Redbox streaming app coming to Fire TVs later this year

A Redbox streaming app will arrive in the Amazon Appstore for Fire TV devices “later this year” as spotted by Cord Cutters News. Redbox’s parent company Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSSE), which acquired the DVD/Blu-ray rental company turned streaming service last year, has announced the new app’s release as part of a larger deal with Amazon that will bring Amazon Interactive Video Ads to Crackle, also owned by CSSE, making it one of the first third-party services to support the advanced ad format which allows customers to add a product to their Amazon shopping cart directly from the ad break screen. The ads will also make their way into the Chicken Soup for the Soul app and the upcoming Redbox app. Redbox’s streaming apps, already available on Android/Google TV, Roku, and Apple TV devices, provide on-demand TV shows and movies for free with ads or to rent and own. It also offers several free ad-supported live streaming channels.

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New-ish Fire TV Channels app consolidates all of Fire TV’s free streaming content in one place

You may have noticed it appearing throughout the month, but Amazon has now officially released its new-ish Fire TV Channels app on Fire TV devices. Over the past few years, Amazon has been adding free ad-supported content throughout the Fire TV home interface in the form of short clips and full-length videos across numerous categories like news, sports, entertainment, gaming, cooking, travel, and more. Earlier this year, Amazon branded all this built-in free content as “Fire TV Channels” with the promise that it would soon add “a single, easy-to-navigate” method to access this content. That method has now arrived in the form of the new Fire TV Channels app, which isn’t actually as new as it may seem. Read more ›

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Peacock app on Fire TV now links its in-app profiles with Fire TV profiles

The Peacock TV app for Fire TV devices has added the ability to link its internal profiles to those used by the Fire TV. Once linked, switching the Fire TV profile being used will automatically switch the selected profile within the Peacock app. Read more ›

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Plex adds the ability to automatically skip end credits

Plex has announced the addition of a new feature that displays a button to skip the end credits of movies and TV shows. Plex has had the ability to skip the intro of TV shows for a while, but now it is applying a similar time-saving feature to the end of videos. The main reason to skip the credits is to quickly get to mid-credit or end-credit scenes, which have become quite popular in recent years. The new feature works across all of Plex’s free ad-supported content and also works for local library content if you have a Plex Pass. This is an automated process that uses your own Plex server’s computing power to detect where credits begin and end, so it may not work across your entire library right off the bat. You can learn more about the feature, as well as how to enable or disable it, in Plex’s help article.

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Amazon now forbids Fire TV apps from directly launching content within other streaming apps

Amazon has changed its policy regarding how Fire TV apps interact with other apps. Specifically, Fire TV apps can, allegedly, no longer directly launch movies or TV shows within other Fire TV apps. The practice, known as deep-linking, is important to the convenience of streaming aggregator apps, like Plex, JustWatch, and Reelgood, as it allows users to jump from one app directly to content in another app. According to Plex vice-president of marketing Scott Hancock, who spoke with Jared Newman from TechHive, Amazon asked Plex to remove deep-linking from its app. Read more ›

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Fire TV Games ‘Machinarium’ and ‘Jackbox Party Packs’ are currently on sale

If you’ve been looking for a new Fire TV game to try, or you just have some free digital credit to burn, then take a look at these games on sale. Machinarium is an award-winning puzzle game that is similar to “escape” games where you need to figure out the correct combination of items to find and tasks to complete in a given space to progress to the next area of the game. It’s perfect for casual players and even those that have never tried a Fire TV game before, especially because it works well with just a Fire TV remote, so there’s no need for a game controller. It normally costs $5.99 but is currently on sale for $2.39. If you prefer multiplayer games, then all Jackbox Party Packs are on sale at up to 50% off. These are collections of games primarily meant to be played with 2 or more people. Each player uses their own phone to contribute to the game, so there’s no need for extra remotes or controllers. Remember, you can save a bit by purchasing Amazon Coins at a discount and then using those coins to purchase these games.

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Channels DVR app now works with Tablo OTA Tuners

Channels is a great app for those wanting one of the best over-the-air DVR experiences across streaming and mobile devices. The app and server software are constantly being improved and the latest beta pre-release update has now added support for Tablo tuners as spotted by Zats Not Funny. Prior to this change, the Channels app only worked with HDHomeRun tuners, but now, those of you with Tablo devices can also give it a try if you’re looking to change things up. While Tablo excels in being an all-in-one solution, to use Channels you will need to run the Channels Server software on a separate device, like a PC or NAS, and pay either $8/month or $80/year for a Channels subscription after its one-month free trial.

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Get the PJ Masks Racing Heroes game for FREE on Fire TV — Normally $3.99

The game PJ Masks: Racing Heroes has just gone Free for a limited time. This game normally costs $3.99 and is well reviewed with a 4.2-star rating from thousands of reviewers. It’s compatible with all Fire TV models except the 1st-gen Fire TV and 1st-gen Fire TV Stick. It can be played using the regular Fire TV remote control so you do not need to have a gamepad to play, but it is compatible with game controllers as well if you have one. Since this is normally a paid game, it has no ads which is ideal for young kids.

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‘Unbroken Soul’ action platformer game for Fire TV is on sale for $0.99

The Fire TV game Unbroken Soul is currently on sale for $0.99, which is 80% off its regular price of $3.99. This game has been available since 2019 but this is the first time it has ever been on sale. It’s described as a “retro style action platformer” and has nine regions to explore, each with a unique boss. If you still have some Amazon Coins collecting dust or some No-Rush Reward credits that are expiring soon and want a new game to play, give Unbroken Soul a try. The game is compatible with all Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Smart TV models, as far as I can tell, but it goes require a game controller to play.

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IMDb’s What to Watch app on Fire TV adds new ‘Time Machine’ suggestions

A few months ago, the IMDb What to Watch app launched exclusively on Fire TV devices to help you figure out what to watch through various mini-games and prompts. The idea behind the app is to make figuring out what to watch less of a chore so you spend more time actually watching something than you spend scrolling through endless rows of thunbnails. The app has now added a new “Time Machine” mode, as spotted by TechCrunch. The new feature suggests up to six titles to watch by either year or decade. You can also apply filters, like award-winning titles, top box office, movie genres, or specific actors, to narrow down the suggestions to better fit your preferences. TechCrunch reports that there is also an upcoming “Build-a-Cast” game that, from the sound of it, will let you find content staring a specific set of actors and actresses.

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