New Apps for the Week of July 17th thru the 23rd

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This week there were 20 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Zillow, the popular real estate site, has release a new app with videos about home design, as well as buying and selling tips. FunimationNow, the anime service, has released an app for the UK, and a couple new music video apps, Hard Rock TV and Reggae TV, have also been released this week. As new are four free workout video apps to check out. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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Miracast, Google Cast, Chromecast, AirPlay, Amazon Fling, and DIAL explained and how they relate to Fire TV devices

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Miracast, Google Cast, Chromecast, AirPlay, Amazon Fling, and DIAL are all different protocols that allow you to wirelessly send video from one device to another. Some are open standards, while others are proprietary protocols. Some work with the Fire TV out of the box, others can be made to work through third-party apps, and others are incompatible with Fire TV devices. This article will help you understand the differences between the protocols and how they relate to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Read more ›

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Amazon to begin delivery of new mystery product at midnight on July 31st

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An Amazon Prime Now driver has forwarded me an email he received from Amazon about “a secret new product launch” occurring on July 31. The email asks for drivers who want to participate in a special delivery window, between midnight and 2 A.M. on July 31, being “created just for this release.” I’m told that is a time period which drivers normally do not delivery products. The email does not reveal what the product is, but customers “will be able to get their hands on a brand new product” at 12:01 A.M. Read more ›

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Fire TV software history page has been updated

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I finally got around to updating my Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick Software Update History page. There you can find information on what changes (that we know of) each software version made, as well as links to all of my posts related to each software version. It also tells you which software versions are rootable for each device. For any modders out there interested in making a custom ROM for the Fire TV, I’ve also included links to all the stock software images that I’ve managed to capture. Note that the page includes options at the top that allow you to hide information you’re not interested in so it’s easier to skim, and your view options are saved in the page’s URL for bookmarking purposes. I have not included Fire OS 3 update information yet, but I’ll do that soon. You can get to the page by using the menu bar, or by remembering the short URL AFTVnews.com/updates or AFTVnews.com/software.

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Tomorrow’s AFTVnewscast Episode Canceled

I’m sorry to say, but I won’t be live streaming the AFTVnewscast tomorrow or releasing an episode this week. I haven’t been feeling well, so I’m going to take a week off from the podcast. It has been a fairly slow week as far as news goes, so it sort of works out. Hopefully I’ll be back up to stream and record an episode next week.

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New Amazon Comedy Pilot Season debuts next month with Kevin Bacon, JCVD, and Peter Serafinowicz as ‘The Tick’

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Amazon has announced their next lineup of pilots to gauge audience interest in new shows. Three half-hour pilots will debut August 19 in what Amazon is calling their 2016 Comedy Pilot Season. The first pilot is I Love Dick, based on the book of the same name, which is a romantic comedy staring Kathryn Hahn and Kevin Bacon. Second is an action comedy called Jean-Claude Van Johnson, where Jean-Claude Van Damme will be staring in his first TV role. The martial arts movie icon plays a character not much unlike himself, a global martial arts and film sensation, but the character is also the most dangerous undercover private contractor in the world. The final pilot is The Tick, a new take on the short lived Fox comedy that has become a bit of a cult classic. Ben Edlund, creator of both the original live action comedy and 1994 animated series, is back as writer and executive producer. The show stars Peter Serafinowicz, as The Tick, and Griffin Newman. Read on if you’d like to know more about each show. Read more ›

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Amazon original movie ‘Elvis & Nixon’ coming to Prime Video on August 25

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The Amazon original movie Elvis & Nixon is set to arrive on Prime Video next month on August 25. The movie premiered in theaters in April, giving it just a 4 month turnaround time from big screen to Prime Video. When Amazon first announced they’d start making original movies last year, they said they’d be bringing their movies to Prime much quicker than the 10 month average it usual takes movies to make their way to subscription services. So far they’ve made good on that promise with their first two movie releases, Chi-Raq and Creative Control, which made their way to Prime members in 3 months and 2 months.

Due to Amazon’s recent buying spree at Sundance, we can probably expect to see a new original movie come to Prime once a month. Love & Friendship premiered in theaters in May, The Neon Demon debuted in June, and Woody Allen’s Café Society just premiered last week. All three should make their way to Prime Video later this year.

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Amazon Fire TV Game Controller on sale for the first time at $37.49 — Today Only

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As part of the accessories sale that is going on today, the Amazon Fire TV Game Controller is on sale for $37.49 today only. This is the first time the new controller has ever been on sale. If you’ve been considering buying this controller or waiting for a sale, act quickly because it is extremely rare for Amazon to put their game controller on sale. From when it was announced until it was discontinued and replaced by the one on sale today, the previous generation controller litterally never went on sale.

The Fire TV Game Controller is compatible with both 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TVs, as well as the Fire TV Stick. It connects via WiFi direct for improved range and battery life over Bluetooth controllers. It has all the capabilities of the Fire TV voice remote, including a microphone for Alexa and voice searches. One thing unique to this controller is a headphone jack built into the bottom that allows you to privately listen to your Fire TV’s audio without disturbing people around you. The headphone jack works with all audio, including movies and shows, not just games. Note that the headphone jack is only compatible with the Fire TV 2.

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Fire TV, Kindle, and Fire Tablet accessories on sale for 25% off today

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Amazon currently has a sale on Amazon device accessories for 25% off. While most of the accessories are cases and covers for Kindle’s and Fire tablets, there are a few Fire TV related items among the sale. The Fire TV Game Controller is on sale for $37.49. This is the first time the new controller has ever been available for less than its retail price of $49.99. The highly reviewed TotalMount Mounting System for the Fire TV is on sale for $16.49. The last Fire TV related item included in the sale is a Nupro Travel Case for the Fire TV Stick.

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Netflix stock tanks due to existing customers leaving the service

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Netflix’s stock price is down around 14% after the company released second quarter membership figures that are significantly lower than forcasts predicted. Netflix’s subscriber base grew by 1.7 million last quarter, of which only 160 thousand came from the US. The company expected growth in the last quarter to be 2.5 million members globally. Netflix says there was an unexpected increase in existing customers that left the service, resulting in the lower than expected growth. They attribute the customer departer to the end of a 2-year grandfather period which resulted in a price increase from $7.99 to $9.99 for members who signed up before the May 2014 price increase. Another grandfather pricing period will be ending later this year in October when those paying $8.99 will see their monthly rate increase to $9.99 as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if Netflix’s recent crackdown on proxy/VPN users was also a big contributor to the influx of existing membership cancelations.

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