The Fire TV home screen might look a lot different to cord-cutters next month

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Amazon Fireplace TV customers will begin seeing a significant change on their streaming gamers subsequent month, as Amazon rolls out its greatest interface overhaul in additional than 4 years.

The brand new Fireplace TV expertise has been out there on Amazon’s third-generation Fireplace TV Stick and Fireplace TV Stick Lite since December, however Sandeep Gupta, Amazon’s VP and GM for Fireplace TV, stated in an interview that extra gadgets will begin getting the replace in March. These embody the Fireplace TV Stick 4K, first- and second-gen Fireplace TV Dice, and the pendant-shaped Fireplace TV.

With the replace, Amazon is making an attempt to simplify its previously chaotic menu system with fewer redundant sections and simpler methods to browse for content material. The brand new interface additionally provides system-wide consumer profile assist, so that every member of the family can have their very own personalised house display.

“It’s a large change in navigation mannequin, in discovery, and all the pieces else, and we needed to guarantee that prospects received it, understood it, and preferred the place it’s going earlier than we rolled it out to everybody,” Gupta stated.

It’s actually an enchancment over the earlier interface, however as I’ve discovered from utilizing it myself, it additionally preserves a couple of of the Fireplace TV’s outdated frustrations.

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With the brand new interface, Amazon has tried to rein in a few of the sprawl that made Fireplace TV gadgets powerful to navigate. Whereas Fireplace TV gadgets used to have separate top-level menus at no cost content material, films, TV exhibits, and apps, the brand new interface consolidates all these sections into one menu, referred to as “Discover.”

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With the “Discover” part, Amazon has pared 4 menus right down to a single hub for locating issues to look at.

That leaves simply 4 fundamental areas for navigation, together with the Dwelling part, the Library for video purchases and watchlist gadgets, a Dwell part for linear video streams, and Discover.

On the identical time, Amazon has discovered extra locations through which to cram suggestions. Your six favourite apps now sit proper subsequent to the Fireplace TV’s top-level menus, they usually can every counsel films and exhibits to look at once you scroll over them. The aforementioned Discover menu additionally has new genre-based classes, reminiscent of Drama, Westerns, and Comedy Films.


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