German television apps hint at international Amazon Fire TV release


If you’ve been reading my weekly posts covering newly released apps, you may have noticed an interesting trend lately. Several German television networks have been releasing apps for the Fire TV. In the last 24 hours alone, there have been 10 new apps (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) for the Fire TV from German television providers.

If these were old apps receiving Fire TV compatibility, I’d probably just chalk it up to savvy developers updating their apps to be as broad as possible. However, what’s strange is that many of these apps are brand new and, as far as I can tell, only compatible with the Fire TV and no other devices. To top it off, several of these apps are geographically restricted to not allow installation from the United States.

Ask yourself, why would a company create an app exclusively for a device not sold in the only country that can use the app? This is entirely speculation on my part, but if you ask me, it’s because a German Amazon Fire TV release is just around the corner.

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