Downloader v1.4.3 released with GitHub compatibility fix and Browser included on Android/Google TV by default

Last week, GitHub made a change to how it serves files which was incompatible with Downloader. Since many app projects are hosted on GitHub, this resulted in Downloader displaying an error that read “URL needs authorization” when trying to download files hosted by GitHub. I’ve fixed the issue in Downloader version 1.4.3 and the updated version is already live in the Amazon Appstore for Fire TV devices and the Google Play Store for Android/Google TV devices. In the past, Google absurdly would not allow Downloader to have its built-in browser included by default, even though there are plenty of stand-alone browsers already in the Google Play Store for Android/Google TV devices. I gave it another try this time and Google finally approved Downloader with the browser included, so, as of v1.4.3, the browser plugin is no longer required for Android/Google TV devices.

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AppLinked utility for bulk sideloading possibly gains malware under new ownership

When popular bulk sideloading utility Filelinked was shut down by the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, a piracy takedown coalition consisting of many major entertainment companies, it wasn’t long before numerous clones and replacements began appearing to fill its place. Be warned that one of the more popular clones, called AppLinked, has recently changed ownership and possibly gained malware and/or viruses in the process. Read more ›

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TikTok app is now available on Fire TVs & Firesticks in the US and Canada

The full-fledged TikTok app is now available for Fire TV owners in the US and Canada. The app was first released in the UK, France, and Germany earlier this year but now it has come overseas. A very underwhelming app called More on TikTok was widely released last year, but it offered nothing more than a series of compilation videos that highlighted TikTok content. This newer is the TikTok app you expect, with full access to “For You” and “Following” feeds, a Discovery page, and more. The app is compatible with all Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Smart TV models.

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IMDb TV is now available in the UK

Amazon’s free ad-supported streaming service, IMDb TV, is now available in the UK, according to Deadline. Currently, you can only access its content through the Prime Video app, but a Fire TV app for UK customers is said to be coming soon. Last month, IMDB TV finally launched standalone mobile apps for Android and iOS devices, so those may soon become available to UK customers as well. This marks the first time IMDb TV has been available outside the US.

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Plex refreshes app interface and adds more customization options

Plex is giving the interface in its app a slight refresh. The new “Modern Layout,” as Plex calls it, shifts the focus slightly away from a dull grid of poster art to a richer layout that better showcases artwork/screengrabs and is more immersive, thanks to changing backgrounds. The new interface also rethinks metadata by hiding some things, like movie titles since they already appear in poster art, and surfacing other things, like genres and ratings, for additional context. If you’re not a fan of the change, you’re in luck, because Plex has also added more layout customization options to tweak layout elements to your liking. Read more ›

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TV Scoreboard app for Fire TV is currently Free — Normally $11.99

The app TV Scoreboard for Fire TV devices is currently available for free. This app normally sells for $11.99, although it used to sell for $4.99 not too long ago, and it has never been free before. The app simply displays a “Home” vs “Guest” scoreboard on your TV that can be incremented using the Fire TV remote. It also has the option to display a clock that can count down and can play a buzzer sound when it reaches zero. Odds are you probably aren’t going to be organizing a basketball game where you need an app like this, it might come in handy someday for keeping track of board game or card game scores at home, so you might as well pick it up while it is free, just in case. Remember, you can select “Cloud Only” from the “Deliver to” dropdown menu on Amazon’s site to purchase the app, for future access, without needing to actually install it on a Fire TV. The app is compatible with all Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Smart TV, and Fire TV Smart SOundbar models.

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Zoom app launches on 2nd-gen Fire TV Cube for 2-way Video Calling through USB webcam

Zoom has just launched its first Fire TV App for video calls through your TV. The app is currently only compatible with the 2nd-gen Fire TV Cube. That’s because Amazon added USB webcam support last year to the current Fire TV Cube but has not yet extended that support to any other Fire TV models. The zoom app for Fire TV allows you to start meetings, join meetings, see screen sharing, and other Zoom capabilities that you’d expect. Read more ›

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Verizon Fios TV app arrives on newer Fire TV devices but excludes older models

Verizon has launched its Fios TV app for Fire TVs and Firesticks. The app provides Verizon customers subscribed to Fios TV access to live channels, a program guide, on-demand content, DVR recordings, purchases, rentals, and more. This is the first time Verizon is making its app available on devices other than phones and tablets. Unfortunately, the app is only compatible with devices running Fire OS 6 and 7. That means customers with 2nd-gen Fire TV Sticks, which make up the majority of Fire TV devices in the wild, do not have access to the app. Only Fire TV models released in or after 2017 and Fire TV Smart TVs released in or after 2018 are compatible.

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Overview of new Sling TV interface now available on Fire TV devices

Sling TV, the streaming television service with plans that start at $35 month for 30+ channels, has launched an entirely new app interface that has come first to Fire TV devices. While Sling TV’s old app interface could be commended for taking a unique approach to streaming TV, it certainly took some getting used to. The new interface has greatly simplified things and is more aligned with what most people tend to expect in a streaming app. Here is an overview of the new interface. Read more ›

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RetroArch game emulator frontend is now officially available on Fire TV devices

RetroArch, the very popular front-end app for emulators, is now available in the Amazon Appstore for all Fire TV devices, including Firesticks, Fire TV Cubes, and Fire TV Smart TVs, as spotted by Liliputing and XDA. RetroArch is not an emulator on its own, but it allows you to install numerous game engines, called cores, that can then emulate consoles such as NES, SNES, PlayStation, GameCube, Wii, and much more. While there are many standalone emulators that can be sideloaded, the benefit of RetroArch is that it provides a unified interface for all emulators in order to simplify the process of setting up and using multiple emulators.

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TikTok releases official Fire TV app in the UK, France, and Germany

TikTok has released an official full-featured Fire TV app in the UK, France, and Germany. This is the same app that was released to Andoird TV earlier this year. Unfortunately, the app is not yet available in the US and other regions, but you can sideload the app using this guide and the entering 2133 (or aftv.news/2133) into my Downloader. Unlike the “More on TikTok” app released last year, which is essentially just a feed of curated videos from TikTok’s YouTube channel, this new app actually replicates the functionality of TikiTok’s popular mobile app. The app lets you view videos in both the “For You” feed or your “Following” feed. The app also has a personalized “Discover” page where you can find more videos categorized by content, creators, and categories.

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All Jackbox games for Fire TV are on sale — Up to 50% off

Jackbox has put all of its Fire TV games on sale. These are all primarily party games that can mostly be played with 2 to 8 people, but some can be played by just 1 person. The best part about these games is how they are controlled, which is with a phone, so you don’t need any additional remotes or controllers to play these games with a group of people. If you’ve never tried a Jackbox game before, your best bet is to start with the Jackbox Party Pack 1, which is 50% off at $12.49 and includes 5 of their best games. Read more ›

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Introducing my new Loader Shortcut Apps for Fire TV devices — Load key parts of the Fire TV more quickly and easily

I’m excited to announce the release of my newest Fire TV apps, which I’m calling Loader Shortcut Apps. While these new apps are very simple in their functionality, they will hopefully help Fire TV owners save a lot of time in the long run by helping you access frequently visited areas of the Fire TV more quickly and easily. When a Loader app is launched, it will immediately take you directly to a specific part of the Fire TV. For example, if you’re a heavy user of the Fire TV’s watchlist, then the Watchlist Loader is for you. If you’re always pairing and unpairing Bluetooth headphones, then the Bluetooth Devices Loader will save you countless clicks. If you constantly force quit apps or clear app data/cache, then the Manage Installed Applications Loader takes you directly to your list of installed apps. The list goes on and on as there are 35 different Loader Shortcut Apps in this initial release, so you’ll hopefully find at least one that is useful to you. Read more ›

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Peacock app now available on Fire TV — How to switch from sideloaded to official version

The Peacock app for Fire TV devices is now available in the Amazon Appstore. NBCUniversal and Amazon said the app would “be compatible with the entire Fire TV product line-up” but that is unfortunately not the case. The app is not currently compatible with the 1st-gen Fire TV or the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick. I haven’t tried it myself yet, but if you would like to try sideloading the official Fire TV version on those devices, you can enter 2119 (or aftv.news/2119) into my Downloader app. This version of Peacock for Fire TV devices is newer than the Android TV version that everyone has been sideloading, so, hopefully, it addressed the issues people were having with the previous version. If you already have Peacock sideloaded on your Fire TV, read on for what you should do to switch over to the official version. Read more ›

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Peacock officially arrives on Fire TVs and Fire Tablets on June 24

While there were hints yesterday, NBCUniversal and Amazon have now officially announced that the Peacock app will be released for Fire TV and Fire tablet devices tomorrow, June 24. The app will be available on all Fire TV models with free ad-supported access to thousands of movies and TV shows. To unlock more content you can subscribe to peacocks premium plan for $4.99 per month, which still has ads, or jump up to the $9.99 per month plan if you don’t wnat any ads.

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Filelinked utility for bulk sideloading on Fire TV and Android TV goes offline — Possibly gone forever

Filelinked, the Android app and service formerly known as DroidAdmin, has gone offline and there are indications that it has been taken down deliberately. Filelinked, which touted itself as “the #1 Bulk Downloader Tool,” is, or possibly was, a popular tool for sideloading apps on Fire TV and Android TV devices. It was primarily used as a means to easily access a large number of apps, most commonly used for pirating movies and TV shows, which were not allowed in the Amazon Appstore or Google Play Store. This strong link to piracy may be the cause for its demise because the app’s website, and the backend service that makes it work, have been taken down earlier today. Read more ›

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Get 25 Classic SEGA games on Fire TV for $6.99 or less — Sonic, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, and many more

As part of the ongoing Prime Day deals you can get the SEGA Classics game bundle for $6.99. This Fire TV app is officially published by Sega of America and includes 25 different games. It normally costs $14.99 so this sale saves you 53% off the regular price. While this bundle of games has been as low as $4.99 in the past, it hasn’t been on sale for over a year so it’s rare to catch it on sale. While you can pay $6.99 outright for the game bundle, you can save a bit more by first buying Amazon Coins at a discount and then using them to buy the game. The simplest option is to buy 1,000 Amazon Coins for $9.00, use 699 to buy the Sega bundle, and have 301 coins left for a future purchase. If you have Amazon No-Rush credit, that will automatically be used when buying this game as well. Read more ›

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How to update your sideloaded Peacock TV app on Amazon Fire TV and Firestick — New MAY 2021 APK

Peacock TV is still not available on Amazon Fire TV devices, but a new v1.1.3 updated version (SEE BELOW FOR UPDATE) has just been released. If you’re new to sideloading, you might not be aware that updating an already sideloaded app is as straightforward as installing the new version right over the existing one. If you followed my guide to sideload Peacock TV or are using my Downloader app, simply use the URL bit.ly/firepck (SEE BELOW FOR UPDATE) in the Downloader app to sideload the latest version of Peacock TV. You don’t need to uninstall the existing version or do anything special if the older version is already installed on the device. Just sideload the new version as you would any new app. After launching the app and signing in, if you get only audio when playing content or the video is frozen, force quitting the app or restarting your Fire TV should solve the issue. To force quit the app, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications and select the app. To restart your device, go to Settings > My Fire TV > Restart. If you need more detailed instructions for sideloading, see this guide and use the URL mentioned above. Note that it seems like the 1st-gen Fire TV and 1st-gen Fire TV Stick are not compatible with the Peacock app. This could change in the future, so there is no harm in trying to install the latest version.

Update

8/17/20 For Version 1.1.10, enter 2110 (or aftv.news/2110) into Downloader.
9/9/20 For Version 1.2.14, enter 2111 (or aftv.news/2111) into Downloader.
10/12/20 For Version 1.3.3, enter 2112 (or aftv.news/2112) into Downloader.
10/15/20 For Version 1.3.13, enter 2113 (or aftv.news/2113) into Downloader.
10/29/20 For Version 1.3.17, enter 2114 (or aftv.news/2114) into Downloader.
11/26/20 For Version 1.4.0, enter 2115 (or aftv.news/2115) into Downloader.
12/16/20 For Version 1.4.8, enter 2116 (or aftv.news/2116) into Downloader.
2/16/21 For Version 1.4.21, enter 2117 (or aftv.news/2117) into Downloader.
5/18/21 For Version 1.5.14, enter 2118 (or aftv.news/2118) into Downloader.

NOTE: The versions above are Android TV versions. The versions below are official Fire TV versions. If you have any of the versions above installed, you should uninstall them first before installing any version below.

6/24/21 For Version 1.5.38, enter 2119 (or aftv.news/2119) into Downloader.

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Warning message banner on Firefox for Fire TV is permanent — Must rollback update to remove the banner

Opening the latest version of Firefox for Fire TV now displays a warning banner at the top informing you that the app will no longer be supported after April 30, 2021. The banner remains present even while browsing web pages. I asked Mozilla about the banner and they told me that it is permanent and that there is no way for users to dismiss it. The only time the banner is not present is when watching a video in full-screen. That means, if you want to continue using Firefox for Fire TV without a warning banner at the top, you’ll need to uninstall the new 4.8 version and sideload the older 4.7.1 version. You can do that by following this guide and entering code 2131 (or aftv.news/2131) in my Downloader app. That said, you really should consider using the Silk Browser on your Fire TV instead because Firefox will continue to become more and more vulnerable to attack as time passes, since it is no longer being updated.

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Firefox browser is leaving Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show at the end of the month

Mozilla has announced that they are ending support for their Firefox browser on Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show devices. The browser will be removed from the Amazon Appstore on April 30, so you will no longer be able to install it on new Fire TV devices or re-install it after that date, should you delete it from your Fire TV or factory reset your Fire TV. The Firefox app will not be removed from Fire TVs that already have it installed, but the app will no longer receive updates, including security updates. Read more ›

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