Amazon today added full support for publishing HTML5 web apps to its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices. The feature is available as part of the company’s existing HTML5 web app publishing toolset, meaning web developers don’t have to do much more to bring their HTML5-powered apps to the living room.
Amazon explains its thinking for opening up its television platform to web developers:
While traditional media apps make sense on the Fire TV, we are also looking forward to seeing HTML5 games and media apps evolve on this new platform. With support for WebGL, Gamepad API and accelerated canvas, high quality web games can now run on the TV. This opens up an entirely new world to HTML5 game developers hoping to build console quality games with the tools and frameworks they currently use to reach millions of web and mobile web gamers every day.
If you’re a developer with an existing TV app, you can get started by downloading the Web App Tester from the Amazon Appstore on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Once installed, just enter the name of your app and its URL online.
You can also supply a .zip file to package up your app by following these instructions. In either case, you can see how your web app will run on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick via the preview option.