What is a Fire Edition TV?

Find out if this Amazon Smart TV is right for you

Fire Edition TV Example – Angle View
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A Fire Edition TV is a Smart TV that combines the features of an Amazon Fire TV stick or box with traditional TV functions. Amazon itself doesn't make the TVs, but instead licenses the Fire TV software to select TV manufacturers.

There is no need to plug a Fire TV stick or other streaming devices into a Fire Edition TV since those features come programmed in the TV.

Who Makes Fire Edition TVs

The television brands that make Fire Edition TVs include:

  • Insignia (Best Buy's house brand)
  • Toshiba for the U.S./Canada
  • JVC and Grundig specifically for the European market

Element produced a line of Fire Edition TVs but has since switched to Roku. You may find some of their Fire Edition TV models used or on clearance.

Almost all Fire Edition TVs are LED/LCD TVs (Grundig includes an OLED Fire Edition TV in its line-up). Screen sizes range from 24 to 65-inches. Depending on the brand/model, a set may support 720p, 1080p, or 4K display resolution. Some 4K Fire Edition TVs are compatible with one or more HDR formats.

What Does an Amazon Fire Edition TV Do?

Similar to other Smart TVs and Fire TV devices, Amazon Fire Edition sets provide access to streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Music, as well as Netflix, Vudu, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora, and thousands more. The services and apps can be accessed via categories within an apps store.

Amazon Fire Edition TV Apps Categories

With a Fire Edition TV, you have the option of choosing either the Full or Basic experience.

Full Experience:

  • Access to all streaming services, apps, and Alexa Skills.
  • Alexa voice control and search (Alexa is enabled automatically)
  • Amazon Account required.

Basic Experience:

  • You don't have to register the TV to your Amazon account.
  • Access to six streaming apps only—Netflix, HBO, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video (Amazon Account required). 
  • No Alexa Voice Control.
  • No Access to the Fire Edition TV App Store or Alexa Skills.
Fire Edition TV – Full and Basic Experience Prompts

What You Can Connect to an Amazon Fire Edition TV

In addition to streaming services and other apps, external devices can be plugged in for access to more content sources.

Connection placement may vary by TV brand and model.

Fire Edition TV Connections Example
  • Wi-Fi and Ethernet: All Fire Edition TVs provide Wi-Fi and Ethernet for connection to a home network and the internet.
  • HDMI: HDMI inputs are included for plugging in DVD/Blu-ray/Ultra HD Blu-ray players, cable/satellite boxes, game consoles. HDMI-ARC and HDMI-CEC support are also provided.
    • HDMI-ARC simplifies the connection of the TV with many home theater receivers and some soundbars.
    • HDMI-CEC provides limited control of connected devices, such as Blu-ray/Ultra HD Blu-ray and cable/satellite boxes using the Fire Edition TV remote.
  • Composite Video: Composite video/analog audio connections are included that allow older devices, such as VCRs or DVD players that don't have HDMI outputs to be plugged in. However, Fire Edition TVs don't include component video inputs.
  • RF Input: An Antenna connection is provided for the reception of over-the-air TV broadcasts. Connect an antenna and scan for the available channels in your area.
  • USB: Fire Edition TVs provide a USB input which can be used two ways:
    • Playback of compatible photo and video files from a USB flash drive or digital camera. 
    • Using a USB flash drive to pause Live TV from 2 to 60 minutes.
  • Speakers and Audio: Fire Edition TVs have built-in speakers, which may be augmented by additional audio processing. For better sound quality connect it to a soundbar or audio system using HDM-ARC, digital optical, or analog audio outputs if those options are provided.

The analog audio output doubles as a wired headphone connection. 

How You Control a Fire Edition TV

Fire Edition TVs provide control and management of both streaming and traditional TV functions such as input and channel selection, picture and sound settings.

Picture settings can be applied to each input separately.

A Fire Edition TV can be controlled by touch or the Alexa voice assistant using the remote control, the Fire TV mobile app, or other Amazon Echo devices (using Alexa).

You can use Alexa to change channels, go to and launch most apps, switch input sources, and go to the TV settings menu. 

Fire Edition TV Remote Example
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Since Alexa is built-into a Fire Edition TV, you can use your voice to control other Alexa-enabled devices, such as lights, smart speakers, etc... using Alexa skills. However, the TV has to be on for voice control to work for this purpose. 

You can also use the Fire Edition TV Alexa feature to get information, such as the weather, news, and more just as you can with an Amazon Echo device.

Fire Edition TV and Fire TV Recast

If you pair a Fire Edition TV with a Fire TV Recast, you can use the TV to access and control DVR recording and playback functions. Once the Fire TV Recast is set-up in Alexa App, a DVR icon will be placed on the Fire Edition TV menu bar at the top of the screen. 

Fire Edition TV – Fire TV Recast DVR Icon

Is the Fire Edition TV Worth It?

By combining the features of a Fire TV stick with a TV in one unit provides a smart TV alternative that is very practical.

Setting up a Fire Edition TV is similar to other Fire TV devices, with added setup options for accessing over-the-air TV channels, external device connection, and picture and sound.

If you are a cord-cutter that has an Amazon Prime account, use other Alexa-based devices, and looking for a smart TV that can complement what you already own, a Fire Edition TV would be familiar. 

However, unlike Roku TVs, brand support is limited, with Best Buy's Insignia and Toshiba being the only brands available in the U.S., although that is expected to change.

If you are looking for a set that provides high-end video processing performance, Fire Edition TVs are targeted more toward the budget consumer with corresponding budget performance. 

However, for the price, these sets provide access to a lot of content viewing options.