EPIX, the premium television network, has just listed their app as compatible with the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Yes, the app can now be installed on those devices, but in reality, the app is completely unusable and likely published as compatible with Fire TV devices by mistake. There are several issues with the app, but most notably, you cannot navigate around the app using the Fire TV remote. The app only works with a mouse attached to the Fire TV, which leads me to think it’s just their tablet app incorrectly (or prematurely) listed in the Fire TV appstore.
Assuming you have a mouse attached, it’s actually a nice app. You do need to activate the app with a cable or satellite service provider before watching any content, but, unfortunately, that’s to be expected. The app home screen lists featured, recently added, and most popular movies. Selecting a title brings up a synopsis, trailers, extras, still images, and a cast list. The app allows you to browse content by genre, alphabetically, or by selecting curated collections like Last Chance to Watch, Action Packed, Staff Picks, and Boy Meets Girl, just to name a few. The app has a search function, but it’s really only useful if you’re looking for a specific movie by name. Strangely, the app provides the option to add movies to a list that get downloaded for offline viewing, but that’s likely just there because it’s really a tablet app.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this EPIX app gets pulled from the Fire TV appstore in the next few days. If you don’t mind using a mouse with the app and want to install it on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, I suggest you do so sooner rather than later. Hopefully this app is an indicator that a real Fire TV app from EPIX is on its way.