BitTorrent brings several live channels to the Amazon Fire TV for free with new BitTorrent Live app

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The selection of live streaming content just grew a bit more with the addition of BitTorrent Live, a new app from the creatore of the peer-to-peer protocal that offers several live strems for free. You do have to activate the app using a free BitTorrent account, which only requires an email address to create, but once activated, all channels are available with new channels “added every day,” occording to the app’s description.

There are currently 15 channels available, which are AWE, Clubbing TV, Fast & Fun Box, Fightbox, Film Box ArtHouse, France24, Heroes TV, NASA TV, NewsMax, NUsic TV, OAN, One World Sports, Pursuit Channel, The Stephanie Miller Show, and TWIT.tv. The app does not have the ability to pause, rewind, or fast forward the streams. Some channels have basic guide information, which tells you about what’s on now and what’s coming up next, but most are simply a never ending live stream with no information present.

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CNNgo app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV with live streaming CNN news

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CNN has released their CNNgo app on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The app’s pending arrival was revealed last month when CNN updated their activation website to include an option for the Fire TV prior to there being a Fire TV app available. The app features a live stream of the cable news channels 24/7 coverage, as well as full length on-demand episodes for many of the network’s shows. You will need to activate the app with a participating cable or satellite subscription before viewing either the live stream or full length on-demand content. What you don’t need to activate the app to view are the numerous shorter clips available through the app. Expect to see the occasional pre-roll ad here and there when viewing on-demand clips. The CNNgo app is compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models, new or old, and works with either Fire OS 3 or 5.

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DIY Network and Cooking Channel apps arrive on the Amazon Fire TV

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Both the DIY Network and the Cooking Channel have just released new apps for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. I’m mentioning them together in this post because both networks are owned by Scripps and the two new apps are practially identical. Both offer a live stream of their respective channel if you activate the app through a participating cable subscription. Doing so will also give you on-demand access to the latest full episodes. If you don’t have a cable subscription, you still have access to some content, but most of it will consist of shorter clips instead of full episodes. These two new apps join HGTV, Food Network, and Travel Channel apps, which are all owned by Scripps and all share the same app layout.

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Exclusive: Live streaming video and channels coming to the Amazon Fire TV

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I have begun my dissection of the new 5.2.1.0 software update for the Amazon Fire TV and have found strong evidence that support for live streaming video from Amazon is coming to the device. Deep in the code are newly added buttons and styling which mark videos in the main Fire TV interface as “On Now” with accompanying “Watch Live” buttons. Additionally, there are new references in the code to “Live Stations” and “Live Channels” which seem to indicate that, when the functionality arrives, it won’t just be individual live shows, but rather, continuous live programming. Read more ›

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CNN likely bringing live news app to the Amazon Fire TV

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It looks like CNN may soon release a Fire TV app with a live stream of their news coverage. Reddit user 08830 noticed that CNN’s device activation page currently has the option to activate apps on the Fire TV, even though no such app exists. The page says “get access to all of CNN’s live and original programming,” so it looks like Fire TV devices will be getting a version of the news outlets CNNgo app, which launched on Roku last December and on Apple TV a couple months ago. Both Roku and Apple TV apps require a cable subscription to access live and on-demand content, so it’s very likely the same will be true if and when the app arrives on the Fire TV.

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Cox Media Group releases suite of Fire TV apps with live local news streams

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Local live news is often a missing piece of the average cord cutter’s repertoire of streaming apps. Cox Media Group is hoping to fill that gap, at least in areas where they own stations, with their new live local news apps for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. These apps provide live streams of local news broadcasts, as well as on-demand videos and weather forecasts. The selection includes CBS 7 in Seattle WA, ABC 9 in Orlando FL, FOX 25 in Boston MA, FOX 13 in Memphis TN, NBC 11 in Pittsburgh PA, ABC 2 in Atlanta GA, and ABC 9 in Charlotte NC. Cox Media Group also owns stations in Jacksonville FL, Dayton OH, and Tulsa, OK which haven’t received apps, so perhaps those will be coming in the future.

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NCAA March Madness app with live college basketball arrives on the Amazon Fire TV

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College basketball fans will be happy to hear that the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick have just gained the official NCAA March Madness app which will provide live streams of all tournament games. If you have a cable subscription, you can activate the app to watch all 67 games. Those of you without a cable subscription are not out of luck. The app’s description says all CBS games will stream live, for free, through the app without the need to activate. The app appears to require Fire OS 5, so 1st-gen Fire TV and older Fire TV Stick owners will need to be running software update 5.0.5 to install the app.

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Amazon’s first live show is about fashion and debuts online tonight

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Amazon is launching its first live show, called Style Code Live, tonight at 9 pm ET/ 6 pm PT. The show is a 30 minute program about fashion and beauty that streams live Monday through Friday. The show is hosted by Lyndsey Rodrigues, Rachel Smith, and Frankie Grande and will have special guests like Danielle Bernstein, Meghan Trainor, and Keri Russell. Currently, you can only view it on Amazon’s website, but a mobile app is coming soon. There is no mention of when or if it will be available through the Fire TV.

A big part of the show is the interactive web experience, which is why it can’t simply be streamed like any other Amazon Video content. Viewers will be able to chat live with each other and the shows hosts. Additionally, a “style carousel” will be present, directly under the player, which highlights products available on Amazon being discussed on the show. There’s also a “love bag” which can be used by viewers to applaud segments, resulting in virtual confetti to be released in the live video.

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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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New fuboTV app brings live soccer streams to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

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A new fuboTV app has just been released for all Fire TV devices, new and old. The app features live and on-demand soccer matches from around the world. You’ll find games from leagues like La Liga, Serie A, Liga MX, MLS, Ligue 1, the English Championship, and more. The app also provides live streams from channels such as such as beIN SPORTS, Univision, Univision Deportes Network, Galavision, UniMás, El Rey, TyC Sports, GolTV, Benfica TV, Pivot, REVOLT, and others. All of this is available for a monthly subscription price of $9.99 with a 7-day free trial.

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NBC brings their live sports coverage to the Fire TV with new Sports Live Extra app

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NBC has just released their new NBC Sports Live Extra app for all Fire TV devices, including the Fire TV Stick. The app offers access to live streaming sporting events, as well as highlight clips and on-demand replays of full games and events. The vast majority of live content, as well as a large portion of the on-demand replay and highlight videos, is only available by first activating the app with a traditional cable provider. Thankfully though, NBC accepts a huge list of participating providers to choose from. The app divides content into three sections: Live & Upcoming, Highlights, and Full Event Replay. At the bottom of the app’s home screen you can select a sports league to filter content and only display live events, highlights, and replays from a particular sport. With an NBC News app released earlier this year, and a new NBC content app expected soon, it looks like NBC is finally showing the Fire TV some love.

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Food Network, HGTV, and Travel Channel apps make brief appearance on the Fire TV

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It looks like the Fire TV will soon be getting apps for the Food Network, HGTV, and the Travel Channel. All three new apps made a brief appearance in the Fire TV appstore, but have since been removed. Most likely, the apps were either accidentally made public ahead of schedule, or a problem was found that needs to be addressed. History seems to be repeating itself, because this isn’t the first time we saw three new network apps appear and disappear on the Fire TV. The History, Lifetime, and A&E apps did the same thing just over a year ago and took a month to return.

The Food Network, HGTV, and Travel Channel apps all offered both a live feed of each channel as well as on-demand access to shows. All three appeared to require activation through a traditional cable subscription in order to access content within the apps. There didn’t seem to be an option to subscribe to the channels individually.

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Even though the three new do not show up in search results on the Fire TV or Amazon’s website, you can find them and install them from the App Spotlight section on the Fire TV. Head to the Fire TV’s “App” section, scroll down until you get to the “Spotlight” list, then scroll to the right to find the three new apps.

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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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Sony brings PlayStation Vue TV Service to Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

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Sony has just launched PlayStation Vue, their streaming TV service, on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The PlayStation Vue service offers individual channels, such as SHOWTIME, Epix, and Fox Soccer Plus, as well as multi-channel packages in select cities. Multi-channel packages come in three tiers with the 50+ channel “Access” package costing $49.99 per month, the 60+ channel “Core” package costing $54.99 per month, and the 85+ channel “Elite” package costing $64.99 per month. These multi-channel plans are currently only available in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. The channels included in each package vary from city to city and include live local television in some areas. PlayStation Vue also provides a cloud DVR service where you can tag your favorite shows and all aired episodes of those shows will be available on-demand for up to 28 days. Sony is offering a 30-day free trial for SHOWTIME and Epix, and a 7-day free trial for their multi-channel plans. Additionally, you can get a free Fire TV Stick after paying for the first month of their Core ($54.99) or Elite ($64.99) plan.

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Official UFC app brings Live Events and Fight Pass subscription to the Amazon Fire TV

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All Amazon Fire TV models, including the Fire TV Stick, have just received an official UFC app. The app brings access to live UFC pay-per-view events to the Fire TV family of devices. Also accessible through this new app is UFC’s library of past pay-per-view events, live Fight Night exclusive events, TV shows, and original content through a UFC Fight Pass subscription. Fight Pass will run you $9.99 per month, $8.99 per month with a 6 month commitment, or $7.99 per month with a 12 month commitment.

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Boingo TV brings their Military IPTV service to the Amazon Fire TV

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Boingo TV has just released an app for their internet TV service on all Fire TV models, including the Fire TV Stick. The service is only available to US military personnel living on participating US military bases and starts from $19.95 per month. The service offers channels like Fox Sports, MLB Network, National Geographic, FX, Showtime, Starz, and more.

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UKTV brings its free on-demand service to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

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UKTV, a multi-channel broadcaster in the UK, has brought their UKTV Play app to all Fire TV models. The app provides free on-demand viewing of UKTV’s Dave, Drama, Really, and Yesterday channels. The app features themed content collections as well as the option to create one’s own collection of shows via the app’s “My List” feature. As you’d expect, UKTV Play is geographically restricted to UK residents.

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AT&T U-verse app released for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

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AT&T has just released a U-verse app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The app gives U-verse cable subscribers access to stream live channels using a Fire TV device and an internet connection. U-verse subscribers can now bring their programming with them when they travel by packing their Fire TV device. Alternately, the new app can be used to access programing on a spare TV in place of renting an additional cable box.

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Over-The-Air live local TV app Tablo released for Fire TV devices

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An official Tablo app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has just been released. If you’re not familiar with Tablo, it allows you to stream and record free Over-The-Air (OTA) HD channels to any number of Android and iOS devices, which now includes the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. You simply connect their 2-Tuner or 4-Tuner DVR to your home network and any HDTV Antenna. Similar to how Slingbox allows you to stream your cable subscription to your Fire TVs and other devices, Tablo allows you to do the same with your locally broadcasted networks like NBC, CBS, ABC, and more. Services like Sling TV have said from the beginning that they won’t be including local channels in their service lineup because there will always be better and cheaper ways to view such channels than with a monthly subscription. Tablo is one of those ways and, with the release of this new app, is the best way to view free local channels on a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.

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Sling TV app released for the Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick

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It took a bit longer than expected, but the official Sling TV app has been released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. You can still sign up for the $20/month service at Sling.com and receive a 7 day free trial. Learn more about Sling TV through my past posts.

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