Sony PlayStation Vue channels are now integrated into the Fire TV Home Screen and Channel Guide

At the start of the year, Amazon brought the “On Now” home screen row and grid channel guide from Fire TV Edition televisions to all Fire TV models. This allowed Amazon Channel subscribers to discover live airing content on their home screen and to view what would be airing next in a traditional grid program guide. Amazon has now announced that they’ve teamed up with Sony’s PlayStation Vue streaming service to incorporate all of the service’s live channels into the same “On Now” row and channel guide.

The Fire TV’s “On Now” row is a horizontally scrolling row of content that appears on the home screen of any Fire TV device that has live content available to watch. The channel guide is a traditional grid program guide with 2 weeks worth of data that lists all live content by channel. These two features of Fire OS on Fire TV devices started out as the place for Fire TV Edition television owners to view listings of live content that was available through the TVs built-in over-the-air tuner, but they are quickly becoming more of a universal place to see what is currently airing live across several different content sources and services. That started when Amazon made it so that live content that was available through Amazon Channels showed up in these two places as well and added the features to all Fire TV devices.

Once the Fire TV Recast is released next month, channels available through the DVR’s OTA tuners will also be available in the “On Now” row and the channel guide. Now Amazon is adding a fourth source of content for these two live content features by partnering with PlayStation Vue.

Subscribers of PlayStation Vue’s streaming TV service will now see live programming, from the various channels available to them, appear in the “On Now” row on their home screen. Selecting a currently live TV show from the list will jump you right into that piece of content.

The Fire TV’s channel guide will now list all of your PlayStation Vue channels with 2 weeks work of program data. Channels from the tuner in a Fire TV Edition television or the tuner in the Fire TV Recast, as well as Amazon Channel subscriptions, will appear right alongside PlayStation Vue content in one central place. Regardless of which source the channel is from, you can mark it as a favorite for it to appear in a separate grouping at the top of the list. You can open the channel guide by saying “show me the channel guide” into the Alexa remote.

The combination of over-the-air channels, Amazon Channel subscription content, and PlayStation Vue channels in one central location is really making the main Fire TV interface a great cohesive place for live content from numerous sources. There are still plenty of sources and services that can also be added, but Amazon is off to a decent start now that a major service provider like PlayStation Vue has been integrated in.

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19 comments
  1. hdmkv says:

    Hope they do likewise with DirecTV Now.

  2. Jeff says:

    Will this work on firestick

  3. Tim Schllngr says:

    Would be Great if they did this for SlingTV’s Live Channels.
    I’ve been using SlingTV on my Amazon FireTV Edition Element TV since last black Friday :)

  4. MICHAEL says:

    This makes me happy!

  5. Fred says:

    Been like that for 3 months.

    • AFTVnews says:

      Yeah, this one slipped past me and I wasn’t sure when it started. It’s tough to keep track of things without a subscription to all of the different streaming services, which I obviously don’t have.

    • Todd says:

      The software update that contains this change has been rolling out unusually slow, so many have not received it until recently.

  6. James says:

    Hope they do this with Hulu

  7. Craig says:

    HDHomeRun support here we come! (Least we better be!)

  8. EricJ says:

    Can Fire TV interface/guide control PS Vue cloud DVR functions?

  9. Kirk says:

    Can this row be rearranged to show higher up the screen on a fire tv?
    (box gen 1 & 2)
    Any rows able to be rearranged?

    I would like to have it this way on the Home screen…Recents, Apps, PSVue, My Videos (from Movies Anywhere), and so on.

  10. Bumbo Diddy says:

    We each choose our poison, but no way I’m jumping to Sony for this due to several of their epic stupid rules ultimately masking their greed. I just ditched Sling because its constant fail resuming after commercials on Android tablets caused me to fail my five nines SLA with my wife. Good thing we moved, too, because it proved it was a Sling problem. Hopefully, we’ll all get this feature eventually.

  11. Jane says:

    Yay! Great news!

  12. Aaron says:

    How do I enable the Fire stick on it?

  13. John N says:

    Some PlutoTV channels are starting to show up in the guide as well!

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