DIRECTV STREAM Receiver - how to sideload apps
I just received my DIRECTV STREAM receiver(s) a few days ago and was (Edited per community guidelines) when Amazon Prime and a few other apps were not available. I completely understand the marketing departments' decisions to not ley Google/Amazon/AT&T/whoever to not allow competing streaming services on each others' platforms, but as a consumer I do not subscribe to that theory. I subscribe to a lot of services and I want one device to watch them all.
DIRECTV STREAM made it difficult, but not impossible to sideload apps. Honestly, the only reason I found out the method is because out of frustration I went to smoke a cigarette at the right time. Who said smoking is always bad for you :)
Anyhow, you need to go to:
Settings -> System -> Display -- disable Screensaver
Settings -> System -> Apps and Storage -> App Security -- disable Verify Apps
Go to the Play Store and download a file manager (I use Fx and eXplorer) and install it
Download the apk you want to sideload and put it on a USB stick and put it in the USB slot on the device. After that open the file manager you installed and go to the drive and click on the apk. This is where the smoke break came in handy. They will all tell you that you do not have permission to install this software, but just leave that window open and take a break. It appears to be about a 5 minute timeout (I have not clocked it), but wait a while and them press an arrow key on the remote and it will continue and ask if you want to install the software.
I now have my Prime Video, Plex server and MythTV running on the box. I am sure they will close this loop hole eventually, but it works currently.
BTW: I would not post this type of stuff except that they have REALLY (Edited per community guidelines) me off recently with my devices and lack of support to get it resolved.