With the Fire TV devices from Amazon, you can not only watch Prime Video, Netflix and YouTube, but also live TV – the German television program. We'll show you here at GIGA what free and paid options are available to watch the live streams of TV channels on Fire TV.
The public broadcasters: ARD & ZDF
If the public broadcasters are enough for TV entertainment, all you really need to do is install the Fire TV apps from ARD and ZDF.
With the ARD app you can receive all German ÖR channels such as NDR, MDR, WDR, BR, 3sat, arte & Co. If you also want to watch ZDF, ZDFneo and ZDFinfo, you need the ZDF app for Fire TV. Both apps can of course be used free of charge – apart from the license fee.
The private ones: RTL & ProSiebenSat.1
With “Joyn”, ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery offer their stations and the public broadcasters together in one app – free of charge. Here, however, you have to "endure" additional advertising and SD quality from the private broadcasters. If you want to see everything in HD, receive additional pay TV channels and use the entire video-on-demand offer from “Joyn”, you need the paid “Joyn PLUS +” subscription (6.99 euros / month).
There is no free live stream from the RTL stations. You can watch the official live streams from RTL, VOX, NITRO & Co. with the premium subscription (4.99 euros / month) from RTL + (formerly TVNOW).
Everything under one roof: Magenta TV, waipu.tv & Zattoo
If you don't want to switch back and forth between different apps in order to have RTL, ProSieben and the third party "next to each other", you should use one of the paid TV streaming services on the Fire TV device. In addition to the function of being able to comfortably zap through all public and private channels, these offer even more advantages.
In addition to the established channels, there are also small niche channels and a winding and recording function. In addition, you can expand your program variety with additional packages to include pay TV channels or foreign live TV. We have summarized the various TV apps that are available for Fire TV devices for you here:
Provider package (price / month) Channel functions Magenta TV Standard ( 10 euros) 74 channels (HD) pay-TV and sports channels, cloud recorders, restart & timeshift, megathek, Magenta-TV-Originals & RTL + Premium waipu .tv Free Comfort ( 5.99 euros) Perfect Plus ( 12.99 euros) 75 channels (SD) 119 channels (SD) 166 channels (HD) Only in the chargeable options: cloud recorder, pause & restart broadcast, pay TV channels can be booked (included in Perfect) Zattoo Free Premium ( 9.99 euros) Ultimate ( 13.99 euros) 76 channels (SD) 96 channels (HD) 96 channels (HD) cloud recorder (only Ultimate), additional TVs -Packages can be booked, restart and live pause, on-demand content