10 Best Amazon Fire TV apps for media streamers

This list of 10 best Amazon Fire TV apps would come in handy if you are a media streaming enthusiast or a cord cutter. We have written about Amazon Fire TV a lot and it is no secret that it is one my favorite compact devices to run Kodi. Even though the second generation Fire TV 2015 has flaws, once fixed, there will be very few devices that can match its features and performance. Whether you have Fire TV box or Fire Stick, these best Fire TV apps should greatly enhance your media watching experience on the already awesome AFTV.

New to Amazon Fire TV and Kodi? Check out: Beginner Blueprint: Complete Amazon Fire TV Kodi Guide. It covers everything you need to know on Amazon Fire TV Kodi setup.

List of Best Amazon Fire TV Apps

Note that some of the apps listed below actually stream content while some others just make your Fire TV experience better. The list may not fit everybody’s needs but it should be a good balance for streamers and hackers. So, without further ado, here are some top apps for Fire TV.

1. Kodi

Our love of Kodi is quite well known. We have published numerous Kodi / XBMC guides. Amazon Fire TV is one of the best sub-$100 Android media player to run Kodi. For those who don’t know, Kodi is an open-source multi-platform media center that can play media from local device, network storage, or from the internet. Kodi has to be sideloaded on Fire TV and is not to install available from Amazon App Store. In fact, Amazon has gone out of its way to not include Kodi in their App Store.

Best Kodi Addons:

2. FireStarter

Since the Kodi shortcut on homescreen does not work on the new Fire TV 4K, I decided to install FireStarter. I was blown away by how easy FireStarter makes loading Kodi and other sideloaded apps. In my opinion, it is easily one of the best Amazon Fire TV apps. If you are Kodi and other sideloaded apps user or if you hate the Fire TV interface then FireStarter is an alternative launcher that presents an Android-like Fire TV Apps list. FireStarter also has to be sideloaded on Fire TV.

Sideloaded Apps on FireStarter

3. Netflix

Netflix decided to up its subscription recently, but it is still one of the major sources of internet media streaming. Even though you get free Amazon Videos with Amazon Prime, the media library does not come close to what Netflix offers. For cord cutters, Netflix is still one of the best Amazon Fire TV apps. Netflix can be easily installed on Fire TV and Stick through Amazon App store.

4. Plex

Amazon Fire TV is the best Plex client period. Emby is catching up, but Plex is still second best AFTV app after Kodi for streaming local and internet content. On light hardware (eg. Fire Stick), Plex is less taxing and can stream HD and UHD videos better than Kodi. Like Kodi addons, Plex channels extend its functionality but not anywhere near Kodi. Plex is also available though Amazon App Store.

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Anand :Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, hopeless tinkerer (if it ain't broken, fix it), a part-time blogger, and a Scientist during the day. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs.
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