CBS News releases new updated Amazon Fire TV app

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CBS has released an all-new CBS News app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The new app is not an update to the old app, but rather, a replacement. This means that, if you have the old app installed on your device, it may never be updated to the new app. You will need to manually install the new app. You can actually have both versions of the CBS News apps on the same device if you wish, but the old one has been removed from the Fire TV appstore, so once you uninstall the old app, you will not be able reinstall it. A completely free live 24/7 news stream is still present and the star feature of the app, but it has received a visual refresh and a few nice new features. Read more ›

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CBS All Access app now supports 1st-gen Fire TVs and older Fire TV Sticks running Fire OS 5

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The CBS All Access app, which was initially only compatible with the 2nd-gen Fire TV and newer Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote, has now added support for older Fire TV devices. The app still requires Fire OS 5, but since software update 5.0.5 has arrived on all Fire TV models, new and old, now all Fire TV owners can use the CBS app. Through CBS All Access, Fire TV owners can subscribe directly to CBS’s content through their $5.99 subscription plan which does not require a cable subscription.

As for the other three big US broadcast networks, the NBC app has always supported all Fire TV models. Even those still running Fire OS 3. The FOX NOW app is in the same boat as CBS, where it supports all Fire TV models but also requires Fire OS 5. Last and most certainly least, the WATCH ABC app still only supports the 1st-gen Fire TV.

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CBS Sports app released for all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models

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A new CBS Sports app has just been released for all Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. The app is compatible with both Fire OS 3 and Fire OS 5 so it works with both older 1st generation devices and newer ones. This CBS Sports app will be streaming the Super Bowl Live and for free, so it has arrived just in the nick of time for tomorrow’s big game. CBS will be broadcasting all of the Super Bowl ads live for the first time, so if you’re not interested in the game, you can use the app to tune in for the great ads.

There was a big concern that the app would not be compatible with older 1st-gen Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks since CBS’ only other Fire TV app, CBS All Access, is only compatible with the 2nd-gen Fire TV and newer Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote bundle. Bravo to both CBS and Amazon for getting this app released in time for the Super Bowl and for ensuring it supports all Fire TVs, new and old.

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CBS Sports app for the Fire TV expected to be released this week in time for Super Bowl 50

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Currently, there is no legal way to stream Super Bowl 50 on the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, apart from using an OTA antenna box like the Tablo or HDHomeRun. According to Jared Newman from Tech Hive, that’s likely to change in time for the big game. Newman tells me he has confirmed with both Amazon and CBS that the two companies are working to make the CBS Sports app compatible with the Fire TV later this week. CBS will be streaming the Super Bowl live through their CBS Sports app.

The CBS All Access app is only compatible with Fire OS 5 devices, so there’s a good chance the CBS Sports app will have the same limitation. The Fire OS 5 software update is currently slowly rolling out to older devices, but there’s a chance some 1st-gen Fire TV and Fire TV Stick owners won’t receive the update by this Sunday’s game. If the CBS Sports app does require Fire OS 5, some older Fire TV owners may be out of luck. We’ll have to wait and see.

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CBS All Access comes to the Amazon Fire TV

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CBS has finally brought their CBS All Access app to Amazon Fire TV devices. The new app is currently only compatible with Fire TV devices running Fire OS 5, which includes the 2nd-gen Fire TV, Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote, and Fire TV Sticks running the Fire OS 5 Developer Preview. This limitation is likely due to copy protection found in the newer operating system that is missing from Fire OS 3. We’re expecting Fire OS 5 to arrive on the 1st-gen Fire TV and older Fire TV Sticks soon, but Amazon has not set a specific date for the software update.

CBS was the last of the 4 major US networks missing or not announced for Fire TV devices. The platform already has an ABC app, with a FOX and NBC app on their way. This new CBS app gives Fire TV owners live and on-demand access to all of CBS’s content through their $5.99 subscription plan which does not require a cable subscription. The app offers a 1 week free trial for you to determine if its worth the subscription fee.

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New deal brings more CBS and SHOWTIME content to Amazon Prime Instant Video

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Amazon and CBS have just announced a new multi-year, multi-series content deal that will bring three new CBS series set to premiere next summer to Amazon Prime. This deal is identical to the existing arrangement Amazon has with CBS that makes new episodes of Under the Dome and Extant available through Prime Video just 4 days after they air on CBS. The first of the three new shows coming to Prime Video is BrainDead, a comic thriller starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead from Robert and Michelle King, producers of The Good Wife. BrainDead is set in the world of D.C. politics and follows a young fresh-faced Hill staffer (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) getting her first job in Washington, D.C. and discovering two things: the government has stopped working, and alien spawn have come to Earth and eaten the brains of a growing number of congressmen and Hill staffers. The other two series included in this deal have not been announced.

This deal will also expand the number of CBS and SHOWTIME titles available through Prime Video. Some of the additional Prime shows that are part of this deal include Medium, The Tudors, The L Word, the original Twin Peaks series, America’s Next Top Model, I Love Lucy, Penn & Teller, The Amazing Race, MacGyver, Brotherhood and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Several CBS movies will also be available to Prime members including Inside Llewyn Davis and Pride.

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CBS brings Live News to Fire TV with new CBS News app

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A new CBS News app has just been released for the Amazon Fire TV. The app lets you stream live news coverage from CBS’s new 24/7 news station CBSN. In addition to the live stream, the app features on demand video from CBS’s other news programs, such as CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, and MoneyWatch. The app separates on demand video into several categories, including U.S., World, Politics, Entertainment, and Health. All of this content is free of charge with no cable subscription needed. Read more ›

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