CNN has just released a new CNNgo app for all Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition devices. They released their first Fire TV app last year but, for whatever reason, have decided not to update that app and, instead, release the new app under a new listing instead.
If you have the old CNNgo app with a black icon, it likely will not automatically update itself to the new app that uses a white icon. You should probably manually uninstall the black icon CNNgo app and install the new white icon app. You can uninstall the app by going to the Fire TV’s Settings area, selecting the “Application”s menu, selecting “Manage Installed Applications,” selecting the CNNgo app, and then selecting the Uninstall option.
The original CNNgo app has a poor 2.6 out of 5 star rating. By releasing the new app under a new listing, it allows CNN to essentially reset that rating and start from scratch with no negative reviews for the new app. That could be the sole reason for not simply updating the original app listing, like most apps would do.
Many of CNN’s poor app reviews are due to requiring a cable subscription to activate the app before one can watch full episodes or the live stream that is available in the app. Unfortunately, that hasn’t changed with the new app, so you still need to activate the app to view the vast majority of the content.
If you’re looking for a completely free US news app for the Fire TV that has a live stream and doesn’t require activation, try the CBS News app. If you want a more global news app that is live and free, try Sky News or Al Jazeera