Apple TV app and new Apple TV+ streaming service is coming to Amazon Fire TV devices later this year

Apple held an announcement event today that focused around new services the company plans to launch. The majority of the event revolved around movies and television shows and it was revealed that a new version of Apple’s TV app would be coming to Amazon Fire TV devices. This app, which is at the forefront of Apple’s entire TV offering, should give Fire TV owners access to movies and shows purchased through iTunes, as well as content from Apple Channels and Apple TV+, which are two new TV services that Apple announced today. Read more ›

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Twitch app for Amazon Fire TV receives major redesign with live previews, dark UI, and text/voice chat

The Twitch app for Amazon Fire TV devices has just been updated with a major redesign. Most of Twitch’s signature purple and white color scheme is gone and in its place is a much darker and subdued color palette. The interface has been simplified by removing the navigation menu on the left, making it quicker to jump around the different areas of the app. Functionally, the biggest change is the addition of a video feed of whatever your cursor is on as the app background, making it possible to preview a channel or video before clicking into the full screen view. Read more ›

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Introducing my new app “Informer” for all Amazon Fire TV devices

My new app Informer has just been released for all Amazon Fire TV models. The purpose of the app is to conveniently provide information about your Fire TV. This initial version lets you know which model/generation device you own, it’s hardware and video specs, and what known features or changes the various software updates have made to the device. I hope to expand on the information in the app with future updates. Read more ›

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Amazon removes HDHomeRun app from the Fire TV Appstore likely due to Omniverse lawsuit

The official HDHomeRun app for Fire TV devices has been removed from the Amazon Appstore, as first spotted by CordCuttersNews. It appears as though the app was removed by Amazon, since SiliconDust, makers of the HDHomeRun networked tuners, are still trying to figure out why it was removed. The likely reason for the app’s removal is an ongoing lawsuit against Omniverse, which is the company that provides the streaming TV channels for HDHomeRun Premium TV, SiliconDust’s paid TV service. Read more ›

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iHeartRadio brings their family-friendly new music app for kids to Amazon Fire TVs

Streaming music service iHeartRadio has just launched their new iHeartRadio Family app on all Amazon Fire TV models. This is a family-friendly version of their free service with parental controls. The app lets you stream family-friendly versions of popular songs, stations like Radio Disney and Kids Pop, as well as songs performed by characters like Dora the Explorer, Austin & Ally, and Elmo. The app also includes kid-oriented background animations, like dripping slime and swimming ducks, to have displayed while listening to music or podcasts.

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Locast app arrives on Fire TV devices with free local broadcast streaming channels

Locast has just released their highly anticipated app to all Fire TV models. This is a completely free app that streams local broadcast channels, like NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX to residents of the US cities that they support. The service gets away with streaming these channels for free and without paying these networks for streaming rights by taking advantage of a bit of a loophole in the law that allows any nonprofit, which Locast is, to retransmit over-the-air broadcast channels. Read more ›

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Kodi version 18 “Leia” has been released

After a long development period, the final version of Kodi 18 “Leia” has now been released across all platforms. The changes are too numerous to list, but you can skim through Kodi’s past beta and release candidate announcements to get a feel for what has changed. To install the app on a Fire TV device, use my Downloader app and enter bit.ly/kodi18apk into the URL field. If you have connection/server issues, you can try bit.ly/kodi18mirror instead. For those who need more detailed installation instructions, you can follow this guide.

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Best New Amazon Fire TV Apps & Games of 2018

The Amazon Fire TV line of devices were already well established at the start of 2018, so most major apps and games were already available on the platform. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t notable new Fire TV apps and games released in 2018. I’ve gone back through all 52 of my weekly lists of newly released apps for 2018 and picked out the best new apps and games of the year. Read more ›

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This Old House releases Amazon Fire TV app with free full-length episodes

A new This Old House app has just been released for all Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices. While this news may not be exciting for most people, I’ve been a fan of the series ever since I was a little kid, so I’m happy to give it some attention. The app is free and doesn’t require any kind of TV subscription to watch full episodes of both This Old House and Ask This Old House. All episodes from Season 33 and 34 of This Old House are available in the app, as well as all episodes from season 10 and 11 of Ask This Old House. When you come across an episode that you want to keep track of, maybe because it covers a project that you’ve been wanting to tackle, you can mark the episode as a favorite to store it in a separate area of the app. There’s also a search feature if needed.

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DC Universe streaming service arrives on Amazon Fire TV devices

DC Universe is now available on all Amazon Fire TV devices. This is a new streaming service, that launched a couple of months ago, which gives access to movies, TV shows, and comics in the DC Comics spectrum. Subscribing lets you access a library of older movies, like the Christopher Reeve Superman movies and many of the Batman movies. You also get access to older TV shows, like LOIS & CLARK, as well as a brand new original Titans series. There are also several animated series in the catalogue and many comics to read. A DC Universe subscription normally costs $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year, but there is a holiday promotion going on now that gives you your first 3 months for $3.99 per month or your first year for $59.99.

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