As you set up your home theater room and prepare to begin streaming your favorite movie with your closest friends, you might be wondering which streaming service to connect to your projector. You have an Amazon Fire TV Stick, but can you count on this?
To connect an Amazon Fire TV Stick with a projector, you can plug it into the HDMI port on your projector and begin streaming your media. If your projector does not support HDMI, you can acquire an HDMI to VGA converter to connect the two devices.
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Be aware that using a converter can distort the image/sound to a lower quality.
So, whether you want to watch Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, Disney+, or a myriad of other streaming services, you can do so by connecting your Amazon Fire TV Stick to your projector. Sit back and get ready for a fun-filled night with your family and friends. Continue reading to learn more.
Also read: Can You Connect a Kindle Fire to a Projector?
How to Connect an Amazon Fire TV Stick to a Projector with HDMI
Once you have your home theater setup, you are not likely wanting to sit around waiting on your movies and shows to load.
Instead, you would like to, at the click of a button, begin streaming the shows that you have been longing to see. Fortunately for you, connecting your Amazon Fire TV Stick to your projector should hardly take any time.
To connect an Amazon Fire TV Stick to a projector with an HDMI input option, follow these steps:
1. Purchase your Amazon Fire TV Stick
There are many different options available for the Fire TV Stick, so you will want to choose the model that best matches up to the technological capabilities of your projector.
For example, since the Fire TV Stick defaults to playing media in HD, it is ideal to have a projector that is also capable of displaying this type of sound and image.
However, if your projector is not HD, you can still make this work. You might even find that your projector is capable of Dolby Atmos surround sound effects in which case you would want to find an Amazon Fire TV Stick with Dolby Atmos (Amazon link) to take full advantage of this setup.
Either way, an Amazon Fire TV Stick itself is not too expensive. All you will be paying for after this is the streaming service of your choice.
2. Check your projector for HDMI compatibility
Of course, you will want to make sure that your projector is compatible with HDMI and has an HDMI input option available.
If it is not, then you can use a converter, but we will get more into that option later on. For now, the most important step is to verify whether or not the HDMI input option is available for you to plug the Amazon Fire TV Stick into.
3. Plug the Amazon Fire TV Stick into the HDMI port on the projector
Assuming your projector has an HDMI input slot, you will simply plug the Amazon Fire TV Stick into this input option and begin streaming your media. It truly is that simple.
4. Select your streaming service
Of course, now that the Amazon Fire TV Stick has been plugged in, you will want to select the streaming service that you wish to use to play your favorite shows and movies.
You can choose from a wide array of options including Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, Disney+, and many more.
Usually, these streaming services will appear as icons on the main screen once you plug in the device and get your projector connected for display.
You will simply select the icon for the streaming service which you wish to use, enter your login information if it is required for that streaming service, and select the movie that you would like to watch.
5. Begin watching your show or movie
Once you have selected your movie, there is really not much more to do. You will want to make sure that your audio is appropriately ready to go, but assuming it is, you can now sit back and enjoy the show.
How to Connect an Amazon Fire TV Stick to a Projector without HDMI
Although HDMI has become the standard for most projectors, you might find that using your old projector model means it will not have an HDMI port.
So, what are you to do then? Fortunately, there are solutions available for connecting your Amazon Fire TV Stick to your projector.
Just keep in mind that as you use a converter, you might lose some of the image and audio quality and would be better pleased with an updated projector model
To connect an Amazon Fire TV Stick to a projector without HDMI, follow these steps:
1. Purchase an Amazon Fire TV Stick
Before you will be able to connect your Amazon Fire TV Stick to a projector without an HDMI input option, you will want to select the type of Amazon Fire TV Stick that you will use in the first place.
Now, while normally it is recommended to get the highest quality device that your projector can support, this might look a little different when using a projector without an HDMI input option.
Since HDMI inputs are the most common input option for a projector, using a projector that does not have one likely means that your projector is an older model.
This means that it also probably projects a lower quality image. So, using a high-quality or advanced Amazon Fire TV Stick (like one that has Atmos Dolby surround sound, for example) would not be to your advantage. Instead, in this case, select the most basic option available.
2. Check your projector for what type of input sources it can handle
Of course, as you select the right model of Amazon Fire TV Stick for you and your projector, you will want to see what type of input sources the projector can handle in the first place. The oldest models might not be able to support the media that the Amazon Fire TV Stick typically plays.
In this case, you will likely find that the grainy or distorted image does not live up to your expectations, and you will be thoroughly disappointed in these results.
But, if you have a newer model that still does not have an HDMI input, then you can consider using a converter to connect the Amazon Fire TV Stick to your projector without an HDMI input option.
3. Purchase an HDMI converter for the appropriate input type
Now that you know which type of input sources are available on your projector (with the most likely other option being a VGA input), you can select an HDMI converter to the appropriate type of input. Likely, this will just be one plug that acts as an intermediary between the Amazon Fire TV Stick and the projector.
However, you might find that your projector is very old and does not support this connection in a way that can accurately transmit the audio or image quality well enough to be enjoyable. In this case, you would want to find a video and audio extractor to connect the Amazon Fire TV Stick to.
Then, running an optical cable and this type of extractor, you could attempt to connect your devices in this way. Again, if this is the case for you, then you might find it easier (and less costly) to just upgrade your projector in the first place.
4. Connect the Amazon Fire TV Stick to the converter and then to the projector
Assuming your projector is capable of a connection type that will still display a high-quality image, you can now use your converter to connect the Amazon Fire TV Stick to this input option. For example, if you are using an HDMI to VGA converter option you will plug the Amazon Fire TV Stick into this converter.
Then, plug the converter into the projector. This will allow the media to pass through the converter and be transmitted in a form that the projector can handle and display.
Again, try to remember that the image might not come up in the best resolution if your projector’s technology does not match that of the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
5. Select your streaming service
Now that you have connected your Amazon Fire TV Stick to the projector without an HDMI input option, it is time to select the streaming service that you will use to watch your favorite shows and movies.
As mentioned above, the Amazon Fire TV Stick supports a variety of streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, Disney+, and more. So, select the icon on the main screen that has the streaming service you are looking to use.
Then, enter your login information and find the perfect movie to watch with your family and friends. With so many options to choose from, you can sort between your favorite new releases or even a classic family favorite.
Whichever you choose is sure to be enjoyable with the stable connection of your Amazon Fire TV Stick and your projector.
6. Begin watching your show or movie
Now that you have everything adequately connected, paired, and ready to stream, you can begin watching your show or movie. So, grab that buttery batch of popcorn and something to wash it down with, and you are well on your way to an enjoyable time in your new home theater.
Jason is a home theater expert with over 10 years of experience in setting up home cinema rooms and systems. What started out as a hobby soon transformed him into an authority in the audio-visual field. He is passionate about providing readers with accurate and up-to-date information on the latest audiovisual technologies and their applications for home theaters. Read more about Jason.