External Storage Support Explained Across All Fire TV Models — Fire TV Stick 4K vs 4K Max differences and more

Support for external storage among Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Cubes varies considerably between models. It’s, unfortunately, not as cut and dry as knowing if external storage is supported or not. Amazon has been doing a much better job lately with consistent support on newer Fire TV models, but, with the announcement of the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max, there have been questions about how its external storage support differs from the regular Fire TV Stik 4K and other models. Here is a breakdown of all the different types of external storage support and which Fire TV models support each type. Read more ›

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Amazon introduces limited edition Billie Eilish Echo Studio smart speaker

Amazon has announced the availability of a Billie Eilish Limited Edition Echo Studio smart speaker which features the music artist’s latest album cover, “Happier Than Ever” printed on the speaker’s fabric cover. The new Echo Studio costs $229.99, which is $30 more than Amazon’s standard Echo Studio flagship smart speaker. It does, however, include 6 months of Amazon Music Unlimited, for both new or existing subscribers, which, at a value of about $50 if you’re a Prime member, does more than cover the extra cost. Read more ›

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Tubi to premiere original true crime docuseries exclusively on Amazon Fire TV devices

Tubi, the free ad-supported streaming service from FOX, is continuing in its new effort of releasing original content. Its latest series, Meet, Marry, Murder, is a true crime docuseries hosted by Michelle Trachtenberg. The 13 episode series is set to be released on October 6th, however, Fire TV owners are getting special exclusive early access to the series starting on October 1st. If true stories of people who were murdered by their partners interest you, mark your calendar. Earlier this year, Tubi said it would premiere more than 140 hours of new content this fall.

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Channels app update for Fire TV and Android TV adds Enhanced Library Browsing and new Kids Section

Channels, the stand-alone app and DVR service that provides the best interface for HDHomeRun over-the-air network tuners, has announced its 4.0 update for Fire TV and Android TV devices. This update brings the app on par with its Apple TV and iOS versions thanks to the addition of improved library browsing features, as well as a new kids section that can also be used to lock down the app into a new kids only mode. Read more ›

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Amazon announces new Kindle Paperwhite with larger screen, longer battery, USB-C, and wireless charging

Amazon has announced a new Kindle Paperwhite to slot in between the regular Kindle and the flagship Kindle Oasis. The reveal comes at a bit of a surprise, considering Amazon’s big new devices event has been scheduled for next week. The new Paperwhite comes with significant improvements over the previous model, including a larger and brighter screen, better battery life and performance, and improved charging options. Read more ›

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Amazon’s big hardware announcement event will be on September 28th

Amazon has sent out invitations to a virtual event on September 28 at 9AM PT where they say they will “share news about our latest Amazon devices, features, and services.” This is the event where, in the past, Amazon typically announces all of its new Echo speakers, displays, gadgets, and more. While the event tends to be heavily focused on Alexa devices, there is usually a wide assortment of products revealed. Since Amazon just had a big day full of Fire TV announcements, where the Fire TV Stick 4K Max and new Fire TV Smart TVs were revealed, among other things, I don’t expect there will be any new Fire TV-related announcements, but who knows. It does not appear as though the event will be publicly live-streamed, but I’ve been invited and will cover all of the announcements in detail.

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Roku announces new Streaming Stick 4K, updated Ultra LT, and Roku OS software updates

Roku has just announced new devices and software updates for 2021. The most significant new device is a new Roku Streaming Stick 4K which now includes Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support, plus a performance boost over the 4-year-old Streaming Stick+ that it replaces. There’s also a slightly refreshed Roku Ultra LT, and a new TCL soundbar for Roku Smart TVs. Roku OS 10.5 has also been detailed with quicker access to live TV channels, music search, and wider support for launching apps by voice. Read more ›

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Get these deals on HBO Max, Showtime, and Plex Pass subscriptions before they expire

There are currently a few notable deals on streaming services available. The ad-free plan for HBO Max is on sale for $7.49/month for the first 6 months. That’s 50% off the regular price of $14.99. This offer is likely an attempt to keep all the Prime Video Channel customers subscribed, since they just lost service earlier this week. The deal is for new or returning subscribers, but cannot be used by existing subscribers, and it ends Sept. 26. If you’re a Prime member, you can get 2 months of Showtime for $0.99/month through Prime Video Channels. That’s 90% off the regular price of $10.99/month. That offer ends on Sept. 19. Alternatively, you can subscribe through Showtime directly to get 6 months for $4.99/month when you use promocode MMANUTS when you sign up. Lastly, Plex is offering 20% off a Lifetime Plex Pass when you use promocode PLEXLIKEAPRO. That brings the one-time cost down from $119.99 to $95.99. This deal ends tonight at midnight.

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Amazon appears to be preparing to launch Fire TV Smart TVs in Japan

While looking for more information about the unreleased “Pico” Fire TV remote that recently received FCC approval, I stumbled on a regulatory filing in Japan for a new Fire TV Smart TV remote with Japanese text on its buttons. Since Amazon does not yet sell Fire TV Smart TVs in Japan, the existence of this remote seems to suggest that Japan will soon be among the next new markets for Amazon’s line of smart TVs. Read more ›

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New Amazon Fire TV remote passes through FCC approval

A couple of months ago, a new Amazon remote passed through regulatory filings with Brazil and the Bluetooth organization, carrying model number P4C6EN. That same remote has now passed through FCC approval in the US, under FCC ID 2AYT9-7426. While there is still no definitive evidence that this is a Fire TV remote, that does seem to be the most likely scenario. Read more ›

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