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amazon fire tv september 2017

The Amazon Fire TV now has web browsing skills. The streaming box recently added the Silk and Firefox web browsers to its arsenal, meaning you can browse the web on your TV just as you would on your phone, tablet or laptop.

You'll find the apps in the Amazon Appstore, accessed from the Fire TV itself. Or you can download them through Amazon on your desktop web browser, and then transfer them to your streaming box.

"With full web browsers on Fire TV, our customer entertainment and information options are greatly expanded," said Marc Whitten, vice president of Amazon Fire TV.

"We want to make it easy for customers to access the web from the comfort of their couch," he added. "We're excited to bring web browsing to customers on every Fire TV device in every country where they're sold."

As well as letting you browse the web, both browsers will provide access to YouTube. Which is handy, seeing as Google recently removed the YouTube app from Fire TV as part of an ongoing feud between the two firms.

Amazon doesn't sell Google's Chromecast streaming devices through its website because they don't support Amazon Prime Video. Amazon says it doesn't want to confuse customers by selling devices that aren't compatible with the service.

Mozilla, maker of the Firefox browser, wrote on its website: "Once installed, you can launch popular video websites, like YouTube, load any website address, and search the web for videos to play full screen on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick."

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