I didn't have a Fire Stick right away and just used it on my computer for about a week. You can watch the recordings and live tv in the desktop browser to test things out, etc. $8 for a lot of functionality. The developers are very helpful in the getchannels forum and always fixing things and using suggestions for new features. I suppose it they increase the price to $12-15 I wouldn't be happy but $8-10 seems ok.