How to get Peacock on your Fire TV right now

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How to get Peacock on your Fire TV right now

NBC’s Peacock streaming service has just launched, but Amazon Fire TV devices are being left out.

Just like with the arrival of HBO Max in late May, NBCUniversal and Amazon are currently locking horns over an array of money-related issues, such as how to split up revenue from advertising, and it doesn’t sound like they’ll be working it out anytime soon. NBCUniversal is also fighting with Roku on similar grounds, so Peacock isn’t available on that platform yet either.

The good news for Fire TV users is that a workaround exists, and it’s the same one that allows HBO Max to run on Fire TV devices today: Just sideload the Android TV version of the Peacock app on your Fire TV device instead. The setup’s a bit of a hassle, but the app itself works just fine.

Here’s how to get Peacock up and running on your Fire TV Stick, Fire TV streaming box, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV Edition television.

Turn on Fire TV sideloading

If you haven’t already enabled “sideloading” on Fire TV—that is, the ability to install apps from outside Amazon’s official Appstore—you’ll need to do that first.

Start by installing the Downloader app from the Amazon Appstore. You can install it remotely through your web browser or just search for “Downloader” with your Alexa remote on the Fire TV itself.

Once you’ve installed it, head to Settings, scroll over to “My Fire TV,” then select “Developer Options.”

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In this menu, turn on both “ADB Debugging” and “Apps from Unknown Sources.” When you see the scary warning about the security risks of unapproved apps, just hit “Turn On.” You can always disable “Apps from Unknown Sources” after you’ve installed Peacock.

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