Several of Amazon’s Black Friday Deals go live today and among the best of them is the Amazon Echo Dot 3-Pack for $69.97. This is for the all-new 3rd generation Echo Dot which sounds considerably better than the previous model. The Echo Dot will be going on sale individually on November 22nd for $24 each, but if you’re in the market for 3 of them, this deal saves you an extra $2 and gets you them a little early. Just add any combination of Black, Gray, or White colored Echo Dots to your cart and you’ll see the $80 discount automatically appear at checkout.
Amazon’s Black Friday Sale has begun and one of the first deals available is an Amazon Echo Show 2-Pack for $339.98. This is the new lowest price that the 2nd-generation Echo Show has ever been. The all-new Echo Show will be $179.99 each on November 22nd, but if you’re in the market for 2 devices, this deal saves you an additional $20, making each Echo Show only $169.99. Just add any combination of two Black or White colored Echo Shows to your cart and the $120 savings will appear at checkout.
Amazon’s Black Friday sale on Blink Indoor Security Camera Systems has just gone live. Each system includes the necessary hub and a number of cameras. The 1 Camera System is on sale for $66.99, This is a few dollars less than it was during Prime Day earlier this year. The 2 Camera System is on sale for $113.99, while the 3 Camera System is on sale for $153.99. The large 5 Camera System is on sale for $233.99, which comes to $47 per camera if you don’t factor in the hub. The Add-On Camera is also on sale for $71.99 but you’re better off buying the cheaper 1 Camera System, while they’re still in stock, and storing the extra hub as a backup. These extremely efficient Blink cameras can run for 2 years on a pair of AA Lithium batteries, which come included with each camera purchased. The batteries are relatively inexpensive at about $1 each. These cameras are compatible with Alexa, so their live feed can be displayed on a Fire TV or Echo Show by saying “Show me my [camera name] camera.”
It’s technically a week until actual Black Friday, but Amazon’s Black Friday Sale officially starts today. Most of the deals aren’t live yet, but one that is already available is the Amazon Echo Spot 2-Pack for $159.98. This is the new lowest price that the Echo Spot has ever been. The Echo Spot will be $89.99 each on November 22nd, but if you’re in the market for 2 of them, then this deal saves you an additional $20, making each Echo Spot only $79.99. Just add any combination of two Black or White colored Echo Spots to your cart and the $100 discount will appear at checkout.
Amazon’s Black Friday sale on their Kids Edition Tablets has gone live. On the small end, the Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet is on sale for $69.99. If you buy two, you’ll save an extra $20 and pay just $119.98. The all-new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet is on sale for $89.99. If you buy a pair, you’ll save an extra $30 and pay just $149.98. Lastly, the flagship Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet is on sale for $149.99. Buying two of them for $249.99 will save you an addition $50. All of these prices either match the lowest that these tablets have ever been or are slightly lower than past deals. These tablets are identical to their regular counterparts, but they come with no ads, a 2-year replacement guarantee, a child-proof case, and a 1-year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which is a subscription service that grants access to hundreds of kid-friendly games, educational apps, movies, shows, and books.
My hardware comparison of the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K gives you an idea of how much Amazon’s streaming sticks have grown over the years. What it doesn’t reveal is how much they’ve changed under their unassuming black plastic housing. I cracked open one of the 4K Firesticks and was surprised to find that it’s nearly covered from head to toe in thick metal heat sinks on both sides. The teardown also gives us a look at the hardware behind the antenna technology that Amazon invented for their new compact media player. Read more ›
A few months ago, SiliconDust, makers of the very popular HDHomeRun networked tuners, got into the streaming TV business with a soft launch of their new HDHomeRun Premium TV service that provides access to 45 streaming network channels for $34.99 per month. Combined with their existing over-the-air tuners for local channels and their option DVR service, it amounts to one of the most compelling all-in-one cord cutting options. The company has learned a lot from their pool of 5,000 initial beta testers and is ready to go mainstream with improvements to both the service and app that go live today. Read more ›
With over the air tuners, a common concern is how fast the device is able to switch from one channel to another. I’ve already seen the question come up a few times regarding the Amazon Fire TV Recast so I recorded a quick video showing how fast the channels switch. As you can see, channel flipping on the Recast takes about 2 seconds. The channels used in the video were live and unbuffered. The Fire TV Recast was actively recording a different channel while I conducted the test. The video is unedited, so the timing of everything is exactly how it is when using the Fire TV Recast.