The 25 Best Amazon Fire Stick Apps for Movies, TV, News, and Music (2020)

Stream movies, news, sports, and more on your Fire TV

The Amazon Fire TV Stick and other Fire TV devices work fine right out of the box. However, you're limited to the movies, TV shows, and music available through Amazon. Broaden your entertainment horizons with Amazon Fire Stick apps for movies, television, news, music, and stream your digital media collection to your TV. Here are our picks for the 25 best Fire TV apps.

Some of these apps require a subscription to use or to unlock all content and features. Many offer a free download or trial period.

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Best for Premium Movies and TV: Netflix

Netflix on Fire TV featuring the movie Moana
What We Like
  • Massive library of TV shows, movies, and documentaries.

  • Exclusive Netflix Originals.

  • Includes 4K content.

What We Don't Like
  • Need a Netflix subscription to use this app.

Netflix is a premium streaming service with tons of shows and movies, and its Amazon Fire TV app is a great way to enjoy Netflix entertainment on your television instead of on your computer.

Watch blockbuster movies and favorite TV shows. You'll also discover Netflix Originals, including Stranger Things and Orange Is the New Black, that you can't watch anywhere else.

If you're a Netflix subscriber, this is the first app you should download for your Fire TV Stick or other Fire TV device. If you're not a Netflix subscriber, Netflix offers a 30-day free trial, so check it out and see if you'd like to join the fun.

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Best Free Live Television: Pluto TV

Pluto TV app on Fire TV.
What We Like
  • Access live TV without a subscription.

  • TV shows and movies in a variety of genres.

  • The interface makes browsing easy.

What We Don't Like
  • Must sign up for a free account to customize your experience.

  • Need to watch ads.

Pluto TV is a completely free live television streaming app. Use it without signing up for an account. Or, create a free account to unlock more channels and customize your viewing experience.

While Pluto TV may not have some of your favorite channels, it does host a variety of free live and on-demand shows and other content, including family-friendly entertainment.

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Best for Free Movie and Television Streaming: Tubi

Tubi app on Fire TV.
What We Like
  • Free movies and television with no subscription required.

  • Start watching without signing up for an account.

  • Includes movies that aren't available on streaming services like Netflix.

What We Don't Like
  • The app prompts you to create an account without making it clear that you can watch without an account.

  • Must sit through a lot of ads.

Tubi is like Netflix, but you don't need a subscription. Start watching as soon as you download the app without making an account. Like Netflix, you'll find a library of on-demand movies and television shows that you can watch when you want.

The downside is that Tubi is ad-supported, so you have to watch commercials during every video. Still, it's an easy, free, and enjoyable way to add content to your Amazon Fire TV.

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Best for Free Anime, Science, and Tech Shows: VRV

VRV on Fire TV.
What We Like
  • Free access to cartoons, anime, science fiction, horror, and other genres.

  • Create a personal watchlist.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires a premium subscription to access some content.

VRV is a streaming service that features content from other platforms that you may be familiar with. VRV's biggest draw is anime from Crunchyroll and Funimation. You'll also find content from Cartoon Hangover, Seeso, Rooster Teeth, and others.

Watch free animation, anime, gaming, and other content in HD with ads, or upgrade to a premium subscription to access exclusive content.

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Best for Free Cartoons: Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network app on Fire TV.
What We Like
  • Free access to many of Cartoon Network's popular shows.

  • Build a personalized watch list.

  • App exclusives let you see premiere episodes.

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't have full seasons.

  • Requires a cable login to access all content.

If you're looking to get your cartoon fix on your Fire TV device, the Cartoon Network app is a great option. Watch many Cartoon Network favorites, including Teen Titans Go!, Steven Universe, Infinity Train, and more.

The Cartoon Network Fire TV app is free to download and use. However, you'll gain access to more episodes if you have a valid TV provider subscription from sources like AT&T, Charter Spectrum, or Xfinity.

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Best for Free World News: Euronews

Euronews app on Fire TV.
What We Like
  • Latest world news from multiple networks.

  • Available in several languages.

  • Correspondents offer varied perspectives.

What We Don't Like
  • No live news, so you're limited to clips of popular and breaking stories.

Euronews provides daily breaking news with a European perspective, utilizing more than 400 reporters and correspondents with varied cultural backgrounds.

If you're looking for world news from sources with differing worldviews, this free app is a great way to keep up to date. It's available in multiple languages.

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Best for Free Local and World News: Haystack

Haystack app on Fire TV.
What We Like
  • Access local news for any location by changing your home region.

  • Includes news from trusted local, national, and international sources.

What We Don't Like
  • Includes new and breaking news, but no live news.

Haystack aggregates news from sources all over the world and provides you with an easy way to find content from the local, national, and international sources that interest you. Find news on politics, business, entertainment, finance, technology, current events, and more, and follow your favorite sources or news topics.

The free Haystack Fire TV app lets you customize your newscast by designating topics, sources, and categories to follow. It's a great way to watch curated news on your Fire TV Stick or other Fire TV device.

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Best Sports for Cable Subscribers: ESPN

ESPN app on Fire TV.
What We Like
  • Access to live games for free.

  • Some games have multiple streaming options for different perspectives or commentaries.

What We Don't Like
  • Limited free content.

  • Some games require a cable login.

There are a lot of Fire TV apps that let you watch live and prerecorded sports, but the amount of free accessible content is limited. The ESPN app offers live streaming access to top sporting events as well as shows, films, highlights, and other content.

ESPN for Fire TV is free to download and use. If you subscribe to ESPN+, you'll access more live events and content without needing a cable login.

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Best Free Sports Live Streams: Stadium

Stadium app on Fire TV.
What We Like
  • Access to live streaming sports for free.

  • Extensive college sports streaming available.

  • No cable subscription required.

What We Don't Like
  • Some games are available only for premium users.

Stadium is the best free sports streaming app on Fire TV devices. It's worth downloading if you're looking for more live sports options, especially college sports.

Stadium has original, live programming in addition to streaming games, classic game replays, highlights, and more. Like the rest of the sports apps, a premium upgrade is required for some games and content.

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Best Free and Premium Music Streaming: Spotify

Spotify app on Fire TV.
What We Like
  • Stream music for free.

  • Integration with the mobile app allows you to seamlessly switch between phone and TV streaming.

  • Enjoy artist pages and song lists on your TV.

What We Don't Like
  • Free accounts have limited functionality.

Fire TV devices come with Amazon Music, but if you don't have an Amazon Prime or Amazon Music subscription, Spotify is an excellent option. Listen to music and podcasts for free, see cover art and artist pages on your screen, and control the app with your remote control. Upgrade to premium if you prefer an ad-free experience.

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Best for Recipes and Meal Prep: Food Network Kitchen

Food Network Kitchen app for Android TV
What We Like
  • Stream live and on-demand cooking classes from cooking stars.

  • Watch Food Network cooking shows.

  • Create a personal recipe library.

What We Don't Like
  • Must pay for the app after a free 30-day trial.

If you're a Food Network fan, this app is a must-have for your Amazon Fire TV device. Stream live and on-demand cooking shows, watch live cooking classes, access and save recipes, and use Amazon Fresh to deliver the ingredients you need.

The app is free to download and use, but premium features require a subscription. There's a free 30-day trial, so check it out and see if it's worth $4.99 per month.

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Best Free Video Game Live Streams: Twitch

Twitch app on Fire TV.
What We Like
  • Watch your favorite games and Twitch streamers for free on your TV.

  • See e-sports events as well as art, cooking, and more.

  • Access to gamer chat.

  • Dark mode for late-night viewing.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't see chat without signing in.

The Twitch app is the best way to watch game streams on your Fire Stick or other Fire TV device. The app doesn't have all the features found on the Twitch website, but it does have an easy-to-navigate interface that makes finding what you're looking for simple and intuitive.

In addition to game streams, watch interactive live shows presented by Xbox, Blizzard, and more, as well as special events.

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Best for Party Games: The Jackbox Party Pack 4

Jackbox app for Amazon Fire TV
What We Like
  • Features five games.

  • Play with others in the room with you or remotely.

  • Control games from a phone or tablet.

What We Don't Like
  • Some of the games aren't as fun as others.

  • Costs $24.99.

The Jackbox Party Pack 4 app for Fire TV is great for hosting game night, whether your fellow gamers are playing locally or streaming remotely. The question-and-answer game Fibbage is a favorite, letting you guess weird facts about your friends.

The game pack is $24.99 to download and use.

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Best for Web Browsing: Firefox

Firefox on Fire TV.
What We Like
  • Responsive and easy to use.

  • Less buffering and authentication issues than Amazon's competing Silk browser.

What We Don't Like
  • Lacks many of the desktop and mobile versions' settings and customization options.

  • Uses Google search by default, you can't switch to a different search engine.

Web browsing on a TV with a simple controller like the Amazon Fire TV remote won't replace your computer or phone, but it can come in handy. Firefox for Fire TV has some unique features, including a Recommended Video Feed and videos organized by topic on your home screen. Save your favorite sites to your home screen for easier access.

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Best for Social Networking: Facebook

Facebook app for Fire TV
What We Like
  • Watch friends' videos on TV.

  • Access and watch popular Facebook Live videos.

  • Play games with friends.

What We Don't Like
  • Users report slow loading times.

Facebook is ubiquitous, accessible on computers and phones. So, why not access it on your TV via the Amazon Fire TV app? This app is great for watching Facebook videos and Facebook Live content, as well as Facebook Watch original programming, such as Red Table Talk.

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Best for Kid-Friendly Cartoons: Boomerang

Boomerang Amazon Fire TV app
What We Like
  • Animated favorites from yesterday and today.

  • New episodes of Scooby-Doo Guess Who?

  • All content is family-friendly.

What We Don't Like
  • Need a paid membership for most content.

  • Even with a paid membership, some series require an additional fee.

Cartoon fans of all ages will love the Boomerang app for Fire TV, featuring shows with Scooby, Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, the Smurfs, the Flinstones, and many more. There's also a slew of new, original cartoons. Enjoy your cartoons ad-free, and download cartoons to watch on-the-go.

Download and use the app for free during its seven-day trial. After that, you're charged $4.99 per month.

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Best for Family Classics: Disney+

Disney+ app for Fire TV
What We Like
  • Watch exclusive Disney content, such as Star Wars movies.

  • Original content from big-time creators.

  • Watch on four screens at once.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires a paid subscription.

Disney+ arrived amid much fanfare and publicity for exclusive shows like The Mandalorian and special events like Hamilton. If you're a fan of classic Disney shows and movies, or if you love the Pixar, Marvel, or Star Wars franchises, this app is a must-have for your Fire TV.

While the app is free to download, you'll need to sign up for a Disney+ subscription for $6.99 per month.

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Best for Streaming Web Videos: Video & TV Cast

Video & TV Cast app for Fire TV
What We Like
  • Stream web video on HDTV displays.

  • Use an iOS or Android device to stream.

  • Comes with an integrated browser for searching.

What We Don't Like
  • Must download a corresponding iOS or Android app for it to work.

The Video & TV Cast app for Fire TV lets you browse the web and stream any video, movie, or live stream using your iOS or Android device. Stream videos from your camera roll, as well. There's no limit to how many videos you can watch and how long the videos are. This free app is a great addition to your Fire TV app collection.

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Best Workout App: Beachbody on Demand

Beachbody Amazon Fire TV app
What We Like
  • Streams hundreds of workouts for all fitness levels.

  • Closed captioning and multiple languages supported.

  • Most workouts don't require equipment.

What We Don't Like
  • Need a current Beachbody subscription to access the app.

If you have a Beachbody subscription, getting the Beachbody on Demand app for your Amazon Fire TV will be a great addition to your workout options. Choose from hundreds of workouts that range from easy to professional, and create a personal fitness library. If a move is too difficult, the app shows you easier equivalent moves. Many workouts are 30 minutes or less and require no extra fitness equipment.

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Best User-Generated Video Content: YouTube

YouTube app on Fire TV
What We Like
  • Best way to watch YouTube content on a Fire device.

  • Play YouTube videos from a phone and send videos to a TV.

  • Works with voice commands.

What We Don't Like
  • Navigating with the Fire TV Stick remote can be difficult.

The YouTube app for Amazon Fire TV devices helps you enjoy your favorite videos on the big screen, supporting multiple accounts and letting users easily browse video options or search by voice. You can also play YouTube videos on your phone and send videos to your TV to enjoy with family and friends.

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Best for Streaming Your Media: Plex

Plex app on Fire TV.
What We Like
  • Organize and stream your personal media to a TV.

  • Thousands of free movies and TV shows available without a subscription.

  • Personalized news streams available.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires a Plex Media Server to stream personal media.

The Plex app lets you stream movies, TV shows, and music from your computer to your Fire TV device, as well as watch more than 80 channels of free live programming. The great thing about Plex is the ability to stream your personal media content, including photos, movies, and shows. Plex also lets you add descriptions and artwork. To stream personal media, you'll need to set up a free Plex Media Server.

The free app has phenomenal features, or upgrade to a Plex Pass to unlock more functionality.

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Best for History Buffs: HISTORY

HISTORY app on Amazon Fire TV
What We Like
  • Watch your favorite HISTORY shows.

  • Access never-before-seen clips.

What We Don't Like
  • Content is available to stream only in the U.S.

  • You'll need to sign in with your TV provider credentials.

If you're a fan of A&E's HISTORY division, this app is a must for your Amazon Fire TV. Watch Pawn Stars, The Curse of Oak Island, Vikings, American Pickers, and more, and access new, original content. The app is free to download and use. However, content is limited unless you have a TV provider's credentials to enter.

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Best Essential App for Advanced Users: Downloader

Downloader app on Fire TV.
What We Like
  • Easily sideload powerful apps and a variety of games, emulators, and more.

  • Free to use (donations are encouraged).

What We Don't Like
  • The average Fire TV Stick or Fire TV user may not need an app like this.

Every app in this list, including Downloader, is available from the app store on your Fire Stick or Fire TV device, but the official store is just the tip of the iceberg.

Advanced users can use a technique called sideloading to install apps that aren't available in the official store, like the powerful streaming app Kodi. If you want to dip your toe into sideloading, you'll need an app like Downloader.

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Best Fire TV Weather App: Weather

Weather app for Amazon Fire TV
What We Like
  • Free to download and use.

  • Accesses your GPS to relay accurate weather conditions.

  • Weather condition animations are fun.

What We Don't Like
  • The app has ads.

The Amazon Fire TV Weather app is a simple, functional, and useful addition to any app collection. Weather is simple, intuitive, and easy to use, supporting geo-positioning to give you an accurate weather reading. Set up widgets for various locations, and get weekly and hourly forecasts. The app's climate animations make weather come alive!

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Best for Cybersecurity: ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN for Amazon Fire TV
What We Like
  • Speed optimizers prevent network slowdowns.

  • Smart Location feature finds reliable nearby servers.

  • Helps your Fire TV apps work anywhere in the world.

What We Don't Like
  • After the seven-day free trial, you'll have to purchase a monthly subscription.

If you have privacy concerns, ExpressVPN for the Fire TV Stick or Fire TV device is easy to use and install and ranks highly among Fire Stick VPNs. If you're traveling, ExpressVPN lets you change your IP address so you can use your Fire TV Stick apps anywhere you go. It encrypts your web traffic, prevents ISP throttling, and maintains maximum privacy.

ExpressVPN is free to download and use for seven days. After that, you'll need to purchase a subscription. Plans range from $6.67 to $12.95 per month.

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