Amazon Music adds Podcasts and Original Shows

As expected, podcast integration has arrived for Amazon Music. Podcasts streaming is now available on Amazon Music in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan. Integration is not yet available in the Amazon Music app for Fire TV devices, but you can find it on the mobile app, web app, and Alexa devices at no cost. Read more ›

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Amazon Alexa responses on Fire TVs now display new Compact Visuals

Amazon has updated the on-screen visuals that accompany Alexa responses on Fire TV devices to be more compact and unobtrusive. Prior to this update, all Alexa responses that displayed something on Fire TVs would take up the entire screen. These new visuals take up only the lower third of the screen and don’t take you away from what you’re currently watching. Only select Alexa responses will use the new visuals and they’re only available on some Fire TV models. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Cube, Soundbar, Recast, and Blaster have all gone on sale

Several Amazon Fire TV devices have just gone on sale this morning. First is the Amazon Fire TV Cube on sale for $99.99. This price is just $10 above the lowest price that Amazon’s flagship Fire TV has ever been. Next is the Nebula Fire TV Edition Soundbar on sale for $159.99. This is the new lowest price that this soundbar has ever been. Fire TV soundbars have the exact same capabilities as a Fire TV Stick 4K inside. The Fire TV Blaster is back at its lowest price ever of $29.99. It allows you to add most of the device control capabilities found on the Fire TV Cube to an existing Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Lastly, the Fire TV Recast OTA tuner and DVR and tuner is on sale for $149.99, which is $20 above its all-time lowest price. That’s for the 2-tuner/512GB model. The 4-tuner/1TB model is also on sale at $199.99.

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New home screen coming to Amazon Fire Tablets for Kids ages 8 and up

Along with today’s announcement of the rebranding of Amazon FreeTime into Amazon Kids, Amazon has revealed that a new home screen option will be coming to Fire tablets. The new home screen will be an alternative to the current kid-friendly FreeTime experience available for child profiles. The new interface is meant to be closer to a more traditional tablet for children ages 8 and up. Read more ›

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Amazon rebrands FreeTime to Amazon Kids and Amazon Kids+

Amazon has announced that they are rebranding their kid-friendly service formerly known as Amazon FreeTime into Amazon Kids. The paid subscrition service formerly known as Amazon FreeTime Unlimited will now be adopting the “+” symbol that many streaming services are using and be known as Amazon Kids+. Read more ›

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AT&T customers can now make & receive calls with Alexa and Echo devices

Amazon and AT&T have teamed up to allow AT&T mobile customers the ability to make and receive phone calls through Alexa devices. AT&T calling with Alexa works by first linking your existing AT&T mobile number to your Alexa account, which is done in the Alexa app under Settings > Communications. Once linked, you’ll be able to say “Alexa, call [NAME]” to place calls, where [NAME] is someone from your contacts, and incoming calls will ring on your Alexa device where you can say “Alexa, answer” to pick up the call. Read more ›

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Sideclick Remote Attachment is compatible with the new 2020 Fire TV Edition remotes

Somebody asked me if the Sideclick Remote Attachment was compatible with the new 2020 Fire TV Edition remotes that are now included with Toshiba and Insignia Fire TV Edition televisions, as well as TCL and Nebula Fire TV Edition soundbars. Sure enough, the Sideclick fits perfectly. That was no surprise, since, unlike the old remote which is thicker, the newer Fire TV Edition remote is the exact same width, thickness, and shape as the Alexa Voice Remote which comes with Fire TV Sticks and Cubes. Read more ›

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Fire TV Edition Soundbar by TCL is on sale at a new all time low price — Just $112

The TCL Alto 8+ Fire TV Edition Soundbar is on sale for $122.90 $112.02. This is the new lowest price that this soundbar has ever been. With a list price of $199.99, you’re saving 39% 44% with this deal. Built into the soundbar are the exact same capabilities as a Fire TV Stick 4K, so you’re essentially paying around $75 for the soundbar components at this price point. From what I’ve been told, this TCL soundbar is better than the Nebula Fire TV Edition soundbar, although, I personally haven’t used either one. Both come with the newest version of Amazon’s Fire TV Edition remotes, if that’s important to you. While this is labeled as a 2.1 channel soundbar, the subwoofer (i.e., the “.1”) is built-in, as opposed to being a standalone speaker, so I wouldn’t expect this soundbar to blow you away with its performance. At $199.99 it’s overpriced, but at this sale price, it’s pretty attractive if you want to go one step above the speakers built into your TV, especially if you’re already in the market for a Fire TV Stick 4K.

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How to update your sideloaded Peacock TV app on Amazon Fire TV and Firestick — New September 2020 APK

Peacock TV is still not available on Amazon Fire TV devices, but a new v1.1.3 updated version (SEE BELOW FOR UPDATE) has just been released. If you’re new to sideloading, you might not be aware that updating an already sideloaded app is as straight forward as installing the new version right over the existing one. If you followed my guide to sideload Peacock TV or are using my Downloader app, simply use the URL bit.ly/firepck (SEE BELOW FOR UPDATE) in the Downloader app to sideload the latest version of Peacock TV. You don’t need to uninstall the existing version or do anything special if the older version is already installed on the device. Just sideload the new version as you would any new app. After launching the app and signing in, if you get only audio when playing content or the video is frozen, force quitting the app or restarting your Fire TV should solve the issue. To force quit the app, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications and select the app. To restart your device, go to Settings > My Fire TV > Restart. If you need more detailed instructions for sideloading, see this guide and use the URL mentioned above.

Update

8/17/20 Version 1.1.10 has been released. You can install it using Downloader and the URL bit.ly/firepea (Alternate Mirror: bit.ly/firepe).

9/9/20 Version 1.2.14 has been released. You can install it using Downloader and the URL bit.ly/ftvpea (Alternate Mirror: bit.ly/ftvpeaa).

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How to watch Disney’s live-action ‘Mulan’ movie on an Amazon Fire TV or Firestick

Disney’s new live-action adaptation of Mulan is being made available today through Disney+ but, unfortunately, you won’t be able to simply load up the app and pay for the movie with just a few remote clicks, presumably, due to a disagreement between Amazon and Disney regarding revenue share. Thankfully, the movie isn’t being blocked outright and you can watch on an Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Edition device as long as you pay for it elsewhere first. To start, you first need a Disney+ subscription which costs $6.99/month and does not currently offer any free trials. Once you’re a subscriber, log in here through a phone or computer and pay the $29.99 for Premiere Access to Mulan. Then you’ll be able to load up the Disney+ app on your Fire TV device and watch it all you want. Note that you are not paying $29.99 to own the movie, like you would if purchasing a digital movie through Amazon Video, Vudu, or iTunes. You are just paying to have access to it before it becomes available to all Disney+ subscribers on December 4th. This means that even if you pay $29.99 for Mulan, you’ll lose access to it if you end your Disney+ subscription.

Update

Amazon and Disney+ have reached an agreement and Premiere Access to Mulan is now available to purchase directly within the Disney+ app on Fire TV devices.

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