Amazon Shopping app for the Fire TV is back in the appstore

About a month ago, Amazon’s shopping app for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick leaked on their website. The listing was removed within a few hours, but those who added the app to their account have been able to use it ahead of its official release. The shopping app has now reappeared in the appstore, it is either being mistakenly listed again, or Amazon is ready for everyone to use it. Read more ›

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Kodi releases version 17.2 update with important security fix [UPDATE: 17.3 has now been released]

The Kodi team has just released version 17.2 of their great media player app. They’re still working on the next big release, “Leia” v18, but have release this new intermediate version because it contains an important patch to a security vulnerability that could allow malicious subtitle zip files to access your device. Read more ›

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Amazon Echo Dot on sale for $39.99 each or 3 for $99.97 — Today only

Amazon has just put the Echo Dot on sale for $39.99. This matches the lowest price the Echo Dot has ever been on Amazon and it’s the first time this year that Amazon has dropped the price down from their regular price of $49.99. Best Buy has also matched the $39.99 price, but they’re also honoring the ongoing $20 discount on a 3 pack. So if you add 3 Echo Dots to your Best Buy cart, the price automatically drops to $99.97 (3 x $39.99 – $20) for the 3 pack. That makes them $33.33 each, which is the lowest I’ve ever seen for the Echo Dot. I’ve read that this sale is for today only, so act fast. Best Buy probably didn’t intend for the sale price and the 3 pack discount to stack, so they’ll likely sell out fast.


Looks like Best Buy fixed their mistake and is no longer stacking the extra $20 off when you buy 3.

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Amazon Channels launch in the UK and Germany

Amazon has just launched their à la carte channels video service in the UK and Germany. Prime members in both of those countries can now expand their lineup of video content through individual channel subscriptions, ranging from £1.49/1,99€ to £9.99/7,99€ each. Many of the available networks, such as Discovery in the UK, have never before been available without subscribing to a larger cable package. There are 41 available Amazon Channels in the UK and 26 available channels in Germany. Each channel offers a free trial period of 7-30 days and can easily be canceled online in a few clicks.

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New Amazon Fire TV app launches Kodi automatically on boot

A new app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has been released called OnBootKodi. As the name suggests, the app does just one thing, which is to automatically launch Kodi as soon as the Fire TV finishes booting. The app can also be configured to launch Kodi once a certain amount of time has passed after the device boots, however I was unable to get that feature to work. Read more ›

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Dish Network brings their Dish Anywhere app to Amazon Fire TV devices

Dish Network has just released a version of their Dish Anywhere app on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. This app allows those subscribed to Dish’s traditional satellite TV service to stream all of the same content through the Fire TV. The app doesn’t offer any content at all for non-Dish customers, but for those who do subscribe, you can access all of your live, on demand, and DVRed content. Read more ›

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Academy Award winner for Best Picture ‘Moonlight’ is now available on Prime Video

Those of you who are Prime members looking for a new movie can now watch Moonlight through Prime Video. This is this year’s winner for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, which beat out Amazon’s own Manchester by the Sea. Amazon describes moonlight as “a moving, transcendent, award-winning look at 3 defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to adulthood, as a shy outsider dealing with difficult circumstances, is guided by support, empathy and love from the most unexpected places.”

If Moonlight doesn’t interest you, you can give I Love Dick a shot, which is Amazon’s newest original series that premiered a week ago. In a couple weeks will be the premiere of Amazon’s Long Strange Trip, which tells the story of the Grateful Dead.

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New Apps for the Week of May 14th thru the 20th

This week there were 34 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. If you’re a DISH Network subscriber, you’ll be very happy to hear that the DISH Anywhere app has officially arrived on Fire TV devices. It allows you to watch live, on demand, and DVR content from the TV provider. Baseball fans will want to check out the new MLB at Bat app that just arrived. It replaces the old MLB.TV app released 2 years ago. Those of you without a cable subscription will want to check out the new THIRTEEN explore from PBS if you’re looking for something new and free to watch. German residents will definitely want to check out the 7 new apps from ProSiebenSat.1 Digital. Lastly, if you’re looking for a new game to play, Kill ’em All is a new fighting game with local mulitplayer. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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Amazon clarifies what types of ads are allowed in Alexa skills and reaffirms that most ads are banned

Amazon updated their developer policy recently to ban nearly all advertisements from Alexa skills. As the Alexa platform continues to rapidly grow, having now reaching over 12,000 skills, it’s beginning to attract advertisers, despite Amazon’s policy on the matter. Amazon has just updated their policy on Alexa skill ads again to be more specific on the types of ads that are allowed, and reassert that the vast majority of ads are not permitted in Alexa skills. Read more ›

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MLB at Bat app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Major League Baseball has just brought their at Bat app to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The app allows baseball fans to watch the game of the day and out-of-market games if they’re subscribed to MLB.TV’s premium service. You’ll also find on-demand highlight clips, scoreboards, schedule calendars, and much more.

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