Amazon Silk Browser for Fire TV update adds Casting support for YouTube

Amazon’s Silk Browser for Fire TV has just been updated to version 67.5.x and with it comes the ability to cast YouTube videos directly to the browser. With the Silk Browser installed on any Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Edition television, Google’s official YouTube app for Android and iOS devices will now see the Fire TV as a valid casting destination. You don’t need to have the Silk Browser open or even have the Fire TV awake for the new YouTube casting feature to work. Read more ›

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Mouse Toggle app now works with the Amazon Fire TV Cube

The popular Mouse Toggle app for Fire TV devices has just been updated to work with the new Amazon Fire TV Cube. This app lets you use your Fire TV remote as a mouse by simulating a mouse cursor that you control using the directional buttons of the Fire TV remote. It’s not as good as having an actual physical mouse connected to your Fire TV, but it’s handy for pressing a few touch buttons in sideloaded apps that were designed for a touch interface. The app initially didn’t work correctly with the Fire TV Cube, but the developer has just released version 1.11 that fixes the issues. Amazon does not allow this app in the Fire TV appstore, so you have to purchase it through your phone from the Google Play Store or iOS App Store. The app will then instruct you on how to get it installed on your Fire TV directly from your phone.

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Channels app for Fire TV devices adds DVR support for OTA Antenna and Cable channels

The Channels app for Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions has just received its biggest update since it first arrived in the Fire TV appstore earlier this year. The big new feature with this update is full support for the Channels DVR service that was previously only available on the Apple TV. This allows owners of HDHomeRun networked tuners to view and manage recordings of OTA antenna and digital cable channels directly from their Fire TV devices. Read more ›

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Netflix now supports deep Alexa voice controls on Fire TV devices

The Netflix update that many Fire TV owners have been waiting for has arrived. Netflix has just updated their Fire TV app with deeper support for Alexa voice controls. Where before it was only possible to use Alexa to launch the Netflix app, now you can use the voice assistant to jump directly into playing a movie or TV show, control advanced playback in the app, and perform voice searches within Netflix. Read more ›

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VLC media player returns to Amazon Fire TV devices

VLC, the popular open-source media player, is once again available on Amazon Fire TV devices. The app was removed by its developers last month from the Fire TV appstore due to a disagreement with Amazon about the new version of the app. It appears as though the issue has been resolved because the new 3.0 version was approved by Amazon since then and has returned to the Fire TV appstore within the last few weeks. The previous version of VLC for Fire TV devices had a lot of issues that mostly stemmed from that version being a beta so, hopefully, this new version is more stable. VLC is a good media player option for those looking to play content, either from external storage or over the network, but don’t want all the bells and whistles of something like Kodi.

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ABC News launches new Amazon Fire TV app with free live stream and on-demand content

ABC News has just launched a new app for all Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The app provides a 24/7 live feed in addition to on-demand coverage from shows like Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20, and more. All of the content, including the live stream, is completely free without requiring any kind of activation or login. Read more ›

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AirScreen turns your Fire TV into a Chromecast with support for Google Cast and Apple AirPlay

A new app called AirScreen has just arrived in the Amazon Appstore for Fire TV devices that adds support for all the major casting protocols. It is compatible with all Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models and makes it possible to cast videos and your entire screen to your Fire TV from an Android device, iOS device, Mac, or Windows PC. It supports Google Cast so it works exactly like a Chromecast and supports Apple AirPlay, so it works like an Apple TV for iPhone casting. It also supports Miracast, which is what Windows PCs use for screen mirroring, as well as DLNA. Read more ›

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FOX NOW, FX, FOX Sports, National Geographic apps merge into new unified app for Amazon Fire TVs

FOX has pushed a major update to several of their Amazon Fire TV apps that merge together programming across multiple FOX networks. The FOX NOW app, as well as a newly released Nat Geo TV app, now provide access to content from FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Sports 2 FX, FXX, FX Movies, National Geographic, and Nat Geo Wild all within the same app. A live stream of all networks is available within the app for those who activate with a TV service provider, which includes local FOX affiliates in select markets. Read more ›

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ESPN app on Amazon Fire TV adds support for deep Alexa commands

The ESPN app for Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions has been updated with new Alexa capabilities that let you jump directly to specific content with a single voice command. First spotted by Reddit users and covered by CordCuttersNews, the ESP app update notes say: “Now with Alexa Support. ESPN allows you to tune to your favorite sporting event or show by using Alexa. By just asking Alexa to ‘tune’ to your game or network, the ESPN app will start playback and allow you to fast forward, rewind, or even start your event over all with a single command.Read more ›

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VLC pulls their app from Amazon Appstore due to difficulty getting their new version approved

VLC is a very popular open-source media player that first arrived in the Amazon Fire TV appstore back in 2015. The app disappeared from the Amazon Appstore entirely last week because the team behind the app took it down, according to a Hacker News discussion thread. VLC’s developers pulled the app entirely because they haven’t been able to come to a consensus with Amazon regarding an issue with the new version of VLC. Instead of keeping an outdated and buggy version of VLC in the Amazon Appstore, the VLC team decided it would be best to remove the app entirely. Read more ›

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