A new Alexa Skill, simply called ‘TV Shows‘, is now available on both the Amazon Echo and Fire TV devices running Fire OS 5. This new skill will tell you what date and time a specific TV show will air next, as well as which network the show is on. As with all Alexa Skills, you must first enable the skill either through the Alexa App or Alexa Web Portal before the functionality becomes available. Once the skill is enabled, simply say “Alexa, ask TV Shows when does [NAME OF SHOW] air?” You can phrase the request in various ways, like “Alexa, ask TV Shows to look-up [NAME OF SHOW]” or “Alexa, ask TV Shows when is [NAME OF SHOW] on next?” As with all of Alexa’s functionality on the Fire TV, you don’t need to preface the request with “Alexa, …” first.
Amazon will be making the first episode of the second season of Transparent available to Prime members starting tonight at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Transparent is Amazon’s most successful original series, having won 5 Emmy awards and 2 Golden Globe awards. The remainder of the second season will be available, in its entirety, on December 11th in the US, UK, Germany, and Austria.
FOr today only, you can buy the NVIDIA Shield with both a game controller and a remote for $149.99. Normally, the Nvidia shield sells for $199.99 itself with just a game controller, while the remote would run you $50 separately. NVIDIA is throwing in a free remote as part of a holiday promotion, and Amazon has dropped the price by $50 for Cyber Monday, so the two promotions stack together for this great price. This is the lowest price this bundle has ever been, which is $25 less than the last big sale that was very popular. The NVIDIA Shield is the best box running Google’s official Android TV. It’s a great gaming device and runs Kodi very well. Compared to the Fire TV, its biggest flaw has always been its price, but this sale now brings the two device on par in price for the first time.
As part of their Cyber Monday sale, Amazon is giving 15% Off all orders in their Warehouse Section. Warehouse deals are where you can find used and open-box items that Amazon is selling. Unfortunately, there aren’t any used Fire TV’s for sale, but you can find great prices on all sorts of items.
Amazon has just put their all-new Fire HD 10 Tablet on sale for $169.99. That’s the lowest price this tablet has ever been. This deal won’t last long, since it’s a lightning deal, so act fast. This is the largest and thinnest tablet Amazon has ever made, with a 10.1 inch screen and a 1.5 Ghz quad-core processor.
Amazon has just dropped the Xbox 360 Wired Controller to $23.15. That’s the lowest price this controller has ever been. If you don’t mind being tethered to your Fire TV via its USB cable, this is a great alternative controller to the official Amazon made game controllers. Plus it has the advantage of not needing batteries to constantly charge or replace. You can connect this controller directly to the USB port on the back of the 1st or 2nd-gen Fire TV and you’re ready to go. If you already use the Fire TV’s USB port for something else, like a keyboard or external storage, then you just need to use a simple USB hub in order to connect multiple USB devices simultaneously. And if you’re wondering, yes, you can connect multiple wired controllers to either Fire TV. This deal is not for Fire TV Stick owners, since there is no way to connect a USB peripheral to the stick.
As one would expect, the Fire TV Sticks seemed to be the more popular purchase. While the Fire TV is still listed as in stock, both the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote are currently listed as out of stock. The regular Fire TV Stick bundle lists an in stock date of December 16th, while the voice remote bundle will be in stock 10 days earlier on December 6th.
Probably the most popular deal during Amazon’s Black Friday sale was their new 7″ Fire Tablet which was being sold for just $34.99. It too is currently out of stock and is showing an in stock date of December 24, which is later than any of Amazon’s out of stock devices. The Amazon Echo, the Kindle, and the Kids Fire Tablet are also retaining their sale prices, like the Fire TV, going into Cyber Monday.
This past week there were 23 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The most notable among them are two entertainment apps. The first being CBS All Access. It lets you subscribe to CBS’s great selection of programming without having to have a cable subscription. THe other notable app is Al Jazeera America, which is a global news network. Read on for the full list of new apps and games. Read more ›
If you missed yesterday’s live stream, here’s the latest AFTVnewscast episode. Thanks to everyone who viewed live and who participated by asking questions.
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Last month, the Amazon Echo gained the ability to query local business information through an integration of Alexa with Yelp. That functionality has now been added to Alexa on Fire TV devices. If you have a 2nd-gen Fire TV or a Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote bundle, you can now use your voice to search for local businesses like restaurants. Simply try saying something like “Find me a nearby Chinese restaurant” and Alexa will read off a list of locations in your area matching your request. Be sure to have your zipcode set in your Fire TV settings first. You can also ask Alexa what time a place opens/closes, or for the location’s phone number. If you ask where a particular business is, Alexa will respond with the place’s address as well as how far away it is from your location. Currently, there is now visual display on the Fire TV for this particular Alexa feature. This new feature, as well as all Alexa capabilities, will be coming to 1st-gen Fire TVs and older Fire TV Sticks in January through a software update.