How To Watch Pay-Per-View(PPV) on the Amazon Fire TV Stick
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great streaming device that lets you watch tons of content. You can watch movies, TV shows, listen to music and install apps to add more content. One thing that has been lacking since relatively recently is the ability to watch pay per view on the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Pay per view is a much larger industry than I thought before starting this piece. I thought it was a fringe scene where those people who liked watching cage fighting or boxing would gather round a TV with some beers and shout a lot. It seems UFC and pay per view (PPV) in general is a lot more mainstream than I thought. Certainly from the responses I got when asking around the office for ideas for this article.
Watch pay per view on the Amazon Fire TV Stick
So can you watch pay per view on the Amazon Fire TV Stick? Yes you can. There is a legit way through Amazon itself or a not so legit way through Kodi.
Amazon Prime Video is offering some UFC MMA bouts to US customers this year and it seems to be going down well. The service started earlier this year and are purchasable per event which remains in the spirit of PPV. The service began with UFC 222 in March 2018 and featured Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya, Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega, Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath, Stefan Struve vs. Andrei Arlovski, and Cat Zingano vs. Ketlen Vieira.
The cost is significant at $64.99 per event for the HD stream. That drops to $54.99 for standard definition. However that’s what you pay on any other platform so Amazon is being very fair. It’s not a cheap night out but considering there are five bouts per event plus all the warmup and all the razzmatazz that surrounds such an event, it’s not a bad night in.
How to buy PPV on Amazon Prime Video
If you’re a Prime member, you can buy any PPV event at any time through the website. All you need to do is go to the Amazon UFC web page and select your event. You buy and pay the same as you would with any Amazon purchase. Once the time comes, the stream should appear on your Amazon Fire TV Stick and be ready to watch.
There is a UFC app for the Amazon Fire TV Stick too. It offers access to lots of UFC content as well as the PPV elements and supporting media. Reviews of it aren’t great though. The streams are apparently good with full HD, decent audio and reliable streams but the usability of the app is questionable. Having never used it, I can’t comment further.
Then there is the potentially less legitimate way. By using Kodi.
Watch PPV on Amazon Fire TV Stick using Kodi
Kodi is an awesome media center but gets a lot of bad press. That’s partly because while legal, Kodi can be used to access illegal content. If you have read one of the many TechJunkie guides to using Kodi on Amazon Fire TV Stick, you will already have the media center installed.
You can use Kodi to access the legit UFC app or watch via the legit streams. You will still need to pay but you get the same experience as any other channel. This may be more relevant if you’re not an Amazon Prime Video subscriber or don’t want the UFC app on your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
You can also use Sling TV, ESPN or other channel or app through Kodi to achieve the same goal. Again, you will have to pay but these channels are legal and will offer the whole event with warmup fights and all.
Or you could use a less legal way to access free streams. I’m not condoning this at all but apps such as Planet MMA, Sports Devil and others allow access to PPV content. This is illegal and not something I suggest doing but TechJunkie is all about the freedom of information so you have to use your own judgment. If you do decide to access PPV this way, remember to use a VPN. The networks actively track and prosecute illegal streams so protect yourself at all times.
The pay per view offering on Amazon Fire TV Stick seems based around UFC and MMA right now but that will likely change. Amazon is investing big in sports as the Thursday Night Football investment proved. If this is your thing, then the Amazon Fire TV Stick enables you to watch PPV events just as easily as any other.