Get this Fire TV Cube Deal
Amazon has the Fire TV Cube on sale for $79.99. That’s $40 off the regular price of $119.99. The lowest the Fire TV Cube has ever been in the past on Amazon is $20 less than this deal. Like all Fire TV models in Amazon’s current lineup, this bundle includes the new Alexa Voice Remote, which includes power and volume buttons, but the Cube also includes an Ethernet adapter. Also on sale is the Fire TV Stick 4K for $39.99, Fire TV Stick for $29.99, and the Fire TV Recast for $189.99.
Get this Fire TV Stick Deal
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is on sale for $29.99. This is the 1080p Fire TV Stick that now includes the new Alexa Voice Remote, which has power and volume buttons on the remote. This is only the second time that the new bundle has ever been on sale. Considering the new remote itself costs $29.99 on its own, this is a great price. I think it’s worth paying an extra $10 to get the Fire TV Stick 4K instead, which is currently on sale for $39.99, because of the extra CPU power and improved WiFi. However, if you’re on a budget and/or don’t have a 4K TV, then the regular Fire TV Stick is still a very capable device. Also on sale is the Fire TV Cube for $79.99 and the Fire TV Recast for $189.99, which are both $40 off their regular prices.
After coming across a comment incorrectly stating that the Amazon Fire TV Recast needs an internet connection to work, I realized that this is an aspect of Amazon’s over-the-air DVR that I’ve never covered. A great advantage of getting content through an HD antenna is that it works offline. Thankfully, the Fire TV Recast works in mostly the same way. You can still watch live channels and even your stored recordings if you’ve lost access to the internet, but there are a few limitations to using the Recast offline. Read more ›
Get this Echo Input Deal
Amazon has the Echo Input on sale for $19.99. This sale matches the lowest price that the Echo Input has ever been. The Echo Input is essentially an Echo Dot without a built-in speaker. If you plan to always have your Alexa device connected to external speakers, the Echo Input is worth considering over an Echo Dot because it is much, cheaper, smaller, and discrete. I personally have one connected to my TV soundbar as an “Alexa bridge” to allow the soundbar to be part of my whole-home audio group. The small form factor lets me tuck it out of sight. You can control the Echo Input by voice, thanks to its microphones, but I actually keep mine muted and just use other Alexa devices in my home to control the soundbar audio by saying “Alexa, …. on the Soundbar.” An Echo Dot is certainly more versatile because it can be repurposed in the future and used on its own, but if you value minimalism and just need to add Alexa to a speaker, then the Echo Input is the better option for many people. Also on sale right now is the full-sized Amazon Echo for $74.99.
Support for the Apple Music Skill has just arrived on the Amazon Fire TV. All Fire TV models in the US can now use Alexa to listen to their Apple Music subscription by simply making a music request by voice and adding “on Apple Music” to the end of the request. If you’ve already set up the Apple Music Skill, from when support arrived on Echo devices, you’re already set to listen through a Fire TV device. For everyone else, you’ll need to link the skill to your Apple Music subscription through the Alexa app. From there you can also set Apple Music as your default music service, if you’d like, so that all music requests play through Apple’s service, without needing to specifically say “…on Apple Music.” Additionally, Fire TV Cube owners will be able to listen to Apple Music synced up with other Alexa devices, since the Cube gained support for whole-home audio a few months ago. Support for Apple Music on both Fire TVs and Echos will be coming to the UK in a few weeks.
Get this Fire TV Recast Deal
Amazon has just put the Fire TV Recast on sale. This sale is likely in correlation with the Recast’s newly added support for external hard drive expansion. The 500GB Fire TV Recast is sale for $189.99, which is a savings of $40, and the 1TB Fire TV Recast is on sale for $229.99, which is $50 off of its regular price. Both of these prices are just $10 higher than the lowest price that each model has ever been. Now that the Fire TV Recast supports external storage through its USB port, the 500 GB model may seem like the better choice, but keep in mind that the 500GB model has 2 tuners, while the 1TB model has 4 tuners. The number of tuners determines how many channels can be recorded at once.
Amazon’s over-the-air DVR, the Fire TV Recast, launched last year with the promise that the ability to expand its storage capacity through an external hard drive would be added. A software update for the Fire TV Recast is currently rolling out to all devices that adds the new feature. Once the Fire TV Recast updates, customers will be able to store recordings beyond the 500GB and 1TB limits of the internal hard drives in the two available models. Read more ›
This past week there were 47 new apps and games released for Amazon Fire TV devices. One of them is an app I released myself called Informer. You can read all about it here in more detail, but it’s essentially an app to identify your Fire TV, tell you about its specs, and tell you about all the new features added through software updates. Xite is a new music video app that offers 100 different channels to keep the music playing. MAXtv is a new IPTV app available for European Fire TV owners with both live channels and on demand content. FilmRise has released 3 more apps this week, adding to the 2 from last week. The first is a Free TV app with over 10,000 free movies and shows to watch. There’s also a SciFi and Action app from FilmRise to check out with more free content. A new File Explorer app has also been released this week to help manage your files. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›
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Roku has released an Alexa skill that allows customers to control Roku media players and Roku TVs with their voice through an Alexa device, like an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. The skill allows you to control media playback, launch channels, and search. Roku TV owners will additionally be able to use the skill to power on/off the TV, change the volume, change channels, and switch inputs. Read more ›
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Amazon has launched a new feature for Alexa called Song ID that allows the voice assistant to announce the artist and title of each song before it plays. You likely wouldn’t use the feature for albums you know or playlists you created, but it can come in handy when playing stations or playlists curated by other people that are filled with new music you’ve never heard before. It sort of turns Alexa into a radio DJ who announces each song as it plays. To turn the feature on, simply say “Alexa, turn on Song ID” at anytime. As you’d expect, say “Alexa, turn off song ID” to turn it off.
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