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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Twitter is killing their Android TV and Roku apps but keeping Fire TV and Apple TV apps alive

Twitter has announced that on May 24th, they’ll be killing their Android TV, Roku, and Xbox video apps. The Fire TV app and Apple TV app will remain and continue to function. When Twitter first launched these video apps it was to give users a way to watch Thursday Night Football, which they acquired the streaming rights to in 2016. Since then, Twitter has provided access to various live events through their apps. It’s unlikely Twitter has many people using their set-top box apps, but if you’re one of them with a Fire TV, the app is remaining for now. Thanks for the heads up TechyChris!

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Twitter releases official Fire TV app with Free NFL streams and more

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Twitter has been pushing itself as not just a social network, but as a broadcast platform. Part of that strategy is the release of an official Twitter app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick that rightfully focuses more on video than on tweets. The app has arrived just in time for Twitter’s first live Thursday night NFL game stream. It also highlights curated tweets and Vine videos, but what might be its killer feature is its ability to stream live broadcasts from Periscope. Read more ›

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