New Amazon Fire TV app launches Kodi automatically on boot


A new app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has been released called OnBootKodi. As the name suggests, the app does just one thing, which is to automatically launch Kodi as soon as the Fire TV finishes booting. The app can also be configured to launch Kodi once a certain amount of time has passed after the device boots, however I was unable to get that feature to work. Read more ›

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Dish Network brings their Dish Anywhere app to Amazon Fire TV devices

Dish Network has just released a version of their Dish Anywhere app on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. This app allows those subscribed to Dish’s traditional satellite TV service to stream all of the same content through the Fire TV. The app doesn’t offer any content at all for non-Dish customers, but for those who do subscribe, you can access all of your live, on demand, and DVRed content. Read more ›

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MLB at Bat app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Major League Baseball has just brought their MLB.com at Bat app to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The app allows baseball fans to watch the game of the day and out-of-market games if they’re subscribed to MLB.TV’s premium service. You’ll also find on-demand highlight clips, scoreboards, schedule calendars, and much more.

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EPIX app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

The Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick lineup of streaming apps from cable networks is fairly robust these days. So much so that there aren’t too many major networks missing from the platform, so new network apps are rare these days. EPIX has been expected on the platform, after hinting at an upcoming app, and now they’ve finally arrived with an all new Fire TV app. Like so many cable network apps, the new EPIX app does require activation through a TV provider before you can view any of its content, but once activated, the app provides access to a very robust library of movies. Read more ›

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App Deal: AirPlay/DLNA Receiver PRO down from $4.99 to $1.99 [Expired]


AirPlay/DLNA Receiver PRO has just gone on sale for $1.99. This is the new lowest price this app has ever been. It has gone on sale for $3.99 a few times in the past, but has never before dropped to $1.99. I’m pretty sure this is the best selling AirPlay receiver app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. It allows you to send video and mirror the screen from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to the Fire TV. This app has been around since 2014 and has been receiving constant updates to keep it compatible with the latest versions of iOS, which is the most important thing to look for in an AirPlay Receiver app. It’s compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models.

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Motor Trend OnDemand releases app for the Amazon Fire TV

Motor Trend OnDemand is a subscription streaming service for motorsport enthusiasts that has been available as an Amazon Channel for several months. The service has just released a dedicated app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick for those who are subscribed directly to the $4.99 per month service. Motor Trend OnDemand streams over 800 hours annually of new motoring content, including 60+ live motorsport events. In addition to the new content, the app provides access to an archive of historical videos not available through the Amazon Channel subscription.

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NASA releases official app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

NASA has just released an official app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The app features live streams of NASA’s free television channel, as well as a live stream of the Earth from the International Space Station. in addition to the live streams, there are on demand videos to view, as well as beautiful photos from various telescopes. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV gets new Discovery, Science Channel, I.D., TLC, and Animal Planet apps

The Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick have just gained new apps for Discovery Channel, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery, TLC, and Animal Planet. All of these networks are owned by Discovery Communications, which is why these apps have all arrived at once. All five apps share the same layout and features; just with different programming. They require activation with a TV subscription service to unlock all content within each app, but they do offer a small selection of free content, which includes full episodes, even if you don’t activate the app. If you do unlock the app, you’ll also be able to watch a live stream of each network. Read more ›

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Cable network truTV releases new app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

A new app from truTV has just arrived for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. This is the comedy network’s first appearance on the Fire TV platform. The app provides both on-demand and live streaming access to the programing available through the cable network. While most of the content, including the live stream, does require the app to be activated through a subscription TV provider, the app does have some completely free content, including full episodes for free. Read more ›

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New WemoHome4Fire app provides an all-in-one control hub for WeMo and TP-Link devices

WeMo and TP-Link make some of the most popular smart home plugs, switches, and light bulbs. That’s because they are among the least expensive products in their category and don’t require you to purchase a costly hub of any sort. If you’ve purchased WiFi connected devices from either of these brands, you may be interested in a new Fire TV app called WemoHome4Fire.

While it may not be particularly pretty, the app gives you an all-in-one control panel for all WeMo and TP-Link smart home devices. For those times when asking Alexa to control your devices is inconvenient or inappropriate, this app can be used to turn lights, plugs, and switches on or off. It can even control brightness, temperature, color, and saturation for light bulbs like the TP-Link LB120 and LB130. The app is compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models.

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App Deal: AirPlayMirror Receiver down from $4.99 to $2.99 [Expired]

AirPlayMirror Receiver has just gone on sale for $2.99. This is the first time this app has dropped below its regular price of $4.99. This is the newest AirPlay app to be released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. It allows Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks to receive AirPlay video and screen mirroring from iPhones, iPads, and iMacs the same way the Apple TV works. One very interesting feature of this app that no other AirPlay app can do is display up to 4 different Apple devices simultaneously, with each device’s video displayed in its own window. I have not tried this app yet myself, but you don’t need to rely on my testing because the developer offers a free version that lets you try the app for 15 minutes before committing to buy the full version. The app is compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models.

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App Deal: Headlines – RSS Reader down from $1.49 to FREE [Expired]

Headlines – RSS Feed Reader for TV has just gone free. This is the first time this app has ever been offered for free. The app’s developer tells me the price will go back up after the first week of March. Headlines just went through a large overhaul with many new features. It allows you to read news articles from RSS feeds right on your Fire TV device. It even displays trending Twitter topics and a weather feed. The app is compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV stick models except the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick, but hopefully that will be corrected soon. It works with either a remote or game controller.

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Facebook releases video app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Just as they announced they would, Facebook has released a video app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The app requires you to login to a Facebook account, and once you do, you’ll be able to watch videos your friends have shared, top videos, recommended videos, as well as videos you’ve uploaded yourself to the social network. Oddly though, the new app is only compatible with 2nd-gen Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices, but hopefully that will be resolved soon. Read more ›

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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 [Expired]

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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