select the gear icon to open Settings.
  14. Select Service Settings and then select UPnP/DLNA.
  15. Toggle Share my libraries and all options on.
  16. Open the Kodi app on your Fire TV Stick.
  17. Select Files from the left menu and Add videos.
  18. Select Browse and then UPnP Devices.
  19. Select Video Library and select OK.
  20. Rename the library if necessary and browse it to play your movie.

If you follow these instructions, you should be able to stream your downloaded movies to your Amazon Fire TV Stick. Kodi is exceptionally good at managing itself and should find the other Kodi app, link to it and stream content directly to it. One more way to enjoy your content!

Want more information about how to stream video?

Like the torrenting scene? Check out our review of alternatives to Putlocker for streaming movies.

Want more free options? We’ve got a review of all the best free movie sites. Actually we have more than one.

You need fast Internet to get good streams – check out our tutorial on optimizing your network speed.

Want a little more information about Kodi? Here’s our guide to watching movies on Kodi.

8 thoughts on “How To Download & Watch Movies on to your Amazon Firestick”

J234 says:
I have Hughes net. With satilite internet I get buffer ALOT. How do I download movies or tv series to watch, not stream them, download them??
Lex Thomas says:
Seems to me the information provided here is about streaming not downloading. If I were to download a film I’d expect to have it stored on one of my devices for watching as often as I want at a later time without buffering problems. I am looking for an alternative to the Morph TV App for doing downloads. I did not get it here.
akshay naidu says:
The movie or your files are stored on your device and u basically cast it without keeping your laptop or fone busy…
Archie Gurley Jr says:
I would like to know can you save a movie or show?
Ronh says:
You will need a device to stream amazon video, I use the amazon fire stick which you can purchase on amazon. If you have a smart tv you can watch your prime video on that as well. If you buy the fire stick just plug into hdmi connection on the tv. You will need wifi. Sets up very easy and opens the door to many other apps.
Hartsell says:
Sorry, meant to say it DOES NOT Have a “files” and tab on the left side. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP! WHAT AM I DOING WRONG!
Hartsell says:
I have fire TV. I’ve just added Kodi 18.3. It does have a “files” and tab on the left side. Starts with “music videos” and ends with “weather”. Any ideas?
Hartsell says:
Sorry, meant to say it DOES NOT Have a “files” and tab on the left side. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP! WHAT AM I DOING WRONG!
Kelly Mastin says:
You can get a firestick andwatch your prime from there.
Hartsell says:
Yes, that’s it main use!
Tim morgan says:
We have no cable service where we are. I have amazon prime. I download stuff to watch on my kindle fire . How can I watch prime on my tv?

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