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mxpress

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#304244 17-Apr-2023 14:13
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Hi.  Can anyone give me a "non Geek" way to install Freeview on my Fire stick max 4k please?  I am in New Plymouth and would be happy to pay for advice.  Amazon and FreeviewNZ were unable to assist.





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liquidcore
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  #3064512 17-Apr-2023 14:33
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It's not natively supported, however there are workarounds (mods please delete if this is not allowed)

 

Download an app called 'Downloader' from the Amazon app store then point it at Matt Huisman's download link for the Freeview apk.

 

You will need to also enable Developer Options to allow apps from unknown sources - the guides to do this are here and here.


 
 
 

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  #3064515 17-Apr-2023 14:45
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I noticed that it was available to download for my Sony TV in the play store, so it looks like they have opened up the app to more devices, as I don't recall it used to be available. But I have no idea why they don't open it up to Google Tv and Fire TV, as I thought the Freeview organisation wanted to get more users using Freeview? I have previously used the official dongle they marketed via their site and it  kept freezing and losing connectivity, but never had any problem with the app on other devices.


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  #3064523 17-Apr-2023 15:25
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 I asked Amazone and they pointed me to freeviewnz.tv but I couldn't find any way to download the app from there.  I asked Freeview for help but have yet to get a reply.





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  #3064553 17-Apr-2023 18:16
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liquidcore:

 

It's not natively supported, however there are workarounds (mods please delete if this is not allowed)

 

Download an app called 'Downloader' from the Amazon app store then point it at Matt Huisman's download link for the Freeview apk.

 

You will need to also enable Developer Options to allow apps from unknown sources - the guides to do this are here and here.

 

 

Excellent guide. clunky to type in url but a lot easier than installing on a google tv stick.

 

runs faster too.





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  #3064742 18-Apr-2023 07:44
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antoniosk:

 

liquidcore:

 

It's not natively supported, however there are workarounds (mods please delete if this is not allowed)

 

Download an app called 'Downloader' from the Amazon app store then point it at Matt Huisman's download link for the Freeview apk.

 

You will need to also enable Developer Options to allow apps from unknown sources - the guides to do this are here and here.

 

 

Excellent guide. clunky to type in url but a lot easier than installing on a google tv stick.

 

runs faster too.

 

 

That downlaoder app is available for android (the Fire TV runs a fork of android).

 

You can install it on your Chromecast with google TV.

 

Look for "Downloader by AFTVnews" in the google play store. BTW, The guy that runs that site (aftvnews.com) created that downloader app.

 

Didn't know the Freeview NZ app actually ran on the Fire Stick - I thought I had seen that it wouldnt. Will give it a go.





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  #3065394 19-Apr-2023 11:03
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The 'unlocked' Freeview app works perfectly on the Amazon Fire TV 4k Max.

 

Thanks for the posts here - I just assumed it wouldnt work on the AFTV.

 

I had been looking for a decent app that would support the Freeview NZ streams and it turns out I didnt need it.

 

I tried it on my Chromecast with Google TV a while back (before I replaced it with the AFTV) and it was very unreliable and didnt work at all well.





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  #3065399 19-Apr-2023 11:18
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I loaded it on my Chromecast Google TV a few weeks back. The quality of the playback seems quite low, and it glitches quite a bit. Seeing the same TV1 on TV1+ is a world of difference. 

 

Unless there is some way to up the quality of the output I don't think its really worth the effort unless you are desperate.




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  #3080053 27-May-2023 13:33
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liquidcore:

 

It's not natively supported, however there are workarounds (mods please delete if this is not allowed)

 

Download an app called 'Downloader' from the Amazon app store then point it at Matt Huisman's download link for the Freeview apk.

 

You will need to also enable Developer Options to allow apps from unknown sources - the guides to do this are here and here.

 

 

Thanks for this info.  I have side-loaded Freeview onto the latest Amazon Fire Stick 4k and it is working well. 


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