At the start of the year, Amazon brought the “On Now” home screen row and grid channel guide from Fire TV Edition televisions to all Fire TV models. This allowed Amazon Channel subscribers to discover live airing content on their home screen and to view what would be airing next in a traditional grid program guide. Amazon has now announced that they’ve teamed up with Sony’s PlayStation Vue streaming service to incorporate all of the service’s live channels into the same “On Now” row and channel guide. Read more ›
The PlayStation Vue app on the Amazon Fire TV has just been updated with deeper Alexa voice integration. Simalar to how Alexa can now directly start Netflix content, you can now use voice commands to jump directly into a channel, as well as several common playback controls. Read more ›
Sony just launched their PlayStation Vue streaming TV service on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. To promote the service, they’re offering new customers a free Fire TV Stick for signing up and paying for 1 month of either their “Core” 60+ channel plan, which costs $54.99 per month, or their “Elite” 85+ channel plan, which costs $64.99 per month. These multi-channel plans, and this offer, are currently only available to residents of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, where the service is offered.
The promotion starts November 15th and ends December 15th or after 10,000 free Fire TV Sticks are claimed. To take advantage of this offer, sign up for the 7-day free trial of either the Core or Elite plan on or after November 15th. After your free trial is over and you pay for your first full month of service, you will receive a promo code that can be used on Amazon.com to purchase a free Fire TV Stick. The terms of the promotion explicitly say the code cannot be used to get a Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote and must be redeemed by January 15th, 2016.
Sony has just launched PlayStation Vue, their streaming TV service, on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The PlayStation Vue service offers individual channels, such as SHOWTIME, Epix, and Fox Soccer Plus, as well as multi-channel packages in select cities. Multi-channel packages come in three tiers with the 50+ channel “Access” package costing $49.99 per month, the 60+ channel “Core” package costing $54.99 per month, and the 85+ channel “Elite” package costing $64.99 per month. These multi-channel plans are currently only available in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. The channels included in each package vary from city to city and include live local television in some areas. PlayStation Vue also provides a cloud DVR service where you can tag your favorite shows and all aired episodes of those shows will be available on-demand for up to 28 days. Sony is offering a 30-day free trial for SHOWTIME and Epix, and a 7-day free trial for their multi-channel plans. Additionally, you can get a free Fire TV Stick after paying for the first month of their Core ($54.99) or Elite ($64.99) plan.