The Fire TV’s integration with live channels and services, colloquially called the live experience, has continuously evolved and expanded over the years. Amazon has now highlighted that there are over 400 channels from nearly 20 providers integrated together into the Fire TV’s various interfaces. Over 200 of those channels are available free with ads and, in most cases, without needing to sign up or log in to any app or service. Read more ›
The Amazon Fire TV’s Live Experience, which makes accessing live linear content easier through various interfaces including a Live Tab, traditional Program Guide, and Home screen rows, has continuously evolved over the years. It started with the first Fire TV Edition televisions as the way to access antenna channels through the TV’s built-in OTA tuner and then expanded to all Fire TV devices with the inclusion of Prime Video Channels, streaming services, and apps. Here’s the full list of streaming services, apps, channels, and devices that integrate into the Fire TV’s Live TV interfaces. Read more ›
Amazon has revealed that Plex will soon integrate channels into the Fire TV’s live experience, which consists of the Live tab and the channel guide. While Plex is best known for its great local media player capabilities, it launched a collection of live streaming ad-supported channels last year. That offering of channels has grown from just over 80 channels to over 130 channels and soon you’ll be able to access those channels from within the Fire TV interface. Read more ›
Amazon has somewhat integrated its News for Fire TV app into the Fire TV’s Live Experience. Despite the News app launching way back in 2019 and offering live channels from the beginning, those channels haven’t been accessible in the Fire TV’s Live tab until now. Unfortunately, the integration is half-baked, at best, with several aspects left out of the integration. Read more ›
Google’s streaming platform has gained a few notable apps during the last week. An Amazon Music app is now available on multiple Android TV / Google TV devices, including the NVIDIA Shield TV and the 2020 Google Chromecast. IMDb TV and Apple TV apps have also recently arrived but, unfortunately, those apps are only available on a very limited set of devices. The new Chromecast with Google TV is compatible with both apps, but popular Android TV devices, like the Shield TV, are not compatible yet. Google did say that the Apple TV app would be coming to “more devices powered by Android TV OS in the future” so the app is not going to be exclusive to the Chromecast. There’s no word on whether IMDb TV will be available on more devices in the future.
Amazon’s original movies have won 3 out of their 10 Golden Globe nominations. The film Borat Subsequent Moviefilm won 2 of its 3 nominations, including Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for Sacha Baron Cohen’s lead roll in the film. The last Golden Globe went to John Boyega for Best Supporting Actor in Amazon’s Small Axe. Amazon’s One Night in Miami came up empty handed, despite having 3 nominations, as did Sound of Metal and Hunters, which each had 1 nomination. Netflix led all studios and networks with 10 wins out of its 42 nominations.
Marc Whitten, the Vice President of Amazon’s Entertainment Devices and Services division, has left Amazon, according to his LinkedIn page. He has joined Unity Technologies, makers of the Unity game engine, as a Senior Vice President and General Manager. He joined Amazon in 2016 to head Fire TV and his scope had since expanded greatly to include Fire Tablet, Kindle, the Amazon Appstore, Luna cloud-gaming, and more. Read more ›
Amazon has announced that Amazon Luna, the cloud gaming service that launched late last year, is now available to Fire TV owners without needing an invitation. While the service is still only available to the general public by requesting an early access invitation, this change today allows Fire TV owners to bypass the invitation requirement. Read more ›
This is just a quick heads up that if you have “No-Rush” credit from Amazon that you earned by selecting slower shipping options, there is a good chance some of it will expire this Sunday, February 28. You can check to see how much credit you have and when it will expire on Amazon’s No-Rush Rewards Summary page. If you’re looking for something to spend the credit on, consider buying the movie Whiplash, which is on sale for $0.99, along with other films. There are also movies on sale for $4.99, such as Shutter Island, Django Unchained, Get Out. Read on for more movies on sale. Read more ›
XUMO is the latest app to integrate into the Fire TV’s Live Experience. The Comcast owned streaming service, which touts both on-dmand and live movies and TV shows for free, has made 50 of its channels available in the Fire TV’s Live tab and channel guide. Read more ›