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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Fox Nation app is now available on Amazon Fire TV devices

Fox Nation has just released an app for all Amazon Fire TV models. This is a relatively new streaming service that spun off of the Fox News cable network. It requires a $5.99 per month or $64.99 per year subscription to access the content. The app provides access to shows like Judge Napolitano, Deep Dive, UN-PC, The Quiz Show, Starnes Country, and others.

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Sega releases 25 classic game bundle for $14.99 on Amazon Fire TV devices

Sega has just released a new SEGA Classics app for Amazon Fire TV devices that bundles together 25 classic Sega games for just $14.99. This collection of games is compatible with all Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Edition television models. While you’ll have a better experience using a game controller, all games are playable using the regular Fire TV remote. Read more ›

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Paramount Network app arrives on Amazon Fire TV devices

Paramount Network has just updated their app to now support Amazon Fire TV devices. If you’re not familiar with the channel, that’s because it used to be called Spike TV until it was rebrand at the start of the year. That rebranding came with a shift in programming towards a wider demographic than the old male-centric Spike channel. Most of the content in the new app requires activating the app with a cable provider to watch. You’ll find reality shows, such as Lip Sync Battle and Ink Masters, in the app, as well as new original shows, like Yellowstone and Waco.

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Amazon Music app is coming to Android TV

A new Amazon Music app for Android TV has just popped up in the Google Play Store, as first spotted by Android Police. Judging by the screenshots, the app appears to be very similar to the one available on Fire TV devices. The app is not available to install just yet, but you can pre-register for it, which will notify you when it’s available. It’s unknown if the app will only be available for NVIDIA Shield TVs, like the Prime Video app for Android TV, or if other Android TV devices will also be able to install the app once it’s released. This new Amazon Music app will give Android TV users access to both Prime Music, which is the 2 million song service that is included for free with a Prime membership, and Amazon Music Unlimited, which is the 50 million song service that requires a separate paid subscription.

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Jackbox Party Pack 5 arrives on the Amazon Fire TV

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 has just been released to Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, Fire TV Cubes, and Fire TV Edition televisions. As the name suggestions, it’s the 5th installment in Jackbox’s collection of party games. It’s pricey at $29.99 but includes 5 different games that are sure to give you and your friends or family a few fun game nights. The games all use smartphones as their controllers, so there’s no need to invest in extra remotes or gamepads. The included games are You Don’t Know Jack (1-8 players), a trivia game, Split the Room (3-8 players), a what-if game where you create strange and divisive hypothetical situations, Mad Verse City (3-8 players), a lyric writing game, Patently Stupid (3-8 players), a drawing game where you create odd inventions to solve bizarre problems, and the deadliest game show, Zeeple Dome (1-6 players).

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Amazon rebrands their Silk browser for the Fire TV

Amazon has pushed out a new update to their Silk browser for Fire TV devices that doesn’t appear to change anything other than rebrand the browser. The app, which was formerly named “Silk Browser for Fire TV,” has been renamed to “Amazon Silk – Web Browser.” The browser has also received a new bright teal icon that emphasizes the word “internet” above the name of the app. While this could be nothing more than a quick spruce up for the app, it could also be a hint of something bigger to come. Read more ›

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The Roku Channel comes to the Amazon Fire TV …sort of

About a year ago, Roku launched The Roku Channel, which is an ad-support collection of movies, TV shows, and live news that is available for free on Roku devices. The channel has been quite popular, so Roku made it available on the web a month ago. In doing so, they’ve inadvertently also made it available to all Amazon Fire TV devices thanks to the Silk Browser. The web interface for The Roku Channel works so well through the Silk Browser that I’ve released a Bookmarker app for The Roku Channel, to make accessing it through Fire TV devices that much easier. Read more ›

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