Amazon slightly shrinks the full-screen auto-playing ad on the Fire TV’s home screen

Amazon has updated the size of the full-screen auto-playing video ads that appear on the Fire TV home screen when you first power on the device. The change, which was first spotted by Cord Cutters News, reduces the size of the ad slightly to keep the navigation bar and your app row visible at the bottom of the screen. Read more ›

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Amazon acquires Indian streaming service MX Player

The rumors were true as Amazon has acquired “key assets” of Indian video streaming service MX Player, as reported by TechCrunch and confirmed by Amazon. Since Amazon is most likely looking to use MX Player TV, the streaming service, to expand its streaming audience, it puts into question the fate of the very popular stand-alone local media player app, MX Player. Read more ›

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TCL reveals its new S5 and Q6 4K Fire TVs for 2024 — The first with Fire OS 8 and a New Remote

TCL is rolling out its 2024 lineup of 4K Fire TV Smart TVs, mirroring last year’s offerings with the release of the new S-Class TVs—TCL’s economical 4K options—and the Q-Class TVs, their more impressive QLED 4K models. While there’s, unfortunately, no indication that we’ll see a Fire TV variant of TCL’s top-end QD-Class TVs, which are distinguished by mini LED backlights, the latest TCL Fire TVs stand out as the first smart TVs to run Fire OS 8 and the first to ditch Amazon’s remote for TCL’s new remote made for Fire TV. Read more ›

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Amazon launches its new AI-powered voice search on Fire TVs but leaves out the best parts

Amazon has announced the launch of its new AI-enhanced voice search for Fire TV devices which promises to make finding “personalized TV show and movie recommendations using natural language” simple and easy. The update was first announced last fall and looked impressive in the demo video, but what’s starting to roll out now is missing some of the useful flair that was demonstrated last year. Read more ›

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When Fire TV Software Updates could stop for every model and which ones have already reached their end-of-life

A few years ago, Amazon published its official policy around software update releases for its Fire TV devices. At the time, the company guaranteed at least 4 years of security updates after the device was last available for purchase and it continues to stand behind that guarantee. Since then, several Fire TV models have stopped receiving updates. Here’s a breakdown of when each generation of Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Stick 4K Max, and Fire TV Cube could stop receiving updates and the ones that have already stopped being updated. Read more ›

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Hisense launches new QD6 Series 4K QLED Fire TVs at Costco

Hisense launched its first Fire TV Smart TVs two years ago with the release of its U6 Series ULED TVs. While new larger sizes have since been released and the U6 Series just this month became available at Best Buy for the first time, there hasn’t been a follow-up model until now. An all-new Hisense QD6 Series of 4K QLED Fire TV Smart TVs are now available and you can find them at Costco. Read more ›

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Walmart clarifies which Onn 4K Pro remote is here to stay

Walmart’s Onn 4K Pro offers a lot of premium features for a streaming device under $50. One of those features is a backlit remote, but getting the remote isn’t currently straightforward because some units include a more basic remote and Walmart keeps switching the remote it advertises with the Onn 4K Pro. Walmart has finally chimed in on which remote you can expect to get with the Onn 4k Pro moving forward. Read more ›

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Careful! Downloading some Fire TV apps will now automatically subscribe you to the service by default

Amazon has made a sneaky change to how apps are downloaded on Fire TV devices that is bound to trick some people into unintentionally subscribing to streaming services when all they meant to do was download a free app. When searching to install select apps, such as Paramount+, Apple TV, Philo, Starz, and others on a Fire TV, the default option is no longer to simply download the free app, as it has been for the last 10 years. Instead, the default option has now changed to both download the app and simultaneously subscribe to the service. Read more ›

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Matter Casting is now rolling out to more Fire TV devices and coming soon to more streaming apps

Earlier this year, Amazon was the first to support Matter Casting, the open alternative to proprietary casting formats like Google Cast and Apple Airplay, when it first rolled out the feature to the Echo Show 15. Amazon is now rolling out the feature to most Fire TV devices over the coming weeks, according to The Verge. While Prime Video is still the only streaming app that supports Matter Casting, that won’t be the case for long. Read more ›

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Google announces new features coming in Android TV 14

Google is holding its annual Google I/O developer conference this week and has revealed a few new features coming to Google TV and Android TV devices with the upcoming Android 14 update. The changes include performance improvements, reduced power consumption thanks to new power modes, accessibility improvements, picture-in-picture multitasking, and more. Read more ›

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