Toshiba’s new flagship Fire TV Smart TVs, the M550 Series, technically first became available about a month ago through Best Buy but now it’s also available through Amazon and, so, is getting an official reveal. Along with the 55-inch size (model 55M550KU) that has already been available for purchase, we now know that there will also be 65-inch (model 65M550KU) and 75-inch (model 75M550KU) sizes coming soon. We also now know all the various techinical specifications like CPU, GPU, RAM, and storage details. These are the first Toshiba TVs with hands free-voice control built in and the first Fire TV Smart TVs from any manufacturer with full-array local diming. Read more ›
Today is the last day to get in on Black Friday deals on Fire TV devices and accessories. Amazon says this sale will end on December 5th, so that likely means these great deals will end tonight at midnight. All Fire TV models are currently on sale at the lowest prices they have ever been, with some, like the Fire TV Stick for $19.99 and the Fire TV Stick 4K Max for $34.99, dropping lower than they ever have in the past. The deals start with the Fire TV Stick Lite for $17.99 and top off with the Fire TV Cube for $79.99 and the Fire TV Recast for $129.99. See the full list of discounted Fire TVs and accessories below.
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Best buy has just dropped the Fire TV Blaster down to $17.99. At nearly 50% off its regular price of $34.99, this is the first time that it has ever been this low. Earlier this week I wrote about how it was odd that Best Buy has the Fire TV Blaster marked as a “clearance” item after it decided to keep the Fire TV Blaster priced at $19.99, even though Amazon returned it to its regular price after Cyber Monday. Amazon has never offered the Fire TV Blaster for less than $19.99, so it does seem like Best Buy is, in fact, clearing out its supply of these Fire TV Stick accessories. The Fire TV Blaster provides hands-free voice control of your TV, Soundbar, and AVR if you already have a Fire TV Stick and an Echo smart speaker. If being able to say “Alexa, turn on/off the TV” or “Alexa, raise/lower the volume on the TV” sounds appealing, this is your chance to add that functionality at the lowest price ever.
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Did you know that it’s possible for your TV to indicate that you’re watching HDR10 or Dolby Vision video but your Fire TV is actually streaming plain old standard dynamic range SDR content? This is due to how most streaming services ramp up and down the type of content that you’re receiving based on available bandwidth and connection speed. If you ever find yourself questioning whether what you’re watching is actually in HDR or Dolby Vision, here is how to tell on a Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV Smart TV. Read more ›
The remote used by Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, Fire TV Cubes, and Fire TV Smart TVs has several secrets and hidden menus that are accessible by pressing and holding special button combinations. Some of these remote tips simply provide a quicker way to access certain aspects of the Fire TV interface, while others bring up hidden menus that are not accessible in any other way. Here is a full list of all such tips, secrets, and hidden menus related to the Fire TV remote. Read more ›
When a new version of Android launches, it’s usually a big deal, at least when it comes to phones. That’s not the case with Android TV as version 12 has now officially launched but it doesn’t matter to anyone but developers since the only device that it’s available on is the ADT-3 Developer Kit. Google’s own flagship Andoird TV device, the 2020 Chromecast, is still running Android TV 10 with no indication that it will be updated. Similarly, the newest Amazon Fire TVs are based on Android 9 and have also shown no indication of being updated. Read more ›
Amazon has added a new Holiday hub for Christmas movies to Fire TV devices. Look for a “Holiday” icon in your apps section to access the new movie hub which contains various lists of Holiday movies to browse and watch. The movies are arranged in rows that vary by category, like comedies and classics, and also vary by cost, such as “Free,” “Rent or Buy,” and “From Your Subscriptions.” Read more ›
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Best Buy, along with many retailers, currently has most Fire TV devices on sale to match Amazon’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday discounts, which are scheduled to end at the end of this week. However, Amazon already ended its discount on the Fire TV Blaster, but, strangely, Best Buy has not. That’s because Best Buy has marked the Fire TV Blaster as a clearance item, which could mean that the product will soon be discontinued. Read more ›
Sandeep Gupta, the Vice President and General Manager of Fire TV, is leaving Amazon after 10 years to join Universal Audio as Chief Operating Officer. He has been critical in shaping Fire TVs into the great line of streaming devices they are today, from the very beginning. There were very few people that I met during my time on the Fire TV team at Amazon that I respected more than Sandeep and he will surely be missed. Read more ›
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TaoTronics, a Chinese electronics brand, might be working on a new soundbar and subwoofer combo that runs the Fire TV operating system, much like the already available Fire TV soundbars from TCL and Nebula. TaoTronics has had no prior association with a Fire TV product, that I’m aware of, yet a new entry has just been added to the Fire TV Source Code Notice page for an unreleased product labeled as “TaoTronics_SoundbarSubwoofer_FireTVEdition.” Read more ›
Amazon held out on discounting one variant of its Fire TV smart TVs during the Black Friday weekend sale and, as I guessed, it has now gone on sale as a Cyber Monday exclusive deal. The model in question is the 65-inch Fire TV Omni Series Smart TV which is now on sale for $599.99. At $230 off its regular price of $829.99, this is by far the largest discount on any of the Amazon-built Fire TV Smart TVs. This TV features 4K Dolby Vision and hands-free mics, like a Fire TV Cube, so that you can control it by voice without needing to use the remote or an external Echo. You can read up on all of its specs in this article from when it was first revealed just a couple of months ago. For comparison, the similar 55″ Toshiba M550 Series Fire TV Smart TV which also has hands-free mics and just went on sale for Cyber Monday for the first time ever is priced at $649.99 despite being a smaller TV. Read on for a full list of all Fire TV Smart TVs that are currently on sale. Read more ›
Amazon kicked off its Black Friday deals on Fire TV devices early last week and will be keeping those deals alive through Cyber Monday and will not come to an end until at least the end of this week. This includes the Fire TV Stick Lite for $17.99, the Fire TV Stick for $19.99, the Fire TV Stick 4K for $24.99, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max for $34.99, the Fire TV Cube for $79.99, ad the Fire TV Recast for $129.99, which are all at their lowest prices ever. Many deals on Fire TV Smart TVs are also still live, but those will likely end after today and are not scheduled to last until December 5th, like the sale on stand-along Fire TV devices will. So, if you were too busy over the holiday weekend to buy anything or you find later on that you need another device, you still have until the end of the week to get in on these great prices.
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Amazon was impatient this year and launched Black Friday deals on all Fire TV devices early. I’ve posted individually about all the best deals, like the Fire TV Stick 4K Max on sale for the first time ever at $34.99, but here is a roundup of every Fire TV related deal that is currently live. The huge list includes all Fire TVs, Firesticks, Fire TV Cubes, and a massive number of Fire TV Smart TVs. There are also numerous accessories on sale, like the Fire TV Recast, IR Blaster, remote covers, remote holders, and more. For everything on sale, I’ve indicated whether it’s a new all-time low price, it’s matching the previous all-time low price, or how much more the current price is compared to the lowest it has been in the past. Read more ›
Black Friday deals are in full swing and numerous streaming services are getting in on the action. Here is a list of all the streaming service deals I could find so far. I’ll be continuously updating this list as more deals go live, so check back often. Current deals include AMC+, Audible, Amazon Music, Disney+, Peacock TV, Plex, and more. UPDATE #1: Added new deals for Discovery+, Epix, Starz, Showtime, PBS, Paramount+, and more. UPDATE #2: Hulu now offers 12 months for $0.99/month and Philo now offers 1 month for $5. UPDATE #3: Curiosity Stream and Emby deals added. Read more ›
Most Amazon Black Friday deals have been live for several days but a few new ones are just barely trickling out this morning. Amazon released new Kids Echo bundles this morning and a few new Fire TV Smart TVs also dropped further in pricea few hours ago. Another new deal for today is the Amazon Smart Plug for $14.99, which is 40% off its regular price of $24.99. This sale matches the lowest price Amazon’s own smart plug has ever been. While this isn’t the least expensive smart plug on the market or the one with the most features, what you get by choosing it over others is simplification. That’s because it comes pre-linked to your account and, if you’ve previously saved your Wi-Fi password with Amazon while setting up a new device, Alexa should be able to configure the plug in seconds by powering it on and saying “Alexa, find my device.” There’s also the advantage of needing to only use the Alexa app for everything related to this plug, instead of yet another 3rd-party smart home app.
Amazon just released new Black Friday deals this morning on bundled Echo Dot Kids and Echo Show 5 Kids devices. These bundles have never been available before today and they save a bit more over buying the already discounted devices individually. The first bundle includes the Echo Show 5 (2nd-gen) Kids + Echo Dot (4th-gen) Kids + Color Smart Bulb for $79.98, which is 52% off its regular price of $169.97. This bundle saves you $5 and gets you the free smart bulb compared to buying the Echo Show 5 Kids on sale for $50 and the Echo Dot Kids on sale for $35 separately for $85. It’s available with either the Tiger print or the Panda print Echo Dot Kids. If you’re not interested in the Echo Show, there are now alos bundles that include an Echo Dot (4th-gen) Kids 2-Pack + Color Smart Bulb for $59.99, which is 55% off the regular price of $134.97. This bundle saves you $10 over buying the Echo Dot Kids seperately at their current discounted price of $35, which is already the lowest they have ever been, plus you get the free smart bulb. These 2-Packs are available in either 2 Tiger prints, 2 Panda prints, or 1 Tiger + 1 Panda print.
Amazon has put all Kindle models on sale for Black Friday. The regular Kindle is on sale for $49.99, which matches the lowest it has ever been in the past. The new Kindle Paperwhite released just a couple of months ago is on sale for the first time at $104.99, which is a savings of $35. If that’s too much, the previous generation Kindle Paperwhite is on sale for $89.99. Lastly, the Kindle Oasis, which hardly ever goes on sale, is down to $174.99. At $75 off its regular price of $249.99, that matches the lowest price it has ver been. Kindle Oasis deals usually don’t last for the entire Black Friday weekend, so be sure to order that one early if you’re interested.
Black Friday prices on all Fire TVs went live at the start of the week and now it’s the Fire Tablet’s turn, as their Black Friday deals have just gone live. Easily the best deal is the Fire HD 10 for $74.99 which is a new all-time low price, beating the previous low by a significant $25. That’s half off the regular price of $150. If you want the best tablet Amazon makes, the Fire HD 10 Plus is $104.99, which is also lower than it has ever been in the past by $25. The Plus model increases RAM from 3GB to 4GB and adds wireless charging. The other great tablet deal is the Fire HD 8 for $44.99 which is also half off and is at its lowest price ever. That said, the Fire HD 8 Plus for $54.99 is an even better deal because Amazon usually charges $20 to step up to the Plus model, which increases RAM from 2GB to 3GB, adds wireless charging, and fast charging. The full line of Amazon tablets is on sale, including the Fire 7 and Kids tablets, so read on for the full list of all tablet models and bundles on sale and how today’s prices comare to past sales. UPDATE: Several bundle deals, like the Fire HD 8 + Echo Buds for $114.98, have just gone live and have been added below. Read more ›
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Amazon put some of its Echo Show models on sale for Black Friday earlier this week, but now the flood gates are open and the rest of the Black Friday Deals on Echo Shows have gone live. The least expensive deal is the Refurb Echo Show 5 1st-gen for $34.99 which is the new lowest price it has ever been. For not much more, get the new Echo Show 5 2nd-gen for $44.99 with the option to throw in a Blink Mini Camera for $5. Those too are new all-time low prices. The main difference between the 1st and 2nd Gen Echo Show 5 is an improved camera on the newer model. The Echo Show 8 1st-gen is on sale for 59.99 with the same $5 Blink Mini Camera option. Alternately, you can save $10 by going with the Refurb Echo Show 8 1st-gen for $49.99. Lastly, the new Echo Show 8 2nd-gen is $89.99 and, you guessed it, you can add a $5 camera. The difference betweent he 1st and 2nd Gen Echo Show 8 is much greater, with the newer model getting a hugely improved camera and much faster processor. Before you buy any of these, be sure to scroll down where I have listed all the various bundles available that can same you even more, like the Echo Show 5 2nd-gen + Ring Video Doorbell bundle for $61.99, which saves you $83. Read more ›
Amazon has kicked off the remainder of its Black Friday Deals this morning on its devices and all the various Echo models and bundles have now gone on sale. The least expensive is the Echo Dot 3rd-gen w/ Free Bulb for $19.99. This is $1 more than its lowest previous price, but it included just a white bulb, not a color bulb, last time. Next is the newer Echo Dot 4th-gen w/ Free Bulb for $29.99. This was $5 cheaper during Prime Day this year. The Echo Dot 4th-gen with Clock is $34.99 and aslo includes a free blub. That’s a great buy because it has never been cheaper. The Echo Dot Kids is also $34.99, which matches it’s lowest price too. Lastly, the full sized 4th-gen Echo w/ Free bulb is $59.99 which matches its lowest price ever. There are numerous Echo and Echo Dot bundles on sale as well, which I’ll list below. Read more ›