A new streaming service called TV Kraken has just been approved into the official Amazon Appstore for all models of the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television. I can’t find much information about the streaming service, other than what’s on their webiste, but it’s hard to believe that what they offer is legal. For just $25 per month, TV Kraken gives you access to over 500 channels which includes HBO, Showtime, Starz, and over 15,000 on-demand movies and TV shows.
The list of channels offered by TV Kraken looks like something you’d see under a top-tier package from a traditional cable provider. It includes nearly every TV network you can think of, including multiple premium networks that normally require separate subscriptions with any other OTT streaming service. TV Kraken’s subscription also includes UK channels like BBC, ITV, 4, FIVE, and SKY.
The list of what’s included for $25 per month goes on and on, which makes it almost certain that the content in the app is not legally licensed from the rights owners and content networks.
Assuming the streams provided are pirated, it’s very surprising this app made it through Amazon’s tight approval process for the Fire TV appstore. There’s a very good chance that, by the time you’re reading this, the app will have been pulled already, but it’s a good reminder that just because an app is in one of the major appstores, it doesn’t necessarily mean the service it offers is legal.