Exclusive: Amazon is working on 2nd Gen Fire TV Edition televisions

Amazon is currently working on the next generation of televisions running their Fire TV operating system. The first Fire TV Edition televisions, made by Element and Westinghouse, were announced nearly a year ago at CES 2017 and began shipping to customers around the middle of this year. With CES 2018 just around the corner, it looks like we might see a new set of TVs running Amazon’s Fire OS. Read more ›

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AirTV announces network OTA tuner with Sling TV compatibility and Fire TV app

AirTV has just released their AirTV network OTA tuner box and accompanying Fire TV app that I wrote about yesterday. The tuner connects to an HD antenna and your network to stream free OTA to all of your devices. You can watch the channels through their new Fire TV app or, if you are a Sling TV subscriber, through the Sling TV app alongside your paid content. Read more ›

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Amazon to once again sell the Google Chromecast and Apple TV

Amazon has re-listed the Google Chromecast and the Apple TV, as first spotted by CNET. This is significant since Amazon removed both devices from their website two years ago after being unhappy with the state of Amazon Video on both platforms. This should relieve tension between Amazon, Google, and Apple, which may be the first step to avoiding the upcoming ban of YouTube on the Fire TV by Google. Read more ›

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The Spot Outlet Cover Plate is the cleanest way to mount an Echo Dot to your wall

Apart from cutting a hole in your wall, the new Spot USB Outlet Cover Plate is the cleanest way to mount an Amazon Echo Dot to your wall. This is the latest mount from Dot Genie, whose mounts have previously involved attaching the Echo Dot to its power adapter. This new mount replaces your power outlet’s cover plate with one that has a cradle for the Echo Dot molded into the side of the plate. The reason it’s such a clean setup is that it relies on a USB outlet for power, so it eliminates the large power adapter altogether. The USB power outlet is not included, so you’ll need to have or install your own for this holder to work. Dot Genie recommends this $12 USB outlet by Top-Greener, but most USB outlets capable of 2 Amps of power should work, since they all generally place the USB ports in the same place. The Spot USB Outlet Cover Plate is currently available for $7.99 in white or black and it comes with the small right-angle USB cable.

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Logitech K400 Keyboard w/ Touchpad on sale for $16.97 — New Lowest Price Ever

The Logitech K400 Keyboard w/ Touchpad is $16.97 at Walmart. That is the lowest price that I’ve ever seen for this keyboard. This is the older version of the K400, which has since been replaced by the newer K400 Plus. However, I personally prefer this older version due to it having full-sized arrow buttons. All versions of Logitech’s K400 line of keyboards are great for use with Fire TV devices since they are compact enough to fit nicely on your lap but not so small that you can’t touch type. This is not a Bluetooth keyboard and instead uses a wireless USB dongle to connect. That means it will work with the Fire TV 1 and 2 out of the box but needs an OTG cable to work with the Fire TV 3 and Fire TV Stick 2.

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AirTV to release a new network OTA tuner that streams local channels to a stand-alone app or the Sling TV app

AirTV, like its sister company Sling TV, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dish Network. A few weeks shy of one year ago, at CES 2017, they revealed the AirTV Player which is a set-top box running Android TV. Combined with an optional AirTV Adapter, which is a USB over-the-air tuner that plugs into the back of the AirTV Player, the two devices promised to merge free local OTA channels with the Sling TV subscription service and 3rd-party streaming apps, like Netflix, into a single product. The devices received lackluster reviews, so now it looks like AirTV will be reverting back to what it seemed like they originally planned to release prior to the set-top box. AirTV looks to be ready to release a new network tuner box that will stream OTA channels to a stand-alone AirTV app, as well as to the Sling TV app so that customers can have local broadcast channels mixed in with subscription channels. Read more ›

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TP-Link Alexa Compatible Smart Plug is on sale for $19.99 — No hub required

The TP-Link Smart Plug has just gone on sale for $19.99 on Amazon. Apart from a brief Alexa-exclusive deal over a year ago, this is the lowest price that this plug has ever been. This is the same plug that Amazon was bundling for $5 when you buy any Echo device, so if you purchased an Echo device recently with this plug and wanted more of them, here’s your chance to get them at a great price. This switch can be directly controlled by Alexa without needing any hubs or other equipment. Just plug it in, set it up in the app, and you’ll be able to control it by saying “Alexa, turn on/off the [selected name]..”

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Amazon will be the first to stream HDR10+ content later this week

Amazon will be the first streaming service to support HDR10+ video when it begins streaming the new high dynamic range standard to Samsung TVs on Wednesday, reports Yonhap News. Around 100 TV shows and movies will be available in the new improved format, including The Grand Tour, The Tick, and The Man in the High Castle. HDR10+ improves on HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis. It’s the closest HDR standard to Dolby Vision, which many consider to produce the best image quality. However, unlike Dolby’s proprietary standard which requires a paid license, HDR10+ is an open standard for anyone to use royalty-free.

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Philips Hue 4-Bulb Starter Kit is on sale for $139.97 — Lowest Price Ever

The Philips Hue 4-Bulb Starter Kit is on sale for $139.97. That matches the lowest price that I’ve ever seen for this kit which includes 4 of the top Hue bulbs and the Hue hub. Out of all of the smart bulbs on the market, this is absolutely my go-to start kit recommendation when people are looking to get into smart lighting for their home. Philips Hue products are certainly not the least expensive option available, but for a device that you’re literally going to be using every single day, it’s worth spending a little extra to get the best. One word of warning is that smart bulbs are addicting. Once you start adding smart lights to a part of your home you’ll quickly find yourself in an expensive habit where you want to automate all lights. That’s why I recommend this starter kit to kick things off because it includes the most bulbs. If you’re in the market for an Amazon Echo, you can bundle one with this Hue starter kit for an extra $50.

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App Deal: Star Wars – Knights of the Old Republic down from $9.99 to $4.99

The game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has just dropped down to half price at $4.99. The lowest this game has ever been was when it was $2.29 for a day in July but it does not go on sale often. This game was originally released on the Xbox and has since been ported over to the Fire TV and other Android devices. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is compatible with all Fire TV models, as well as the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Edition televisions. You will need a game controller to play the game, since it’s not compatible with the Fire TV remote.

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