Jackbox Party Pack 5 arrives on the Amazon Fire TV

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 has just been released to Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, Fire TV Cubes, and Fire TV Edition televisions. As the name suggestions, it’s the 5th installment in Jackbox’s collection of party games. It’s pricey at $29.99 but includes 5 different games that are sure to give you and your friends or family a few fun game nights. The games all use smartphones as their controllers, so there’s no need to invest in extra remotes or gamepads. The included games are You Don’t Know Jack (1-8 players), a trivia game, Split the Room (3-8 players), a what-if game where you create strange and divisive hypothetical situations, Mad Verse City (3-8 players), a lyric writing game, Patently Stupid (3-8 players), a drawing game where you create odd inventions to solve bizarre problems, and the deadliest game show, Zeeple Dome (1-6 players).

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Amazon rebrands their Silk browser for the Fire TV

Amazon has pushed out a new update to their Silk browser for Fire TV devices that doesn’t appear to change anything other than rebrand the browser. The app, which was formerly named “Silk Browser for Fire TV,” has been renamed to “Amazon Silk – Web Browser.” The browser has also received a new bright teal icon that emphasizes the word “internet” above the name of the app. While this could be nothing more than a quick spruce up for the app, it could also be a hint of something bigger to come. Read more ›

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The Roku Channel comes to the Amazon Fire TV …sort of

About a year ago, Roku launched The Roku Channel, which is an ad-support collection of movies, TV shows, and live news that is available for free on Roku devices. The channel has been quite popular, so Roku made it available on the web a month ago. In doing so, they’ve inadvertently also made it available to all Amazon Fire TV devices thanks to the Silk Browser. The web interface for The Roku Channel works so well through the Silk Browser that I’ve released a Bookmarker app for The Roku Channel, to make accessing it through Fire TV devices that much easier. Read more ›

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Firefox and Silk Browser now let you control media playback by voice on Fire TVs — Works with YouTube

In the most recent updates to Firefox and the Silk Browser, both apps have added support for media playback control by voice. This allows customers to use voice commands to play videos, pause videos, and more while watching something, like YouTube, in a web browser on a Fire TV device. Read more ›

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Channels app for HDHomeRun owners is now free for DVR Subscribers

The Channels app is a great option for owners of an HDHomeRun network TV tuner to use to watch their live content on Fire TVs and other streaming devices, but its $24.99 price has certainly deterred many people from giving the app a try. The independent developers behind the app have just released a free version of their app, called Channels DVR, that can be used indefinitely by anyone subscribed to the Channels DVR subscription service. Combined with the 30-day DVR free trial, it also now serves as a free way to try the Channels app, whether you’re interested in the DVR service or not. Read more ›

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Amazon Silk Browser for Fire TV update adds Casting support for YouTube

Amazon’s Silk Browser for Fire TV has just been updated to version 67.5.x and with it comes the ability to cast YouTube videos directly to the browser. With the Silk Browser installed on any Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Edition television, Google’s official YouTube app for Android and iOS devices will now see the Fire TV as a valid casting destination. You don’t need to have the Silk Browser open or even have the Fire TV awake for the new YouTube casting feature to work. Read more ›

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Mouse Toggle app now works with the Amazon Fire TV Cube

The popular Mouse Toggle app for Fire TV devices has just been updated to work with the new Amazon Fire TV Cube. This app lets you use your Fire TV remote as a mouse by simulating a mouse cursor that you control using the directional buttons of the Fire TV remote. It’s not as good as having an actual physical mouse connected to your Fire TV, but it’s handy for pressing a few touch buttons in sideloaded apps that were designed for a touch interface. The app initially didn’t work correctly with the Fire TV Cube, but the developer has just released version 1.11 that fixes the issues. Amazon does not allow this app in the Fire TV appstore, so you have to purchase it through your phone from the Google Play Store or iOS App Store. The app will then instruct you on how to get it installed on your Fire TV directly from your phone.

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Channels app for Fire TV devices adds DVR support for OTA Antenna and Cable channels

The Channels app for Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions has just received its biggest update since it first arrived in the Fire TV appstore earlier this year. The big new feature with this update is full support for the Channels DVR service that was previously only available on the Apple TV. This allows owners of HDHomeRun networked tuners to view and manage recordings of OTA antenna and digital cable channels directly from their Fire TV devices. Read more ›

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Netflix now supports deep Alexa voice controls on Fire TV devices

The Netflix update that many Fire TV owners have been waiting for has arrived. Netflix has just updated their Fire TV app with deeper support for Alexa voice controls. Where before it was only possible to use Alexa to launch the Netflix app, now you can use the voice assistant to jump directly into playing a movie or TV show, control advanced playback in the app, and perform voice searches within Netflix. Read more ›

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VLC media player returns to Amazon Fire TV devices

VLC, the popular open-source media player, is once again available on Amazon Fire TV devices. The app was removed by its developers last month from the Fire TV appstore due to a disagreement with Amazon about the new version of the app. It appears as though the issue has been resolved because the new 3.0 version was approved by Amazon since then and has returned to the Fire TV appstore within the last few weeks. The previous version of VLC for Fire TV devices had a lot of issues that mostly stemmed from that version being a beta so, hopefully, this new version is more stable. VLC is a good media player option for those looking to play content, either from external storage or over the network, but don’t want all the bells and whistles of something like Kodi.

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