Netflix increases prices for all plans — What to expect to pay in the coming years if trend continues

Netflix has revealed that it will be raising the price of all of its plans in the US and Canada. The basic plan, which allows for only one non-HD stream, is increasing from $8.99 to $9.99. The standard plan, which allows for 2 simultaneous HD streams, is increasing from $13.99 to $15.49. The premium plan, which allows 4 simultaneous 4K streams, is increasing from $17.99 to $19.99. Here’s a look at the history of Netflix price increases and where the trend says prices will be in the coming years. Read more ›

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All Firestick and Fire TV Cube models are currently on sale — 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick just $19.99

A few day ago the Fire TV Stick Lite went on sale for $18.99. That sale is still going and now Amazon has put all the other Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube models on sale as well. The 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick is on sale for $19.99, which matches its lowest price ever and its Black Friday price. Needless to say, the power and volume buttons you get on the remote included with the Fire TV Stick are well worth the extra $1 you pay over the Fire TV Stick Lite. The Fire TV Stick 4K is on sale for $29.99. That’s $5 shy of its best price. The Fire TV Stick 4K Max is on sale for $39.99, which, again, is $5 above its lowest price as well. Lastly, the Fire TV Cube is on sale for $84.99, which is $10 more than it was at its lowest during the holidays.

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HBO Max subscriptions are currently 20% off for a full year — Starting at $7.99 per month

HBO Max is having a rare sale on its subscription plans. The regular ad-free plan, which normally costs $14.99 per month, is on sale right now for $11.99 per month. The ad-supported plan, which normally costs $9.99 per month, is on sale for $7.99 per month. If you sign up, you’ll receive this discounted rate for the next 12 months. That saves you $36 for the year with the regular plan and $24 if you go with the ad-supported plan. Be careful not to choose the annual payment option because that is not currently discounted. This sale will end on January 25th.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite is on sale for $18.99 — 37% off

Amazon has just put the Fire TV Stick Lite on sale for $18.99, which is just $1 above the lowest price that it has ever been. This deal is for the bundle that includes the slightly older remote. A new remote was just released a few days ago and the only difference between the newer remote and the one included with this deal is that the newer remote has 4 app shortcut buttons on it. The Fire TV Stick Lite and the 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick are identical, except for the remote that comes with them. Since this older remote bundle of the Fire TV Stick Lite is the only Fire TV model on sale, Amazon is likely clearing out its stock of the older remote. So, if you don’t need TV power and volume buttons on the remote and you don’t like the spammy clutter of app shortcut buttons, this is a pretty good deal. UPDATE: The sale price of $18.99 has now also been applied to the Fire TV Stick Lite bundle with the newer remote, for those who find the app shortcut buttons useful.

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Nvidia Shield TV update to Android 11 begins rolling out

After several hints leaking regarding its inevitable arrival, the Android 11 update for Nvidia Shield TV devices is now rolling out. Shield Experience 9.0, as it’s officially called, is coming to all Shield TV models, including the original 1st-gen devices released in 2015. While the update makes very few customer-facing changes, its real value is in stretching the longevity of Shield TVs even further by ensuring app developers don’t stop supporting the device due to it running an old version of Android. Read more ›

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Woot has several Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models on sale

Woot currently has a few different used Fire TV models on sale, for those of you interested. The best deal is the Fire TV Stick 4K for $24.99. This is a new (not used) device, but it comes with the older remote that does not have app shortcut buttons or the guide button. Similarly, the 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick is $19.99. Again, this is a new device but also comes with the older remote. Also available is a used 2nd-gen Fire TV box for $18.99. The performance of these older devices is great, but software support from Amazon will be coming to an end soon. It’s a good buy if you’re looking for something to tinker with, since it has a full USB port and microSD card slot. For example, it’s great for retro gaming on emulators. Lastly, there is a used 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick for $11.99 that DOES NOT come with a remote. I would pass on that, since you’re much better off paying the $8 more for the newer model with a remote.

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Android TV News Roundup: Shield TV update leaks, New budget 4K Google TV streaming sticks, easier BT headphone pairing, and more

Over the past few weeks, there have been a few noteworthy new announcements and devices for Android TV and Google TV. Nvidia’s Android TV 11 update for the shield TV seems imminent. There are several new budget 4K streaming sticks and dongles, all using basically identical specs, about to be released. Google will be making Bluetooth headphone pairing a lot easier for a subset of streamers and headphones. Read on for a quick roundup of notable news regarding Google’s streaming platform. Read more ›

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Amazon releases professional-grade Bridge hardware to expand its Sidewalk network

Amazon has released the Amazon Sidewalk Bridge Pro, made by Ring, to help enterprise and commercial locations fill in the gaps of Amazon’s low-bandwidth and long-distance wireless Sidewalk network. The device, when placed in optimal outdoor locations, is said to support hundreds of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices up to five miles away. It’s meant to be used in public spaces, like parks and commercial centers, but can also be used indoors to cover areas like warehouses and large stores. Read more ›

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Tablo announces its first ATSC 3.0 OTA DVR with support for 4K and HDR video

Tablo has announced its all-new Tablo ATSC 3.0 QUAD HDMI OTA DVR. This is the company’s first product to support the new ATSC 3.0 standard that is transitioning over the air broadcast television away from 1080i video and towards 4K video. Unlike all of Tablo’s past devices, this new DVR is not a networked device for whole-home streaming of OTA content. Instead, it’s a standalone device with a remote and HDMI out, for use with a single TV, which means it’s not compatible with Fire TV devices or any streaming media player. Read more ›

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BMW debuts a 31-inch 8K Fire TV screen that drops down from the vehicle’s ceiling

BMW has just debuted what is certainly the best implementation of Fire TV in a vehicle and, likely, the best TV watching experience in a vehicle, period. The BMW Theater Screen, as it is called, is an ultra-wide 31-inch screen that power-unfolds from the ceiling of the car with Amazon’s built-in Fire TV system. Sporting an 8K resolution, auto-dimming ambient lights, and window shades that automatically close when the screen deploys, it’s probably a better viewing experience than most home theaters. Read more ›

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