The addition of a dedicated Prime Video section through an early update, as well as Photo and Music sections, has steadily grown the Fire TV’s main menu over time. With the introduction of Amazon’s new Prime Add-on Subscriptions, the menu was expected to grow even larger, but instead, Amazon has gone a different route and decided to consolidate multiple parts of the main menu into a new “Your Videos” section. The new section, included in the new 5.0.5 software update, merges together the “Prime Video”, “Watchlist”, and “Video Library” sections together. It’s also where you’ll find your add-on subscription content, as well as other free content from third party apps like Crackle. The new “Your Videos” section is essentially a central place to find all the content you don’t have to pay extra for and is a welcomed new addition where you’ll likely spend most of your time browsing for the next video to watch.
The new “Your Videos” section is now the second option in the main Fire TV menu, directly under the “Home” section. There is no longer separate dedicated “Prime Video”, “Watchlist”, or “Video Library” sections. All of the content rows from the old “Prime Video” section are now at the top of the new “Your Videos” section, so finding Prime content is just as easy as it has always been. Rows highlighting recommended, recent, popular, and other Prime content are still present.
Scrolling down the “Your Videos” section you’ll find a row for your watchlist, which includes content you’ve manually flagged for later viewing. Just under the watchlist row is a row labeled “Your Video Library,” which includes a list of all the videos you’ve purchased or rented from Amazon Video.
The “Your Videos” section also highlights content from free third party services like Crackle. You don’t need to have the third party apps installed for this row to appear since the content does not require a subscription.
Lastly, you’ll also find a “Your Subscriptions” row which will list the Prime Add-on Subscriptions you’ve added to your account, which the Fire TV now fully supports.
It seems Amazon’s intention with the new “Your Videos” section is to give customers a single place to find all of the movies and TV shows that are either free or have already been paid for through a subscription of some sort. While I would have loved to see the option to customize the section to my liking, it’s still a welcomed effort to consolidate the Fire TV’s growing selection of free or included content in one place.
This looks pretty good. Now I hope they will come up with a way to create folders in “Watchlist” and maybe “Your Video Library” where we can place titles by genre, year or whatever to sort them and help find them. I’ve got 70 or more titles in my Watchlist all lumped together in one long row. I’d love to be able to sort them by genre (action, horror, Sci-Fi, etc.).
I agree. I think any horizontally scrolling list that can grow indefinitely, like the Watchlist or Your Library list, needs to have some way to sort/filter. Using search isn’t enough, unless they add the ability to add “… in my watchlist” or “… in my library” of the end of a search request, which is unlikely since it would slow down the search since it would now need to be unique to all users.
I am sure that I am not the only one that gets tired of the seasons being broken down in the list. It would also be nice if they allowed us to scroll the list horizontally, but when you click on a title, it expands vertically down. Along with being able to choose if you want to do X-Ray from the Home screen, without going into a title, or even just have a highlight box in the Prime row, that you can find shows that are related to the breakdown you suggested, or even other titles that an actor in a movie or series that you can choose to pick more titles to watch.
I have not received the update yet, but it looks like a step in the right direction. Next Amazon needs to find a way to clean up the videos you own list. At least set up a way to sort the videos and not just have a long list of random videos. I am starting to own a lot of videos through amazon and I am sure some people have a lot more than I do.
will I get the update if I did the preview?
We don’t know for sure yet, but my guess is you will. I would hold tight for a couple weeks. If you don’t get it by then, then you can try rolling back to Fire OS 3 to get the update.
It also needs to include Netflix and Hulu.
Also where is the Vudu app that was promised I believe
Netflix won’t be included because Netflix hasn’t allowed Amazon to integrate their content into the Fire TV. Hulu’s content is included in the Fire TV, but I don’t think they will include Hulu in the “Your Videos” section because the Fire TV has no way to know if you have a Hulu subscription. It’s possible installing the Hulu app will make Hulu content appear in the “Your Videos” section. We’ll have to wait and see. Also, a Vudu app was never promised. Amazon has never said anything about Vudu access on the Fire TV, so it’s very unlikely it will happen.
That was a rumor when the 1st Gen. systems were announced. Engadget is really bad about spreading FUD, without fact checking the articles that their contractual writers create.
Looks better but they should put the movies and TV shows together too since its part of Prime. The home section should be replaced with Apps. It look less cluttered that way. Little step at a time I guess.
What I’d really like is to be able to add the contents of my NAS video folder to “your videos” or simply the main menus somewhere instead of buried in bubbleupnp