Crunchyroll brings their massive Anime streaming service to the Amazon Fire TV

Crunchyroll has finally brought their Anime streaming service to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. This is one of the staple streaming services that has been missing from Fire TV devices for far too long. They offer over 25,000 episodes of Anime and Asian dramas, plus a collection of Manga comics. Many shows are available through the service just 1 hour after their TV broadcasts. Crunchyroll offers some of their content for free with ads. For access to all content without ads, they offer a $6.95 per month premium membership, which you can try for free for 14 days.

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New myNetLyzer app tests your WiFi network on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Sticks

A new app called myNetLyzer has just been released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick to analyze your local WiFi networks. The app provides several pieces of crucial network information to help you determine the ideal settings to achieve the best WiFi signal for your Fire TV devices. Here’s an overview of its features and how to use them to improve your network connection. Read more ›

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Contradiction video murder mystery game makes Android debut on the Fire TV

Contradiction is a very unique murder mystery game that just arrived on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The game uses live-action video for the entirety of the game play, which involves interviewing characters and spotting their lies to solve a murder. It was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign which resulted in a release on iOS, where it has earned a 4.5 star rating, and a release on Steam, where it has been 97% positive reviews from over 1,000 reviewers. It’s now making its Android debut on Fire TV devices. The game offers 8 hours of gameplay and you can try a free version before committing to buy the full version. It’s compatible with all Fire TV models except the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick, but hopefully that is just a listing error and will be resolved. The game works with either a remote or game controller.

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New HDHomeRun app released for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

The folks at SiliconDust have released their new HDHomeRun app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The old “green” app dropped off the appstore a few months ago, so it’s good to finally see an app return. For those of you not familiar with HDHomeRun, it’s a line of networked tuners that allow you to watch over-the-air or cable television through any number of devices, including the Fire TV. You just connect a device like the HDHomeRun CONNECT to an HD antenna and your home network, then its channels become accessible through their various apps, which include a Kodi add-on and Plex channel. You can also use HDHomeRun’s software, which runs on most popular NAS devices, to record content like a DVR.

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Updated ABC and Freeform apps released for all Fire TV models

ABC originally released an app for the 1st-gen Fire TV over a year ago and never updated it to work with any other Fire TV devices. That has finally changed with an all new ABC app that works with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. The new app is quite nice with, most importantly, a lot of free content that does not require activating the app through a cable provider. If you do have a participating cable subscription, you can use it to unlock all content. Unlike most apps from cable or broadcast networks, this new ABC app includes a live stream. Unfortunately, the live stream does require activating the app and it’s only available in select cities, which include Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco. ABC has also released a new Freeform app, which was formerly known as ABC Family.

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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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ABC News releases local Fire TV apps for L.A., N.Y., Chicago, and other major cities

ABC has just released eight new Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick apps for local news coverage in major cities across America. The included cities are Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco. The Fire TV Appstore is filled with local news apps, but up until now, those have all been from smaller affiliate networks which are not directly owned by the major broadcast network they represent. Most local news productions in major cities are owned by the broadcast network themselves, which is why there hasn’t been local news apps for major cities released in the past. This new batch of local news apps are released by ABC themselves, which is why so many major cities are included.

The apps themselves are all identical and fairly mediocre. They include on-demand streaming videos of the most recent and largest news stories in each local city. There is unfortunately no live stream in any of these apps, which is the feature people tend to want most out of a local news app. The apps also include a 7-day weather forecast, along with clips of recent forecast videos. Hopefully someday ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX will release live streaming apps for all of their local news coverage, but for now, these new apps from ABC are a nice baby step towards that dream.

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Disney brings direct-to-consumer subscription service to UK Fire TVs

Disney has just launched their new DisneyLife app and service on Amazon Fire TVs in the UK. The service allows UK residents to pay £4.99 per month for unlimited access to Disney movies and TV shows. The service also comes with live Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior streaming on mobile devices, but unfortunately, live streaming is not supported in the Fire TV app. Oddly enough, the app is only available on Fire TV boxes and not on the Fire TV Stick. DisneyLife is not yet available in the US.

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