Modified Xbox Game Pass app from Fire TV works on Android TV and Google TV

The Xbox app for Game Pass cloud gaming arrived on the newest Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Stick 4K Max earlier this week. While the app can be sideloaded on older Fire TV models running Fire OS 7 and works fine, the same can’t be said about Android TV and Google TV devices, due to an issue preventing users from logging into their Microsoft account on those devices. It turns out, the APK just needed to be slightly modified for it to work on Android TV and Google TV devices. Read more ›

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Xbox Game Pass app works on older Fire TV models running Fire OS 7 — Does not work on Google/Android TV

With the release of the new Xbox app for Fire TV, Microsoft has chosen to only support the two newest Fire TV Stick models released in 2023, which are the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K and the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max. Those of you with older Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube models aren’t entirely out of luck because the app can be sideloaded on some older models and seems to work just fine. Read more ›

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Xbox app for Game Pass cloud gaming arrives on Fire TV Sticks

It hasn’t been long since the announcement, but the Xbox app for Fire TV is now available in the Amazon Appstore. The new app gives you access to Microsoft’s Xbox cloud gaming if you’re subscribed to the Game Pass Ultimate tier. The subscription costs $16.99 per month, but your first month is just $1 and there’s a way to try one game for free. Read more ›

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YouTube now stabilizes audio volume on Fire TV, Android TV, and Google TV

The YouTube app on Fire TV, Android TV, and Google TV devices has rolled out a new feature that stabilizes video volume. Google says it “balances the range between quiet and loud, continuously adjusting volume levels to reduce variations in sound.” The feature is on by default, but you can turn it off under the Settings menu of any video. Once you turn it off, it remains off for all videos until you turn it back on. Some streaming devices and soundbars have volume leveling features of their own, so you may want to experiment with turning some of them off if you’re experiencing audio issues.

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Amazon acquires Indian streaming service MX Player

The rumors were true as Amazon has acquired “key assets” of Indian video streaming service MX Player, as reported by TechCrunch and confirmed by Amazon. Since Amazon is most likely looking to use MX Player TV, the streaming service, to expand its streaming audience, it puts into question the fate of the very popular stand-alone local media player app, MX Player. Read more ›

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Careful! Downloading some Fire TV apps will now automatically subscribe you to the service by default

Amazon has made a sneaky change to how apps are downloaded on Fire TV devices that is bound to trick some people into unintentionally subscribing to streaming services when all they meant to do was download a free app. When searching to install select apps, such as Paramount+, Apple TV, Philo, Starz, and others on a Fire TV, the default option is no longer to simply download the free app, as it has been for the last 10 years. Instead, the default option has now changed to both download the app and simultaneously subscribe to the service. Read more ›

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Downloader v1.5.0 update adds support for Phones, Tablets, Android 13/14, and more

I’ve just updated my Downloader app to version 1.5.0 on the Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore. This is the first version of the app that officially supports Android phones, Android tablets, and Fire tablets thanks to an all-new touch-friendly interface. It also adds support for both Android 13 and 14, as well as a few new features and many bug fixes. Read more ›

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MSG+ app arrives on Fire TV devices with live regional sports

Sports fans in the New York metropolitan area will be happy to learn that the MSG+ app has arrived on Fire TV devices. The app allows streaming of live games from the NY Knicks, NY Rangers, NY Islanders, NJ Devils, and Buffalo Sabres. It also provides a library of on-demand original content, team stats, and more. Unfortunately, the app appears to only be compatible with Fire TV devices running Fire OS 7 and 8. That means that Fire TV models released before 2019 aren’t able to install the app.

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YouTube updates TV app to be more interactive with shrinking video player

If you watch a lot of YouTube on your TV, you’ll probably notice a change to the YouTube app that is currently rolling out to Fire TVs, Google TV, Android TV, and other TV streaming devices. The update, as Google explains, is meant to allow viewers to better “engage with the content they’re watching.” It sets out to achieve this by shrinking the video player and displaying elements like comments, video descriptions, and more to the right of the playing video, instead of overlaying those elements on top of the video. Read more ›

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X (Twitter) will be launching a long-form video app for Fire TVs

X, formerly known as Twitter, is reportedly launching a YouTube-like video app for long-form videos. The app is said to be coming to Fire TV devices and Samsung smart TVs first. Elon Musk has somewhat confirmed the news by acknowledging that it is “coming soon.” Twitter launched a TV app way back in 2016 on Fire TV devices and other platforms. The app was pulled from most platforms two years later but was kept alive on Fire TVs. The Fire TV Twitter app is, technically, still available for Fire TV devices but I don’t think anyone at X/Twitter knows because the app can’t get past its initial loading screen and does not work. Musk recently said X would be a video-first platform, so this new app is likely part of that strategy.

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