With Amazon Fire TV, you have a wealth of entertainment options at your disposal. Essentially acting as the gateway to your favourite TV shows, movies, music and games, simply slotting the Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Cube into your HDMI port will let you join the action and turn your standard box into a smart TV.
And while this allows you to take advantage of one of Fire TVâs biggest benefits, the portability, those getting started with the streaming platform also need to know about the top apps available. Below, weâve rounded up some of the best services for you to take a look at once youâve got your hands on Amazon Fire TV, but be sure to check back as we update our list with more options.
A real must-have option here, and perhaps where those with a Netflix subscription will turn first. And who can blame you, with the platform offering up over 100,000 hours of eyeball-melting viewing potential and 50,000 TV shows and movies. Netflix memberships arenât dirt cheap - and thatâs especially true if youâre looking to watch Netflix in 4K or HDR - but this is still the kingpin of the streaming game for a reason.
Whether itâs drunkenly showing your friends funny dog videos or getting yourself into a never-ending cyclone of sports highlights, YouTube is always there for you. And now it can be beamed right onto your TV through the Fire TV app.
But itâs not all fun and games. Though an official YouTube app did once exist on the Amazon Fire App Store, thatâs no longer the case, we suspect due to usual Google/Amazon pettiness. Thereâs plenty of workaround options from third parties, but one of the best ways to do this is downloading Firefox and using the browser to hit up those videos. If you need a more in-depth guide on this, jump over and learn how to watch YouTube on Amazon Fire TV.
Itâs not all about watching things, you know. A nice option for those who want to fill their front room with the sound of music, or maybe even those who would prefer to use their TVâs speaker system over the investment of a smart speaker, the official Spotify app is on hand to help out. However, just be aware that youâll need a Spotify Premium membership in order to take advantage of its Fire TV delights; this isnât like using it on the web or on your smartphone.
Losing yourself in a raft of TED Talks is now even easier, thanks to the Amazon Fire TV app. The media organisation, for those who arenât aware, stands for âTechnology, Entertainment, Designâ, and brings intellectual talks on education, business, science, tech and creativity right to your TV. Theyâre not too time consuming, typically 15-20 minutes long, and are a great way of breaking up your binging on other platforms. In fact, we've already picked out six of the best Ted Talks about the smart home to get you started.
You can play plenty of games on Fire TV â such as Minecraft Pocket Edition, The Simpsons: Tapped Out and Grand Theft Auto â but you can also tap into the world of gaming live streams right from your TV and see how the elite players do it. And not just that, but Twitch also plays host to live events from the likes of Xbox and Sony, meaning thereâs no better place to look if youâre interested in gaming.
Above, weâve covered off some of the more standard apps to get your experience rolling. But the fun doesnât begin and there, and Downloader is the essential tool for side-loading Fire TV apps onto your screen that arenât available on the Amazon storefront. This lets you directly download APK files from the internet and then install them on your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, meaning you can range much farther than you would with standard apps available through Amazon itself.
This isnât available on the Amazon App Store due to its potential for piracy, but, as weâve just mentioned, you can take advantage of platforms like this through side-loading apps like Downloader. And once you do, youâll have a wide-ranging access to entertainment.
The benefit of Kodi is that essentially puts your Fire TV on steroids, allowing you to manage your library of services and customise them at your will. And we say customise because, as it's open source, there are seemingly plug-ins and add-ons you can tap into and add add to Kodi. Of course, the onus is on you to use the app responsibly, and this is a great option for those who want to move past the basics.
Similar to Kodi, Plex is one of the premier options for those who want to stream saved media around their home. However, one of the differences is that itâs still available through the Amazon app front, making installation less of a faff, and you can even access your content remotely if youâre willing to pay for a Plex Pass.