Amazon will be integrating podcasts directly into both Amazon Music and into Audible, according to GeekWire. Amazon has sent an email to podcast creators asking them to submit their podcast feed in advance of an upcoming launch. While it has been possible to listen to podcasts on Amazon Echos and Fire TVs through various 3rd party services, such as TuneIn, for some time, the experience has always been less than ideal, especially if you like to listen to your podcasts through multiple devices. If executed well, direct podcast integration into Amazon’s audio services could greatly improve the experience of listening to podcasts through Fire TVs, which already have an Amazon Music app and Audible app, as well as Amazon Echos, which currently redirect Alexa podcast requests to TuneIn.
My buddy Lon Seidman, who runs a great YouTube channel where he reviews tech, recently started a new podcast (iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher) where he interviews people and asked me to be a guest. You can watch the video version here or listen to the audio only version here. You can also probably find it by searching your favorite podcast client for “Lon.TV Podcast” and I’m sure it will pop up. The episode was recorded on Monday, so this is before the Amazon Fire TV Cube was announced, but we do talk about it a little near the end. We also talk about how AFTVnews got started, the state of Amazon and their various devices, and a whole bunch more. There’s an index of topics we discuss in the description of the YouTube video that includes links to take you directly to each topic. Let me know what you think of the episode.
Something the Amazon Fire TV appstore has been missing is a podcast client. There are various services available, like TuneIn through Alexa, that can stream podcasts, but not a classic client that lets you enter your own podcast feeds manually. MiniVOD is a new app here to change that. It allows you to enter the RSS feed URL of your favorite podcasts and stream them through the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. If you’ve got a bunch of podcasts that you don’t want to manually enter one by one, the app is able to import podcast subscriptions in OPML format. It’s worth noting that it does not have the ability to store the podcast files locally. It will only stream the files, so it will not automatically download anything like you’d expect from a more traditional smartphone podcast client. If you’ve been wanting your podcasts accessible through the Fire TV, give MiniVOD a try.
In this week’s episode of The Cord Cutting Show, Luke from CordCuttersNews, Ryan from TheStreamingAdvisor, and I are joined by Kevin from Tubi TV for a quick interview. Then we discuss NFL Sunday Ticket, next generation Fire TVs, the YouMap app that turns your Fire TV into a Chromecast, and more.
The first episode of the AFTVnewscast podcast is now live. There were some audio and video issues that I hope you can bear with. This was my first live stream, so I made a few mistakes that I’ve learned from, which should make the quality of the next episode a lot beter. Please let me know what you did or didn’t like about the episode.