Back in May, Amazon first announced the launch of Fire TV Channels, a selection of FAST channels that are available to access on Fire TV devices. When the FAST Fire TV Channels hub launched, it was limited in terms of the variety of channels, and the experience in general.
As an expansion of that earlier launch, Amazon has now confirmed the launch of a dedicated Fire TV Channels app which is designed to make finding free content even easier. Along with the app, the Fire TV Channels service in general is getting a boost in the number of channels and additional content.
In total, Amazon now says that Fire TV Channels offers content from 400 providers, including ABC News, CBS Sports HQ, MLB, Fox Sports, NHL, People, IGN, IMDb, Martha Stewart, and GoTraveler, among others.
As was the case in May, Amazon also says that more content providers will be added as time goes on.
While a new app has been released, Fire TV Channels is still only available on Fire TV devices, and only for those based in the US. The good news, however, is that the app doesn’t require a download, a subscription, or a fee.
With no actual app to download, Fire TV users are likely to simply view this as more of an expansion of the existing service. However, with the original launch of Fire TV Channels, users could only access the free channels through the Free tab.
At the time, Amazon did state that the plan was to “bring all of these FAST categories together into a single, easy-to-navigate service with the launch of the Fire TV Channels destination” later in the year. That is now what’s changed with the launch of a dedicated app as that “Fire TV Channels destination.”
As a result, and in addition to still locating channels in the Free section, Fire TV device users will also now find the app available in the Your Apps & Channels section. In addition, Fire TV device users can simply ask Alexa to “Play Fire TV Channels” to open the app.
Fire TV users are also likely to see Fire TV Channels content integrated throughout the Fire TV experience. For example, a Fire TV Channels row on the Home screen.