Show Mode Dock for older Fire HD 8 and HD 10 tablets is on sale at all-time low price

If you have a previous generation Fire HD 8 or Fire HD 10 tablet, the Show Mode Dock, which essentially turns those tablets into Echo Shows, has just gone on sale for the lowest price that it has ever been. The Show Mode Dock for Fire HD 8 is on sale for $27.99 and the Show Mode Dock for Fire HD 10 is on sale for $38.49. These are only compatible with the older 2018 8th-gen Fire HD 8, 2017 7th-gen Fire HD 8, and 2017 7th-gen Fire HD 10. These are NOT compatible with the current 2020 10th-gen Fire HD 8 and current 2019 9th-gen Fire HD 10. If you’re not sure which generation tablet you have, find its listing under You Registered Devices and the generation will be listed there. See my Show Mode Dock review for all the details, but this dock comes with a case that plugs into the micro USB port on the tablet so that it charges when you place it on the dock and automatically switches the the Echo Show-like mode when docked.

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User Profiles are now supported in Prime Video on Amazon Fire TVs

The Prime Video app on Amazon Fire TV, and other devices, now supports user profiles. Switching profiles allows you to access individual watchlists and personalized recommendations. Viewing progress of TV shows and movies will also be tracked per profile, so that you can resume watching the same content at different points from others in your household. Read more ›

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Explanation of the “FireTV Player” app and why it suddenly appeared on your Fire TV

You may have noticed a new app called “FireTV Player” appear recently under the Manage Installed Applications list on your Amazon Fire TV device. I’ve received several emails and read comments from people wondering what the app was for, how the app suddenly appeared, and even if it’s malware or a virus. Rest assured, the app is perfectly safe and actually not a new app at all. Read more ›

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Nearly every Amazon Echo & Echo Show model is on sale — Most are within $10 of all time low price

Amazon has put nearly the entire Echo family of devices on sale. Everything from the least expensive Echo Flex, on sale for it’s all-time lowest price of $17.49, to the flagship Echo Show 10.1″ for $179.99 is on sale. For this sale, 8 out of the 10 devices on sale are within $10 of the lowest prices they have ever been in the past. Read on for the full list of devices on sale and how theses deals compare to ones we’ve seen in the past. Read more ›

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How to change OTA TV antenna tuner channels with Alexa and an Amazon Fire TV Cube

Amazon has added the ability for the Fire TV Cube to switch your TV to its antenna tuner and to change channels. This comes as an addition to the already present ability to control cable and satellite set-top boxes. Simply configuring the Fire TV Cube to control your TV, as is done during the initial equipment setup process, isn’t enough to control OTA channels, since the Fire TV needs to know where you live and what channel lineup you receive. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to add antenna channel switching capabilities to your Fire TV Cube. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Cube will soon be able to change OTA tuner channels on TVs through Alexa

Amazon has let me know that Fire TV Cubes in the US and select countries will soon gain the ability to switch channels on the over-the-air tuner built into TVs. The Fire TV Cube has always had the ability to change channels on Cable and Sattelite boxes, but now this upcoming update expands that capability to also include changing channels from an HD antenna directly on your TV. Once the feature arrives, and is configured, you’ll be able to ask Alexa to change channels by saying “Alexa, tune to channel [#] on TV.” You’ll also be able to change channels by name by saying “Alexa, tune to [CHANNEL NAME] on TV.” Read more ›

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Tablo releases 2 new DVRs with Included Storage — 128GB w/ 2 Tuners & 1TB w/ 4 Tuners

Tablo has announced 2 new models of their network DVRs that come with onboard storage. The first is the Tablo DUAL 128GB OTA DVR for $169.99. It comes with 2 tuners and 128GB of built-in flash storage. The second is the Tablo QUAD 1TB OTA DVR for $239.99. It comes with 4 tuners and an internal 1TB spinning hard drive. As with all of Tablo’s models, these 2 new ones feature 802.11ac Wifi, Ethernet, and a USB port for expanding their storage with up to an 8TB external drive. Read more ›

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Last day to get a Free Echo Dot when you buy a Fire TV Edition television

Today is the last day to take advantage of a new promotion that lands you a Free Echo Dot with the purchase of any Insignia or Toshiba Fire TV Edition television. All you need to do is add either an Insignia or Toshiba Fire TV Edition television to your cart, then add an Echo Dot of any color to your cart, and then enter promocode FTV20 at checkout. Most Fire TV Edition television models and sizes are also still on sale, making this deal extra good. Among the better deals remaining is the 2020 Insignia 55-inch 4K TV for $349.99, which is $100 off of its regular price. Factor in the $49.99 saved with the free Echo Dot and the beundle is 30% off. Ont he other end of the size spectrum is the 2020 Insignia 24-inch 720p TV for $99.99, which is $50 off. The free Echo Dot makes the bundle 50% off. This promo is set to end at 9PM PT tonight, July 9.

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YouTube Kids app by Google is now available on Amazon Fire TV devices

Back when Amazon and Google announced that an official YouTube app would finally come to Fire TV devices, they also said a YouTube Kids app would arrive as well. That day has come because a YouTube Kids app has just arrived for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Edition devices. The app appears to be compatible with all Fire TV models, all the way back to the first 2014 Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Google says YouTube Kids is “a safer online experience for kids.” The app limits access to YouTUbe videos to those that “a mix of automated filters built by our engineering teams, human review, and feedback from parents” have deemed to be family-friendly. Read more ›

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How to Hide / Remove Channels from the Fire TV Channel Guide and Live tab — Works for Pluto TV, Philo, Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV, and more

Now that the list of services and apps integrated into the Fire TV’s Live Experience has grown even larger with the addition of Sling TV, Hulu, and YouTube TV, your Live Tab and Channel Guide might be getting cluttered with unwanted channels that you never watch. The good news is that it’s very easy to hide the channels you don’t watch, but the option is a bit buried. Here’s a guide on how to customize your channel list. Read more ›

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