A generous library of streaming-media apps allows a Kindle Fire HD to give a Roku box a run for the money.
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When you bought your Kindle Fire HD tablet, you didn't know you were getting a Roku box as part of the transaction. After a fashion, anyway.
See, like a lot of Android-powered tablets, the Fire HD allows for mirroring to your TV. In other words, what you see on the small screen gets duplicated on the big one. That actually gives the Fire a big advantage over a Roku, as it allows for a lot more viewing material -- not just apps like Hulu and Netflix, but also browser-based content, YouTube videos, and even games. Let's take a look at how you can get your tablet connected to your TV for Roku duty.
First up, you'll need an HDMI cable. This is the only real downside, as no one wants a cable snaking across their floor, but for the moment there's no wireless way to connect your Kindle Fire HD to your TV -- not without some kind of box connected to the latter, which effectively defeats the whole purpose.
Make sure you buy the right kind of cable to connect your Kindle to your TV: Micro HDMI to HDMI.