Introducing my new app “Informer” for all Amazon Fire TV devices

My new app Informer has just been released for all Amazon Fire TV models. The purpose of the app is to conveniently provide information about your Fire TV. This initial version lets you know which model/generation device you own, it’s hardware and video specs, and what known features or changes the various software updates have made to the device. I hope to expand on the information in the app with future updates. 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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Amazon Device Buyer’s Guide updated to reflect 2018 Prime Day pricing

As I do after every major sale, I’ve given the Amazon Device Buyer’s Guide an overhaul as a result of Prime Day. For those not familiar with my buyer’s guide, it is a one-stop place to help you judge how good a particular sale is on Amazon’s hardware. For each device, an Okay, Good, and Great price are listed, where the Great price is usually as low as you can expect the device to be. I also list how long it has been since a device has been updated, as well as how long past models were available. This can give you a sense of whether a particular device will be updated soon. Interestingly, of the 24 products I have listed in my buyer’s guide, 20 of them were priced at or below their all-time lowest price during this year’s Prime Day. Of those 20 devices, 11 were priced lower during this year’s Prime Day than they had ever been in the past. That’s more new all-time low prices than any past sale has had.

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Watch me talk about AFTVnews, Fire TVs, Alexa, Echos, Amazon, and more with Lon Seidman

My buddy Lon Seidman, who runs a great YouTube channel where he reviews tech, recently started a new podcast (iTunes | Google Play | Stitcher) where he interviews people and asked me to be a guest. You can watch the video version here or listen to the audio only version here. You can also probably find it by searching your favorite podcast client for “Lon.TV Podcast” and I’m sure it will pop up. The episode was recorded on Monday, so this is before the Amazon Fire TV Cube was announced, but we do talk about it a little near the end. We also talk about how AFTVnews got started, the state of Amazon and their various devices, and a whole bunch more. There’s an index of topics we discuss in the description of the YouTube video that includes links to take you directly to each topic. Let me know what you think of the episode.

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AFTVnews turns 4 years old

Four years ago today, I started this site on a whim because I thought I could help a few people get a little more out of their new TV gadget. It’s still just me on this end running the site on my own, but there are now millions of you reading what I have to say and using my apps. Thank you so much for your patronage. It allows me to support my family with this site, which, in turn, gives me more time with them than I likely ever would have had otherwise. My older son just turned three a few days ago and his baby brother recently started standing up on his own. I’m looking forward to the years to come. Thank you for being part of the wonderful and supportive community that has formed around this site.

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Bookmarker for YouTube app is now available in the Amazon Fire TV appstore

I have just released a new version of my Bookmarker app called Bookmarker for YouTube in the Amazon Fire TV appstore. The new app is functionally identical to my previous Bookmarker apps, but it has YouTube’s television optimised URL preloaded and provides a more relevent icon. Read more ›

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Bookmarker apps for Fire TV updated with support for Firefox Browser

I have just released version 1.1.0 of my Bookmarker apps for the Amazon Fire TV. The updated version now supports the new Firefox Browser in addition to the Silk Browser. You now have the option to select which browser each app will use when configuring the app. I’ve also added an option to have Fire OS prompt you to pick a browser, for those who want flexibility, instead of forcing a specific browser. Since web browsers are now also available on the 1st Gen Fire TV Stick and 3rd Gen Fire TV, the bookmarker apps are now compatible with all Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models. Read more ›

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Introducing my new Bookmarker app(s) for the Amazon Fire TV — Load websites in just one click from the home screen

I have just released a series of new Bookmarker apps for the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions. They are simple apps that let you load a website in the Silk Browser with just a single click from the Fire TV home screen. Just save a URL in the app and every time you select that app in the future, the URL will immediately open in the Silk browser. Read more ›

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Downloader v1.1.7 is now live with more bug fixes for Fire TV 3 and other models

Downloader version 1.1.7 is now live in the Amazon Fire TV Appstore. This version hopefully fixes the last few remaining issues that were preventing the app from not downloading certain files correctly. I’ve actually split the code into a Fire OS 5 and Fire OS 6 version temporarily so that any potential bugs that make it in while I work on Fire TV 3 compatibility don’t affect older devices. (That is what happened with the v1.1.4 update, which broke certain file downloads on older Fire TV models.) There aren’t two listings and you don’t have to do anything special to get the right version. The Fire TV will automatically download the right version from the Amazon Appstore. I’ll merge the code back together in a future update once I’m confident everything is stable.

I’m sorry if having so many updates recently has been annoying. Just as my developer and I work into the night to fix issues and push out an update, we wake up to newly reported issues and get right back into it. That has been our cycle ever since the Fire TV 3 was released. Development costs haven’t been cheap, so if you appreciate the app, please consider donating through its home screen in-app purchase buttons or by supporting me on Patreon.

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Downloader v1.1.4 is now live — Fixes issue preventing Fire TV 3 from installing APKs

Version 1.1.4 of my Downloader app is now live and available for all Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions to use. The main purpose of this release is to fix an issue that was preventing owners of the new Fire TV 3 from installing APK files. If you have version 1.1.3 installed and can’t get your Fire TV to update the app, you can always uninstall it and then reinstall to get the latest version.

As Fire TV 3s began arriving yesterday, the issue with Downloader was discovered around mid-day and I had a fixed version completed and submitted that evening. If you appreciate the quick turnaround, please consider supporting the app by donating through the buttons on the app’s home screen or by supporting me on Patreon.

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