Install apps on Fire TV without Amazon App Store

The Problem

Again and again it happens that you like an app or even a certain newer version of an app, which is not available through the Amazon App Store, but you would like to have it on your Fire TV. This is possible in principle by a so-called SideLoad, but not quite as easy as from the Amazon Store. Of course, the user must be aware that installing Android apps bypassing the Amazon App Store is risky, but manageable. Because the Android OS separates apps from each other quite effectively, so that no undesirable side effects occur.

There are several methods, two of which are chosen here. First of all, the Fire TV has to be prepared for the installation of external apps:

Prepare the Amazon Fire TV for later direct installation of apps

Make a note of the IP-Adress of your Fire TV.  You find it on your Fire TV über Home -> Einstellungen -> Gerät -> Info -> Netzwerk.  Die Ziffernfolge dort brauchst Du später für die Installation – z.B. 192.168.178.43

Apps unbekannter Herkunft zulassen

Home -> Settings -> Device -> Developer options -> Apps from Unknown Sources -> ON

ADB-Debugging an

Home -> Settings -> Device -> Developer options -> ADB-Debugging -> ON

USB-Debugging ON (optional)

(You only need this when Amazon Fire and your PV are not in the same Network and you have to use USB to connect both of them)

Home -> Settings -> Device -> Developer options -> USB-Debugging -> ON

Uninstall an already existing app with a different version

For the installation to be possible, an already existing version of the same app must be uninstalled.

Go to Home – > Settings ->Applications – Manage Installed Applications

Select the App to be uninstalled -> Uninstall -> Uninstall

(This is also done directly with the tools of the two methods described below)

Alternative A: Installation with Apps2Fire from your Android SmartPhone

Installation is very easy if you have an Android SmartPhone or Tablet. From this it is very easy to push any app that is already installed there on the Amazon Fire. This happens in the following steps: (a) Installation of Appt2Fire on your Android Smartphone or Tablet

Visit the Google Play Store and search Apps2Fire (Original) from Koni

Install, Open and connect to your Fire TV:

Go to Settings and enter the IP address of your Fire TV, which you have noted before. If there is a problem with the connection to the fire, please check this IP address again.

A particular convenience of the Apps2Fire app is the possibility to search for the device in the net by clicking on the magnifying glass. A network search is started. Simply select the device and the IP address is so easily taken over.

Install UlangoTV 2.0 from the Google Play Store on your SmartPhone / Tablet. Go to the Play Store and search for “ulangotv2”. If you found UlangoTV IPTV Explorer 2.0, install this app.

Now go to the tab “Local Apps” and look for the entry UlangoTV 2.0 (tv.ulango.ulangotv2). Click and Install. A popup should be “Info – Installation successful – UlangoTV 2.0”. That’s it!

Alternative B: Installation with the PC Program adbLink

First install the latest version of the adbLink application on your Windows, Mac or Linux PC.
Search for “adblink jacola” with your browser. The link to jacola.com should be in the first place.

Go there and look up the corresponding links for download for the operating system of your PC.

AdbLink 3.1 for Windows Mirror
AdbLink 3.1 for OS X 10.7 or greater Mirror
AdbLink 3.1 for x86_64 Linux Mirror

I have put no links here intentionally, as these should always be ta from the website jacola.com. Follow the instructions for installing adbLink on your OS Variant.

After the start, the connection to your Fire TV must first be established. If you have started the latest version 3.1, just go to the “Ad Hoc IP” field and enter the IP-Address that you wrote down in the preparation. Then Connect. In the window above, “Connected devices” should show your IP address and “Connection status” should be “IP connection”.

Now you are ready for an installation of the APK to the Fire TV.

Download the APK from our website on your PC: http://apk.ulango.tv/20
There should be a single .apk file on your PC. Please do not unpack! (Windows users may have to make the file extensions visible through the File Explorer to distinguish directories from individual files)

Now click on “Install APK” in adbLink. Navigate to the APK file you just downloaded. After opening and answering the popup with “yes” the installation starts. Final message should be “APK (s) installed”

Transfer the App UlangoTV to the Home menu -> Current

To make sure that the app does not always have to be started from the Manage Installed Applications on Fire TV, it is convenient to transfer the app to the Home -> Current menu.

Go to the Home -> “Your Apps & Games” menu. This menu may be empty – doesn’t matter. Go to the end of this menu. There is either nothing or “All displays”. Press and hold the Home button until either a grid with all the installed apps appears, or until a screen appears, with which you can normally switch to sleep mode. Just click on the apps icon on the left and the grid with all installed apps appears. Search the yellow / blue / magenta diamond symbol of UlangoTV. Start the app. This brings the app to the first position of the Home menu -> Current and can be restarted very easily next time.

 

 

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UlangoTV 2 – Yellow – Blue – Magenta now makes sense!

Now it’s colorful! From UlangoTV 2.0, IPTV streams and channels will in the future be divided into 4 color categories of usability to provide us and our users with a legally secured status. For a long time, we have been working on how to bring a version of UlangoTV to the App Stores, which can not lead to complaints from content owners and is completely safe for the users. Result is a color scheme, which we now introduce with this version. The colors are already known from our logo: yellow, blue and magenta. In addition, color red, with which we identify channels, which are adult or for which there is an official request, do not show these channels.

In the Yellow basic version the app is free for all registered users, but will be delivered with advertising in the future. In the Blue version, users can access more channels via their own search queries, but they are likely to be legal broadcasts too. The magenta version also covers streams, which are only covered by short-term test streams of possibly illegal broadcasters.

Yellow: Streams for all registered users free!

Gelb: Streams für alle registrierten User kostenfrei!

Yellow streams have been known to us for more than 6 months. Registered users can see these streams for free. Adult streams are excludes from this category.

For yellow streams, we assume that they are sent legally by broadcasters. Typically these ‘official’ streams are without license problems. Restricted to yellow streams the app can therefore be used by anyone without problems.

Once we learn that a sender  is protected with exclusive global distribution rights, the corresponding streams are red for all users.
As soon as we learn that a channel is protected in a region with exclusive distribution rights, it will be red for registered users from the region.
As soon as we learn or see 😉 that a station is adult, all the related streams are red.

Yellow streams take a special status in that they no longer participate in the short-term periodical quality control. So we can not remove them so easily from the system. This is done manually only by administrators, if there are a lot of corresponding user reports. The yellow streams run in the long term, but their quality is often less good.

The higher resolution streams are often found among the blue and magenta.

Yellow streams are free for all registered users..

Blue: Streams for Premium or Trial with unknown license status

Blau: Streams für Premium oder Trial mit ungeklärtem Lizenzstatus

Blue streams have been known to us for at least 6 weeks. Also these are usually ‘official’ streams without license problems. Trial users can see these streams, but you must explicitly give us search orders so that we can search for them on the Internet.

After 6 months, blue streams will automatically turn yellow.

For blue streams, too, we assume that they are legally sent by broadcasters. 6 weeks availability on the net is a long time and one can assume that the operators of the server are either particularly bold or have a license for the distribution.

However, we are cautious in these cases, and the user must give us a special search order on the “My Search Orders” page of our website, which we then execute in his responsibility to release the streams. He can take back the release at any time.

Analogous to the yellow streams:

Once we learn that a channel is protected with exclusive global distribution rights, the corresponding streams are red for all users.
As soon as we learn that a channel is protected in a region with exclusive distribution rights, it will be red for users registered from the region.
As soon as we learn that a channel is adult, all the related streams are red.

In the settings on the website you can adjust, that only yellow or also blue streams are visible. Yellow is the default setting.

Blue streams require at least a trial subscription, which registered users can only use at most once within six months. In special cases, e.g. now with the introduction of 2.0 this 6-month interval is reset.

Magenta: Probably illegal streams only for Premium users under tight restrictions

Magenta: wahrscheinlich illegal gesendete Streams nur für Premium User unter Einschränkungen

Magenta streams are usually short-lived and have only been known to us recently. These streams are likely to originate from unlicensed sources. Premium users must give us a special search order to search for such streams at their own risk. The streams with the best quality can be found in this category, but with high fluctuation, since they are mostly test streams with a very short period of validity.

After 6 weeks magenta streams turn blue automatically.

For magenta streams, we are even more cautious and the user has to give us a special search order, which we then execute in its responsibility to unblock these streams. He can take back the release at any time.

In the settings on the website one can adjust that yellow, or also blue or also magenta streams are released. Yellow is the default setting.

Only premium users can see magenta streams. A premium subscription can be ordered via the UlangoTV Shop on the website.

Red: Protected streams for users who know what they are doing.

Rot: geschützte Streams für User, die wissen, was sie da tun.

There are always users, who find ways to make protected streams visible. The method is simple: one searches the network for appropriate m3u lists and then hand it over to one of the many available players. Also UlangoTV can be used as a player in this way. The premium user can raise his self-restriction to the red level in the “My Search Orders”. Legal restrictions differ in various parts of the world. The user himself is liable to comply with local restrictions.

 

General Remarks

General remarks

The color of a stream is indicated in the app by a colored button.

The color of a channel is displayed on the website by a colored button. Yellow is not displayed in the app, in order not to disturb the appearance of the lists unnecessarily. All channels also appear in the search engines. In the case of the blue and magenta streams, it is explicitly pointed out that a user can only access these stations via search queries or uploaded m3u lists.

You can test and use the functionality of the system without paying. Effectively, the app is free for free (yellow) streams – which are currently at least 2000 streams

It is now solely the responsibility of the users, what they take from the search results for IPTV streams. With the color scheme, we are the only service provider to differentiate the set of streams and make it visible and controllable for everyone, what is to be included in the search results. Because we deliberately do not distribute URLs and make the streams visible only in a “black box player” UlangoTV, we also prevent the possibility that a user uses the URLs to create illegal copies or for “re-streaming”. This allows us to meet the requirements of content owners, so that the app can now be distributed without any doubt in the app stores like any other IPTV player.

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Updates on UlangoTV for Amazon Fire TV and Samsung SmartTV

update

Betatest UlangoTV on Amazon Fire TV

We are overwhelmed by the response to our app on the Amazon Fire TV devices. Although the app is still in testing stage we were able to climb the first places in the Amazon store for important keywords relating to IPTV.

In the last update we have first done a lot for the stability. For this purpose we have implemented, like we did for the Samsung SmartTV devices, an anonymous monitoring, which gives us information about the quality of the streams. We use this information to improve and adapt the selection of the streams to the specific hardware.

Changes

  • Bug fix: avoid termination for unknown video states
  • Feedback at the start of a stream
  • Implementation of an anonymous Stream Quality Monitoring

Plans for the near future

  • Support for other protocols in streaming player and better stability
  • Definition of playlists from within the app

UlangoTV on Samsung SmartTV – J-Series (Tizen)

Unfortunately, again, Samsung changed the installation of user apps. After the update of the J-Series to  the 1422 firmware, installation of apps via USB no longer functions. Apps can now be loaded only directly from the Samsung App Store or with the Samsung SDK for developers.

We recommend our customers to postpone upgrading the firmware for Tizen.

We strive to get our app officially into the Samsung App Store as soon as possible.

UlangoTV on other Android Devices

So far UlangoTV been tested only on TV boxes. We are working hard to offer UlangoTV on other Android devices like tablets or smartphones. Schedules, we can not call now.

UlangoTV on other OSes

We get lots of requests for Ulango TV on other operating systems (IOS, Linux, LG, Sony, Philips, etc). Unfortunately, we are still very limited in our development capabilities currently and need to focus on a few platforms. So no promises on this issue.

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