New Amazon Fire TV app can place the Time and/or Network Activity in the upper screen corners

A new handy app called Time and Net Speed Overlay has just been released for all Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The app allows you to the current time to the top right corner of your Fire TV screen and it also allows you to add the current network activity speed in the upper left corner. You can select which of the two capabilities you’d like to be visible or you can have both visible. The network activity is a numeric value of the live network speed being used by the Fire TV. It’s the same information you can find in the hidden developer menu on the Fire TV, but it’s displayed in a much more discrete way.

Both pieces of information in the corners will be displayed at all times on your Fire TV. This includes while you are in apps and while you are watching videos. It would be great to have the option to only display the overlay when the Fire TV home screen is being displayed, but the app is free so I’m absolutely not going to fault it for not having that capability.

The app’s developer, Vishnu N K, has been releasing some interesting utility apps for the Fire TV lately. Another one of their apps displays the background processes currently running on your Fire TV device.

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18 comments
  1. clocks says:

    Excellent! Anyone that designs a TV box GUI without a clock should be fired.

  2. Tomi says:

    i don’t understand why need an app to show the clock :S

  3. Dennis says:

    So how do I get the app?

  4. Steven says:

    So we can turn it (the display) off or on easily?

  5. francis groves says:

    Really come on terrible implementation. It requires you to go to an outside webpage Google / sgk1 DD to activate permissions shouldn’t this app just work from the home screen?

    • Vishnu N K says:

      it is because android tv devices running on Android marshmallow and above dont have the permission request screen built into them. If it had it would have taken you to the permission request screen.

      • francis groves says:

        Ok so giving that built in limitation should not have the developer know this and coded correctly before releasing this to just sit there? Giving the ecosystem and devices ment for?

  6. Llyod says:

    I especially like the fake review posted for the app:

    “I love it . Very entertaining,enjoyable great series to watch”

  7. Mark says:

    I completely agree…Something just doesn’t seem right about any of this, free or not.

  8. Mark says:

    Installed, no permissions needed. Worthless app, really. I deleted the app from the Fire TV as well as the cloud.

    • Vishnu N K says:

      It requires two permissions:
      1. Open windows using the type TYPE_SYSTEM_ALERT, shown on top of all other applications.
      2. Get notified that the operating system has finished booting.

      If the app isn’t working it is because there are too many apps running in the background on your TV stick.

  9. Jim Carter says:

    Yes…Amazon should have implemented this feature from Day One. It doesn’t really matter HOW the clock appears, only that it does. Another worthwhile post!

  10. Rob says:

    So installed the app from work via web browser before reading that “Both pieces of information in the corners will be displayed at all times on your Fire TV. This includes while you are in apps and while you are watching videos.”

    Will immediately uninstall once I get home. I don’t know why Amazon doesn’t include a clock on the home screen…….

  11. Akbarkhan says:

    What is dvbt2 s2 Android TV ?box or similar fast slow, better best Bigg,less expansive, future holders,air Turner,or mobile on air free to watch international on the go or living room?

  12. David Star says:

    I just tried to load this on the Cube and it it “says” device does not support overlay feature…..Any Ideas to get it to work. This is an OEM AFTV Cude.

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