New Amazon Fire TV app can place the Time and/or Network Activity in the upper screen corners

A new handy app called Time and Net Speed Overlay has just been released for all Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The app allows you to the current time to the top right corner of your Fire TV screen and it also allows you to add the current network activity speed in the upper left corner. You can select which of the two capabilities you’d like to be visible or you can have both visible. The network activity is a numeric value of the live network speed being used by the Fire TV. It’s the same information you can find in the hidden developer menu on the Fire TV, but it’s displayed in a much more discrete way. Read more ›

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Vostok Inc. is a new space shooter clicker game for the Amazon Fire TV


Vostok Inc. is an interesting new multi-layer game that has just arrived on all Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television devices. As the newly appointed CEO of Vostok Inc, your goal is to become filthy rich. You do so by rasing money by blasting enemies and asteroids in your space ship and then use those funds to mine, terraform, and colonise planets. At its core it is a “clicker” game but adds a layer of twin-stick space shooting to the mix. The game requires a game controller to play but runs on all Fire TV devices.

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FOX Business Network app comes to the Amazon Fire TV

FOX has released their FOX Business app for all Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The app has a live 24/7 stream of the FOX Business network as well as on-demand episodes of the stations various shows. You will need to activate the app with a television subscription provider in order to unlock all the content, however, there is some free content that does not require activation. The app description also says that it will provide “free live streaming coverage of major news events,” so this might be a good resource for live news even if you don’t have a subscription with a TV provider.

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The Escapist sandbox prison escape game arrives on Amazon Fire TV devices

The Escapists is a popular game that has just been made available on the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. It’s a sandbox game where you need to figure out how to escape from prison. It has a 4.4 star rating from over 100 reviewers on Amazon from when it was only available on Fire tablets. On Google Play, the game has been downloaded over 100,000 times. With multiple prisons, over 180 items, and multiple escape routes to figure out, the game should keep you interested for a while. It’s compatible with either a game controller or the Fire TV remote control. It’s available for the Fire TV 2 and 3, the Fire TV Stick 2, and Fire TV Edition televisions.

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Introducing my new Bookmarker app(s) for the Amazon Fire TV — Load websites in just one click from the home screen

I have just released a series of new Bookmarker apps for the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. They are simple apps that let you load a website in the Silk Browser with just a single click from the Fire TV home screen. Just save a URL in the app and every time you select that app in the future, the URL will immediately open in the Silk browser. Read more ›

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Amazon releases their Silk Web Browser for the Amazon Fire TV

Amazon has just released their Silk Web Browser for the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television. They have been working on a browser for their streaming set-top box since at least March when it was discovered that installing the Silk browser from their Fire tablets would display a Fire TV specific tutorial. The browser leaked in beta form a few months later when it briefly appeared in the Amazon Appstore for a few hours, but now it seems like the app is ready for the general public. Read more ›

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Tablo gives a sneak peek of their new interface with a new Fire TV preview app

Tablo makes great networked DVRs that allow you to watch and record over-the-air programming through any Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television. The standard Tablo for Amazon Fire TV app has been available for years and has received welcomed improvements over that time, but Tablo is now gearing up to refresh the app with a brand new interface. If you own one of their DVRs and want a sneak peek at the new interface, they’ve just released a Tablo Preview app for you to check out. Be sure to keep the existing Tablo app installed because the preview app does not yet have all of the screens and features available through the main app.

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WE TV app arrives on all Amazon Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks

Most major cable networks have already released apps for the Amazon Fire TV line of devices, but there are a few smaller networks that still aren’t on the platform. The newly added WE TV app is the latest from a traditional cable network to be released. WE TV is part of the AMC Network and primarily contains content focused towards women. Like most cable network apps, the WE TV app requires you to login with a cable provider in order to unlock all of the available content. AMC Network recently released a BBC America app, so hopefully we’ll see other apps from the network arrive, like an IFC app and a Sundance TV app, which are not yet available.

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Reuters TV app with free live news stream arrives on all Amazon Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks

A new Reuters TV app has just been released for all Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models. The app offers completely free news coverage from around the world. In addition to the expected on-demand news coverage, it also offers multiple free live video feeds. The app’s “Now” section takes an interesting approach to news videos. It has you select how much time you have available to watch and it plays only enough top stores back-to-back to fill the allotted time you’ve selected.

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Dallas Cowboys release their own dedicated Amazon Fire TV app with live streams

The Dallas Cowboys have just released their own dedicated app for all Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models. This app is significant because I believe it’s the first time a professional sports team has taken it upon themselves to bring content directly to their fans on the Fire TV, instead of relying on their league’s all-encompassing app, and boy is it a lot of content. The Cowboys Now app offers free access to live streams of pre- and post-game shows, as well as live daily video podcasts and live press conference streams. The app also has a ton of on-demand content like news shows, documentaries, and studio shows. While many leagues seem to be slow to adopt streaming media and continue to rely on cable and broadcast television for their content, it’s refreshing to see a team go directly to their fans with their own app.

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