Amazon giving Free One-Day Shipping on Fire TV — Prime membership not required

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Amazon is appealing to the procrastinator in us all by offering free one-day shipping on select Fire and Kindle devices, including the Fire TV. You don’t even need to be an Amazon Prime member either. Just add a Fire TV to your cart and the Free one-day shipping option is available to everyone. For non-prime members, that’s normally a $21 expense. With the Fire TV on sale for $79, it’s a pretty tempting offer to check those last few people off your gift list. Be sure to direct any lucky recipients to AFTVnews.com/start if they’re the rooting type.

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Amazon Fire TV Remote app released for iPhone and iPad

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The Amazon Fire TV Remote app has been released for the iPhone and iPad. The app is virtually identical to the Android version released in conjunction with the Fire TV Stick launch in November. It is compatible with both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, and allows you to perform all the functionality of a voice remote. Additionally, it serves as an alternative to the onscreen keyboard, letting you enter text much quickly than with the physical remote controls.

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Amazon Instant Video Holiday Movie Sale

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One thing cord cutters miss out on are the endless amounts of holiday movies being played this time of year on network television. Amazon has you covered with numerous Holiday Movies on sale in their instant video catalog. You can buy or rent classics like A Christmas Story, It’s A Wonderful Life, and many more while they’re on sale to fill any nostalgic desires you may have.

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Amazon Coins on sale for up to 30% off — Lowest Price Ever

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Amazon just started running one of their best sales on Amazon Coins. The lower denominations are 4%, 5%, and 8% off for 500, 1000, and 2500 coins respectively. Those deals are fairly common, but it’s in the larger denominations where you’ll really see savings. 5,000 coins are currently 20% off and 10,000 coins are a whopping 30% off. Usually, the 20% off mark is reserved for the 10,000 coin denomination which will, on rare occasion, be bumped up to 25% off. However, I’ve never seen it at 30% off. That’s the cheapest it has ever been.

If paying for Amazon coins isn’t your thing, you can still get free coins when buying select groceries thru December 31st.

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Correlation between Amazon Fire TV Serial Number and Rootability

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It’s been speculated that there may be a correlation between the Amazon Fire TV’s serial number and the software version originally on the device. If it were true, then you could determine if a Fire TV was rootable before purchasing it at a retail store because the serial number is printed on the outside of the box. I’ve created a quick form to gather information about the Fire TV’s serial number, and I’d love if you’d take a minute to help the community by submitting your Fire TV’s information.

Submit Your Fire TV Information

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CyanogenMod Lollipop ROM for Amazon Fire TV progress

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Rbox has been busy chugging away at his CyanogenMod port for the Amazon Fire TV. The last time we heard from him, the ROM was crashing after the boot screen. He’s just chimed in with an update and has made tremendous progress. The ROM is now booting, but an issue with the SystemUI causes it to eventually crash. He was able to get the Android TV Launcher open, but it isn’t fully working, likely due to the lack of required Google Apps. Once he gets the ROM more stable, he says he’ll work on getting the Android TV Launcher functional.

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App Deal: Cannon Ballers down from $0.99 to FREE

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Cannon Ballers, a defense game inspired by arcade classics like Missile Defender, has just gone Free. This game was free once back in July but has others held steady at $0.99. The game is compatible with both the FIre TV and Fire TV Stick, but does require a game controller to play.

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App Deal: GTA Chinatown Wars down from $4.99 to $2.99

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars haw just gone on sale for $2.99. The game was just released last week for the Fire TV at $4.99. This game was originally released for the Nintendo DS and still remains the best reviewed game on that platform with 9+ out of 10 ratings from all top publications. Whether you’ve got Amazon coins burning a hole in your pocket or just looking for a great game to play, this game is a steal at $2.99. The game requires a game controller to play and is currently only compatible with the Fire TV, but I suspect we may see it come to the Fire TV Stick since its simpler top-down gameplay view is not as graphically taxing as other GTA games which use a third-person view.

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December is turning out to be a spectacular month for Amazon Fire TV apps

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There have been over 100 new apps released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick this month. That’s more than any previous month and we’re only a third of the way through December. Last week, the Fire TV appstore passed 800 apps and is well on it’s way to a thousand. The quantity of apps isn’t the only reason this month has been so great. The quality has been superb as well. Read more ›

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New Apps for the Week of December 14th thru the 20th

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Every Sunday I bring you the list of new apps and games released during the previous week for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. This week has been spectacular as far as new apps go. There were a whopping 47 new apps released. That’s more than any week in the past. Read more ›

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