Got the Fire TV update? How cord-cutters can make the most of it

As promised in February, Amazon has began rolling out a significant replace to extra Fireplace TV gadgets.

The replace considerably adjustments the look of the Fireplace TV residence display, and whereas it already launched in December for Amazon’s newest Fireplace TV Stick and Fireplace TV Stick Lite, it’s now arriving on the Fireplace TV Stick 4K, Fireplace TV Dice, and pendant-shaped Fireplace TV. (Assist for the second-generation Fireplace TV Stick and Fireplace TV Version good TVs is coming later this yr, however it seems like Amazon’s leaving the unique Fireplace TV Stick and Fireplace TV bins behind.)

Whereas the brand new Fireplace TV expertise is an enchancment total, it’d take some getting used to, and it has some new options you won’t discover instantly. When you’ve obtained the brand new Fireplace TV expertise up and working, the following pointers ought to assist:

Get the replace

In case your Fireplace TV gadget is eligible for the improve and also you’re not seeing any huge adjustments but, head to Settings > My Fireplace TV > About, then choose “Examine for Updates” or “Set up Replace.” This may occasionally set off the replace in your gadget, however it’s additionally attainable that Amazon hasn’t rolled it out to your gadget but. In that case, you’ll simply should be affected person, as there’s no option to pressure the replace on gadgets that haven’t obtained it.

Rearrange your apps

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To alter the order of apps in your Fireplace TV residence display, click on the apps button on the house display, which appears like a set of three squares and a + signal. From there, choose the app you need to transfer, hit the menu button on the distant, and choose “Transfer” or “Transfer to entrance.”

Select your high apps properly

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Whereas rearranging apps, observe that the six apps you placed on high achieve particular standing. They’ll seem on the high of your house display, and a few of them will even counsel issues to observe as you scroll over them. It is a nice option to get fast suggestions from a few of your favourite video sources. (Not all apps assist these “app peek” suggestions, however I’ve discovered that Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV+, and Paramount+, HBO Max all work effectively.)

View beforehand put in apps

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Right here’s a long-overdue enchancment within the new Fireplace TV interface: Amazon now not lumps present and previously-installed apps right into a single, ungainly menu. As a substitute, solely your put in apps will seem when load the complete apps listing.

That doesn’t imply your grasp apps listing is gone, although. Simply click on on “App Library” on the backside of the all apps menu for an inventory of all the pieces you’ve put in earlier than.

Arrange household profiles

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Profile assist is a key a part of the brand new Fireplace TV interface, permitting every person to have their very own favourite apps listing and proposals. You may as well create child profiles with age applicable content material and an non-obligatory PIN to maintain them penned in. To modify profiles or add a brand new one, simply click on the profile icon on the far left aspect of the toolbar.

Entry fast instructions

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As with the earlier Fireplace TV interface, you’ll be able to nonetheless long-press the house button to entry fast instructions, together with your full apps listing, sleep mode, display mirroring, and settings. This even works when you’re utilizing one other app. The one distinction now’s which you could swap profiles from this menu as effectively.

Sift by way of solutions sooner

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One of many largest Fireplace TV annoyances is the way in which it recommends content material on the house display with out itemizing the supply. Too usually, you’ll click on on a film or present solely to seek out that it requires a rental charge or extra subscription.

Right here’s a partial workaround: From the house display, simply click on the menu button as an alternative of the choose button. Should you see a “Watch Now with…” choice within the bottom-right nook, which means you’ll be able to open the content material in considered one of your put in apps. In any other case, you’ll probably should obtain a brand new app or pay additional. This isn’t a foolproof answer—it doesn’t appear to work when there are a number of free viewing choices accessible—however it’s sooner than clicking by way of to a separate menu for every suggestion.

Use the “Free to Me” filter

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For an excellent higher option to discover issues that don’t price additional, head to Discover > Films or Discover > TV Exhibits, then click on the “Free to Me” filter choice. This brings up a set of suggestions which can be both free with adverts or a part of your present subscriptions. You may as well search for the “From Your Subscriptions” heading whereas shopping by style.

Befriend the “Discover” menu

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Whenever you’re within the temper for a particular type of film or present, take a look at the Fireplace TV’s new Discover menu, which you’ll entry straight from the house display. Scroll all the way in which down, and also you’ll see an inventory of genres to take a look at.

Profit from your watchlist

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The Fireplace TV Watchlist generally is a helpful option to bookmark motion pictures and exhibits from throughout totally different streaming companies, however it’s moved to a brand new location within the newest replace. Head to Discover > Library, and also you’ll see the Watchlist on the high.

One of the simplest ways so as to add motion pictures or exhibits to the watchlist is to look by title, actor, director, or style. Click on on any end result, then choose “Add to Watchlist.”

See extra free stuff

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Talking of relocated options, the previous Fireplace TV interface had a top-level “Free” menu that recommended ad-supported motion pictures, exhibits, channels, and apps. That menu remains to be accessible, however you’ll should dig a bit deeper for it, underneath Discover > Free.

Handle your dwell TV channels

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The Fireplace TV Information is an effective way to see what’s streaming dwell on companies like YouTube TV, Sling TV, Philo, and Pluto TV. Nonetheless, you won’t need to see each dwell channel that the Information hoovers up. To customise the information, head to “Stay,” scroll to very backside, choose “Favorites,” then hit Choose in your distant. From right here, you’ll be able to conceal total streaming companies from the Information, and clicking on every service allows you to conceal particular person channels as effectively.

When you’re within the Information, you may also add channels to your favorites listing. Simply hit the menu button on any channel, then hit “Add to Favourite Channels.” To view your favorites, hit the menu button once more, then choose “Filter Channels” and choose “Favourite Channels.”

Use Alexa’s new shortcuts

To maneuver even sooner by way of the Fireplace TV’s new menu system, strive utilizing some Alexa voice instructions. By holding the voice button on the distant, you’ll be able to navigate to any a part of the interface. Listed below are some instructions to take a look at:

  • ”Go to Stay”
  • ”Go to Free”
  • ”Go to comedy motion pictures”
  • ”Go to sci-fi exhibits”
  • ”Swap to [profile name].”

Keep in mind the you may also ask Alexa to launch particular motion pictures, exhibits, or dwell TV channels in case your streaming companies assist it. As an example, strive saying “Play Godzilla vs. Kong on HBO Max” or “Tune to ESPN on YouTube TV.”

Extra Fireplace TV ideas await

To get much more out of your Fireplace TV, take a look at this listing of extra ideas, lots of which work even should you’re nonetheless working the previous Fireplace TV interface. And you probably have another questions, be happy to reach out.

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