New Fire TV apps of the week — Mar 31 – April 6

This past week there were 51 new apps and games released for Amazon Fire TV devices. TMZ has added Fire TV support to their app for celebrity coverage. MagellanTV is a new documentaries streaming service that costs $4.99 per month. FilmRise has continued releasing new categories for their free content, bringing their total to 22 apps. New arrivals this week include apps for Comedy, History, Kids, and more. Speaking of kids, HooplaKidz Plus has arrived with ad-free shows and songs for kids. The service costs $5.99 per month or just under $50 if you pay for a year at once. SFTTV is a new utility that allows you to transfer files between your Fire TV, your phone, and/or your computer over you local network. Since this doesn’t require an internet connection, it should be faster than any cloud service. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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Google begins displaying Sponsored Ads on Android TV home screen

Televisions and streaming media players running Android TV have begun displaying sponsored ads on their home screens. The ads were spotted by Zatz Not Funny, among many others, and first reported on by XDA Developers. The ads have been seen on the NVIDIA Shield TV, Mi Box, and Sony televisions. Google has confirmed that this is a “pilot program” that they themselves are running. Unlike the Apps Spotlight row that began appearing on devices a little while ago, this new sponsored ad row cannot be turned off unless you lock the device down by creating a restricted profile.

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Ecobee smart home security camera leaks — Likely has Alexa built-in

It looks like smart thermostat maker Ecobee will be releasing a home security camera, thanks to a leaked image discovered by Zatz Not Funny. The camera appears to have four LED lights at the top, which Dave Zatz says can also turn blue. That’s pretty compelling evidence that not only will the camera be Alexa compatible, but it will also have Alexa built-in, just like Ecobee’s smart thermostat and smart light switch. Going by Ecobee’s device lineup, there’s a decent chance the security camera will also serve as a presence sensor that notifies an Ecobee thermostat when you’ve left the room/house, resulting in more efficient automatic HVAC scheduling. A launch date or pricing is unknown.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K gains Miracast screen mirroring with latest software update

The new 6.2.6.3 software update that is currently rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K has added support for screen mirroring through the Mircast standard. This allows customers with compatible phones, tablets, and computers to wirelessly mirror their device’s screen to the Fire TV Stick 4K, as if it were an attached monitor. Screen mirroring support was available on earlier Fire TV models, such as the Fire TV Stick 2 and Fire TV 2, but was dropped when Fire OS 6 arrived on the Fire TV 3. This latest Fire TV Stick 4K software update marks the first time screen mirroring has been made available on modern Fire TV hardware and Fire OS 6. Read more ›

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Plex releases all-new interface update for Roku — Coming to Fire TV soon

Plex has announced the release of an all-new user interface for their media app. The new interface provides quicker ways to get to your content through the use of a vertical menu along the left side of the screen. You can pin your favorite media sources to the sidebar and turn off media sources you don’t use to customize the menu items. The new interface is currently available for Roku users and is available as a beta for Apple TV users. Fire TV users will have to wait a bit longer to get the new interface in the Plex app.

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Software update 6.2.6.3 is rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

A new software update is currently rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. The update carries software version 6.2.6.3 and a build value of NS6263/2349. Amazon is already listing the new update on their Fire TV Device Software page and it’s only listed as the latest version for Fire TV Stick 4K, so it does not seem like other models will be receiving this new update at this time. I haven’t spotted any changes with this update yet, but please let everyone know in the comments below if you notice any changes after receiving the update.

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Amazon Echo Auto sees temporary price increase and begins popping up on eBay

The Echo Auto, Amazon’s first official Alexa device for you car, is still only available by invitation. Invites began rolling out in very limited numbers at the very end of last year and have been trickling out ever since. Earlier this week, the introductory price of $24.99 was temporarily removed, before being reinstated a few hours later. Additionally, this week is the first time multiple Echo Autos popped up for sale on eBay. Both of these events could be an indication that the Echo Auto is close to a more wide-spread release. Read more ›

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App Deal: Cyboid game for Fire TV is Free for the first time

Get Cyboid for Free

The Fire TV game Cyboid has just gone free for the first time. This is a high-speed 3D first-person shooter game that is reminiscent of the old Quake games. The game normally costs $1.99, but the developer is experimenting with a new subscription model that unlocks all in-app purchasable extras in the game for a $0.99 monthly subscription, so they’re offering it for free to gauge the new option. Even if you don’t pay the subscription or buy any of the in-app items, there is plenty of fun to be had with what is included with the core game, which is what you’re getting for free during this sale. The sale is scheduled to end on April 5th. The game is also available on sale and for free for Fire tablets as a separate app.

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Amazon original series ‘Hanna’ is now available to stream on Prime Video

The first season of Amazon’s original series Hanna is now available to stream in its entirety on Prime Video. Amazon is pushing this series as one of their big releases, since they put up the big bucks to run an ad for the show during the Super Bowl this year. If you’re thinking the show was released last months, you haven’t gone crazy. That’s because the first episode was made available for 24-hours immediately after the Super Bowl ad aired, but now the rest of the 8-episode season has been released.

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HDHomeRun app for Fire TVs returns to the Amazon Appstore

The HDHomeRun app from SiliconDust has returned to the Amazon appstore for all Fire TV devices. The app was removed by Amazon last month because Omniverse, the company that supplied channels for the HDHomeRun Premium TV streaming service was being sued for not having sufficient rights to distribute the content they were selling. SiliconDust announced last week that they will be discontinuing the Premium TV service and have removed access to it from the Fire TV app. Customers who already have the app installed from prior to this debacle don’t need to do anything, since the returned app uses the same appstore listing as the old app. If you sideloaded the app while it was unavailable from Amazon, you should uninstall the app and reinstall it directly from the Amazon appstore.

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