Amazon’s new 2022 Fire 7 tablet is on sale for the first time — Fire HD 8 & 10 also on sale

Amazon has just put its all-new Fire 7 tablet on sale for $44.99, which is 20% off its regular price of $59.99. This tablet was just released two months ago and has never been on sale before today. Also on sale for just $5 more, and probably a better buy for most people, is the Fire HD 8 for $49.99. While the Fire 7 has the same processor and 2 GB of RAM as the Fire HD 8, the larger tablet has twice the storage, longer battery life, and a slightly better screen. If you want an even better experience, you can get the Fire HD 10 for $99.99, which is 33% off its regular price of $149.99. With it, you get an even better screen, 3 GB of RAM, and an even better processor. These deals, as well as all the Fire TV devices currently on sale, are part of Amazon’s big Back-to-School sale.

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Looks like Amazon is discontinuing the Fire TV Recast over-the-air DVR — Update: Confirmed by Amazon

It has been 4 years since the Fire TV Recast was released and it appears as though the over-the-air (OTA) DVR companion to Fire TV devices is being discontinued. The Fire TV Recast has been a consistent staple of the Fire TV lineup ever since its release in 2018, but now, for the first time, Amazon is no longer selling the cheaper of the two Fire TV Recast models and both versions are no longer available across several other 3rd-party retailers. Read more ›

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All Fire TV models and accessories on sale in Amazon’s huge Back-to-School sale

Amazon has kicked off its annual Back-to-School sale on its devices with discounts across the line on Fire TV devices. The majority of these prices are as good as you’ll typically see outside of Prime Day and Black Friday, so if you don’t want to wait until November, these are worth getting now. First up is the Fire TV Stick Lite on sale for $19.99, which is $8 above its lowest price ever. Well worth the extra $5 because of the TV controls on the included remote is the 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick for $24.99, which is also $8 above its lowest price ever. Stepping up into 4K devices we have the Fire TV Stick 4K for $29.99, which is just $5 above its lowest price. The best deal of the bunch, in my opinion, is the Fire TV Stick 4K Max for $39.99, which is also $5 above its lowest price ever. This is the newest model in the lineup and the one to get for features and longevity. Lastly is the Fire TV Cube on sale for $69.99, which is $10 above its lowest price but I’m expecting a new model to be announced next month, so it’s probably worth waiting if you want the most powerful model. Read more ›

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43″ Amazon Fire TV Omni Series 4K TV is on sale for $239.99, matching its lowest price ever

Amazon has just put the 43″ Fire TV Omni Series 4K TV on sale for $239.99. At 41% off the regular price of $409.99, this price matches the lowest price this TV has ever been, which was during this past Prime Day. While this is an Amazon-branded TV, it is very likely made by TCL. It supports HDR10 and HLG video and has a built-in microphone array for hands-free Alexa commands without needing to use the remote’s microphone. Powering the TV is a MediaTek MT9020 (MTK T31) quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU and Mali-G52 MP1 504 MHz GPU with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. There are 4 HDMI ports, of which one is eARC capable, and it has 802.11ac WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, optical audio out, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB 2.0 port. This TV also supports Apple AirPlay and Miracast for mobile casting and it runs Fire OS 7.

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Amazon to start showing you Ads while its Fire TV apps are loading

Amazon is, unfortunately, always coming up with new ways to show you ads on its Fire TV devices, but this new method takes the cake. Starting later this year, Amazon will begin to display an ad before its Freevee app even gets a chance to load. As demonstrated in the video above, launching Freevee on Fire TV devices will soon result in a 7-second video ad being played before the app’s home screen loads. This takes the annoyance of pre-roll ads to a whole new level since your attention is being milked for a profit before you even decide if there’s anything worth watching in the app. Read more ›

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Disney is launching an ad-supported Disney+ plan and increasing the price of existing Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ plans

Disney has announced that it will be launching an ad-supported plan for Disney+ on December 8th in the US. The new plan will cost $7.99/month, the same price as the ad-free plan currently costs. On that date, the current ad-free Disney+ plan will increase from $7.99/month to $10.99/month. Disney also revealed that, on October 10th, Hulu’s ad-supported plan will increase from $6.99/month to $7.99/month and the ad-free plan will increase from $12.99/month to $14.99/month. These changes come after Disney already announced that ESPN+ will increase from $6.99/month to $9.99/month on August 23rd. Read more ›

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Netflix finally adds Frame Rate Matching for Amazon Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks

Netflix has finally added support for Frame Rate Matching on Amazon Fire TV devices. See here for a thorough explanation of the feature but, in short, this change now allows Fire TVs to change the refresh rate of your TV to exactly match the frame rate of the video being played through Netflix. The result is a perfectly smooth one-to-one correlation between the frames of a video and the frames being shown on the TV, which eliminates video judder artifacts. Read more ›

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Exclusive: Amazon is working on a 3rd-Gen Fire TV Cube code named Gazelle

Amazon’s current flagship Fire TV model, the 2nd-gen Fire TV Cube, was released in late 2019. While it’s still the best-performing Fire TV model and is holding its own among other premium streaming devices, at nearly 3 years old, it’s due for an update. It’ll probably come as no surprise, but I’ve found solid evidence that Amazon is currently working on a 3rd-generation Fire TV Cube under the code name Gazelle. Read more ›

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Comcast takes its Xfinity Stream app for Fire TVs out of beta

Comcast has officially taken its Xfinity Stream app for Fire TV devices out of beta. The app first arrived on Fire TV devices in December 2020 with the title “Xfinity Stream Beta” and an app icon containing a “Beta” flag to indicate the app could be unstable at times. At some point over the last day or two, a new version 6.19.1.001 of the app was uploaded to Amazon’s Appstore and with it, the “Beta” portion of the name was dropped and a new non-Beta icon was swapped in. The app interface itself is the same as the older Beta version, which is to be expected, but if you’ve ever had issues with the app in the past, hopefully, its official release from beta is a sign that most of the app’s issues have been worked out.

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Amazon finally fixes the most annoying issue with Fire TV app sideloading

If you have a Fire TV devices running Fire OS 7, like the 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Stick 4K Max, and you sideload many apps, you’ve probably experienced the annoying bug where the icons of some sideloaded apps appear as grayed out missing icons. This bug has been present since at least early 2020 and is a result of the Fire TV home screen launcher not checking all possible locations for an app to store its icon image file. After over 2 years of Fire TV owners living with this bug, Amazon has finally addressed it in a recent update where all sideloaded app icons are now being correctly displayed. Read more ›

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