At the start of the year, Amazon brought the “On Now” home screen row and grid channel guide from Fire TV Edition televisions to all Fire TV models. This allowed Amazon Channel subscribers to discover live airing content on their home screen and to view what would be airing next in a traditional grid program guide. Amazon has now announced that they’ve teamed up with Sony’s PlayStation Vue streaming service to incorporate all of the service’s live channels into the same “On Now” row and channel guide.
The Fire TV’s “On Now” row is a horizontally scrolling row of content that appears on the home screen of any Fire TV device that has live content available to watch. The channel guide is a traditional grid program guide with 2 weeks worth of data that lists all live content by channel. These two features of Fire OS on Fire TV devices started out as the place for Fire TV Edition television owners to view listings of live content that was available through the TVs built-in over-the-air tuner, but they are quickly becoming more of a universal place to see what is currently airing live across several different content sources and services. That started when Amazon made it so that live content that was available through Amazon Channels showed up in these two places as well and added the features to all Fire TV devices.
Once the Fire TV Recast is released next month, channels available through the DVR’s OTA tuners will also be available in the “On Now” row and the channel guide. Now Amazon is adding a fourth source of content for these two live content features by partnering with PlayStation Vue.
Subscribers of PlayStation Vue’s streaming TV service will now see live programming, from the various channels available to them, appear in the “On Now” row on their home screen. Selecting a currently live TV show from the list will jump you right into that piece of content.
The Fire TV’s channel guide will now list all of your PlayStation Vue channels with 2 weeks work of program data. Channels from the tuner in a Fire TV Edition television or the tuner in the Fire TV Recast, as well as Amazon Channel subscriptions, will appear right alongside PlayStation Vue content in one central place. Regardless of which source the channel is from, you can mark it as a favorite for it to appear in a separate grouping at the top of the list. You can open the channel guide by saying “show me the channel guide” into the Alexa remote.
The combination of over-the-air channels, Amazon Channel subscription content, and PlayStation Vue channels in one central location is really making the main Fire TV interface a great cohesive place for live content from numerous sources. There are still plenty of sources and services that can also be added, but Amazon is off to a decent start now that a major service provider like PlayStation Vue has been integrated in.