Roku’s new $40 Premiere and $50 Premiere+ provide 4K streaming on a budget

Roku has announced a pair of new streaming media players that make 4K streaming more affordable than ever. The new Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+, which differ only by their remotes, offer 4K streaming and HDR for the staggeringly low price of $39.99 and $49.99, respectively. Roku has also announced that their Roku Ultra will now come with headphones in the box and that they’re adding support for the Google Assistant. Read more ›

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New Fire TV apps of the week — Sep 16–22

This week there were 45 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. A demo version of the game Planetventure has been released to try before buying the full version. For those of you who like puzzles, a new 2048 game has arrived this week. has released a Fire TV app that lets you access the service’s over 230 stations. KelbyOne has made their impressive collection of photography courses available to Fire TV users. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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Video recording, storage, and playback details for the Amazon Fire TV Recast

There are a lot of details we still don’t know about the Fire TV Recast, Amazon’s newly announced over-the-air DVR for Fire TVs that also works with the Echo Show and mobile devices. There are some things that we probably won’t learn until the device ships, but through reading Amazon’s lengthy FAQs page and asking Amazon directly, here are details about the codecs and specs of how the Fire TV Recast records video, stores it, and how it’s played back. Read more ›

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Every new device that Amazon announced at their Alexa hardware event

Amazon had a huge day yesterday announcing loads of new devices and features. I’ve covered most the new hardware in individual posts but I haven’t yet had the chance to cover all the new software features coming to Alexa and their devices. Before I do that, here is a full list of all of the new hardware devices that Amazon has announced, along with a breakdown of the different variations and discounts available for each device. Read more ›

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Amazon announces new Fire TV Recast — a DVR for Fire TVs, Echo Shows, and Mobile devices

Amazon has just announced the Fire TV Recast, a DVR an over-the-air DVR that can stream live or recorded channels from an antenna to Fire TV devices, the Echo Show, and both Android and iOS mobile devices. It’s available in a 2-tuner model with 500GB of storage for $229.99 or a 4-tuner model with 1TB of storage for $279.99. Read more ›

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Please bear with me…

Amazon has announced a bunch of new devices and features. The posts that are going up on the site right now contain a bare minimum of information about each announcement, just so you’re aware of what is coming and to get the conversation going in the comments. I’m just one person and can’t possibly immediately cover everything in as much detail as I normally do, but I will be circling back to every post and updating them one-by-one with a full write-up.


All posts have now been updated. Thank you for your patience.

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Amazon announces new 2nd-gen Echo Show

Amazon has announced a new 2nd-generation Echo Show. The new model improves on the last model in nearly every way. It’s much better looking and has a front that is dominated by a large 10.1-inch HD touchscreen. It features premium sound through a pair of side firing speakers behind the display. It’s available to pre-order now for $229.99 in Charcol or Sandstone colors and will arrive on October 11th. Buying 2 at the same time will automatically take $100 off at checkout. Read more ›

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Amazon announces Echo Link and Echo Link Amp

Amazon has announced the Echo Link and Echo Link Amp for audiophiles who want to add Alexa music streaming to their high-end audio equipment. The Echo Link provides multiple audio in and out connections, including coaxial, RCA, and optical. It also has a subwoofer out connection and an Ethernet port for its connectivity. On the front is a headphone out jack and a large volume dial. The Echo Link Amp features the same ports but adds a pair of left and right speaker connections that are used with the built-in 60W two-channel amplifier. The Echo Link will be $199.99 when it’s released and the Echo Link Amp will be $299.99. Neither one is available to pre-order yet, but you can sign up to be notified when they’re available.

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Amazon announces Echo Input — An alternative to the Echo Dot for adding Alexa to existing speakers

Amazon has announced the Echo Input. It’s essentially an Echo Dot but without the built-in speaker. It’s the most affordable way to add Alexa to existing speakers. It includes far-field microphones for hands-free Alexa, as well as a mute and action button on the top. The Echo Link will be $34.99 when it’s released, but currently you can only sign up to be notified when it’s available to order. Read more ›

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Amazon announces new Echo Wall Clock

Amazon has announced a new Echo Wall Clock. Much like the new AmazonBasics Microwave with Alexa capabilities, the Echo Wall Clock does not actually have Alexa built-in, nor does it have microphones or a speaker in the device itself. Instead, it falls into the Alexa Gadget category of devices and serves as a companion to Echo devices to serve as a visual indicator for Alexa timers and reminders. Read more ›

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