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Old 07-19-2019, 02:25 PM
 
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I just got the Amazon Fire TV Stick and I am so confused about ordering free apps. My confusion comes from the ones that state they are free, but then say you have to have a subscription like the CBS app. I was required to submit my credit card info to order free apps (like the Youtube app), so I'm worried that I'll end up being charged for something that I didn't intend to purchase/subscribe to. Amazon utilizes the 1-click ordering for apps, so there doesn't appear to be a purchase confirmation screen and that scares me.

Is there a way to know whether I will be charged for something with some of these free apps? I'm looking at the Fox Sports app on Amazon's website and it appears to be free, but is it really? I see there are possible in-app purchases, if I install the app, will there be a screen to let me know of possible charges for watching something?

On Amazon's website, I actually entered an old credit card number from like 10-18 years ago. But I worry that someone else might have that number and get charged, and I'd get in trouble. I put in a fake expiration date and it didn't ask for the security code on the back. It's completely ridiculous to require a credit card for free apps. Any info about this would be great. Thank you.
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Old 07-20-2019, 01:51 AM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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Just go to the app's Web site. You mentioned CBS: https://www.cbs.com/cbs-all-access/plan/ It shows price for ad-free and for with ads.
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Old 07-20-2019, 09:45 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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I just got the Amazon Fire TV Stick and I am so confused about ordering free apps. My confusion comes from the ones that state they are free, but then say you have to have a subscription like the CBS app. I was required to submit my credit card info to order free apps (like the Youtube app), so I'm worried that I'll end up being charged for something that I didn't intend to purchase/subscribe to. Amazon utilizes the 1-click ordering for apps, so there doesn't appear to be a purchase confirmation screen and that scares me.

Is there a way to know whether I will be charged for something with some of these free apps? I'm looking at the Fox Sports app on Amazon's website and it appears to be free, but is it really? I see there are possible in-app purchases, if I install the app, will there be a screen to let me know of possible charges for watching something?

On Amazon's website, I actually entered an old credit card number from like 10-18 years ago. But I worry that someone else might have that number and get charged, and I'd get in trouble. I put in a fake expiration date and it didn't ask for the security code on the back. It's completely ridiculous to require a credit card for free apps. Any info about this would be great. Thank you.
You should be able to control unauthorized purchases by using parental controls and setting a PIN.

If app states that it is free, it will still show up as a purchase on your Amazon account but with a price of 0.00 and you will still get an email just like if it actually costs money. Most of the apps like Fox and CBS or whatever ARE free but you usually need a cable or Satellite account to authorize which makes them useful only for an on-demand or "catch up" situations. What I do is borrow a login from a friend or relative that does have cable/satellite and authorize them that way. I have a credit card on file with Amazon because I shop with them. It should be very clear whether an app is free or not, it will state a price on the screen. Some come with a free trial like Hulu, Showtime, etc. the list is endless. If you do opt for the free trial, you should easily be able to cancel online or through the fire stick.

As for the old credit card number, if the card is expired it is expired regardless of the number. It doesn't work the way you think.
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Old 07-22-2019, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Some of these apps have a free tier, too. So you watch a few shows. Then they will offer "Our whole catalog" for $$$.
No name brand app is going to charge you without your notice. Don't worry about that.
You can also turn off 1 click or do the PIN as someone else said.
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Old 07-24-2019, 10:33 PM
 
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I set a 5 digit pin on my Amazon streaming because my grandson watches it —free Prime Videos—and I didn’t want him buying a movie if he wanted to see something advertised

IF you choose a free 30 day trial—you give your credit card info—and you are not billed until the 31 day
If you cancel the trial the day after your start—you still get all the 30 days you were entitled to and you don’t risk missing the deadline to cancel...

Some apps are easier to use through the Amazon platform simply because you don’t have to move from the Amazon portal to another like Acorn’s or HBO
And some people have commented that Amazon has better streaming quality through their portal than some other platforms do through theirs
I don’t notice that much...
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Old 07-25-2019, 08:51 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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And some people have commented that Amazon has better streaming quality through their portal than some other platforms do through theirs
I don’t notice that much...
Assuming everything is up to par, streaming quality is usually affected by bandwidth more than anything else. Not just your ISP speed but Wifi as well.
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Old 07-27-2019, 03:52 PM
 
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Assuming everything is up to par, streaming quality is usually affected by bandwidth more than anything else. Not just your ISP speed but Wifi as well.
So true. I installed a wireline ethernet extension so I don't need to use wifi for my streaming. In my previous house with my previous TV, I used the wireline to connect to a local wifi network access point. One of my devices was wifi only, and I was in an urban area with lots of interfering signals. Worked like a charm.
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