Netflix increases new subscriptions to $10 a month — Current subscriptions will increase in a year


Netflix has raised their subscription fee for new subscribers from $9.99 a month to $10.99 a month. At that price you get HD streaming on two devices simultaneously. The 4 simultaneous stream plan, which also includes 4K streaming, has increased from $10.99 to $11.99. The basic 1 stream standard definition plan will remain $7.99 a month.

Existing subscribers will be grandfathered into their lower priced plan for 1 year before it too increases. If you’re still paying $7.99 per month for two simultaneous streams from before the May 2014 price increase to $8.99, then you’ll also be moved up to the new $9.99 price once your 2 year grandfathered in rate ends.

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Post your Questions & Topics for Tomorrow’s AFTVnewscast

I’ll be live streaming another episode of the AFTVnewscast tomorrow at 1:30pm PT, as I do every Friday. Post your questions or topics in the comments below for me to answer and discuss during the episode. I’ll also have both the 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TV, voice remote, and game controller on hand for a brief video overview. Anything goes for questions, whether it’s about the old or new Fire TV, AFTVnews, or tech in general. Even if you can’t watch live, ask your question now and catch the episode on YouTube later.

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Some apps, like Kodi, cannot write to external storage yet on Fire OS 5 due to missing Android Lollipop support


Fire OS 5, the latest version of the Fire TV operating system, ships on the 2nd-gen Fire TV and is coming to the 1st-gen Fire TV and Fire TV Stick soon. As you probably know, Fire OS 5 is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. With the upgrade comes Androids new tighter restrictions on app permissions. One of those new restrictions in Android forces apps to explicitly ask for your permission before they’re allowed to modify files on external storage devices. Some apps, including Kodi, have not yet been updated to request these new permissions, so are unable to modify files on a microSD card or USB drive connected to a Fire TV running Fire OS 5. This is why you cannot currently fully move Kodi to external storage on Fire OS 5. Read more ›

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What this File Browser screen means and what you should do with it in Fire OS 5 on the Amazon Fire TV


At some point, while using an app on your 1st or 2nd-gen Amazon Fire TV running Fire OS 5, you may come across a strange file browser screen like the one you see above. This just means that the app you are using is trying to modify/write to either a microSD card or a USB drive connected to your Fire TV, but it does not have permission. Before an app can modify an external storage device, it must explicitly ask for permission due to changes implemented by Android 5.1 Lollipop, which is the base operating system used in Fire OS 5. You must grant the app permission using the file browser screen you see above. Read more ›

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Yesterday’s Amazon Fire TV sale was a mistake

The New York Post is reporting that yesterday’s short lived Amazon Fire TV sale was a mistake. Consider yourself lucky if you nabbed a new Fire TV for $79.99, or better yet at the $59.99 student price. It’s unclear at this point if the $79.99 price available to the general public was a mistake, or if it was just a mistake to allow the $20 off student discount to stack on top of the already reduced sale price. During last year’s Amazon Student day event, the online retailer also discounted the 1st-gen Fire TV by $20 for students, so it does seem like that part of yesterday’s sale was intentional.


10/8/2015 8:15am I just heard back from Amazon and they said the $20 off student discount inadvertently got applied to the regular Fire TV price. The good news is, they’ll be fully honoring the discounted price for everyone who managed to get an order in. Way to go Amazon!

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2nd-Gen Amazon Fire TV has gone out of stock

It looks like yesterday’s short lived sale on the 2nd-gen Amazon Fire TV was pretty popular. The new Fire TV is now listed as out of stock for the first time, with an expected availability date of October 19th. This stock shortage could explain why yesterday’s sale only lasted half a day. It looks like, once again, Amazon underestimated the popularity of a Fire TV sale. While the new device has been suffering from poor initial customer reviews, due to some launch day software bugs that Amazon is no doubt frantically stomping out, it doesn’t seem to be effecting the device’s sales much. Since the Fire TV Gaming Edition comes packaged in it’s own retail box, its stock is unaffected by yesterday’s sale and remains in stock.


10/8 6:24pm Now showing back in stock on October 30

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Tivo app arrives on Amazon Fire TV in Beta form


As promised, a new TiVo for Amazon Fire TV (Beta) app has just been added to the Fire TV appstore. The app is compatible with the brand new TiVo Bolt, TiVo Roamio Plus, and TiVo Roamio Pro. It will also work with the 4-tuner TiVo Roamio and TiVo Premiere if paired with a Tivo Stream. This new app allows TiVo owners to stream recorded content from their DVR through a 2nd-gen Fire TV, 1st-gen Fire TV, or Fire TV Stick. For TiVo owners who want their recordings accessable from multiple TVs in their home, this new app paired with a Fire TV Stick, while not as functional, is a much cheaper option than a TiVo Mini. If you’re the type who likes to travel with their Fire TV, the app also supports streaming on the road while out of your home, but with restrictions. Depending on the copy protection assigned by content providers, not all content can be streamed out of home. You’ll also be limited to stream to only one out of home device at a time. Oddly enough, the TiVo Bolt, TiVo’s latest and greatest box, does not support out of home streaming at this time. The new TiVo app is free and is compatible with all Fire TV devices.

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Amazon reportedly considering its own live TV service


Amazon is disucssing the possibility of launching its own live TV service, according to Bloomberg Business. A source says Amazon has reached out to CBS and NBC to express interest in carrying their channels on the new service. It’s unclear if negotiations have started or if Amazon is just looking into the economics of such a service.

With Sling TV’s success and Apple reportedly working on their own live TV service, it seems Amazon wants in on the live TV game. They are in one of the best positions to pull it off since they have one of the best back-end cloud platforms available and have the Fire TV customer base to directly offer a live TV service to. Judging by how much trouble Apple has had landing deals, it seems the most difficult part for Amazon will be signing up TV networks at a reasonable price.

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Dolby surround sound issues on 2nd-Gen Fire TV — Amazon working on a fix

Many people are reporting that the 2nd-Gen Fire TV is not producing Dolby surround sound when playing content other than Amazon Instant Video. A reddit post and a post on Amazon’s forums regarding the issue list reports from numerous users hearing only stereo audio when using apps like Netflix and Plex on the new Fire TV. I’ve reached out to Amazon about the issue and am told they’ve discovered a few bugs with Dolby audio and are quickly working on a fix. Amazon tells me to expect Dolby audio on the 2nd-gen Fire TV to work just as it did on the 1st-gen Fire TV, and to expect a fix to start rolling out later this week. A reply from Amazon on a review which mentions the issue says all devices will receive the update containing the fix by October 22nd.

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Amazon Student members can buy a 2nd-Gen Fire TV for $59.99 — Today Only

Amazon is currently running their annual Amazon Student Days event where they offer students with a .edu email address special discounts. One of those discounts is an additional $20 off of the new 2nd-gen Fire TV. With the new Fire TV already on sale for $79.99, that brings the price down to $59.99 for students. If you are not an Amazon Student member and have a .edu email address, you can join Amazon Student for free for 6 months. Amazon Student is similar to Prime membership, but at a reduced price with slightly fewer perks. This Amazon Student price of $59.99 for the Fire TV ends tonight at midnight noon.

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