Yesterday, NBC released their new app on the legacy Apple TV. Now, Variety is reporting that NBC’s next platform target will be the Amazon Fire TV and the Chromecast. The app will feature over 1,000 episodes of over 40 shows with the majority of them being available without the need to first authenticate the app through a traditional cable subscription provider. Shows like “Heroes Reborn,” “The Player,” “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” and “Chicago Med” are among some of the shows currently airing which are available without activation. No word on when the NBC app will arrive on Fire TV devices. With an ABC app already available and a Fox app on the way, a new NBC app means the only large US brodcaster missing from the Fire TV will be CBS.
Does this mean I can stop downloading rips of the broadcast?
When you write that most shows will play ” without the need to first authenticate the app”, are you saying that anyone (perhaps in the right geography) will have access to these shows without the need to pay a subscription or even get an NBC account? Is that how the apps for the other big networks work?
Thanks for keeping us in the loop.
It varies from network app to network app and from show to show. Each network handles things differently. Some, like CBS, are pushing for viewers to subscribe directly for a monthly fee, so put most content behind a pay wall. Others, like STARZ, outright block everything and only allow viewing for those already subscribed through a traditional cable subscription. Then there are networks, like Poker Central, which open everything for free and rely on ads only. Then you’ve got networks like NBC which have some free content with ads, but keep some of the newer shows limited to those with a cable subscription.
To answer your questions, yes, according to NBC, when this app arrives on the Fire TV, most content will be free to watch (in the US) without the need to pay a subscription.
Will we ever see USA Network and SyFy network on Amazon Fire TV??
Cord cutters like myself should be happy. I’ve been using mediasonic dvr box/nbc sideload nbc app on fire tv to watch dateline. Cable companies and tivo cant be too happy. Hulu can’t be too happy either. They charge their monthly fee to show us the naitonal broadcast channels on demand and these channels are making themselves available for free or with cable provider. CBS refuses to jump on and tries to promote their paid demand service.
Still like to see official CW channel app too.
Tivo allows you to skip commercials. I don’t have to patience to watch commercials.
> With an ABC app already available
Not really. Does not work on their current generation Fire TV (aka AFTV2)
The NBC app on the Roku is awesome. Can’t wait for it to come to Fire TV.
Once CBS comes to Fire TV, then I won’t need my old Roku anymore.
You can sideload the CBS app on the FireTV (both versions), you’ll need a keyboard/mouse to use it correctly. I am perplexed as to why CBS has not made an official app for this platform yet.
Do you think there is any chance than the NBC Sports Live Extra app will now come to Fire TV, that would complete my app wishlist
I truly hope that the NBC sports extra does come to FireTV. I am a big fan of Formula 1 racing, just not a fan of paying a $100 monthly satellite bill to watch it!
I can’t get the NBC app to work on my Amazon Fire. Watched one show and now it says to sign in to my service provider and enter a code. What service provider? Sign in on what?
can not log on with code..(UFJCCC6) when I try it switches me back to Amazon fire stick…..the said the info was delivered and I should be able to go to SYFY in a matter of minutes…………does not Happen.
Why can’t I sign on to my internet company to get NBC or any other FireTv channels?