You know those movies that you watch every single year without fail? For me it’s Hocus Pocus and Elf. It’s almost time to put these gems on repeat! As much fun as the holiday watching season is for me, I find myself buying these movies every single year even though I’m pretty sure I’ve downloaded them onto a phone or laptop at some point in years past. Well, all of that’s about the change.
Introducing the Apple TV app on Fire TV
Starting today, Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) and Fire TV Stick 4K customers all around the world can download and begin using the all-new Apple TV app. Inside the Apple TV app, you’ll have access to your entire iTunes library, including all of TV shows and movies that you’ve already purchased or rented from Apple, and soon Apple TV+ (more on that below). As soon as I logged into my iCloud account, Elf and Hocus Pocus popped into my library — praise to the streaming gods!
To buy or rent something, you can simply do so on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and it will instantly appear within the Apple TV app on Fire TV.
What is Apple TV+?
Within the Apple TV app, you can access Apple TV+ and start streaming breakthrough originals from the world’s most creative minds in TV and film. Apple TV+ is going to be available on November 1st, including Fire TV devices all over the world. You’ll be able to stream all the highly anticipated new shows in the Apple TV app — I’m specially looking forward to The Morning Show, Dickinson, and Little America. Learn more about all the great shows and how to sign up for Apple TV+ here. Fire TV customers can subscribe to Apple TV+ via iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC or at tv.apple.com— and watch on Fire TV.
How do I get the Apple TV app?
To get started, just search for “Apple TV.” Finding the app is easy with Alexa, just say “Alexa, find the Apple TV app” into your Alexa Voice Remote or a paired Echo device. After you have the app downloaded and you want to open it quickly, you can just say, “Alexa, open the Apple TV app.”
Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) and Fire TV Stick 4K customers will be able to download the app starting today in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and India. Fire TV Basic Edition customers in over 50 countries can also find the Apple TV app in the Amazon Appstore on their Fire TV. The app will be coming soon to Fire TV Cube (1st and 2nd Gen), Fire TV (3rd Gen pendant design), Toshiba and Insignia Fire TV Edition smart TVs, and Nebula sound bar. The Apple TV app is not compatible with Fire TV (1st and 2nd Gen) and Fire TV Stick (1st Gen). Learn more about how to save money when you upgrade with our trade-in program here.
I am not sure I understand what additional programming is available for the $4.99/month. I assume that Hulu for the apple app would have the same terms and conditions as those associated with the Amazon Hulu app. This might be an interesting development and the discovery of the overlap may be of concern to those considering the app..
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They say it's available now for both the Fire TV 2nd gen and 4k, but I am only able to download it to the 2nd gen stick. Searching for Apple TV on the 4k stick does not find the app, and if I try to send to app to my device from the Apple TV app on Amazon.com, the only device option I have is my 2nd gen stick.
So is it accurate that it is available now on the 4k stick? I had this same problem when they announced YouTube availability. I could not install it on my 4k stick until at least a week after they announced its alleged availability. Does Amazon do some kind of slow roll out, but inaccurately claim that it is instantly available?
So this is why my iPhone cannot connect Hotspot to my fire stick anymore. Good one.
There is a whole thread on that topic. iOS 13.x,x thru 13.1.3 has broken that capability. Apple is aware of multiple issues with iOS 13 (reason for 2 updates in a week.) Most developers have instructed users of their applications to wait to update their iOS devices until they get word that their application works with the new iOS.
There seems to be conflicting information regarding Apple TV+ and its availability for the Fire Cube TV (the 2019 version, whatever generation that might be).
The short answer is that there is apparently no Apple TV+ app. available for the Fire Cube TV. You can access, Apple TV+ via the browser, and get a trial subscription started, but then you crash into the fact that when you attempt to watch a video on Apple TV+, it will not actually play the video -- everything you see suggests that it will play -- you see the TV Rating for the program, but then the pause icon turns back into the play triangle and it's Goodnight Vienna.....that's all that happens.
Alternatively, it could be my incompetence -- has anyone got any updated information, please?
I had the same issues many are having with the Apple TV app not signing in and stuck on a loop screen indefinitely. I tried all the suggested fixes but none worked.
My last resort was to Restore To Factory Settings on my FireStick 4K was the solution to this issue in my case. The Apple TV worked perfectly and I could sign in in a flash. Remember that when you Restore To Factory Settings you lose all the sign in info and passwords of all the streaming services you have installed on the Fire device. You have to download all the streaming apps again and sign in to each one of them again. I completed downloading all apps with sign in info and passwords in about 15 minutes. So this wasn’t a big issue for me. Now all services work perfectly.
I also discovered that, contrary to what I find on the Internet, Apple TV+ will not play on a Mac running High Sierra and using Google Chrome. However it will run on High Sierra using Apple's own browser, Safari.
It seems that, like others here, my Fire TV Stick 4k is stuck on FireOS v18.104.22.168, and trying to update always indicates that I have the latest software. Pretty annoying, but sounds like the only solution may be factory reset.
Been trying to sign in since Thursday with no luck, tried multiple resets and my stick is on the latest version. A few minutes ago though, I was scrolling through the settings in the Apple TV app and noticed the setting for location was set to off. Turned it on and instantly got signed in so might be worth checking that.