Essential Apps to Install on Your New Fire TV

The Amazon Fire TV is among the top streaming devices, giving Google Chromecasts and Roku devices a run for their money. If Fire TV has won your admiration and you have recently bought one, there are lots of apps you need to install to make the most of it. Read on to see what you shouldn’t miss.

1. Netflix
Netflix is probably the best destination for movie lovers. With over 50,000 movies and TV shows, it is easy to understand why. You will need to pay for a subscription to Netflix but you will be glad you did. Some channels may not be available in some countries but we have discussed how to get around this in another tutorial.

2. YouTube
YouTube needs no introduction. It is one of the most used video streaming apps by smartphone users and has become one of the largest video destinations in the world. The ease of finding content and how content is arranged into categories makes it a great addition to the Fire TV.

3.Hotstar
If a Netflix subscription fee is too high for you, Hotstar is a cheaper alternative that guarantees you Marvel and Disney movies, as well as smash-hit series’ like Game of Thrones. Hotstar is also a great addition for sports lovers, providing things like the Premier League to Cricket.

4. Kodi
Kodi is a great video streaming device that allows you to manage the content of your library. Kodi comes with plugins that increases its capabilities. Amazon recently removed Kodi from its Appstore because people learned how to use it to watch paid channels for free. However, you can still side-load it to your Fire TV.

5. VLC for Fire
PC users will understand the versatility of VLC and the ease with which it plays a range of video and audio formats. It is almost the same when you are using VLC for Fire TV. VLC for Fire TV allows you to play any stored media downloaded to your Fire TV or network-stored videos.

6. Firestarter
If you are using the new Fire TV 4K you will discover the Kodi shortcut on the home screen will not work. Firestarter makes using sideloaded apps easy. It also brings a whole new and sleek interface, and Android-like launcher to your Fire TV. You will also need to sideload Firestarter on your Fire TV.
 
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