Netflix’s Co-CEO Ted Sarandos has confirmed at the Cannes Lions advertising festival that an a new ad-supported plan will be coming to Netflix, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Ads coming to Netflix has been rumored for a while but this is the first official confirmation that it’s coming. The existing tiers will not change and remain ad-free, but at least one new tier will be added, costing less and including ads. This change comes after Netflix lost subscribers last quarter, 200,000 of them, for the first time in a decade. Netflix also laid off 150 employees last month and another 300 this month.
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If you head over to Amazon’s Prime Day deals page and scroll through the “Deals on Amazon Devices” section, you’ll notice that all Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Recast models are listed as on sale. Despite what Amazon, and many news sites, want you to think, these are not Prime Day deals. These current discounts are just an extension of the Father’s Day sale that started in mid-June and never ended. While Amazon hasn’t revealed Prime Day prices for Fire TV devices, it’s safe to assume when they actually do go on sale for Prime Day, they will be less than they are now, so you’re better off waiting. Despite early Prime Day deals starting on June 21, actual Prime Day is officially on July 12 and I expect Fire TVs to go live with their actual Prime Day discounts a day or two before that. The current deals on Fire TV Smart TVs, however, are legitimate Prime Day prices that likely won’t change between now and mid-July.
As announced last week, Amazon has kicked off Early Prime Day Deals today with nearly all Fire TV Smart TVs being discounted at fantastic prices. Don’t let these being “early” deals turn you off because these are legitimately great prices with most of these TV prices being lower than they ever have been in the past. Highlights include the 43in Pioneer 4K for $199.99, which is the cheapest a Fire TV Smart TV with Dolby Vision has ever been, the 55in Amazon 4K Omni Fire TV Smart TV for $299.99, which is a full $70 less than it has ever been in the past, and the 75in Insignia 4K Fire TV for $599.99, which is the first time a 75 inch Fire TV has dropped below $600. Here is the full list of Fire TV Smart TV deals that are now live, with each deal compared to its lowest previous price. Read more ›
Earlier this month, YouTube TV announced that support for 5.1 surround sound would be coming to Google TV, Android TV, and Roku devices with no mention of Fire TVs. Amazon has now reached out to clarify that YouTube TV 5.1 surround sound is now supported on the Fire TV Stick 4K Max, Fire TV Stick (3rd-gen), and Fire TV Stick Lite. Oddly, there was no mention of the Fire TV Cube, Amazon’s flagship Fire TV model, supporting the feature. Hopefully, it will gain support in the future, but Amazon did not state that other device would gain support. To check for 5.1 surround sound support in YouTube TV, you can open the “More” menu while a video is playing, select the bug icon, and then look for “AC-3/EAC-3” in the audio codec listing. UPDATE 7/24: Amazon has told me that it “expects many more Fire TV devices to roll out compatibility soon.”
In addition to a slew of Fire TV Smart TVs going on sale as Early Prime Day Deals, Amazon has also put the Luna Controller on sale for $39.99. At 43% off its regular price of $69.99, this is the new lowest price that this controller has ever been. It beats out its previous best price, which was $49.99 during Black Friday, by a significant amount. Even if you have zero interest in ever subscribing to Luna Cloud Gaming, you should seriously consider this deal. For starters, if you like to game and are a Prime member, then picking up this controller gives you the best way to play all the free monthly Luna games that Prime members get access to each month. Paying just $39.99 to have an ongoing great experience for those free games is worth it in my book. Apart from Luna, this is just generally a great controller and easily the best one for Fire TV gaming of any kind. Yes, it connects to Luna directly over WiFi for the lowest latency possible, but it also connects to Fire TVs, Android phones/tablets, and Windows PCs over Bluetooth for non-Luna gaming. It can also connect over its USB-C port if you prefer to go wired, which comes with the advantage of not needing batteries since it can be powered over the USB connection. I’m just a big fan of this controller in general, so it’s great to see it finally drop to a reasonable price. There’s also a Phone Clip for $12.99, if you’re interested, that can attach a phone to the controller, but I personally never use mine because I don’t like the extra weight hanging off of the controller and can usually find a place to prop up the phone separately when needed.
Amazon has kicked off its Early Prime Day Deals today with dozens of great deals on Fire TV Smart TVs. I’ve already posted the Full List of all Fire TV Smart TV Deals, but, with more TV options to choose from than ever before, I thought it was worth picking out my choices for the best TV deals in various categories. Whether you’re looking for the best small TV, the best large TV, the best budget 4K TV, or the best premium 4k TV, this list of my picks for best deals should help you weed out deals that are just alright from the ones that are truly great. Read more ›
Amazon is rolling out a new software update to Fire TV devices that removes the Developer Options menu from the device’s settings menu. This is the menu that allows users to enable ADB debugging, for connecting to the Fire TV from a computer, and, more importantly, it is the menu that allows customers to enable the installation of apps from unknown sources for APK sideloading. Thankfully, the Developer Options menu has just been hidden and can easily be restored. Read more ›
In recent updates to the Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Stick 4K Max, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Smart TV, Amazon has hidden/removed the Developer Options menu where you can enable ADB debudding and enable installing apps from unknown sources, such as Downloader. These instructions show you how to unhide/reveal the Developer Options menu. Read more ›
Amazon has announced that Prime Day 2022 will be on July 12 & 13. Along with the announcement, Amazon has revealed a few of the Fire TV Smart TV deals that we’ll see this year for Prime Day. Some of these TV deals are quite impressive and are significantly lower than these TVs have ever been in the past. However, some of the TVs in the revealed deal list have actually been cheaper in the past. Here is a breakdown of each Fire TV Smart TV deal revealed for Prime Day and how it compares to past deals. Read more ›
Amazon has announced that Prime Day 2022 will be held on July 12 & 13, however, with each Prime Day, Amazon has been going live with early Prime Day deals on select products earlier and earlier. Amazon says that this year’s early Prime Day deals will start next week on June 21 and has revealed a few of the Fire TV Smart TV prices we’ll see during Prime Day. Read more ›