The Fire TV is one of the fastest-growing media players ever. In just two years it has moved into the second or third spot for cord cutters depending on what survey you look at. But there is a lot of room for improvement in the little player.
Here are the top three things the Fire TV needs to fix.
1st My Library
The My Library section of the Fire TV is painful to use for two reasons. First it’s just a long list of movies and TV shows, and, second, it always lists what you just watched first. I have over 100 seasons of TV shows and a ton of movies in My Library and having everything in one list makes it difficult to use. Ideally I would like to see the Amazon Video Channel on the Roku My Library layout with two rows—one for movies and one for TV shows—be used on the Fire TV.
As for moving content you watched to the front of the list—movies should automatically be moved to the end when finished. It is unlikely that I will go back and rewatch a movie I just finished, so move it to the end. It makes sense for TV shows to remain at the top because you may be in the middle of a season.
The Fire TV does a great job featuring Amazon content, but if you have a ton of apps it can be hard to find what you want. I have a lot of apps on my Fire TV, and whenever I want to find one I don’t use I have to go down to the App section and scroll until I find it, which often adds many extra clicks.
The Fire TV has recently updated the Apps section to allow some apps to be broken into different categories, but there is still room for improvement here to make apps more featured on the Fire TV.
The Fire TV sends too many emails to my phone. Every time I add a free app to my device I get an email. If I watch a free non-Prime video, I get an email. I do not want an email if the app was free. Amazon needs to stop treating the Fire TV as if it is part of the Amazon Website and more like a standalone player that does not need to email you every time you check out a new app.
Many of these issues seem to be easy fixes, especially the emails. The Fire TV is a great device and is inches from possibly blowing away the competition; however, there are several glaring errors holding it back. Hopefully Amazon can fix these and allow the Fire TV to jump ahead of the competition.