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 Instead of keeping an outdated and buggy version of VLC in the Amazon Appstore, the VLC team decided it would be best to remove the app entirely.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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Adult Swim releases all new app for all Amazon Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks

Adult Swim, the adult-oriented nighttime side of Cartoon Network, has just released a new app for all Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The app a healthy mix of free ad-support content as well as content that requires logging in with a TV provider. A marathon feature within the app lets you select a single show and watch an endless stream of episodes from that show that you have little control over. There is, of course, regular on-demand access to select episodes as well. If you activate the app, you’ll also be able to access live streams of what is airing on the network’s cable channel, called a TV simulcast, as well as an all-day stream of content. A program guide for both streams is available to see what is scheduled to air in the future.

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YouTube app for Amazon Fire TV now remembers your browser preference

A small but helpful update has been released to the official YouTube app for Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The app is still essentially just a bookmark that opens YouTube in either the Silk Browser or Firefox, thanks to Google wanting to hurt Amazon, but now the app remembers which browser you last selected and makes sure to highlight that same choice the next time you open the app. There is no option to skip the browser selection screen and always load a specific browser, but at least now you won’t have to pause to check that your preferred browser is highlighted when using the app to access YouTube. Those of you who want to skip having to select a browser each time should use my Bookmarker for YouTube app instead, because it was made specifically for that purpose.

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App Deal: tinyCam Monitor PRO down from $3.99 to $2.00


tinyCam Monitor Pro, the definitive Fire TV app for remote camera surveillance, has just gone on sale for $2.00. This app lets you view, control, and even record up to 16 IP cameras. If you own one of the 10,000+ compatible networked cameras, tinyCam Monitor is a great way to check up on things from the comfort of your couch. The feature list is massive and includes things like motion detection and audio monitoring. The app is compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models and works with all remotes and controllers.

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Entire Stargate collection arrives on the Amazon Fire TV through a new Gate Cast app

A new Gate Cast app has arrived that lets Stargate Command members watch the entire Stargate collection on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The app is not a stand-alone app that is controlled by the Fire TV remote, like most apps. Instead, it’s a cast receiver that works in conjunction with the Stargate Command mobile app. You must use the mobile app to select what will be played on your Fire TV. A Stargate Command all-access pass costs a one-time payment of $20. It lets you stream all Stargate episodes and movies ever made through May 2018. That includes the shows Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, and the new Stargate Origins series. It also includes access to the 3 Stargate movies and the Stargate interview series Dialing Home. The Gate Cast app is not currently compatible with the Fire TV 1 and Fire TV Stick 1.

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Bell TV in Canada has brought its TV services to the Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition

Bell TV has just released a new app for Canadian customers that brings live and on-demand access to Bell’s television service. Bell Alt TV, Bell Fibe TV, and Bell Satellite TV customers can use the app to browse a program guide and watch content. Bell Fibe TV customers can also use the app to manage and watch their recordings. The app is only available on the 2nd Gen Fire TV Stick, since that’s the only Fire TV device sold globally as the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition.

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Channels app for HDHomeRun tuners adds support for older Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks

The Channels app, which gives owners of HDHomerun networked TV tuners an alternative way to watch live TV debuted in the Amazon Fire TV appstore last month. At the time, it was only available for the Fire TV 3 because that was the only Fire TV model that supported native hardware deinterlacing. Channels has just released an update that adds support for the Fire TV 1, Fire TV 2, Fire TV Stick 2, and all Fire TV Edition televisions. The only device not supported by the app is now the 1st Gen Fire TV Stick. The app’s developers tell me they were able to support older models by writing their own custom deinterlacer that uses the GPU to perform the necessary deinterlacing process.

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Stream music service Tidal releases new app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

The streaming music service Tidal has just released an app for Amazon Fire TV devices. Tidal is owned by Jay-Z and various other music artists. It is the first artist-owned music service and is among the top music services by the number of tracks and users. Their catalog includes more than 50 million tracks with an assortment of original content, thanks to its close ties to music artists. The service costs $9.99 per month for unlimited streaming and comes with a 30-day free trial.

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Controversial BitTorrent downloader Put.io arrives on the Amazon Fire TV

A new official Put.io app has just been released in the Amazon Fire TV appstore. Put.io is a slightly controversial service that acts as a middle-man between you and video files found online. Instead of downloading or streaming a video from the internet directly, Put.io will download the video for you to their servers and then let you stream it to your devices from them. Put.io’s support for BitTorrent downloads has made it a popular service for downloading pirated content undetected. Read more ›

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SPMC creator ends the app’s development and joins the MrMC team

Chris Browet, the creator of SPMC, a popular forked version of Kodi, has announced that he is joining the team behind MrMC, another popular forked version of Kodi. As a result, development of SPMC is coming to an end so that Browet, also commonly known by the handle koying, can concentrate on his new role of maintaining MrMC’s development for Android and Fire OS devices. Read more ›

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