I’m guessing most of you had no idea, but the new Movies Anywhere app that debuted last week on all Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions dropped support for the 1st generation Fire TV and Fire TV Stick shortly after it was released. The app itself is not crucial to using the digital locker service, but it’s good to see that it is once again compatible with the older Fire TV devices.
After several readers let me know that the Movies Anywhere app was no longer available on the Fire TV 1 and Fire TV Stick 1, I contacted Amazon to see if they knew why. Since a new version of the 188.8.131.52 software update was rolling out to only 1st-gen devices, I thought that it was possibly being released to fix a compatibility issue with the Movies Anywhere app. It doesn’t look like that’s the case and Amazon indicated to me that the Movies Anywhere app should be compatible with 1st-gen devices.
Whether it was due to me pointing out the incompatibility or something else, the Movies Anywhere app is now once again available to all Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models, regardless of age. Amazon Appstore developers must explicitly indicate that their app is compatible with each Fire TV model individually and it’s far too easy to inadvertently forget to check all the right boxes, so it could have just been a simple oversight that resulted in the removal of the app from 1st-gen devices.
Unlike most streaming services, the Movies Anywhere app isn’t crucial to using the service on a Fire TV device, since all movies in your Movie Anywhere account will also be available on the Fire TV’s “Your Videos” screen as direct streams from Amazon Video. Regardless of whether the app is important or not, it’s reassuring to see its return to 1st-gen Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks because if a hot new streaming service only supports newer models, it could be an indicator that app support for older devices could be coming to an end. Thankfully, that isn’t the case here.