New Apps for the Week of January 14th thru the 20th

This week there were 27 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. Mobile Tube is a popular YouTube app that has just added support for Fire TV devices. I still believe using the older version of the official YouTube app is the best way to watch YouTube on a Fire TV device, but this new app might be a good alternative. Deckchair.com TV is a new app for watching upto the minute timelapses from around the world. YouIpCams looks to be an app for viewing your personal IP cameras if you have one that doesn't support Alexa. Lastly, StopAd is the first ad blocker to be released for the Fire TV. I don't know if it works, but take a look if that interests you. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days.

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15 comments
  1. Binger` says:

    Installed StopAd and to activate it, you have to give it permission to run a VPN connection in the background.

    WTF? H*LL NO!

    Read the EULA and it was very very long giving them all sorts of rights and access to information not limited to username, password, etc.
    Developer seems to be based in Cyprus. With no reviews on Amazon, I am not risking it.

    Uninstalled it.

    Main reason I wanted to use it: Fire TV keeps on telling me to stream the new season of “The Man in the High Castle”. I get all excited thinking Season 3 is out.

    When I click on the ad, nothing new – Season 2 is the latest and it is over a year old. I’ve already watched everything there is to watch. Why is Amazon advertizing something that isn’t true?

    • Hello, Binger!
      Thank you for your response. There are few things I’d like to clarify
      1) StopAd needs a VPN to efficiently block advertising content on unrooted Android systems. It’s the important part of technology. However, you shouldn’t worry about your traffic going to some VPN server. It’s different: Android app may setup it’s own virtual network interface locally on your device to be able to filter ads. It’s pretty standard approach. Of course we are taking all measures to make sure the process is secure and according to best practices and platform recommendations.
      2) The same situation with the data – the app needs the access the system, browser, traffic to be able to deliver the ad blocking service. It wouldn’t be able to do so if it was isolated from the OS,memory etc. I understand that your thoughts are based on fact that some developers collect and sell user data. But that’s not our business strategy.
      StopAd is blocking ads on users’ devices without sending any data outside of the environment. We use OS network kernel extension for this purpose.
      Our monetization and business model is based on offering extra paid fetures, which we’ll introduce soon, not selling your data.
      3) We have 2 offices, one of them is based on Cyprus. In fact, it is planned to be relocated in near future.
      4) No reviews on Amazon – well, that’s “NEW apps for the week”, so we’ve just started here. You can check the reviews:
      – on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StopAdOfficial/
      – cnet http://download.cnet.com/StopAd/3000-7786_4-77677792.html

      • Y314K says:

        @Kell from StopAd …

        Some folks don’t know that the local VPN method aka OS network kernel extension is one of the best non-Root options for Ad-blocking on Android.

        Anyway. Can StopAd be compaitable with an actual VPN service like WindScribe or PIA ? It seems that only one or the other VPN service (WindScribe/PIA or StopAd) can be active at the same time. Can we get some clarification on this please ?

        • Binger` says:

          I have the same question. Clicked on @Kell’s name and it went to stopads website but it was hard to find an answer about coexisting with a vPN.

          I use NordVPN on PC Mac IOS and was thinking about sideloading it to the Fire TV.

        • Hi, Y314K!
          Yes, you’re absolutely right, only one VPN can be active at the same time, so can not compatible with other VPN services.

      • Binger` says:

        Thanks for clarifying, Kell. What you say makes sense.

        It was just a surprise to get the VPN message. A heads up before installing the app might help others not be alarmed.

        I have a rooted 2nd Gen Fire TV, therefore I am more careful than usual when installing new apps.

        I thought it was a javascript blocker along the lines of uBlock. I already use a VPN, just not on the Fire TV. I don’t stream through Kodi. I just wanted to get rid of the amazon ads.

        Sounds like you are established and have a good business model. I am impressed you came here and addressed my concerns. Thank you!

        • I am happy to help!
          But, I need to clarify one more thing. As you mentioned above you’re looking for ad blocker for Fire TV to get rid of fake ads about the 3d season of “The Man in the High Castle” (yes, it would make me mad too). You should know that StopAd blocks ads ONLY on Youtube app on Fire TV. So, I guess, we can’t help you with that. For you, there is no need to install StopAd on Fire TV. It sounds strange, I know, but I don’t want to disappoint you. And you still can try our product on other platforms)

  2. James says:

    The old version of youtube (like the format that was on the app) was running fine through Firefox or Silk on my fire tv, now it has gone to a regular mobile format which is almost unwatchable.

  3. Fred_EM says:

    How about a real YouTube app?

    Just got my Fire TV updated.
    As a result I got signed out of YouTube
    and the YouTube.com/tv looks different.

    They are playing games with us.

    Getting tired of this.

    .

  4. Y314K says:

    @Elias…

    Seems Mobile Tube – For YouTube is not compatible or it won’t show as compatiable with FTVS1’s on latest FW or FTV1’s on PreRooted Fire OS 5.2.6.0 (587444320). Even without SuperSU.

    Can someone please post a link to the latest Mobile Tube – For YouTube v3.4 to take it for a spin. TY

    • AFTVnews says:

      Yeah, they’ve excluded the Fire TV 1 and Fire TV Stick 1 from their list of compatible devices.

      • Y314K says:

        I might understand excluding the FTVS1 do to the specs, maybe. But the FTV1 & FTVS2 are so close spec wise. I wonder why they didn’t include it. Guess the inclusion of devices might be more complicated then most of us realize or Mobile Tube – For YouTube is kind of a resource hog or they just got lazy or don’t have the older devices to test.

    • James says:

      It came back… Another article said Google blocked the workaround. Apparently Amazon found another workaround because it is working as usual now.

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