March 25, 2023

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Amazon block guide apps on Fire TV including Plex

As content keeps moving between different streaming services, it turns out that Google TV does, too A lifeboat of some kind In facilitating knowledge of the content available on any service. Some third-party apps have since found ways to replicate this, but Amazon blocks the Guide functionality on its Fire TV platform.

The Google TV Content Guide allows the platform to show you where movies and TV shows are available to stream or buy. In many cases, these pages are allowed to “link to” in other applications. Searching for “office,” for example, brings up a button that can bring up the view directly using the Peacock app.

Plex picked up similar functionality across its various apps last year. Like Google TV, it can find shows and movies across services and link directly to them.

But as Techhive Reports indicate that the “Guide” feature on Plex, called “Discover,” is now blocked on Amazon Fire TV. This is because Amazon has apparently changed its policies to block apps on Fire TV from deep linking to other apps, though Amazon has yet to confirm such a change. This is obviously a shame for users, but it’s not the only platform that prevents such behavior. Roku similarly blocks third-party apps from deep linking to other apps, which is why Plex never launched its “Discover” feature there in the first place. It’s definitely a user-friendly move, and it’s a shame to see it.

Over the past year, Amazon has taken a similar step in Banning third party launchersbut it also made some gains when a deal was struck Allow Google Android TV partners to create Fire TV devices.

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