Insignia 43″ 4K UHD Fire TV Edition television is on sale for $199.99 — New Lowest Price Ever

Prices for the various Fire TV Edition television models and sizes vary every week, but I only post about them when they reach all-time low prices. That’s the case with the Insignia 43″ 4K Fire TV Edition television which has just dropped to a new all-time low price of $199.99. The lowest it had ever been prior to this sale is $249.99. Other deals on Fire TV Edition televisions that are currently available include the Insignia 24″ 720p model for $99.99 and the Toshiba 49″ 1080p model for $249.99. Both of those deals match the lowest prices that we’ve seen in the past. The Insignia 55″ 4K model for $349.99, which I posted about last week, is also still available. That is a new all-time low price for the largest available Fire TV Edition television.

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In-app voice navigation and selection is coming to more Fire TV devices and all Fire TV apps

Last year, Amazon made it possible for Fire TV Cube customer to use hands-free voice commands to navigate within select apps. This made it possible to make selections and scroll around apps like Netflix and HBO without needing to use a remote. A recently published developer page about the new feature states that Amazon will “be enabling this feature on other devices in the future” and “will extend these capabilities to all apps.” Read more ›

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Amazon now lets you publish your custom Alexa Skills to the Alexa Skill Store

Amazon introduced Alexa Blueprints last year as a way for anyone to create their own Alexa SKills, without any coding, right from a web browser. They later made it possible to share those custom skills with friends and family, but now they’ve announced that you can publish your custom skills to the Alexa Skill store for anyone to use. Read more ›

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Garmin Speak w/ Alexa and Navigation for your car is on sale for $67.95 — New Lowest Price Ever

The Garmin Speak is on sale for $67.95. This is the new lowest price that I’ve ever seen for the Speak. It’s essentially an Echo Dot for your car that will also display turn-by-turn navigation on its screen. This is the original model that debuted for $149.99, so it’s a significant discount from the original price. The Garmin Speak Plus is also on sale, but its $179.99 price is quite a bit more than the base model. The Plus simply adds a dash cam to the original Garmin Speak. If you want Alexa in your car and can’t wait for the Echo Auto, which seems to be taking longer than expected to be available, consider the Garmin Speak. The Roav Viva is also a viable option.

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Philo TV channels are now integrated into the Fire TV’s program guide and home screen

Philo, one of the most affordable streaming TV services thanks to their $16/mo 44 Channel plan, has just updated their Fire TV app to integrate into the Fire TV’s default program guide and home screen. This means that all of Philo’s channels can now show up in the “On now” row on the home screen, in the “Recent” row when viewed, and in the channel guide along side other content sources, such as over-the-air channels from a Fire TV Recast or the built-in tuner of a Fire TV Edition television. Read more ›

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Get 3 months of Pandora On-Demand Premium music subscription for Free

Groupon is currently offering 3-Months of Pandora On-Demand Premium for free. This is a subscription music service, like Amazon Music Unlimited, that normally costs $9.99 a month for an individual plan or $14.99 a month for a family plan. You can choose either 3 months of the individual or 3 months of the family plan for free. The third option is Pandora Plus, which is just Pandora’s regular radio service, but without ads, that normally costs $4.99 a month. The Pandora On-Demand Premium plan lets you select individual songs or playlists to play, while the Pandora Plus plan does not let you select individual songs. Read more ›

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Amazon to buy mesh router company Eero

Amazon has announced that they will acquire mesh router company Eero to expand their smart home portfolio. Eero is best known for being the first to popularize mesh routers which use multiple access points, spread across your home, that work together to create a single WiFi network that typically provides better connectivity than a single router. Read more ›

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Pre-Rooted 5.2.6.8 ROM for Amazon Fire TV 2 is now available

For those of you with rooted 2nd-generation Fire TVs, Rbox has just released a pre-rooted ROM of the latest 5.2.6.8 software update. This will allow you to update your rooted device without losing root access. You can download the image from the usual XDA forum thread and install it through TWRP by following this guide. I have not had a chance to capture the update images for the Fire TV 1 or Fire TV Stick 1 yet, which is why pre-rooted ROMs for those devices have not been created. I’ll do that soon and shoot them over to Rbox and, hopefully, he will have time to make those pre-rooted images as well. Please be sure to donate to Rbox to support him and thank him for continuing to keep all of our rooted devices updated.

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Insignia 55″ 4K Fire TV Edition television is on sale for $349.99 — New Lowest Price Ever

Get this 55″ 4K TV Deal

The Insignia 55-inch Fire TV Edition television has just gone on sale for $349.99. Apart from a very short-lived doorbuster deal at Best Buy during Black Friday (that lasted about an hour), this is the new lowest price this TV has ever been. It has been $379.99 in the past, but this is the first time it has ever been this low at Amazon. This TV is the largest Fire TV Edition television currently available. It features 2160p 4K resolution, but don’t be fooled by the “HDR” in the title. That just means it can play HDR content, but it is not a true HDR television. Other Insignia and Toshiba Fire TV Edition television models are also currently on sale, such as the Insignia 43-inch for $249.99 or the Toshiba 50-inch for $299.99. While those match the lowest prices they have ever been, only this Insignia 55-inch model is at a price lower than it has ever been through a regular, non-limited, sale.

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EPIX launches new stand-alone streaming service EPIX NOW

EPIX has launched a new stand-alone streaming service called EPIX NOW that does not require a cable subscription. The service includes MGM’s full library of original shows and movies, including content from Paramount and Lionsgate. The service costs $5.99 per month and includes access to all four of EPIX’s live channels and on-demand content. It’s available, starting today, on Android and iOS phones and tablets, as well as the Apple TV. It will be coming to Fire TV and Roku devices soon.

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