UK Fire TV owners jealous of the US only Sling TV service have reason to cheer. TVPlayer, a Fire TV app which streams 59 free-to-air channels in the UK for free, has just launched a paid TVPlayer Plus package for £4.99 per month. For that price you get live streaming access to 25 additional premium channels without any contracts. The premium channels include Lifetime, History, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, TLC, Animal Planet, Gold, Alibi, Watch, British Eurosport, Sony Movie Channel, Cartoon Network, BabyTV, and more. The company also promises to bring additional genre-based channel packs to the service later this year.
Born on Kickstarter, Quiplash is the latest game party game from Jackbox, makers of YOU DON’T KNOW JACK and Fibbage. The game supports 3 to 8 players, where players can use any device with a web browser as their controller. That means you don’t need a Fire TV remote or game controller for each player. Smartphones, tablets, and even laptops can be used to play.
Each player connects to the game by browsing to jackbox.tv and entering the matches unique code. Then they’re asked to enter an answer to questions like: “A bad name for a pet goldfish” or “An inventive way to get rid of head lice.” Once all answers are in, each question is displayed on the Fire TV along with it’s two answers and players get to vote on which answer they think is best. The game can also have up to 10,000 audience members who can also vote on their favorite answers to effect the outcome of the game.
There are 750 different questions, with a “family Friendly” mode which eliminates some of the racier questions. Quiplash is available for both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.
Amazon has quietly rolled out a new perk for Amazon Prime Members called Prime Member Savings which gives members discounts on “a variety of video games and related products”. There’s currently no way to see a list of all qualifying games and products. Right now, only console games and peripherals appear to be receiving discounts. The only indication that a product is discounted for Prime members is a “Save with Prime” logo and paragraph on the item’s product page. Even then, it is only during the checkout process that Amazon reveals how much of a discount you will receive. Some of the discounts are significant, like $10 off of Call of Duty: Black Ops III or $8.42 off Elder Scrolls Online, while others, like a whopping penny off a DualShock 4 controller, are downright comical. The discounts aren’t limited to older games either. Splatoon, which was just released carries a $6.97 discount while Halo 5: Guardians, which is available for pre-order and won’t be released until October, is discounted $7. Read on for the full list of discovered discounts and let us know in the comments if you find any others not listed. Read more ›
A new software update for the Fire TV has begun rolling out to devices. The new update carries version number 188.8.131.52_user_516009820. Big thanks to AFTVnews reader Gary who wrote in to let us know about it and provided the pictures. Gary tells us the update has added the ability to mark apps and games as ‘Favorites’, similar to the recently added photo favorites feature, in order to make them more readily available. I uncovered this feature in the previous software version source code, but it appeard to be either unfinished or disabled. No word yet on a Fire TV Stick software update, but I expect we’ll see one soon, likely carrying version number 184.108.40.206. Read more ›
Amazon’s current free app bundle which includes 17 Fire TV and Fire TV Stick apps is ending tonight, July 1st, at midnight. Some of the paid apps included have never been offered for free before, so this may be your last chance to get them without paying a penny. Remember, you don’t have to install the apps or purchase them using your Fire TV. You can simply select “Cloud Only” from the drop down menu on the apps Amazon.com listing and the app will be available to you for free at anytime in the future. Continue for the full list of paid apps being offered for free. Read more ›
This deal is a continuation of Amazon’s decision to focus on exclusive content for Prime Instant Video, and letting non-exclusive deals expire without renewal. The company spent $1.3 billion last year signing deals like this one. An Amazon VP told TechRadar that the company plans to “double down” on Prime Instant Video this year, so you can expect even more exclusive content being made available only to Prime members in the near future.