How to use the Amazon Fire TV Stick in the Dominican Republic
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Got an Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Box and heading to the Dominican Republic? This is the guide for you.
Today, I’m going to teach you how you can use the Amazon Fire TV devices in the Dominican Republic.
If you’re planning a trip to this Caribbean paradise, you will probably want to take your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick with you. After all, we all have downtime and can’t be lounging on the beach 24/7.
An Amazon Fire TV device lets you access all your favourite streaming services just with one device connected to your TV. But, there is a problem: it doesn’t work in the Dominican Republic.
Don’t worry! There’s a solution, and below I’ll be explaining it. So, keep reading!
How to make the Fire TV work
Your Amazon Fire TV device will ‘work’ in the Dominican, in that you’ll be able to plug it in. However, almost all of the apps will be restricted. That includes Netflix, NBC, HBO, CBS, NFL, Hulu, ESPN and most others.
The way to unlock these and use them as if you were at home in the States or another country is to get a VPN app.
With a VPN, you can pretend to be in your home country while you are vacationing in the Dominican Republic.
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, and its primary purpose is to protect your online security by hiding your real location and masking it as another one.
So, if you’re travelling and you use a VPN, you can connect to the internet as if you were still in your country. It will allow you to watch everything you want without any annoying blocking.
There are a lot of options to choose among all the VPN services available, but ExpressVPN in our testing was by far the best.
It has fast streaming speeds, which is very important when you’re watching movies, TV shows or sport, assuring you excellent video quality. It’s effortless to configure and use, and it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so it’s risk-free.
Other good options include NordVPN and CyberGhost VPN, they have similar features, so you’re free to choose any.
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How to use the VPN with your Fire TV
Using a VPN is very easy, and by following these steps, you’ll be able to watch all your favourite apps in the Dominican Republic.
- Go to ExpressVPN website or one of the other providers and choose the subscription plan best fitting your needs.
- Create an account with your details and choose the payment method you prefer.
- On your Fire TV device use the search function to search ‘ExpressVPN‘ and install.
- Once you have the app, open it and login with your account details from Step 1.
- Press the “Selected Location” button and choose the “United States” or your home country.
- Press “Connect“.
Once you’re connected, you can use your Fire TV device like normal and access all your usual apps from your home country.
What can you watch in the DR?
By using a VPN, you can watch anything you want from your country or other countries. You just have to change the location to where you connect.
Although Netflix is everywhere, when you’re in the Dominican Republic, you can only access the catalogue available there, which is very limited and small.
But with a VPN, you can access Netflix from the US, the UK, Canada, or whatever location you’re interested in.
The VPN will also unlock other apps such as NBC Sport, ESPN, BBC iPlayer etc. These apps won’t work while you’re in the DR unless you’re using a VPN app first.
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Are there any ongoing costs?
The only cost you have is the VPN service, which can be as cheap as $5.
If you choose the yearly pack, it’s cheaper, and you can get up to a 49% discount with ExpressVPN, for example.
And remember they offer a money-back guarantee if you aren’t happy with the service.
Where can you use it?
You can use it anywhere as long as you have an internet connection: hotel, cruise, Airbnb, resorts, etc.
Whether you’re visiting Santo Domingo city or the beaches in Punta Cana, if you have an internet connection, a VPN will work without problems.
Also, if you’re planning to travel to other countries, you can use the VPN to skip the geo-blocking to the streaming services. Great if you’re on a multi-island hopping cruise.
And it can be handy when you’re home, and you want to access Netflix from other regions, or apps that are blocked in the US. So you can still make use of it even when the vacation fun has sadly come to an end.
Travelling abroad is fantastic, and the Dominican Republic is a paradise on earth. But, if you want to take your Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Cube with you, you won’t be able to use it.
With a VPN you won’t have any issues, and you can install it on all your devices. You also can use it in any location as long as you have an internet connection.
ExpressVPN is the best option because its features are the most complete. For a cheap fee, you can access all you want in any place.
Choose the plan you like the most and subscribe to ExpressVPN to enjoy all your favourite TV shows and movies even when you’re far from home.
Just remember not to get too engrossed in the latest Netflix series because you are in the Dominican Republic after all!
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