Last week I told you about installing the Amazon Fire Stick streaming device. That made Todd curious. He writes: “Could I install a Fire TV Stick on my laptop and use it to watch programs? I know it won’t work in a USB port, but if my laptop has an HDMI port, can I do it?”

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No you can’t and here’s why. What this streaming stick does is allow you to use your TV as a monitor for what is basically an Android tablet that you control with a remote. It’s a tiny computer that uses your TV screen as a monitor. If you already have a computer, you don’t need to plug something in to make it a computer.

If you’re running Windows 8.1 or 10, you can go to the App Store and get apps for Amazon or Netflix or Hulu. You can also watch them through your browser. You don’t need to buy anything. You can, however, run an HDMI cable from your PC to your TV and use it as a larger monitor to watch programs you’re enjoying on your laptop.

~ Cynthia