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Tv anywhere. Is it available on android based TVs.

Some Sony and Philips TVs have android operating systems, as does the Amazon fire TV stick. Does Virgin TV anywhere work on these systems. Does anyone have any experience of using TV anywhere on a Android TV system or via the Amazon fire TV stick? Is there an app available? Is it fully functional?
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Firestick has an app which you can control via to a mouse through the mobile, so the interface would not be a problem.

I have sideloaded Now TV onto the firestick and it works ok
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fatblokefletch wrote:
Firestick has an app which you can control via to a mouse through the mobile, so the interface would not be a problem.

I have sideloaded Now TV onto the firestick and it works ok

well it costs nothing to try a sideload and test, see if you get as far as a "register this device" screen. I am still skeptical though - its hard enough getting TVA to work on approved devices even Smiley Happy

it will cost you one of your precious one-per-month device activations to continue & remember there's a two device global limit also for TVA in your account

the real show stopper will be the built in block that dis-allows the app from displaying on any external screen., it's going to class the HDMI out from fire stick to TV as an external device, and block it, just like it would a HDMi cable running from an otherwise approved  HDMi capable tablet into your TV.

there are some older threads on this board saying that e.g. 

 "as the licencing prevents TV Anywhere on mobile devices from outputting to a TV then there would be little point making a app for the fire stick as it has no build in screen so wouldn't be allowed to work under the rules the channels have set"
http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/TV-on-the-go/Is-Virgin-TV-Anywhere-going-to-be-on-Amazons-Fire-T...

FYI  if I go to my apps and devices at amazon, I see my copy of TVA ( which works on my FIre HDX tablet) but am told it is not compatible with my Fire TV / Fire TV stick.

IF you choose to press on & see for yourself: ( & please post results if you do )

how I'd sideload it: From an android tablet install an app backup/restore utility , then copy the TVA .apk to a PC shared folder via es explorer, then copy from there  over LAN to the stick via es explorer on stick. l [ or if you are starting with a google tablet, there's  something called APPS2FIRE in the pay store which I have never tried) 

Launching sideloaded apps on the stick is a pain though as they will not show on main menus, unless you install more workaround stuff to patch that issue.

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No, it's not available.
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it will not work on fire tv / fire tv stick. I very much doubt that it will run on android TV, even if sideloaded. those tVs are designed to run only what is in their own app store or built-in.

Also, the TV anywhere app expects a touch screen interface. so even if you somehow sideload it you'd have no controls !

 

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Firestick has an app which you can control via to a mouse through the mobile, so the interface would not be a problem.

I have sideloaded Now TV onto the firestick and it works ok
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fatblokefletch wrote:
Firestick has an app which you can control via to a mouse through the mobile, so the interface would not be a problem.

I have sideloaded Now TV onto the firestick and it works ok

well it costs nothing to try a sideload and test, see if you get as far as a "register this device" screen. I am still skeptical though - its hard enough getting TVA to work on approved devices even Smiley Happy

it will cost you one of your precious one-per-month device activations to continue & remember there's a two device global limit also for TVA in your account

the real show stopper will be the built in block that dis-allows the app from displaying on any external screen., it's going to class the HDMI out from fire stick to TV as an external device, and block it, just like it would a HDMi cable running from an otherwise approved  HDMi capable tablet into your TV.

there are some older threads on this board saying that e.g. 

 "as the licencing prevents TV Anywhere on mobile devices from outputting to a TV then there would be little point making a app for the fire stick as it has no build in screen so wouldn't be allowed to work under the rules the channels have set"
http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/TV-on-the-go/Is-Virgin-TV-Anywhere-going-to-be-on-Amazons-Fire-T...

FYI  if I go to my apps and devices at amazon, I see my copy of TVA ( which works on my FIre HDX tablet) but am told it is not compatible with my Fire TV / Fire TV stick.

IF you choose to press on & see for yourself: ( & please post results if you do )

how I'd sideload it: From an android tablet install an app backup/restore utility , then copy the TVA .apk to a PC shared folder via es explorer, then copy from there  over LAN to the stick via es explorer on stick. l [ or if you are starting with a google tablet, there's  something called APPS2FIRE in the pay store which I have never tried) 

Launching sideloaded apps on the stick is a pain though as they will not show on main menus, unless you install more workaround stuff to patch that issue.

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Re: Tv anywhere. Is it available on android based TVs.

Remember that VM do a slick business in Multiroom boxes. Its not in their interests to make it easy for you to use TVA on a second TV & avoid paying for a second box

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