More apps will be able to recommend content on the Fire TV home screen in the near future


When the original Amazon Fire TV was first released, one of its biggest criticisms was that there was too much focus on Amazon Video content in the device’s interface, and not enough highlighting of content from other services. Amazon has since made huge strides to address those criticisms, and they’ll soon be more ways for non-Amazon content to surface on the Fire TV interface. Amazon recently updated their Fire TV developer documentation to state that more apps will soon be able to recommend content on the Fire TV’s home screen. Yesterday the entry was updated to add that the feature would be coming in “Q2 2017 or sooner.”

When Netflix finally integrated their content catalogue into the Fire TV’s interface and voice search, Amazon also added a row of “Netflix Recommendations” to the device’s home screen. I suspect that this additional recommendations row, as well as the removal of “Prime” indicator banners, were changes demanded by Netflix before they would agree to display their content in the default Fire TV interface.

Amazon will soon be extending the ability to recommend content on the home screen to other 3rd-party apps, beyond just major services like Netflix and HBO. Just as it is now, you’ll only see recommended content from 3rd-party apps that you already have installed, so there’s no concern for your Fire TV home screen to be inundated with content from services you aren’t already using.

Hopefully all content providers with Fire TV apps will take advantage of the new ability once it’s available. If the feature is adopted by 3rd-party services, the Fire TV home screen should become a vibrant collection of interesting content from all of your favorite streaming providers. At the very least, it’ll no longer be Amazon’s fault if your Fire TV interface is full of only Amazon Video content.

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15 comments
  1. ChrisBC says:

    Gosh I wish LESS apps would do that, letting users see just what they are using on the GUI, not everything under the sun.

  2. Sam says:

    wow. what a shitty move by netflix if they’re the ones that made amazon remove the prime banners. those things were so handy.

    • EJ95835 says:

      @Sam The use of the phrase “I suspect” indicates speculation. Take it with a grain of salt before indicting Netflix. I suspect Amazon omits the Prime banner to prevent Prime subscribers from overlooking Amazoon content that is not included with a Prime subscription.

      The top row on the main menu of the Fire TV has a “Your Videos” heading. You can use it to see Prime Amazon Original Series, Prime Popular TV, Prime Best of TV, Prime Exclusive TV, and more.

      • AFTVnews says:

        My statement should absolutely not be read as anything more than speculation. That said, the Prime banners being removed and Netflix being added did occur about a week apart, which is the main reason for my theory. There are other reasons for why I suspect Netflix to be involved in the decision to remove the Prime banner, but I am unfortunately unable to reveal those reasons at this time.

        • EJ95835 says:

          There is news, and there are opinions. Website contributors often editorialize their news articles which can then lead to a reader mistaking an opinion or speculation for fact. Fake news? Love your site. We share a name BTW. Not too many of us out here.

  3. ChrisBC says:

    If true, yes indeed, how else can users know which titles are included under their Prime?

  4. Grinder says:

    On my wish list: nothing recommended on the home screen.

  5. Peter says:

    “Downloader recommends” … :)

  6. John says:

    doubt to will include Diecttv Now content but would be nice.

  7. BIGDIKSNICK says:

    Time to get rid of Fire TV and buy a few more Xiaomi Mi Box!

    • derrick says:

      yeah it’s a mess and waste. i utterly ignore pretty much any screen than my apps, recent apps, and settings.

    • derrick says:

      posted that comment below to the wrong users.

      Regardless i like the xiaomi except that it lacks ethernet. i get some lag trying to play videos on kodi over my network.

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