Another minor software update is rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV 3

Less than a week after the previous update, another new software update is currently rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV 3. This update carries the same 6.2.1.0 software version, but bumps the build number up by one digit from NS6210/401 to NS6210/402. Read more ›

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New software update NS6210/401 rolling out to Amazon Fire TV 3 devices

As is commonly the case after a new Fire TV model is released, Amazon is continuing to fix bugs and push out software for the new 3rd generation Amazon Fire TV. A new update with the same 6.2.1.0 version number but a new build number of NS6210/401 is currently rolling out to those devices. Read more ›

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Amazon working on “Cinema Mode” for Fire TV to sync frame rate between video and TV

Deep in the source code of Fire OS 6 on the all-new 3rd generation Amazon Fire TV is an unreleased new setting called “Cinema Mode.” Based on the setting’s description, it appears to enable synchronization between the frame rate of the video being played with the refresh rate of the television. This is a feature that home theater enthusiasts have been wanting for a long time. Read more ›

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New software update rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV 3

A new software update is starting to roll out to the Amazon Fire TV 3. The new update still carries version number 6.2.1.0 but it changes the build number from NS6210/397 to NS6210/399. Since only the build number changed, that’s usually an indication that the update contains only bug fixes without introducing any new features. Read more ›

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Amazon’s new Fire TV 3 is not going to damage your HDMI port

In the comments of the various articles I’ve written so far about the new Amazon Fire TV 3, I keep reading concerns that the device’s size and hanging form factor is going to damage the TV’s HDMI port. Amazon says it won’t, and I believe them. Read more ›

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This Ethernet Adapter w/ USB Hub for the Fire TV 3 and Fire TV Stick 2 is cheaper and better than Amazon’s official adapter

Along with the new 3rd generation Fire TV, Amazon has released their own official Fire TV Ethernet Adapter that also works with the 2nd generation Fire TV Stick. It’s a fine adapter if all you want is to add Ethernet capabilities to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, but most people will be much better off buying this UGREEN Ethernet Adapter w/ USB Hub along with an OTG Adapter. Read more ›

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Amazon’s Fire TV 3 now lets you select the video Color Depth (8, 10, or 12 bit) and Color Format (RGB or YCbCr)

For the most part, Fire OS 6 on the new Amazon Fire TV 3 looks the same and has the same options as Fire OS 5 on previous Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. One of the few differences is an expanded selection of Display settings. There is now an option to select the Color Depth, either 8-bit, 10-bit, or 12-bit, and the Color Format, either RGB or YCbCr. Read more ›

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Fire TV 3 includes a new Bluetooth-based Alexa Voice Remote

The new Amazon Fire TV 3 includes an Alexa Voice Remote that looks and functions exactly like the remote that’s included with the 2nd generation Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick, but it’s actually a completely new remote on the inside. The new remote is actually Amazon’s fourth voice remote designed for the Fire TV and this latest version forgoes using WiFi-direct connectivity in favor of a return to Bluetooth. Read more ›

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Fire TV 3 is compatible with both official Amazon Game Controllers and most Fire TV games

Amazon has decided to focus on improving video playback capabilities and affordability with the new Fire TV 3 by adding support for HDR and higher frame rate 4K video at a price that’s $30 less than the Fire TV 2 was when it first launched. Making improvements in certain areas while simultaneously lowering the cost means that something had to give and, in the case of the Fire TV 3, it’s gaming performance that suffers most, which is not as good as the Fire TV 2 it replaces. Thankfully, though, the Fire TV 3 is compatible with both the current Amazon Fire TV Game Controller and the previous generation Amazon Fire Game Controller as well as most Fire TV games. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV 3 supports USB Peripherals via OTG Cable — Including USB Drives, Keyboards, Mice, FLIRC, Ethernet, Hubs, etc…

Much like the Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 before it, the new Amazon Fire TV 3 supports external peripherals through a USB OTG cable. This means that, despite not having any external ports, you can still connect things like USB drives, keyboards, mice, game controllers, ethernet adapters, and more. Read more ›

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Amazon’s Fire TV 3 is a 64-bit device running a 32-bit operating system

Since the Amazon Fire TV 2 was a 64-bit device, many people seem to have assumed that the new Fire TV 3 would also be a 64-bit device. In reality, that’s only partially the case, because while the Fire TV 3 has a 64-bit CPU, the current version of Fire OS 6 running on the device is actually a 32-bit operating system. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV 3 and Fire OS 6 support sideloading apps like Kodi

For those wanting definitive confirmation, the new Amazon Fire TV 3 does allow sideloading apps like Kodi. Apart from a small issue with my Downloader app that has now been fixed, sideloading on the latest Fire TV running an all new Fire OS 6 is exactly the same as it is on other Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. Read more ›

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The Amazon Fire TV 3 has arrived

Today is the day that the Amazon Fire TV 3 is released. I just received mine, as well as the new official Amazon Ethernet Adapter. Let me know in the comments if there is anything specific you’d like to know about or want me to try. If you’ve purchased the new Fire TV as well and have discovered something noteworthy or interesting, let’s hear about it in the comments as well.

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