The official HDHomeRun app for Fire TV devices has been removed from the Amazon Appstore, as first spotted by CordCuttersNews. It appears as though the app was removed by Amazon, since SiliconDust, makers of the HDHomeRun networked tuners, are still trying to figure out why it was removed. The likely reason for the app’s removal is an ongoing lawsuit against Omniverse, which is the company that provides the streaming TV channels for HDHomeRun Premium TV, SiliconDust’s paid TV service.
Major Hollywood studios, including Paramount, Disney, Universal, and others, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Omniverse One World Television last week, according to Variety. They claim that Omniverse does not have the legal authority to distribute the programming that they provide to several streaming TV services. HDHomeRun Premium TV is likely the best-known service using Omniverse’s channel stream, but other streaming TV services, such as Dragon Box, BlendTV, VivaLive TV, TikiLive, and SkyStream TV have also worked with Omniverse.
I’ve reached out to both Amazon and SiliconDust regarding information about the HDHomeRun app’s removal, but have not heard back from either. Prior to the app being removed, I asked SiliconDust how the lawsuit may affect their service and they said: “Yes we are aware of the situation from last week. SiliconDust is not a party of the lawsuit, but we can be indirectly affected by Omniverse not able to continue their service and so we are in the process of finding out a way to best mitigate any potential interruptions to our service and will let our customers know as soon as we know if there will be any change to the current services.”
If you have the HDHomeRun app already installed on your Fire TV device, it will continue to work. Amazon has not pulled the app from devices. They have only removed it from the appstore, which means it cannot be installed on a new device. If you need the app installed on a new device, you can try finding the APK online and sideloading it. Alternatively, you can use 3rd-party apps, such as Plex and Channels, which interface with HDHomeRun devices. I suspect that SiliconDust will need to remove support for HDHomeRun Premium TV in order for Amazon to allow it back into the Amazon Appstore.