NBC’s Peacock streaming service has just launched, but Amazon Fire TVs are being released.
As with the arrival of HBO Max at the end of May, NBCUniversal and Amazon are currently locking in a lot of money-related issues, such as how to split revenue from advertising, and it does not sound like they will work it out anytime soon. . NBCUniversal is also fighting with Roku on similar grounds, so Peacock is not available on that platform either.
The good news for Fire TV users is that there is a solution and the same thing that allows HBO Max to run on Fire TV devices today: Just download the Android TV version of the Peacock app on your Fire TV device instead. The installation is a bit of a hassle, but the app itself works well.
How to get Peacock up and running on your Fire TV Stick, Fire TV streaming box, Fire TV Cube or Fire TV Edition TV.
Turn on Fire TV side charge
If you have not already enabled “page charging”; on Fire TV – that is, the ability to install apps outside of Amazon’s official Appstore – you need to do so first.
Start by installing the Downloader app from the Amazon Appstore. You can install it remotely through your browser or just search for “Downloader” with your Alexa remote control on the Fire TV itself.
After installing it, go to Settings, scroll to “My Fire TV” and then select “Developer Options”.
In this menu, you enable both ADB troubleshooting and Apps from unknown sources. When you see the scary warning about the security risks of unapproved apps, just press “Turn on.” You can always disable “Apps from unknown sources” after installing Peacock.
For some newer Fire TVs, you may see an option for “Install unknown apps” instead of “Apps from unknown sources.” If so, click this option and then set Downloader to “On” in the next menu.
Download and install the Peacock app
For the next step, we will install the app from a third party website called APKMirror. The actual APK installation file is here for reference, but we only use a short link in the Downloader app to install it directly.
Open the Downloader app and click “Allow” when prompted. Then, go to the “Browser” section of the app.
Scroll up to the address bar and select it, clear the address bar with the on-screen keyboard and enter the following URL in the text field exactly as shown below:
Do you get a “Prohibited“Wrong? This is because you entered the address in the “Home” section of the Downloader, rather than in the “Browser” section. Scroll down to the browser section and try again.
Now wait until the “Install” menu appears. Depending on your Fire TV, it will either be a full screen prompt or a pop-up like the one shown in the image below. Select “Install” and then press “Open.”
If you do not open the app directly and it is not in the Recents line, you will find it at the bottom of your complete app list, available by long pressing the home button and selecting “Apps”.
Once in the app, you can create a new account or log in with one that you have already created. If you have an Android device, I suggest you create an account on that device first, as you are entitled to a three-month free Peacock Premium service due to an agreement between NBCUniversal and Google. You should receive an offer via email shortly after you sign up. (It is possible that you will also receive the offer by registering via Fire TV, as it is technically the Android TV version of the app, but I have not confirmed this.)
Important last step: Right now, the Peacock app will not play any video until you restart your Fire TV. To do so, go to Settings> My Fire TV and then select “Restart.”
As with the side-loaded version of HBO Max, the same disclaimer applies here: When Amazon and NBCU resolve their differences and officially launch the Peacock app, you want to uninstall it here and reinstall the official version instead of getting the latest updates.
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