I’ve searched around for some info on using Amazon’s Fire Stick as a cheap Android client, and didn’t really see much. I ordered one and decided to try it out. You have to side load the APK (transferred the Android APK via FTP), but everything works great. I just wanted to share this with others, so they could try it as well. Seems like a cheap client ($40 USD for the Fire Stick, plus about $20 per software license, making it about $60 total per player). We are a K-12 district with approximately 20 locations and multiple TVs per location, so this will save us a ton of money instead of building a bunch of Intel NUC boxes.
Here is a video of our lobby sign running on an Amazon Fire Stick (I’ve also tested MP4 embedded video, and that seemed to work fine as well).