Today we’re excited to announce that the new Element Electronics 4K Ultra HD Smart TV – Amazon Fire TV Edition is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com, starting at $449.99.[Read More]
Last December, we began rolling out a brand new user interface for Fire TV that puts your content front and center for customers. Customer reaction to the new UI has been overwhelmingly positive, and we continue to innovate to bring new ways to drive deeper engagement with your apps and games.
In an upcoming release, the Fire TV home screen will have a new row called “Recommended By Your Apps.” This row will show content recommendations that your app sends, assuming the customer has your app installed and opened it at least once. Recommendations on the Fire TV home screen will promote deeper engagement and loyalty for your apps.[Read More]
In our upcoming webinar, Build and Test Web-based Apps for TV using Amazon Web App Starter Kit, Amazon Technology Evangelist, Mario Viviani will share how easy it is to deploy a fully fledged TV app on Fire TV using WASK.[Read More]
Today we are excited to announce that the all-new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, the most powerful streaming media stick available, is coming to the UK and Germany. The next generation Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote will also be available in Japan this April.[Read More]
The media landscape has undergone momentous changes since The Economist first rolled off the printing presses in 1843. This weekly newspaper has had a web presence for ten years, but recently direct competitors and social networks have begun to vie for a slice of their readers’ time. The Economist had to react.[Read More]
Late last year, Amazon announced an over-the-air (OTA) update that brings support for standard Android notifications to Fire TV. To help developers make the most of this new update, we sat down with our Developer Evangelists to compile a list of our top tips for developing a well-planned push notification strategy. The result is our newest eBook: Best Practices for Push Notifications.[Read More]
Amazon is excited to announce our newest Fire TV experience, with Alexa Voice Remote, designed specifically for smart TVs. Amazon Fire TV Edition elevates the smart TV experience by integrating the Fire TV experience directly into a new range of hardware from Seiki, Westinghouse and Element Electronics. The new smart TVs will help increase the reach of your apps by introducing them to a new host of customers, in the living room. If you are already developing for Fire TV your apps should automatically work on the new Amazon Fire TV Edition, for those interested in submitting to Fire TV, please take a look at our documentation.[Read More]
If you’re considering building a media-based app for Fire TV, Amazon provides two frameworks to help you get started and accelerate your development: Web App Starter Kit for Fire TV (WASK) and Fire App Builder. In this post, we are going to take a high-level look at each of these frameworks, the particular skill sets they are built for and variations in their feature sets. Let’s first take a look at WASK for Fire TV.[Read More]
In parts 1-5 of this series we followed the user journey on Fire TV from browsing and content discovery to reading the details of specific content and performing an action. Now we end our journey on the best part: how to play the video!
In a Leanback-enabled project, playing video content is performed within the PlaybackOverlayActivity.
The UI of the PlaybackOverlayActivity is simple. We have a full-screen video player that is responsible for playing the content. On top of the video player is the PlaybackOverlayFragment, which is responsible for displaying all the media controls and managing the underlying content play back.