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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Freevee rumored to shut down now that Prime Video has ads too

Sources familiar with the strategy have told Adweek that Amazon plans to shut down its free ad-supported streaming service, Freevee, now that ads have made their way into Prime Video. However, Amazon has been quite quick to say “There are no changes to Freevee.” Given that you can already watch all Freevee content within the Prime Video app anyway, it may not be a bad idea to consolidate the two services. Read more ›

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Plex to start Selling and Renting Movies and TV Shows next month

Plex will be launching its media store next month according to what executives told Lowpass’ Janko Roettgers. While the company is originally known for its media server capabilities and, more recently, for providing free ad-supported streaming content, it has promised the release of a media store in the past but has never delivered on that promise. It seems like the launch is actually happening this time, along with other big app changes. Read more ›

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Google tosses meritless DMCA takedown request and restores my Downloader app in the Google Play Store

My Downloader app is once again available in the Google Play Store after being suspended earlier this week due to a frivolous DMCA takedown request submitted by MarkScan in India which represents Warner Bros. Discovery. It appears as though, after another review, Google has come to its senses by recognizing that the DMCA takedown request it received against my app was senseless. Read more ›

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My Downloader app has again been absurdly removed from Google Play due to a frivolous copyright claim from Warner Bros. Discovery

My Downloader app has, once again, been removed from the Google Play Store due to a false Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown request. The culprit this time is Ishita Singh, the COO of MarkScan in India, who claims to represent Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. It’s ridiculous that, with no evidence whatsoever, Google approves these types of suspensions on an app that is, essentially, just a web browser. Read more ›

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Amazon Prime Video to gain ads next year — New ad-free option to cost $2.99 per month for Prime members

Amazon has announced that the standard Prime Video subscription that comes with Prime membership will begin to include “limited advertisements” in early 2024. Those who wish to retain the current ad-free experience will have to pay an additional $2.99 per month on top of the $14.99 per month or $139 per year price of Prime. Read more ›

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