The Roku Channel comes to the Amazon Fire TV …sort of

About a year ago, Roku launched The Roku Channel, which is an ad-support collection of movies, TV shows, and live news that is available for free on Roku devices. The channel has been quite popular, so Roku made it available on the web a month ago. In doing so, they’ve inadvertently also made it available to all Amazon Fire TV devices thanks to the Silk Browser. The web interface for The Roku Channel works so well through the Silk Browser that I’ve released a Bookmarker app for The Roku Channel, to make accessing it through Fire TV devices that much easier. Read more ›

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Channels app for HDHomeRun owners is now free for DVR Subscribers

The Channels app is a great option for owners of an HDHomeRun network TV tuner to use to watch their live content on Fire TVs and other streaming devices, but its $24.99 price has certainly deterred many people from giving the app a try. The independent developers behind the app have just released a free version of their app, called Channels DVR, that can be used indefinitely by anyone subscribed to the Channels DVR subscription service. Combined with the 30-day DVR free trial, it also now serves as a free way to try the Channels app, whether you’re interested in the DVR service or not. Read more ›

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ABC News launches new Amazon Fire TV app with free live stream and on-demand content

ABC News has just launched a new app for all Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The app provides a 24/7 live feed in addition to on-demand coverage from shows like Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20, and more. All of the content, including the live stream, is completely free without requiring any kind of activation or login. Read more ›

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AirScreen turns your Fire TV into a Chromecast with support for Google Cast and Apple AirPlay

A new app called AirScreen has just arrived in the Amazon Appstore for Fire TV devices that adds support for all the major casting protocols. It is compatible with all Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models and makes it possible to cast videos and your entire screen to your Fire TV from an Android device, iOS device, Mac, or Windows PC. It supports Google Cast so it works exactly like a Chromecast and supports Apple AirPlay, so it works like an Apple TV for iPhone casting. It also supports Miracast, which is what Windows PCs use for screen mirroring, as well as DLNA. 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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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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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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Jeopardy! PlayShow lets you play along as you watch the trivia game show on your Amazon Fire TV

Jeopardy! PlayShow is a new app that was just released for all Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. With it you watch a real episode of Jeopardy! and play along by using your phone to buzz in and your phone’s microphone to speak your answer. The result is a seamless experience that pits you up against real Jeopardy! contestants, as well as your family and friends. Read more ›

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