Amazon announces new more powerful 2nd-gen Echo Show 8 with significantly better camera

Amazon has announced a new 2nd-generation Echo Show 8. Unlike the new Echo Show 5, which was also announced today with minor updates, the new Echo Show 8 is a much more significant upgrade when compared to the older model. A much more powerful processor in the new model should make it feel snappier and a major update to the camera now allows for automatic pan and zoom during video calls. Read more ›

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Amazon announces new 2nd-gen Echo Show 5 with improved camera and first Echo Show 5 Kids edition

Amazon has announced a new 2nd-gen Echo Show 5 and, for the first time, an Echo Show 5 Kids version. These new models come with minor improvements in some areas, such as their camera, but certainly aren’t a reason to upgrade for most people who already own the previous model. In fact, there’s even a feature on the old model that has been dropped from the new model. Read more ›

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Tivo is likely ditching Android TV because of the Chromecast with Google TV

It’s looking like the Tivo Stream 4K streaming media player dongle will likely be Tivo’s last Android TV device, as originally reported by Zatz Not Funny, and Google’s own Chromecast with Google TV dongle is to blame. In Tivo’s quarterly earnings call, CEO Jon Kirchner explained that they had planned to use Android TV as the core OS for their own interface and eventually work up to its own OS. Now that Google has shifted Android TV into being a more content-focused UX with the Google TV interface, Tivo is shifting its focus directly into its own OS. Read more ›

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Google bypasses Roku’s YouTube TV removal by adding access in the YouTube app

Google has announced that they are adding access to YouTube TV through the standard YouTube app. This allows them to, essentially, get around Roku’s removal of the YouTube TV app since the YouTube app is still accessible on Roku devices. At the bottom of the YouTube app’s left-side navigation menu will soon be a button “Go to YouTube TV” button. Read more ›

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Toshiba releases new 2021 line of 4K Fire TV Edition televisions with Dolby Vision HDR in the US

Toshiba has just released the first set of new Fire TV Edition televisions for 2021 in the US, which they’re calling the C350 Series. Available immediately is a 43-inch 4K TV for $349.99 and a 50-inch 4K TV for $469.99, but coming in the near future will be 55, 65, and 75-inch screen sizes of the same TVs. Aesthetically, these new 2021 TVs are a significant upgrade from the 2020 and older Fire TV Edition televisions by Toshiba, thanks mostly to much thinner bezels along the top and sides. Functionally, these new TVs are mostly identical to last year’s models, apart from more internal storage and a couple of additional ports. Read more ›

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Fire TV Stick 4K with New Remote makes surprise appearance on Amazon’s US site — Is this a leak?

If you head over to Amazon.com on a computer, you might see a banner (mirror) at the top advertising their Mothers Day sale for Amazon Devices with a small oddity. That oddity is the Fire TV Stick 4K being advertised with the new Alexa Voice Remote, which comes with app shortcut buttons, even though the Fire TV Stick 4K is not currently sold with the new remote in the US. Could this be a leak that the new remote will soon be bundled with the Fire TV Stick 4K, or, better yet, a new 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K? Read more ›

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DVR Recordings row from Fire TV Recast added to the Fire TV’s Live tab

Fire TV Recast owners have been among the most vocal to dislike the new Fire TV interface. That’s because the new interface has dropped the “DVR” tab from the old interface, which housed all of the Fire TV Recast’s content in one place, and, instead, split up recorded content from live content in different tabs. A recent update to the Fire TV’s Live tab takes a step to correct that annoyance by adding in a new “DVR Recordings” row, just below the Fire TV Recast’s live content row. Read more ›

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Discovery+ integrates 11 live channels into Fire TV’s channel guide

Discovery+ is now integrating 11 live linear channels into the Fire TV’s channel guide and Live tab, but there’s a catch. You can currently only get this integration if you subscribe to the service through the Discovery+ Prime Video Channel. Also, these live channels aren’t what you think they are, which is probably a live feed of their traditional cable channels. Instead, they are channels playing nothing but an individual show, or two, all day 24/7. Read more ›

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Full list of all Services, Apps, Channels, & Devices integrated into Fire TV’s Live Experience & Channel Guide (Updated)

The Amazon Fire TV’s Live Experience, which makes accessing live linear content easier through various interfaces including a Live Tab, traditional Program Guide, and Home screen rows, has continuously evolved over the years. It started with the first Fire TV Edition televisions as the way to access antenna channels through the TV’s built-in OTA tuner and then expanded to all Fire TV devices with the inclusion of Prime Video Channels, streaming services, and apps. Here’s the full list of streaming services, apps, channels, and devices that integrate into the Fire TV’s Live TV interfaces. Read more ›

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Many Fire TVs, Fire Tablets, Echos, and Kindles have gone on sale — Ranking how all these deals stack up to past discounts

Amazon has just put a bunch of their Fire TV, Echo, Fire Tablet, and Kindle devices on sale for Mothers Day. Some of the deals are great, like the Echo Show 10 for $199.99, which is the lowest price it has ever been. Some deals are just good, like the Fire TV Stick 4K for $37.99, since that’s a decent discount but it will likely drop to at least $29.99 for Prime Day. Some deals are just okay, like the Kindle Paperwhite for $94.99, since it has been lower recently and will be lower for Prime Day. And some deals are pretty bad, like the Fire TV Stick Lite for $24.99, which has been $17.99 numerous times this year. Here is a list of all the significant deals and how they compare to discounts we’ve seen in the past. Read more ›

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