Every time I write about the new Fire TV interface, there is always someone that asks when or if their device will be updated to the new interface. While that info can be found in my past articles, here it is in one place to tell you when every Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Edition television will be getting the new interface. I’ll keep this list updated as new information emerges. Read more ›
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Amazon has started rolling out the new Fire TV interface to Fire TV Smart TVs and Fire TV Smart Soundbars. The new interface first rolled out to 2020 Fire TV Sticks late last year. Then, in March of this year, the interface arrived on Fire TV Cubes, the Fire TV Stick 4K, and other models. Now TVs and Soundbars running the Fire TV operating system are next up for the interface update. Read more ›
Amazon has announced that Fire TV Smart TVs from Toshiba and Insignia are gaining support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. AirPlay will allow iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac owners to cast content from their Apple devices directly onto the TVs. HomeKit support will allow Fire TV Smart TVs to be controlled by Siri. Support is rolling out to 2020 models now and will come to other Fire TV Smart TV models in the future. Read more ›
Amazon has launched its 2nd round of Build It products for its crowdfunding program. This time around it is a set of 3 different Echo Dots designed by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. Each one costs $59.99 during the pre-order period, which is $10 more than the regular list price of the Echo Dot. Should any of them reach their minimum order threshold by August 13, the price will then increase to $69.99. Read more ›
Amazon has put all of its Kids devices on sale. At 16% off, the Echo Show 5 Kids is on sale for $79.99. This is the first time it has ever been on sale, since it was just released a couple of months ago. The Echo Dot Kids is $39.99, which is just $5 above its lowest price ever. For $15 more you can add an Echo Glow kids smart light or get one on its own on sale for $19.99, which is the lowest it has ever been. The Fire 7 Kids and Fire 7 Kids Pro tablets are $59.99, also matching their lowest prices ever. The Fire HD 8 Kids and Fire KD 8 Kids Pro tablets are $89.99, which matches the Prime Day price at $10 above their lowest prices. At the top of the kdis tablet lineup are the Fire HD 10 Kids and Fire HD 10 Kids Pro for $129.99. These were released earlier this year and are the new lowest prices that the flagship kids tablets have ever been. Lastly is the Kindle Kids Edition for $69.99 which is also the lwoest it has ever been. Read more ›
TikTok has released an official full-featured Fire TV app in the UK, France, and Germany. This is the same app that was released to Andoird TV earlier this year. Unfortunately, the app is not yet available in the US and other regions, but you can sideload the app using this guide and the entering 2133 (or aftv.news/2133) into my Downloader. Unlike the “More on TikTok” app released last year, which is essentially just a feed of curated videos from TikTok’s YouTube channel, this new app actually replicates the functionality of TikiTok’s popular mobile app. The app lets you view videos in both the “For You” feed or your “Following” feed. The app also has a personalized “Discover” page where you can find more videos categorized by content, creators, and categories.
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A fully-featured TikTok app has been released that is compatible with Amazon Fire TV devices and Android TV devices. The app can only be installed on select device models and in select countries. If you don’t have one of the officially compatible devices or don’t live in a country where it is available, you can easily sideload it on any Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Edition, Shield TV, Android TV, or Google TV devices with these instructions. Read more ›
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The recently released 3rd-gen Alexa Voice Remote for Fire TV devices has just gone out of stock this morning in the US. The remote is also out of stock in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK. It’s unusual for a Fire TV remote to go out of stock at all but even more unusual given that this remote was released less than 4 months ago. My guess is that either Amazon is experiencing manufacturing delays, possibly due to the global chip shortage, or the upcoming new Amazon remote that recently passed through regulatory aproval is actually destined to replace the 3rd-gen Alexa Voice Remote. Read more ›
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Amazon has put 3 of the 4 Fire TV models in the current lineup on sale. These prices are essentially the smallest discounts that Amazon tends to offer so while they are certainly better than full price, they aren’t anything to be too excited about. The Fire TV Stick Lite is on sale for $24.99, which is $5 off its regular price of $29.99. $17.99 is the lowest price that it has been but it’s likely that we won’t see that price again until Black Friday. The Fire TV Cube is on sale for $99.99, which is $20 off its regular price of $119.99. $79.99 is the lowest it has been but $89.99 is the best you can probably hope for between now and the holidays. Lastly, the Fire TV Stick 4K was already at $39.99, but it has dropped a bit further to $37.99, which is $12 off its regular price of $49.99. It has been $24.99 in the past but, again, don’t expect it that low until the end of the year. Oddly, the 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick is not on sale.
Amazon and Universal have come to a multi-year agreement that will bring Universal films to Prime Video and IMDb TV, according to Deadline. The deal states that Universal’s live-action films, starting with 2022 releases, will stream exclusively on NBCUniversa’sl Peacock service during the 4 months after their theatrical release ends and then stream exclusively on Prime Video for 10 months, after which they will returning to Peacock. Universal’s animated films, such as those by DreamWorks and Illumination, will also eventually be available on Prime Video, but Netflix currently has first dibs to stream them after they leave Peacock. As for IMDb TV, Amazon’s ad-supported service, it will be streaming Universal’s 2020 and 2021 films. This deal also includes a collection of pre-2020 Universal films that will make their way to Prime Video or IMDb TV.