How to Install Ola TV on Firestick & Stream Thousands of Free Channels in 2021?

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Frederik Lipfert
Dr. Frederik Lipfert Founder, vpncheck
Updated on 29 Nov 2021

Introduction

Ola TV is a great alternative for Relax TV, which was known for having been a household name. The live TV service provider was once one of the most popular apps among the streaming community. However, it is now defunct and won’t be back anytime soon. 

Worry not, though. We’re here to show you how to install Ola TV on Firestick without having to tirelessly search for a better streaming service.

For the uninitiated, Ola TV is a live streaming service that offers thousands of channels to its users. It streams not only local channels from the US, but it also features a plethora of channels from foreign countries like the UK, Canada, India, etc.

Ola is a third-party application and therefore isn’t available for direct download via the Amazon Store. Instead, it has to be sideloaded with the Downloader app. Additionally, it requires installing Kshaw and Ludio Player, two supporting apps.

All this might sound confusing at first. That’s precisely why we’re going to take you through an easy step-by-step installation process for these apps.

Install Ola TV on Firestick

Although several steps are mentioned herein, the entire process should hardly take more than a few minutes. Just follow each step exactly as mentioned, and voila! 

  1. Start from the home screen of Firestick and navigate to the menu bar. Click Find and then on Search. Firestick home page with prominent Find and Search buttons
  2. When the black window appears, type Downloader on the search bar. The search result should prompt the app.Amazon Firestick Search menu with Download. Search for DownloaderClick on it and follow the screen instructions. That will install the Downloader app. Amazon Firestick Home menu with Downloader highlightedClickable option to install Downloader on Firestick
  3. Return back to your home screen and access the Firestick settings.The gear icon representing ‘Settings’
  4. Among the displayed options, click on the My Fire TV option at the bottom left.Amazon Firestick Settings menu with My Fire TV highlighted This should prompt various options on the next screen. Go ahead and click on the Developer Options.Developer options highlighted in the My Fire TV menu, find Developer options.
  5. Select Install Unknown Apps.Apps from Unknown Sources categorized under Developer Options in My Fire TV settings
  6. Click Downloader and make sure to turn it ON.Downloader highlighted in the My Fire TV menu > Make sure that you allow Downloader to access third-party apps!Downloader highlighted in the My Fire TV menu Make sure that you ON Downloader to access third-party apps!
  7. Open the Downloader app. When you run the app for the very first time, it will display a couple of prompts. Don’t worry, that’s normal!Permission dialog asking to allow Downloader to access photos, media and files on your device with Allow and Deny options
  8. Once you’re on the app’s home screen, select the text box and use the on-screen keypad to type “olatv.net.”Downloader Home menuOn the app’s home screen, select the text box and type olatv.net
  9. Click GO. That should download the Ola TV APK on your Fire TV device. Since the file size is a mere 6 MB, the process shouldn’t take long.Download screen the Ola TV APK on your Fire TV deviceDownload Ola TV APK screens with Download Now highlightedDownload progress of the Ola TV APK app
  10. After downloading the APK, an installation prompt will appear. Click on Install, and you should see the installation progress on the screen.  
  11. Ola TV APK screen with Install button highlightedAfter downloading the APK, an installation prompt will appear. Click on Install, and you should see the installation progress on the screen. The Ola TV APK installing screen
  12. The following message is displayed once the app is installed on the device. The Ola TV APK app installed screen 

Congratulations! You’re done with the first part of this installation guide. You’ve successfully downloaded and installed the app.

Ola TV: PRO AND CONS

Ola TV is a very efficient app, and there’s no doubt about that. It offers certain features which are at times too good to be true. 

At the same time, as is the case with most apps, Ola TV has its own share of drawbacks. We’ve provided a brief overview to assist you in understanding the app better, weighing the pros from cons.

Ola TV’s advantages

  • Massive library of content. It provides users with the option to choose from more than 50000 channels. Additionally, users can access up to 12,000 live IPTV channels from across the globe.
  • An intuitive interface. Ola TV is simple enough for any layperson to get used to. And the categories of content available are second to none. 
  • Safe and Free. Ola TV is virus-free and is absolutely free of charge. It requires no subscription fee.
  • Compatibility. The app is supported across major devices and platforms.

Ola TV’s disadvantages

On the other hand, however, the app has a few flaws. And as a user, it’s important that you understand what you’re getting when you decide to get Ola TV:

  • Strenuous installation process. As must be apparent by now, Ola TV requires two additional apps to function. Because it doesn’t have an in-built player, users must install both Ludio Player and Kshaw. This might sound like an added hassle and inconvenience for many.
  • Not the best UX. Although the app has a simple interface, it can sometimes seem cluttered. Besides this, because all channel categories are listed on one screen alone, the browsing experience might be tricky to get through.
  • No customization option for apps and preferences. 
  • Inactive channels. Although the app supposedly offers a vast library of channels, users have reported that many channels do not work.
  • Lack of high-quality sources. There is a shortage of HD channels from among the collection. Users might find the streaming quality not up to their preference and taste.
  • The ads. Since the app is ad-supported, they are frequent and often too long, making the user’s streaming experience far from being simple and smooth.

Install Kshaw and Ludio Player

Ola requires additional apps on your device to function. It doesn’t have an in-built media player and therefore requires the Kshaw and Ludio Player both before running.

Keeping that in mind, we will take you through a simple step-by-step installation process for both Ludio Player and Kshaw.

Like Ola TV, these apps are third-party applications. That means they aren’t available for direct download via the Amazon Store.

In that regard, Aptoide offers an efficient alternative for these apps. This is how you can get them:

  1. Given that you’ve already installed Downloader, open it and punch in this link “tv.aptoide.com.”Downloader screen with tv.aptoide.com highlighted
  2. Once done, run Aptoide.Screenshot of Aptoide app
  3. Go to the search menu. You will find both Kshaw and Ludio Player. Install them!

Open Ola TV on Firestick

Now that we’ve installed all the prerequisite apps, the next thing is to learn how to open Ola TV on your Firestick. 

Again, the process is easy. Simply follow the following steps mentioned below.

  1. For about 5 seconds, click on the remote’s home button until you see this window.
  2. Among the displayed options, click on Apps.Screenshot of apps galary on Firestick
  3. A detailed set of apps installed on the device should appear. Find the Ola TV icon among the list and click on it.Screenshot of Ola TV icon from the app galary
  4. Ola TV’s main screen should appear.

The screen has various categories to choose from. To start streaming, you have to select the category and available channels within that category. 

On the home page of Ola TV, click on the icon that shows 3 lines stacked together on the top-right section. That will prompt app options such as:

  • Live IPTV Channels.
  • Settings and Languages.
  • Disclaimer.

Screenshot of Ola TV’s main screen

Using VPNs For Ola TV

Congratulations! Your app is ready to use. Now, you can use Ola TV for streaming your favorite TV shows and movies. However, as you might already be aware, streaming content online has certain caveats. 

ISPs and Governments have access to what you view online. 

Content that is streamed online is easily visible to these agencies. That can prove to be a major downside and can also land you in trouble, especially if you’re streaming illegal content.

Fortunately, however, there are ways to circumvent these obstacles. 

What you require in this situation is a good VPN service for Firestick. VPNs provide a foolproof means to hide and conceal your streaming activities from ISP and Government surveillance.

So, before you begin to stream your favorite content online, zero in on a VPN service you’d like to use.

ExpressVPN: Installation Guide

ExpressVPN is a great option in case you’re looking for a viable VPN recommendation. It is fast and secure and works for almost any geographic location.

Moreover, installing a VPN on Firestick is super easy. 

Here is a step-by-step installation guide for ExpressVPN.

  1. Get an ExpressVPN subscription.
    Interestingly, in case you aren’t happy with their service, they have a guaranteed money-back policy of 30 days.
    That means users can make use of the VPN service for the first 30-days for free. And in case you don’t find the service up to standard, you will be given a refund.
  2. Power on the Firestick.
    Click on Find, then select the Search option. Amazon Firestick with Find highlighted, Navigate to the Find menu
  3. Type ExpressVPN and download it. 
  4. ExpressVPN installation option on FirestickExpressVPN downloading screen on FirestickOnce you’ve finished downloading it, open the app and enter the login credentials. Click on Sign-in.ExpressVPN open button screen on Firestick
  5. Sign In option on ExpressVPNExpressVPN account loginClick on the Power icon, and that’s it!ExpressVPN menu with the on/off button highlighted

You’re now connected to a safe and secure VPN server.

Conclusion

At a time when cord-cutters are increasingly finding new ways to stream content online, Ola TV is a decent option. Of course, it isn’t the greatest live TV app out there, and neither does it claim to be so.

But given the features it offers at no cost, one can rest assured that trying this app would be rewarding.

Installing Ola TV on Firestick is not necessarily the easiest process, but making use of the sideloading method we’ve mentioned in this guide is worth it when you have thousands of free movies and shows to watch.