How to use Fire Stick Channel Guide Feature – Detailed Instructions

How to use Fire Stick Channel Guide Feature? Besides streaming videos from platforms like Netflix, Amazon FireStick lets you watch hundreds of global and local live TV channels. 

However, with the increased number of streaming apps and TV channel choices, finding your favorite one can be confusing. 

Fortunately, Amazon has developed a channel guide that allows you to choose and customize your favorite channels easily. 

With this guide feature, you can sort channels into various categories, hide unwanted ones, and add favorites, among other settings. 

Stick with me as we unravel the Fire Stick Channel guide feature mysteries to help you personalize your entertainment.

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How to Enable Fire Stick Channel Guide

Since launching FireStick in 2014, Amazon has continued to improve its offerings to rival Chromecast, Roku, Nvidia Shield, and other media players.

 In recent years, the company has perfected the device’s UI, introduced several channels and OTA services, and developed enhanced models.

 The latest improvement in this device is adding a customizable channel list to the existing integrated channel guide. 

With this new feature, you can seamlessly add your favorite channel to the ‘ON Now’ tab, stop scrolling, and start watching. 

  • Before you begin, ensure your device is connected to WiFI
  • Now use your remote to visit your Fire TV Home screen
  • While here, locate and open the On Now tab
  • You can also press the Guide button if your remote has it. Additionally, you can use Alexa voice commands to access the On Now tab.
  • The next step is to press the Menu button on the remote. It brings up the Add Channel option on your screen.
  • Select the Add Channel option to access the channel list
  • Choose your desired channels and then exit the menu
  • Now you can access all your favorite channels easily from your remote.

List of Channels Available on Fire TV

As we established earlier, Amazon Fire TV has numerous local and international channels. 

For this reason, we will highlight some of the most notable channels bundled into prime video, pre-installed, and streaming apps.

Pre-Installed Channels

These are generally free channels that come preinstalled on Fire TV, and they include:

  • IMDb TV
  • New by Fire TV
  • Amazon Live Shopping (live only)
Fire TV on the Phone

Fire TV on the Phone

How to use Fire Stick Channel Guide Feature: Prime Video Channels

Prime Video Channels are the channels that came in the Amazon subscription bundle. 

While some may be free after paying the Amazon subscription, others may carry extra costs.

Channels Monthly cost
PGA Tour Live (live only)$9.99
NBA TV (live only)$6.99
NFL Thursday Night Football (live only)Free 
NBA League Pass (Live only)$17.99
MLB.TV (live only)$24.99
Cinemax $9.99
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball (live only)Free 

How to use Fire Stick Channel Guide Feature: Apps and Streaming services Exclusive channels

These include apps or streaming services included in the Fire TV. 

It is important to while some streaming services may require a subscription fee, even if they are part of the Fire Tv subscription package.

Streaming service nameNumber of channels availablePrice per month
Fox8Depends on chosen plan
ESPN Live Live onlyDepends on chosen plan
Haystack News35Free 
Hulu+ Live TV75+$65
Redbull TV11Free
Pluto TV52Free
Sling Tv30+$30

How to get Channels/Apps on Fire TV

Every streaming enthusiast has a favorite channel where they follow their favorite TV shows or sports.

 But the bad news is that you may not get this channel/ app preinstalled in your Fire TV as a part of the default package. 

However, the good news is you can easily search for your favorite apps on the App Store or Fire TV store. 

Then you can download and install them on your device and access them anytime from the Fire TV guide. 

Before downloading an app, ensure you have the necessary subscription or login credentials. 

If you have the details above, use the following process to download and install channels/apps on your Fire TV:

  • While on the Home Tab, Navigate to the Search Icon located at the top of the screen
  • Click this search icon and enter the name of the app you seek
  • Then press the select key on your remote to initiate the search
  • After you get the search results, click the app to open it
  • Here you will find a download button that you can select to download the app
  • After the download and installation, you can now open the app or find it on your Fire TV guide.
Controlling a TV with a remote

Controlling a TV with a remote

How to Add Your Favourite or Remove Unwanted Channel from Your Fire TV Guide

Let’s vividly see how you get this level of control that tailors your entertainment package.

  • Open the Home tab and navigate to the On Now / Live Now tab. You can also click the Guide button on Alexa Voice Remote to access this ON Now tab.
  • Open the on Now tab, navigate, and select the Settings
  • While on the settings menu, select the Manage Channel option
  • Use the Select button on your remote to add the channels you like
  • You can also use the Play/Pause button to hide those you don’t want.
  • Then save the configurations you have made and exit the menu
  • Finally, click the channel guide remote on your Alexa Voice remote to see the changes.

Note that the process may vary slightly depending on your remote control and Fire TV model. Consult your user manual for specific instructions. 

Fire TV remote

Fire TV remote


Now you have all the information you need to use the Fire Stick guide feature to have your entertainment with a few clicks. 

Ensure you play around with this menu to know more hacks on how to customize it and do other cool stuff. 

You may also use the Alexa voice control by entering commands such as ‘Alexa tune-in to Netflix’. 

Note that if you don’t see a certain channel, it could be exclusive to a certain streaming device. 

Additionally, if you encounter an Amazon issue or an app problem, consider restarting or updating the firmware.