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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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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New BET app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Similar to NBCUniversal, Viacom has been on a bit of a new app spree for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, with the latest arrival being a new BET app. As you’d expect, the layout and functionality of the app is identical to other Viacom apps like Comedy Central, which I reviewed in detail, and MTV. Unlike most apps released by media conglomerates, Viacom’s apps actually have quite a bit of free content, including full episodes, that you can watch without needing to activate the app with a cable provider. Other Viacom properties that we’ll hopefully see Fire TV apps for in the future include Spike TV, Logo TV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., CMT, and VH1.

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E! Now app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

NBCUniversal has rounded out their recent network app releases with the arrival of an E! Now app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Much like their other apps, you’re going to need a cable subscription to really watch any content within this new E! Now app. Other NBCUniversal networks that have not had their apps ported to the Fire TV yet are Sprout, Oxygen, and Telemundo, so we may see those arrive in the future.

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Syfy and Bravo apps arrive on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

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NBCUniversal has released the full versions of their Syfy and Bravo apps for the Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick. A month ago, preview versions of each app were released with access to various clips from each network, but now these complete versions give access to full episodes. Just as with other NBCUniversal apps, like the USA Now app, you need to activate these apps with a cable provider in order to view any of their content.

In addition to the standard Bravo app, a new Bravo Watch & Shop app has also been released. This app lets you watch a limited assortment of Bravo content and it lets you purchase products directly from the app that appear in the Bravo shows.

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Bravo Now app will be coming soon to the Amazon Fire TV

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It has been a busy week for new TV network apps for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. First we had the arrival of Comedy Central and MTV apps from Viacom. Then Turner Classic Movies released their new FilmStruck app and service, and most recently NBCUniversal released their USA Now app. NBCUniversal isn’t stopping with USA Network because they’ve announced that Bravo Now will be coming to the Fire TV soon, the same way they announced USA Now, through a teaser app.

The Bravo Now: Coming Soon app that just arrived in the Fire TV appstore serves as a placeholder for the full fledged app. You can use the app to watch special clips, interviews, and behind-the-scenes video, of Bravo shows while you wait for the full app to arrive. NBCUniversal also has apps for Syfy, Oxygen, Telemundo, Sprout, and E! network in the Amazon appstore that are not yet available on Fire TV devices, so hopefully we’ll see those added next.

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USA Now app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV

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USA Network teased the impending arrival of their app a few weeks ago, and now the full version of USA Now has arrived on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Seeing how the network is owned by NBCUniversal, it’s no surprise the USA Now app is very similar to the NBC app already available on the Fire TV devices. USA Now unfortunately requires customers to activate the app with a cable provider before being allowed to watch any content. Even after activating the app, you’re still going to be watching pre-roll and mid-roll ads before/during every TV show episode or movie. Read more ›

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MTV app comes to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

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MTV has brought their official app to to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The app is nearly identical to the Comedy Central app released last week, since both networks are owned by Viacom. There is some free content available in the MTV app, the majority is going to require you to activate the app through a cable provider. The app breaks down the content into MTV, MTV2, and MTV News sections. There is also a Favorites section where you can find shows you’ve marked as favorites and episodes you started but didn’t finish. Whether you activate or not, you’re going to be watching both pre-roll ads and intermittent ads within most videos. The app has the same sporadic episode availability as the Comedy Central app, so while some shows have entire seasons available to stream, others are limited to just a few episodes.

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Comedy Central releases new app on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

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Comedy Central has just brought their content to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick by way of a new official Comedy Central app. The app is available on all Fire TV models, new and old. The app allows you to login with a cable provider to unlock all available videos, but there is a small amount of free content, including full TV show episodes, even if you don’t activate the app with a cable provider. Regardless of whether you’re logged in with a cable provider or not, you’re going to see ads, both at the start of and during full episodes. There are also numerous short clips throughout the app, which are all available without activation.

The number of episodes available, both with and without activating the app, is a bit inconsistent from show to show. If the app is activated, some shows had every episode ever made available, like all 3 seasons of Chappelle’s Show. Other shows only had all episodes from the latest season, like Tosh.0, while others had as little as just one episode available, like Comedy Underground with Dave Attell. There are similar inconsistencies with free content that doesn’t require activation. Some shows had no free episodes available, while others had several free episodes. Read more ›

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