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OK guys, last time I wrote a guide on how to install Kodi on an Amazon Firestick without using a PC, this time it’s a step-by-step tutorial that will teach you how to install Terrarium TV on your Firestick – again without using a PC. But before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s look at what Terrarium TV is and what features it has to offer.
What is Terrarium TV?
If you’re into your movies, then you’re going to love Terrarium TV. Terrarium TV is is one of the latest streaming applications for Android which you can install onto any of your Android devices (not just the Firestick or Fire TV) and allows you to stream 1080p HD TV Shows and movies.
The main advantage to Terrarium TV is that it avoids some of the problems that some streaming applications suffer from such as broken links and constant buffering. The app solves the broken link issue by constantly finding multiple streaming sources from which to choose from. And the buffering issue is addressed by using ultra fast (often Google Drives) servers which serve up the streaming content. So unless you’ve got a slow internet connection yourself, you won’t experience any buffering.
Now let’s look into some of its features:
Not only can you stream videos, you can download them for offline use which is really useful if you’re on the move or you’re staying somewhere where the WiFi is a bit slow.
When you choose a video to play, you get the option of displaying subtitles. This is often an overlooked feature, and generally isn’t very good in most streaming applications. Subtitles do however work very well in Terrarium TV and you can even choose which language you want them displaying in.
One of the great things about Terrarium TV is that the library is pretty vast, so there’s something there to suit all tastes. There’s also a great selection of older content too if you like to watch TV shows and movies from years ago.
Searching is really easy too, you enter the title of a movie or TV show in the search box as you’d expect, and a list of streams are displayed for you to choose from.
Simple user interface
The user interface couldn’t really be any simpler. Aside from the search function that I’ve just talked about, you can also add TV shows and movies to a favourites list which keeps them in a handy place for the next time you wish to watch them.
New integrated video player
When you first install Terrarium TV you get a choice of video players to view your movies or TV shows. The usual suspects are VLC and MX Player but the new version of Terrarium TV includes an integrated video player called ExoPlayer. This is still in beta though (at the time of writing), so expect a few bugs, but for the most part it should be fine. What this does mean however, is that you don’t have to install a separate video player and codec. If you’re a fan of VLC player like me, you’ll have to download it as a separate app.
- More than 50 4K movies!
- A lot of FULL HD (1080p) and HD (720p) sources
- Free and Open Source
- Trakt.tv support
- Real-Debrid support!
- Support for Android TV and TV Box
- Support for Fire TV and Firestick
- Fast servers (for Full HD and HD, mostly Google Drive)
- Watch almost all TV shows and movies
- Download videos and watch offline
- Multi-language subtitles are available
- Mark movies and TV shows as favourites!
- Mark watched episodes with just one click
- Genre selection
- Native Chromecast support
- New episode notification
Is Terrarium TV Legal?
Good question. For me it’s a very gray area, and I guess it’s no different than watching a movie at a friends house that they have bought. That’s my opinion, but I’m not a lawyer so feel free to let me know in the comments if I’m wrong.
Now Terrarium TV, like Kodi is a media center of sorts. It is able to source links from the internet and display them to the user, which can then be played through the inbuilt player or VLC etc.
Terrarium TV states that it does not host or upload any videos, films or media files to any of its servers. It’s a search engine if you like and aggregates links in a convenient, user-friendly interface.
So make of that what you will. In my opinion, it’s just an aggregator site and the videos themselves are hosted on and streamed directly from third party services. You’re stealing content, as it’s not a physical asset and you as the user are not distributing the content to third parties (as you would do, for instance, using torrents – where you can only download if you also agree to upload).
Now, if you’re the third party that is distributing that content, via streaming, uploading it to sharing sites and hosting files in their personal domains, etc then to me, it’s these people that are actually the ones doing something illegal.
So that’s my two-penn’orths worth (or two cents worth if you’re in the US) and I would advise you to use Terrarium TV at your own risk.
Use a VPN
What I would suggest however, from a privacy point of view, is to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) when using services such as Terrarium TV. This is largely because your Internet streaming logs can be shared or sold to 3rd parties without your consent. Also, if you don’t use a VPN service, your Internet Service Provider can log and monitor all your internet traffic and see everything that you download or stream online.
A VPN will hide your identity because all your traffic will be encrypted and tunneled through a different IP Address which will make it impossible for your Internet Service Provider to monitor or log what you are streaming/downloading.
In terms of VPNs you have a couple of options. IpVanish and TunnelBear. IpVanish is fast, has unlimited bandwidth and they don’t log any of your traffic, which some VPN providers do. They also provide software and apps for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS.
TunnelBear is also good and they provide a free option, but there’s a limit in terms of data usage.
OK, let’s get to it then and go through step-by-step how to get Terrarium TV onto your Firestick.
How To Install Terrarium TV On Firestick
Here’s how to install Terrarium TV onto your Firestick. There are other download managers besides ES File Explorer which you can use to download the APK file such as Apps2Fire or the Downloader app on the Fire TV Stick. For this example, I’ll be using ES File Explorer. Installing the Terrarium APK onto the Firestick after downloading is the same procedure not just on the Firestick, but for any Android device.
STEP 1: INSTALLING ES FILE EXPLORER ON FIRE TV STICK
- On your Firestick, go to Settings-> Device -> Developer Options.
- Turn on Allow apps from unknown sources.
- From the Amazon Firestick main menu, go to Search.
- Type “ES Explorer”
- Click on the ES Explorer app icon to download and install it.
- Launch the ES Explorer app.
STEP 2: INSTALL TERRARIUM VIA ES EXPLORER
- From the ES Explorer menu, go to Tools -> Download Manager in the left-hand menu.
- Click on ‘+ New’ from the bottom menu and type the following and hit OK.
- Select Download Now
- The Terrarium installation file will now begin to download. Once the download is complete, click on Open file and then click Install to install it onto your Amazon Firestick.
- Once you’ve installed the app, go back to your Firestick home screen and launch the Terrarium TV app. If you’ve made it this far, congratulations!
- Finally as an additional step, when you first launch the app, you’ll be asked to choose a default video player. Your choices are ExoPlayer, MX Player and VLC Player. Personally I like VLC Player, but it’s a personal choice 😉
I think Terrarium TV is a great alternative to Kodi and has lots of choice in terms of movies and TV shows. The app is easy to install, runs on any Android device and provides a vast number of sources from which you can stream content.
When you’ve got it all setup, let me know what you think in the comments below. Or if you’re having any issues, let me know and I’ll do my best to resolve them.
By the way. Here’s the disclaimer:
This article is only intended for educational purposes. I do not in any way condone, promote or encourage, any criminal or illegal activity and your actions are your responsibility. Also, please check the local laws in your country regarding torrents and pirated streaming. Furthermore, I do not host any pirated content on this site.