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    Usability on television devices

    Hi, it took me a long time to find a podcast app for Android that worked the way I wanted it to, and BeyondPod has been great on my phone.

    I recently bought an Amazon Fire TV and rooted it. I was really hoping that BeyondPod would work as well on the AFTV for video podcasts as it does on my phone (I only listen to audio podcasts on my phone) but the UI for both BeyondPod and the Tablet version were unusable.

    Please take television usability into consideration in the future versions. The app would need to be able to navigate with D-pad, select, back and context menu buttons only.

    I've just found this beta version and I will install it and let you know how it works for me.

    Thanks!
    Joe

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    Hi and welcome to the forum.

    As with all feature requests, if enough people are interested, it will be considered for a future version.

    Julie

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    I sideloaded beyond pod 4.x to my fire tv and I was able to use it with a Logitech K400 keyboard. Root or any 3rd party framework is not necessary. To use it with the Fire TV-remote, beyond pod lacks the possibility to navigate it with the cursors.

    As beyond pod already supports chromecast, maybe it's possible to stream to a FireTV as well? Apps like "AllCast" or "AirPlay Receiver" enable DLNA on the fire TV.

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    Hi, and welcome to the forum.

    As with all enhancement / feature requests, we'll bear it in mind if there's enough demand.

    ChromeCast and FireTV use different back ends though. ChromeCast requires Google Play services, which Kindle devices don't have access to. FireTV presumably has its own equivalent (although I'm not familiar with the requirements for that).

    Julie

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    After writing the post I tried some apps. When the "AirReceiver" is installed on the FireTV, it supports AirPlay and DLNA. This App is available in the Amazon Appstore, so no root or sideloading is required. On my Phone I used "iMediaShare" or "BubbleuPnP" to stream to the Fire TV. Both are listed as "external video players" in Beyond Pod. Same works fine with my Samsung Smart TV.

    A direct support without an external app on the phone would obviously increase the usability, but I'm fine with this solution. For a direct support without another app on the phone, a support for AirPlay (allows streaming to AppleTV as well) or DLNA (allows streaming to most Smart TVs as well) would be required in Beyond Pod.

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    Thanks for the update

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    would love if BeyondPod could run on my FireTV stick! I have Kodi on there, but being able to sync my played podcasts to BeyondPod on my phone would make it much more convenient!

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    Well, that's two requests

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    Agree.... It would be great to have a functional version of Beyondpod for the FireTV stick.

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