Last updated on June 12, 2021
When you first activate a Fire TV device (stick, Cube, etc.) you can only watch and listen to content from Amazon services. If you want to access additional content, then you will need to download apps/channels for your Fire TV device.
What Kind of Apps Can You Download?
Most Fire TV apps are focused on delivering video content. You can get apps for movies and TV shows such as Netflix, Hulu, PBS, MSNBC, CBS All Access, CBS News, NPR News, Fox News, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, CNN, NBC Sports, HBO Go, and YouTube along with many other video streaming services.
You can also find apps for music, like Spotify, SiriusXM, and Pandora.
Most Fire TV apps are free, but there are some that require an up-front purchase, and others require a monthly subscription fee or will only work if you have an active cable TV subscription.
Browse and Download New Apps/Channels
Before you begin, make sure that your Fire TV device is connected to your internet WiFi, otherwise it won’t be able to download apps (aka channels) or stream anything.
To download apps on your Fire TV simply navigate to the Apps section which is on the top-most menu bar.
1 – Navigate to the home screen of your Fire TV device.
2 – Press right on your remote until you reach the Apps section then press the button in the center of the directional pad to enter the Apps section.
3 – Use the directional pad on your remote control to browse the Apps section and find an app you’re interested in. Then when that app is highlighted, press the button in the center of the directional pad to select that app.
4 – On the next screen, “Get” will be selected, simply press the button in the center of the directional pad which will download the app to your Amazon Fire TV device.
5 – Wait for the download to complete, then return to the Home screen (using the Home button on your remote) of your Fire TV device to launch the app.
Firestick Channels List
There is a wide range of apps/channels available for the Amazon Fire TV devices, as noted above. Please note that many channels require a paid subscription before you can access their content. Below is a brief list of popular (as of May 2020) Amazon Fire TV channels.
Video Streaming Services for Movies and TV Shows
Every Fire TV device includes Amazon’s in-house video streaming platform “Prime Video“. But you can also download other subscription-based streaming apps such as Netflix and HBO, but you’ll need to subscribe ($$) to their services before you can utilize their channels.