Channels, the stand-alone app and DVR service that provides the best interface for HDHomeRun over-the-air network tuners, has announced its 4.0 update for Fire TV and Android TV devices. This update brings the app on par with its Apple TV and iOS versions thanks to the addition of improved library browsing features, as well as a new kids section that can also be used to lock down the app into a new kids only mode.
The new enhanced library feature of Channels provides separate movie and TV show sections with various filters that make browsing larger libraries easier. You can dig down into your library by viewing new releases, recently added, or recently watched content. You can also now filter by content genre or the decade the content was released. Enable the improved library, which is off by default, under Settings > Library > Enhanced Library.
In addition to the new movie and TV Shows sections of the enhanced library, there is now a Kids section in the channels app. Thanks to a new library visibility option in Channels 4.0, you can now select whether you want content to appear only in the new kids section, only in the main library, or both. This is great for making it easier for both kids and adults to find the content they want, without trudging through each other’s movies and TV shows all the time.
Turn on the Kids section under Settings > Library. The first time you do so you will be asked if you want content to automatically be identified as kids content through various metadata.
Once you have the kids section enabled and content visibility set appropriately, you can then use the new kids only mode, if you’d like. Doing so will hide the regular, non-kids, library entirely. It will also disable the ability to record new content and various library management tools, like adjusting the visibility of content.