The TV-app arms race is showing no signs of slowing down as a slew of new apps land on Amazon’s Fire TV streamers.
The latest additions include NBC, NBC Sports Live Extra, Watch Food Network, Watch HGTV, Watch Travel Channel, and Fox Now. With these apps, users can sign in through a pay-TV provider, and watch network TV shows on demand. NPR One and GoPro round out the list of new additions.
On the gaming front, Amazon points to recent arrivals such as Shovel Knight, OlliOlli 2, and Minecraft: Story Mode, though these have all been available on Fire TV for several months now. In fact, Shovel Knight is a pack-in with the Fire TV’s gaming bundle, which launched in September and also includes a 32GB microSD card and Ducktales Remastered for $140 (currently on sale for $115).
All told, Amazon now has more than 4000 apps and games for Fire TV, which the company says is the largest selection of any streaming-video box. Games are likely a major reason for that claim, as Amazon has pursued the gaming angle more doggedly than its competitors. (It’s also worth noting that the new Apple TV’s App Store is less than two months old, and therefore hasn’t had much chance to catch up yet.)
The latest apps are available now for both the Fire TV set-top box ($99) and Fire TV Stick ($40, or $50 with a voice remote).
Why this matters: Regardless of who has the most apps, Fire TV has come a long way since Amazon launched its first set-top box and streaming stick in 2014. The platform no longer has any glaring holes in its app selection, and with the recent arrival of premium channel subscriptions within Amazon Prime, buyers should have plenty of content to choose from.