Crunchyroll brings their massive Anime streaming service to the Amazon Fire TV

Crunchyroll has finally brought their Anime streaming service to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. This is one of the staple streaming services that has been missing from Fire TV devices for far too long. They offer over 25,000 episodes of Anime and Asian dramas, plus a collection of Manga comics. Many shows are available through the service just 1 hour after their TV broadcasts. Crunchyroll offers some of their content for free with ads. For access to all content without ads, they offer a $6.95 per month premium membership, which you can try for free for 14 days.

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New myNetLyzer app tests your WiFi network on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Sticks

A new app called myNetLyzer has just been released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick to analyze your local WiFi networks. The app provides several pieces of crucial network information to help you determine the ideal settings to achieve the best WiFi signal for your Fire TV devices. Here’s an overview of its features and how to use them to improve your network connection. Read more ›

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Facebook will be releasing a video app for the Amazon Fire TV

In a blog post, Facebook has announced that they will be releasing a video app for the Amazon Fire TV, as well as other platforms like Apple TV and Samsung Smart TV. Facebook says the app will allow you to “watch videos shared by friends or Pages you follow, top live videos from around the world, and recommended videos based on your interests.” You’ll also be able to access videos you’ve already watched on Facebook through other platforms, and will be able to bring up a list of videos you’ve saved to watch later.

Last year, Twitter released a video app for the Fire TV, but that was mostly to expand their Thursday night NFL football viewership. It seems like Facebook’s app will, at least initially, be more about videos coming from your network of friends, than from Facebook itself. No word on when the new Facebook video app will be release.

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App Deal: Google Photos, Flickr, and Shutterfly photo apps down from $3.99 to $2.99

If you aren’t a user of Amazon’s Prime Photos, or if you just have photos stored on several services, you may be interested in the trio of Fire TV and Fire TV Stick apps that just went on sale. The apps pFolio for Google Photos, FlickFolio for Flickr, and ShutterFolio for Shutterfly have each gone on sale for $2.99. These apps allow you to view photos from each respective service on your Fire TV. It’s worth noting that these apps recently went up in price to $3.99, so this sale is really just bringing them back down to their former regular price. They have all been $0.99 for brief periods in the past, but it’s rare for them to go on sale. All apps are compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models.

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New HDHomeRun app released for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

The folks at SiliconDust have released their new HDHomeRun app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The old “green” app dropped off the appstore a few months ago, so it’s good to finally see an app return. For those of you not familiar with HDHomeRun, it’s a line of networked tuners that allow you to watch over-the-air or cable television through any number of devices, including the Fire TV. You just connect a device like the HDHomeRun CONNECT to an HD antenna and your home network, then its channels become accessible through their various apps, which include a Kodi add-on and Plex channel. You can also use HDHomeRun’s software, which runs on most popular NAS devices, to record content like a DVR.

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Updated ABC and Freeform apps released for all Fire TV models

ABC originally released an app for the 1st-gen Fire TV over a year ago and never updated it to work with any other Fire TV devices. That has finally changed with an all new ABC app that works with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. The new app is quite nice with, most importantly, a lot of free content that does not require activating the app through a cable provider. If you do have a participating cable subscription, you can use it to unlock all content. Unlike most apps from cable or broadcast networks, this new ABC app includes a live stream. Unfortunately, the live stream does require activating the app and it’s only available in select cities, which include Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco. ABC has also released a new Freeform app, which was formerly known as ABC Family.

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Cartoon Network app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Cartoon Network has just released a new app for all Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. The app itself is quite nice and a refreshing change from the cookie-cutter streaming video apps we’ve been seeing lately from big networks. The app provides free ad-supported streaming of the latest episodes of most shows on Cartoon Network. If you have a cable subscription, you can use it to activate the app and unlock even more content. Read more ›

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New BET app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Similar to NBCUniversal, Viacom has been on a bit of a new app spree for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, with the latest arrival being a new BET app. As you’d expect, the layout and functionality of the app is identical to other Viacom apps like Comedy Central, which I reviewed in detail, and MTV. Unlike most apps released by media conglomerates, Viacom’s apps actually have quite a bit of free content, including full episodes, that you can watch without needing to activate the app with a cable provider. Other Viacom properties that we’ll hopefully see Fire TV apps for in the future include Spike TV, Logo TV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., CMT, and VH1.

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E! Now app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

NBCUniversal has rounded out their recent network app releases with the arrival of an E! Now app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Much like their other apps, you’re going to need a cable subscription to really watch any content within this new E! Now app. Other NBCUniversal networks that have not had their apps ported to the Fire TV yet are Sprout, Oxygen, and Telemundo, so we may see those arrive in the future.

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App Deal: Kodi fork MrMC down from $5.99 to $2.99

To celebrate the app’s 1-year anniversary, MrMC has gone on sale for $2.99. This is the first time this app has ever been discounted below its regular price of $5.99. This sale price will last the entire month and will then return to its regular price next year. The app is available on all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models.

MrMC is a media center app created by the two developers who originally ported Kodi over to Android. This app sparks some controversy because many see it as just a paid version of Kodi, which is a free app that can be sideloaded. However, MrMC’s developers are continuously adding new features to their app, outside of Kodi’s development team, with a focus on the Fire TV specifically. As long as they continue doing that, they have my full support. The fact that MrMC is also open source, and therefore contributes back to Kodi’s development, is icing on the cake.

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