Sling TV invites start rolling out tonight — 1 week Free trial included

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Sling TV, a $20 a month streaming-only cable television subscription service coming to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, will begin sending out their first batch of sign-up invitations tonight at 9 p.m. PT. Invitations will come with a 1 week free trial offer. If all goes well, the service will fully launch to everyone in about 2 weeks. Sling is also promising to offer device bundle packages that will be announced soon. No word if these bundles will just be extended trial periods, like the 30 day free trial announced for Xbox One owners, or if they will include service discounts.

Early reviews of Sling TV have been praising the service’s picture quality and fast channel flipping experience. The service’s DVR aspects, on the other hand, have left reviewers wanting more. Most channels, including ESPN and ESPN 2, don’t offer any DVR features and can only be watched live. It’s clear Sling TV, in its current form at least, isn’t the cable subscription savior we’ve all been hoping for, but it’s shaping up to be a great starting step.

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Logitech F710 Gamepad on sale for $29.99, regularly $50

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Today’s Amazon Gold Box deal of the day is up to 60% off a slew of Logitech products. Unfortunately, the universaly loved K400 keyboard is not among the included products, but what is included is the Logitech F710 Gamepad. This gamepad normally sells for $50 but is on sale for $29.99 today only on Amazon. That’s the lowest price this controller has ever been. With the official Amazon Fire Game Controller backordered for at least 2 months, the Logitech F710 is a great alternative. The Logitech F710 is not bluetooth based, and instead uses a wireless USB dongle, so it is not compatible with the Fire TV Stick. It is only compatible with the Fire TV. It has a 4 out of 5 star rating with over 600 reviews. This sale price is only good for today, so act fast. XDA forum member jdoupe has written a great Fire TV specific review where he calls this controller “the goldilocks controller” and recommends it over both the Playstation and Xbox 360 controllers. Read on for his full review. Read more ›

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Fire TV on sale for $84 at Amazon, RadioShack, Best Buy, & Staples

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The Fire TV has just gone on sale for $84 at Amazon, RadioShack, Best Buy, and Staples. This sale is expected to last until January 31st. If you’re in the market for a rootable Fire TV, you’re better off buying from a retailer like Best Buy since most of the Fire TVs shipped out by Amazon lately have been unrootable. Buying from a retailer with a physical store in your area comes with the added advantage of easy returns if the unit you receive is not rootable. Remember, you can enter the serial number printed on the outside of the box into my Serial Number Decoder to get a pretty good guess at whether the Fire TV is rootable.

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New Apps for the Week of January 18th thru the 24th

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Every Sunday I bring you the list of new apps and games released in the previous week for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. This past week there were 16 new apps released. Read more ›

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App Deal: Vimu Player down from $1.50 to FREE

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Vimu Player, a networked media player, has just gone free for a limited time. This is the first time this app has ever been free. Vimu Player can playback both local and networked files using file sharing protocols like SMB (Windows), UPnP, DLNA, and NFS. The app supports many MKV features, such as multiple audio tracks and internal subtitles.

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Amazon Prime membership is $72 TODAY ONLY

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In celebration of their two wins at the 72nd Golden Globes, Amazon is offering 1 year of Prime Membership for just $72 TODAY ONLY. That’s 27% off the regular price of $99. If you’re not a Prime Member yet, this is a very rare opportunity to join at a discounted rate.

If you are already a Prime member, you can’t simply add a year to your membership for $72. However, there is a loophole. You can gift yourself Prime membership for $72. Just enter your own email address when asked for the recipient’s email. You will receive a Prime membership redemption code emailed to you. Save this code in a safe place and use it when your Prime membership expires to extend your membership. If you redeem the code while you still have Prime, you will receive a $72 Amazon credit added to your account. Be sure to visit this page after purchasing your gift membership and select the “Remind Me Later” option so that your Prime membership does not auto-renew at $99. Read more ›

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Watch Transparent for free today — No membership required

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In addition to offering Prime Membership for the discounted price of $72, Amazon has made all 10 episodes of Transparent free to watch today in celebration of the shows two Golden Globe wins. Everyone can stream the show for free today between 12:01 a.m. ET and 11:59 p.m. PT using the Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Amazon Instant Video app on a mobile device, or online through a web browser.

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TED rolls out brand new Amazon Fire TV app

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TED Conferences has just released their brand new app, TED TV, for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The free app provides streaming access to more than 1700 high definition videos of the world’s most fascinating people discussing a wide range of topics. The app features categories like new releases and trending videos. You can also browse curated playlists or create your own.

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App Deal: Mirroring360 AirPlay Receiver down from $6.99 to $4.19

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Mirroring360 AirPlay Receiver, an app which allows your Fire TV to receive wireless AirPlay audio and video from Macs and iOS devices, has just gone on sale for $4.19. That’s 40% off it’s regular price. This is the newest app to offer Airplay support for the Fire TV, and is the only one backed by a large software company. it’s compatible with both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

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App Deal: Minecraft down from $6.99 to $5.59 w/ coins

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Minecraft, the most popular game in the entire Amazon appstore, is currently listed with a rare Amazon coin reward of 140 coins, making the game $5.59 when you factor in the coin reward. While it’s not much of a discount, it’s still noteworthy because it’s extremely rare for Minecraft to receive any discount at all. The game is only compatible with the Fire TV, but can be installed onto a Fire TV Stick via a Fire TV or via a smartphone and runs fairly well on the weaker device. Grab the game quick because the coin reward will not last long.

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