CBS has finally brought their CBS All Access app to Amazon Fire TV devices. The new app is currently only compatible with Fire TV devices running Fire OS 5, which includes the 2nd-gen Fire TV, Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote, and Fire TV Sticks running the Fire OS 5 Developer Preview. This limitation is likely due to copy protection found in the newer operating system that is missing from Fire OS 3. We’re expecting Fire OS 5 to arrive on the 1st-gen Fire TV and older Fire TV Sticks soon, but Amazon has not set a specific date for the software update.
CBS was the last of the 4 major US networks missing or not announced for Fire TV devices. The platform already has an ABC app, with a FOX and NBC app on their way. This new CBS app gives Fire TV owners live and on-demand access to all of CBS’s content through their $5.99 subscription plan which does not require a cable subscription. The app offers a 1 week free trial for you to determine if its worth the subscription fee.
Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, just gained the ability to execute IFTTT recipes with custom phrases. For those not familiar with IFTTT, it’s a powerful web service that allows users to connect various devices and services together. The new IFTTT ability just added to Alexa allows you to execute any number of actions by saying “Alexa, trigger …” followed by any phrase you want. This new functionality works on the Amazon Echo and Fire TV devices running Fire OS 5, which are currently the 2nd-gen Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote. The ability will also work on the 1st-gen Fire TV and older Fire TV Sticks once those devices receive the Fire OS 5 update in the near future. Read more ›
This past week there were 32 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The most notable among them are several great new game releases. Party Hard is a great new game that arrived on the Fire TV this week where you stealthily sneak around a house to take out party guests that are creating too much noise. Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee is another fantastic new game. It has a fun story and great humor. The last game worth mentioning is Sproggiwood, which is a roguelike RPG that should provide dozens of hours of gameplay. There weren’t too many notable entertainment apps released. UKTV Play has released a new app instead of updating their existing app, and YouTV Mediathek is a new German app with a lot of great content. Read on for the full list of new apps. Read more ›
Amazon has just put a bunch of movies on sale for $4.99 or less as part of their Black Friday week of sales. This would be a good time to spend any “No-Rush Shipping” credit you’ve earned before it expires. You can check how much credit you have here. Read more ›
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee has just been released for the 2nd generation Amazon Fire TV. This is the prequel to Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, which has been a very popular title among Fire TV gamers. It’s a bit odd that Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee is not compatible with the 1st-gen Fire TV when Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath works on both new and old Fire TVs. Both of these games were originally released on the Xbox, so these are full console caliber games. This game is full of puzzles, depth, and a hilarious script. If you;re looking for something new to play with all that Fire TV 2 horsepower, give Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee a shot.
Amazon’s Black Friday deals for their Kindle E-readers are now live and available for purchase. The base 6″ Kindle with Touchscreen is down from $79.99 to $49.99. That price matches the lowest price this model Kindle has ever been. Next up is the Kindle for Kids Bundle which is down from a list price of $139.97 to $69.99. That is $10 lower than the previous lowest price this bundle has ever been. The kids bundle includes the same model Kindle as is on sale for $49.99, but for the extra $20 you get all ads removed, a 2-year protection plan, and a kid-friendly cover in your choice of color. Amazon has also put their more premium Kindle Paperwhite on sale for $99.99, down from $119.99. That price matches the lowest price the Paperwhite has ever been. This model has a much higher resolution screen, at nearly double the ppi as the base Kindle. It also has a white screen with built-in light. Lastly, at the top of the premium scale is the Kindle Voyage, which itself is not on sale, but the Kindle Voyage Essentials Bundle is on sale for $30 off at $249.97. In this bundle you get Amazon’s $60 premium leather cover as well as a power adapter.
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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DuckTales: Remastered has just gone on sale for $4.99. This is the first time this game has dropped below its regular price of $9.99. This is an HD remake of the original DuckTales game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1989. The game is beautifully remade with backgrounds drawn by Disney artists and voice acting by members of the original cast from the animated DuckTales series. DuckTales: Remastered is compatible with both the 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TV and works with either a remote or game controller.
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse, a stunning console caliber game, has just gone on sale for $4.99. In Castle of Illusion, you play as Mickey Mouse as you journey across 5 magical worlds. The game is a beautiful remastered remake of the side scrolling game, of the same name, released on the Sega Genesis console. It’s compatible with all Fire TV models, and works with either a remote or game controller.
Both Toy Story: Smash It! and Monsters University have just gone on sale for $0.99 each. This matches the lowest price both of these highly rated games have ever been. Both are compatible with all Fire TV models and work with either a remote or game controller.