Plex is available on Amazon’s new Fire TV!

04.02.14 218 Comments

[Just to note, the Amazon App Store sale has now ended.]

If you’ve been using Plex for a while, you know it’s our goal—nay, our passion, our healthy obsession—to make it available everywhere. It’s your media, and we want you to be able to access it wherever you are, on whatever device happens to be in your hand or in your living room.

We’re thus extremely happy to announce that Plex is available on Amazon’s awesome new Fire TV at launch. We’ve been impressed with the performance of the device, and we’re happy to report that Plex runs great on it.

In order to celebrate the launch, the app is going on sale for just 99 cents. [The sale has now ended.] Of course, if you’ve already bought it for your Kindle Fire, it’ll be free.

So go get your stream on!

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  • Thanks Elan for your quick response. I am logged in using my username and password. I have the same setup on my roku box.

    I just can’t seem to find the channel section on the Fire stick. Only sections I see is My Library, ON Deck and My Media. Should I be going in the settings to activate something?
    The Amazon app lay out is so different then the Roku box.

    Please help! How do I access channels?

    Thanks

    • @Vi ~ Channels are available, select (I think it’s) “Online” on the left (or is it “Social”?) Sorry, AFK.

  • Do you need the Plex Pass to use Plex on Amazon’s Fire TV?

  • very good

  • Hey Elan, Has the Direct Stream/no audio problem been addressed on the AF? If not, are there any set top devices where audio works with Direct Stream?

    • @Scotty ~ Sorry, I’m not aware of such an issue, is there a forum thread about it?

  • @ Elan, Sorry. perhaps I am not using the incorrect terminology. See here.
    https://blog.plex.tv/2014/04/02/plex-available-amazons-fire-tv/comment-page-2/#comments
    I believe the term may be passthrough ? I currently have Roku 3. If I choose Direct Stream, the video is lovely, but no sound. It I allow Transcoding, I get lots of delays and choppy. It appears the CPU on my PMS goes to 100% when it transcodes the mkv files with DTS. to my Roku. I was hoping this wasn’t a problem with AF.

    • @Scotty ~ Ah, interesting. Sounds like your CPU is overloaded during Direct Stream, but not sure why you don’t have audio. Is it possible you’ve enabled some DD/5.1 setting which shouldn’t be enabled?

  • damn I wish I could get one for my students lol

  • I’m considering buying a used laptop to run plex server for use with my FireTV stick. I see the Plex FireTV app was updated recently, has it solved these bugs? Or should I just not bother setting up the server?

  • I Paid for activation through Amazon. I paid for it on my fire tv stick but every time I try to watch anything after a few minutes it asks me to activate. I feel that this is in error or is it just a glitch in the system?

    • @William DeChick ~ we’ve been working with Amazon to resolve these issues; things are much better now, but a few users (such as yourself) are still seeing problems. We should have it completely resolved shortly.

  • @Elan Just checking to see if there’s any update on the DD/DTS passthrough issue. Any chance Amazon fixes the problem or am I out of luck?

    • @Bill B ~ sorry, we’re still waiting for Amazon to release an update which fixes this.

  • When is plex going to go back to the previous layout on Amazon Fire TV instead of the new layout? Previous one was much better fro browsing movies folder.

  • I too am having the activation issue. I paid for the app and it worked great for one night. Now it has gone back to asking for activation after 1 minute or so.

  • I would really really really really really like to have the ability to utilize the playlists I have created, within the Plex app on Amazon Firestick. Any eta on when this feature will be included?

    • @Bryan ~ No ETA, but it’s coming!

  • Hello! I would like to know if fire tv stick can direct stream mp4 files with srt subtitles or need transcoding. Thanks.

    • @Theo ~ I don’t believe so, if the SRT subs are embedded in the MP4.

  • hello, I bought the app in google play, but I can not use it on fire tv, when I put the username and password tells me to buy the one time activation app again in amazon , as I do to access tv fire with that purchase?

    • @Rob ~ The FireTV is a totally different store than Google Play, purchases don’t transfer over.

  • I bought the FireTV-stick and installed the Plex app. The app has found my Plex server easily and also shows the contents of my media libraries But if I now want to play video or music, it takes approximately 1 minute and then it stops playing.
    However, if i cast the videos and music via PLEX web interface or smartphone app to FireTV stick, it plays from there without any problems. Just the FireTv-App stops after one minute of playing.
    i tried everything such as quality or experimental Payer in the video settings. Without any success!
    What can it be?

    • @Felix ~ hmm, that sounds like it thinks you’re still in demo mode (which limits playback to 1 minute). Email plexpass at plex dot tv and they can lend a hand.

  • When trailers will be available for FireTV for Plex Pass users?

    • @Andre ~ there is an update in the works for FireTV, which will have trailers and other features as well, but I can’t give you a specific timeframe for it.

  • I fired up plex on my Amazon fire stick for the first time in a month. It logs me in, but every time I try to play a video it prompts me to sign in, which I do, but the video stops after a minute.

    • @Matt ~ Please contact our support (plexpass at plex dot tv). Sounds like you’re running into an issue we’re trying to track down with Amazon.

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