Explanation of the “FireTV Player” app and why it suddenly appeared on your Fire TV

You may have noticed a new app called “FireTV Player” appear recently under the Manage Installed Applications list on your Amazon Fire TV device. I’ve received several emails and read comments from people wondering what the app was for, how the app suddenly appeared, and even if it’s malware or a virus. Rest assured, the app is perfectly safe and actually not a new app at all.

After seeing concern over the “FireTV Player” app, I reached out to Amazon who cleared things up. The app is actually not new, but rather, it’s a system app that was just renamed recently. The app used to be called “Video” and used a Prime Video logo as its icon. This is because the app is the Fire TV’s default video player that Prime Video uses to play movies and TV shows. A recent update to the app renamed it from “Video” to “FireTV Player” and swapped the Prime Video icon for the generic Play icon you see above.

The reason for the name change is because Prime Video recently launched a dedicated stand-alone app on Fire TV devices, instead of just relying on the Fire TV’s Home/Launcher interface, like it has for many years. The addition of the new stand-alone Prime Video app resulted in 2 system apps having the Prime Video logo, so the original “Video” app was renamed and the icon was changed.

The “FireTV Player” app is still used as the default video player for the new stand-alone Prime Video app. It’s also used by other aspects of the Fire TV, such as when you play a trailer, Prime Video Channel content, or even an IMDB TV video. Since the app has expanded beyond simply serving as Prime Video’s default player, it makes sense that it was given a more generic icon and a new name.

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38 comments
  1. Billy B says:

    Elias,
    Thx. I noticed that it can’t be uninstalled so I figured it is a system app of some type. Thx for clearing this up.

  2. Dan says:

    It sure would be nice if Amazon would let us remove all of the garbage applications THEY INSTALL that we are NOT using and will NEVER use. to free up space for other valuable real applications.

    • Daneo says:

      You can’t uninstall Amazon system apps but I’ve Frozen almost 40 in my eyes useless apps from my 4k afs and also expanded my storage from 5gb to 64gb with over150 apps it is possible…

    • Mainframe1986 says:

      Posso capire che amazon ti vede anche il suo ecosistema su un suo prodotto.. ma almeno dia la possibilità di disattivare tali servizi non indispensabili per il sistema sarebbe cosa gradita visto lo spazio risicato di firestick…
      Un’altro problema che ho riscontrato, che non tutte le app di terze parti vengono visualizzate nel launcher.
      Un’altro è quella sezione “recenti” mi da i nervi.

    • Michael Gehrum says:

      Amen, takes up too much memory

  3. MRS ELIZABETH KERR says:

    how do you uninstall it and all the other rubbish amazon is pooting on the stick they dont even ask i have a 4k and its nearly full but therse nowhere it said to uninstall amazon ha them STUCK ON thare filling up space why PLEASE CAN YOU TAKE THEM OFF DONT NEED THEM DONT USE THEM THANKYOU

    • Joeybe says:

      These are system apps that is why you cannot uninstall them. The amazon hardwares such as fire tv sticks are made exclusivly for their ecosystem and the 8gb is more than enough for that. When we use the stick for other purpos we should not forget this. We all know fire sticks are more value than what we actually pay for

  4. JIm Carroll says:

    Elias, thanks as always for the support. The player is a space hog, 62MB and (for me) 104 MB of data. What is the app saving there, and is it safe to “clear data”?

  5. JoeB says:

    Hold on, Is AFTVNews back up and running? if so when did this happen. I only came because I got a notification on Twitter and thought it must be an old post where someone just added a comment.

    • Aredub says:

      Joe, AFTV was sold to Troypoint.com when Elias went to work with Amazon I believe it was. That relationship has ran it’s course, and Troypoint.com graciously sold it back to Elias. At least that’s how I kind of understand it from Troypoint.com’s announcement on their website when this went down somewhat recently. Hope that helps.

  6. Brett says:

    The firestick comes with minimal storage as is it seems as though storage should be expanded some as well

  7. Kenny Chambers says:

    Amazon adds these apps on your fire stick and they take up a lot of space, is there a way to permanently remove these apps that take up all your space?

  8. Joanne Danner says:

    I’ve googled several X on how to permanently remove these useless apps. I even recently purchased a brand new generation 2 stick, with the wifi booster AND STILL POPS UP TO REMOVE APPS because of storage.??? WTF!! Forget about putting anymore apps on, you get frequent screen that comes you remove apps/ not now. Very disappointing and HUGE WASTE OF MONEY! HOPEFULLY GETS FIXED SOON!

  9. clarence says:

    Elias,
    How about an article on how to clean up memory on fire tv’s, sticks,
    and how to make the process a “macro” of some sort do this easily with a single click on a regular basis.

    • This is definitely high on my list of things to do. Just trying to figure out how techy I should get, because there are simple things anyone can do and then there are deep cuts that involve ADB commands and rooting, plus a bunch of stuff in between. I’ve been testing sideloadable apps to make the deeper stuff easier for non-techy people.

      • clarence says:

        Thanks for your reply and your intentions to do this.
        Please do it.
        Maybe two versions:
        One is simple but does not clean up the max possible,
        like, clear all cache.
        Another is more in depth and cleans up more with options to choose etc.
        Believe me, any gained space is much needed.
        Every time I watch a movie or use the browser I finish up by
        going to “manage apps” and clearing cache on what I used
        and periodically carefully clearing data on things like Fire TV Player.
        But it’s a little tedious, a one click for at least clearing all cache would be nice.
        Also a “Restart” seems to help.
        It makes a difference on buffering it seems.
        I have also moved many apps to SD card on fire gen 2.
        Maybe I have too many apps!!

      • clarence says:

        Also, maybe a way to automatically(enable/disable option), upon awakening or upon exiting Screensaver, to clear data and cache on SCREENSAVER app.
        This one takes about 217m cache and 880k data on my fire tv Gen2
        every time the screensaver has started, I manually clear both.

  10. Sherlock says:

    It’s not hard folks it’s for the new live TV service that they are starting up, it’s a good thing!

    • VICKY ROBERTS says:

      What new live tv?

      • TechyChris says:

        A rumor surfaced last year that Amazon was in talks with several major networks to bring live tv to the Fire TV ecosystem. There would be a payed version (think YouTube TV) but as a recall there would also be a “free version” included for Amazon Prime members. Details were vague at best but it makes sense as FTV already has special live events like Football & Golf so easy enough to do. I would anticipate adding live tv would coincide with the next price increase to Prime, all just conjecture for now but I mean you have to justify the cost increases with something.

  11. Shelly Cooper says:

    My fire stick keeps running low on storage, besides uninstalling my apps what can I do?

  12. Heather Vieira says:

    I’ve uninstalled every app that I can and it still says I only have 325 MB left available. WTF?? I have extended the memory on it because I have the 4k and all my apps are on that not on the firestick. When I take the flashdrive out, all the apps are gone from the apps list but still no memory!!? WHY!!???

    • Joyce Williams says:

      Your fire stick have some up dates that needs to be installed. You need to take it back to factory and reinstall your apps.

  13. 1Maenad says:

    I never had a problem with storage filling up on my 2nd generation firesticks but now that I have a 4K firestick, with less apps on it, I am having problems with low storage. I really wish that there was a way to remove Amazon’s apps that I do not use.

  14. TechyChris says:

    A fellow that goes by the handle “TechDoctorUK” posts regular updates for a Fire Stick “Debloat Tool” on his website (I do not believe he created it) but he does have the APK available for download.
    I looked into it and I personally decided it was not worth the risk using but others may find it helpful. If you are a novice I would use with caution as required system apps could be accidently disabled.

  15. Onewuzzy says:

    Thank you. I was wondering what that was?

  16. H.E.C. says:

    There is one more new system up that recently popped up in the list:
    IMDb TV Version 1.0.3015.0, Size 118 MB (kinda hungry!)

    Any news about that Elias? Is Amazon planning launching new streaming channel / service using their IMDb website / brand?

  17. Roxie says:

    Does anyone know what happens when you Clear Data on FireTv Player? The data on mine has reached 427MB and I would like to clear it but I don’t know if it deletes my watchlist or where I left off on TV shows. I know it gets larger the more I use it.

    Any help would be appreciated!

  18. L M says:

    Well this new app takes a whole Lotta space on my fire stick!!! Another app I probably won’t use that I can’t get rid of

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