How to use the Amazon Fire TV in the Caribbean
Jeff, TV analyst for WatchTVAbroad hails from Pennsylvania, United States and after growing up disinterested in sport found his sport calling in his late teenage years. Now he loves nothing more than streaming boxing, MMA and other combat sports.
Amazon Fire TV devices are a great way to watch your favorite content at any time, but they do have one flaw – they don’t work everywhere in the world.
Whether you use a Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Cube, they don’t work well outside of some major countries, like the US or the UK.
So if you’ve got a Caribbean cruise planned or you’re island hopping Jamaica, St Lucia, St Barts, Barbados, Martinique or one of the many other paradise islands you could be carrying around a useless tech device.
Unfortunately, very little will work on your Fire TV in the Caribbean, but it doesn’t need to be like this.
By using a VPN app which I’ll explain below, you can unlock all your favorite apps, shows and networks wherever you’re travelling or living.
No more lugging that ‘useless’ device around – you’ve now got an entertainment masterpiece in your luggage.
Get yourself a VPN app!
VPNs are highly useful apps for unblocking pretty much any kind of content on the internet.
Originally, they were invented as an app to help business people connect back to their offices securely.
More recently, they’ve been used by privacy-conscious individuals to thwart hackers and stay protected while using the internet.
But, thanks to their ability to hide your location, you can make yourself appear to be located in a different country, which lets you watch anything you want.
Without a VPN, your Fire TV won’t work correctly with apps like Netflix, NBC, BBC iPlayer and others refusing to play.
With one, you can watch anything anywhere.
Where can I get a VPN?
There are many VPN services to choose from, some of which are good, while others – not so much.
Still, some are reliable and work exceptionally well.
ExpressVPN is an excellent example, and pretty much the best service that we know of that performed well in our tests while visiting Barbados, St Lucia and Martinique.
It works with the biggest range of Amazon apps, it’s competitive on price with the competition and it has a 30-day money-back guarantee.
It is not the only option you have, though, and we would also recommend taking a look at CyberGhost and NordVPN if you want to shop around. So you still have some freedom to choose your favorite.
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How to unblock my Amazon Fire TV?
Now, the most essential part is to learn how to get a VPN and how to use it in combination with your Fire TV.
You can do it through a few easy steps, so follow the instructions below:
- Visit the ExpressVPN website or one of the other providers.
- Enter your payment details and pick a payment plan.
- On your Fire TV device, go to the Search function, and search for ‘ExpressVPN‘ or the VPN you signed up for.
- Select the app, click download/install, and wait for the process to complete.
- Use your remote to open the app and sign in with your VPN email and password.
- Once you log in, you’ll need to configure the app, Select OK, and then when asked to accept ExpressVPN connection requests, select OK again.
- Press on the ‘…’ button and then choose your home country, eg, United States.
- Press ‘Connect‘ and, that’s it. You can now watch your Fire TV from anywhere, including the Caribbean.
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What can I access in the Caribbean?
Once you get your VPN installed, you will be able to access most apps that you already have installed on your Fire TV device.
In other words, if you connect to your home country, you should be able to use your Fire TV device in the same way as you would back home.
One exception, however, is Amazon Prime.
Both US and UK editions should work, although it can be hit and miss, while other regions do not work at all.
So, if you wanted to use it for Amazon Prime, you may be disappointed, even with a VPN on your side.
But, you can still access ITV Hub, HBO Now, NBC Sports, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, and almost all other apps.
With a good, fast VPN, you can even unblock Netflix content from dozens of different countries, which will help keep you entertained as you relax in your cabin or take a break from sightseeing.
Touristing can be tiring, right?
What else can I do with the VPN?
If you’re still wondering how useful VPNs are, let us say that you can even use it on other devices, such as phones, tablets, laptops, and more.
This will let you stay safe while using Wi-Fi in your hotel, cruise ship, or even random cafes, which is usually dangerous due to potential hackers that may be lurking around.
You can browse the web privately without anyone knowing what you are doing, perform private or business transactions, send emails securely, and even brag to friends while sunning yourself on the beaches of the Caribbean.
You’re not limited merely to unblocking your Fire TV device while there – but you can do that as well!
If you are planning a trip to the Caribbean or you’re lucky enough to work or live there and you want to enjoy your Fire TV device, you should be aware that you will need to employ a VPN to keep it working as you’re accustomed at home.
While Fire TV devices are great for accessing all kinds of content, they only work in certain countries.
Fortunately, with a VPN like ExpressVPN, you can hide your actual location and connect to dozens of other regions, which will make it seem like you are in your home country or another of your choosing.
That way, you can bypass any restrictions and enjoy your favorite channels and shows from anywhere in the Caribbean.