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The best Amazon Fire TV apps for streaming shows, movies, and more
You may have recently purchased an Amazon Fire TV streaming stick, or purchased a smart television with the Fire OS installed. You are likely ready to download some apps and put them to good use. But what are the best Fire TV apps to get for your new streaming device?
Read more: How to set up an Amazon Fire TV Stick
There are lots of apps available, but we wanted to point out a few that we think are must-haves for Fire TV device owners. Here’s a look at our picks for the best Fire TV apps.
Best Amazon Fire TV apps:
Amazon Prime Video
Price: Included with Amazon Prime for $12.99 a month, with free 30-day trial
Of course, the biggest Fire TV app is for Amazon Prime Video. You will have to pay to get it, but once you do, you will be able to stream thousands of TV shows and movies, including original series like the hit superhero show The Boys. Amazon Prime Video also offers a limited number of live sports events as well. You also have the option to rent or purchase digital movies that are not a part of the Amazon Prime Video subscription. The truth is if you do own a Fire TV device, you have to get Amazon Prime Video.
Along with Amazon Prime Video, the company also offers an ad-supported free streaming service, iMDB TV. Classic TV fans will have lots to stream on the service, and it also has some great older and even more recent movies to show. It even is starting to branch out into original content, starting with the new spy series Alex Rider, with more to come in 2021.
Amazon also happens to own Twitch, the game-oriented streaming service. You can watch live or archived “Let’s Play” videos from your favorite video game streamers. However, Twitch is not just for gamers; it also has other content you can watch as well. You can also support some popular streamers by subscribing to their channels.
Price: Starting at $8.99 a month
Netflix is still the biggest premium streaming service, and you access it as part of the Fire TV apps lineup. The service is getting more and more expensive, but on the flip side it does have more original content than any other services, and more exclusive TV shows and movies are added every month.
Price: Starting at $5.99 a month, with 30-day free trial
Hulu’s biggest feature is that it lets subscribers watch new episodes of many current broadcast network TV shows from ABC, NBC, and Fox on-demand the day after they are shown over the air. You can also watch lots of classic and more recent movies and TV shows, and you can stream a number of original movies and series, including the Emmy winning drama The Handmaids Tale. You can also sign up for Hulu Plus Live TV, which offers lots of live streaming cable TV channels, plus cloud DVR, for extra fees.
Price: $14.99 a month
A recent addition to the Fire TV apps lineup is HBO Max. Not only can you watch all the current and library content from the HBO pay cable channel, but there’s also tons of other stuff to stream as well. News shows, anime, and classic TV series like Friends and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air are available. You can also watch a growing number of original series and movies. Best of all, you will be able to watch all of the Warner Bros theatrical movie releases on the service day-and-date with their theater releases from now until the end of 2021.
Price: $7.99 a month
Disney Plus is an ultra-affordable way to watch all of the Star Wars movies, all of Disney’s animated films, most of its live-action movies and TV shows, and of course most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Its original content is still on the low side, but you can now watch the first two seasons of the hit Star Wars show The Mandalorian. 2021 will be an even bigger year for the service, with several MCU series debuting, including WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (both available now). Many more TV shows and movies are coming, including two theatrical day-and-date releases, Cruella and Black Widow.
Price: $12.99 a month, with 30-day free trial
You can do more with Fire TV apps than just watch movies and TV shows on your couch. The Peloton company recently launched its first TV-based app, its available on Fire TV devices. If you have a Peloton bike or treadmill, you can use them and watch the live or on-demand sessions on a much bigger screen now. There are also lots of exercise videos that don’t require any equipment.
Amazon recently launched a free news app, which allows Fire TV users to access live or on-demand from networks like ABC, CBS, Bloomberg, and many more. You can also access local TV news from 12 US cities, with nearly 100 more cities to be added in 2021. Best of all, you don’t need to download this app. It will appear as part of the Fire TV OS.
You can also stream your favorite music playlists with some Fire TV apps. One of the best is Pandora, which lets you listen to its huge library of millions of tunes, along with podcasts. for free, with unlimited skips if you view an ad.
That’s our look at the best Amazon Fire TV apps. However, there are tons more to discover and download, so we will be updating this post with more apps as they are released.