Peacock TV is still not available on Amazon Fire TV devices, but a new
v1.1.3 updated version (SEE BELOW FOR UPDATE) has just been released. If you’re new to sideloading, you might not be aware that updating an already sideloaded app is as straight forward as installing the new version right over the existing one. If you followed my guide to sideload Peacock TV or are using my Downloader app, simply use the URL bit.ly/firepck (SEE BELOW FOR UPDATE) in the Downloader app to sideload the latest version of Peacock TV. You don’t need to uninstall the existing version or do anything special if the older version is already installed on the device. Just sideload the new version as you would any new app. After launching the app and signing in, if you get only audio when playing content or the video is frozen, force quitting the app or restarting your Fire TV should solve the issue. To force quit the app, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications and select the app. To restart your device, go to Settings > My Fire TV > Restart. If you need more detailed instructions for sideloading, see this guide and use the URL mentioned above. Note that it seems like the 1st-gen Fire TV and 1st-gen Fire TV Stick are not compatible with the Peacock app. This could change in the future, so there is no harm in trying to install the latest version.
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Get the Echo Buds for $79.99
The Echo Buds, Amazon’s wireless earbuds with Alexa integrated, are getting fitness tracking capabilities. Built-in accelerometers can now track steps to calculate the distance, pace, and calories burned during runs and walks. Workouts can be tracked by saying “Alexa, start my run” and progress can be checked by saying “Alexa, how far have I run?” Fitness data and additional information can be viewed in the Alexa app. Amazon Echo Buds are currently on sale for $79.99 for Black Friday, which is $50 off of their regular price of $129.99. This matches the lowest price that they have ever been. Echo buds offer Bose active noise reduction and hands-free Alexa. They last for up to 5 hours of music playback on their own and the battery built into the included carrying case can extend that to 20 hours. Popping them into the case for 15 minutes will charge them for 2 hours of use.
Amazon has greenlit a 6th and final season of their original SciFi series The Expanse. The series was saved by Amazon when SciFi Network canceled the series after it’s 3rd season. Amazon picked up the rights to those first 3 seasons and made them available on Prime Video and has since released a 4th season of the show. The 5th season is set to debut on December 16th and trickle out weekly through February 3rd, 2021.
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Get these Roku Black Friday Deals
Roku has put several of their streaming media players on sale for Black Friday. If you’ve been thinking of giving the platform a try, these sales make it the best time to do so because all of these deals are the lowest prices that these devices have ever been. The Roku Premiere is on sale for $24.00, down from its regular price of $39.99. It’s the cheapest 4K media player you can get but be warned that this low price comes at the expense of a cheap remote which must be pointed at the box and does not have voice capabilities or TV controls. For those reasons, you’re much better off paying $5 more and getting the Roku Streaming Stick+ for $29.00, which normally sells for $49.99. While it’s the oldest model in Roku’s line up, having come out in 2017, Roku keeps it around because it gets the job done of being the closest competitor to the Fire TV Stick 4K and has an equally capable remote that can control your TV, doesn’t need to be pointed, and has voice search. At the top of Roku’s line up is the Roku Ultra on sale for $69.00, which normally sells for $99.99. Compared to the Roku Streaming Stick+, the Ultra adds Dolby Vision, an Ethernet port, a USB port for external media access, and a headphone jack to the remote. Lastly, the Roku Streambar is on sale for $99.99, which is down the least at just $30 off of its regular price of $129.99. The Roku Streambar is essentially a Roku Streaming Stick+ packed into a tiny soundbar.
Get the Shield TV for $129
The NVIDIA Shield TV is on sale for $129 for Black Friday. At just $21 off of the regular price of $149.99, it’s not much of a discount but it does match the lowest price that the latest 2019 cylindrical Shield TV has ever been. The new triangular remote is a bit odd, but certainly better than the one that came with the older Shield TV that it replaced. The only streaming device running Android TV that beats the Shield TV in specs is the Shield TV Pro, which is, unfortunately, not on sale. Unless you’re planning to run 64-bit apps, memory-hungry apps, or a Plex Server on the device, you’re likely not going to see much of a difference between the two models.
Get a Lifetime Plex Pass for 25% off
Plex is offering a rare discount on their Plex Pass subscription for Black Friday. Enter code SURVIVETHESEASON during checkout to receive 25% off a Lifetime Plex Pass. That brings the one-time cost for access to all of Plex’s premium features down from $119.99 to $89.99. Compared to the never-ending monthly Plex Pass cost of $4.99, you’ll have paid off the lifetime Plex Pass after 18 months and never pay anything again. Plex is the best media player for accessing all of your personal movies, shows, music, and photos, from all of your devices. While apps like Kodi and MrMC do much of the same, I’ve personally switched over to Plex for its unified database that keeps all of my devices in sync and for its simplicity, especially for accessing my media outside of the home. Most of Plex’s features are free, but a few premium features require a Plex Pass. Some of those premium features that I use most are hardware transcoding, which is a must for accessing content outside of your home network, TV show intro skipping, and remote content downloading, which comes in very handy when poor cellular/wifi speeds are too low to stream. If you are already using or are planning to use Plex for all of your personal media, the one-time lifetime subscription is definitely the way to go and this sale is the best time to buy it.
Get the Fire HD 10 for $79.99
Amazon has put the Fire HD 10 Tablet on sale for $79.99 for Black Friday. This matches the lowest price the tablet has ever been, which is $70 off of the regular price of $149.99. We first saw this price during Prime Day last month and here it is now for anyone, including non-Prime members, to take advantage of. The Fire HD 10 is Amazon’s best tablet and features a 10.1″ 1920×1200 (1080p) screen, an 8-core 2.0 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, USB-C charging, and a microSD card slot for expanded storage. There is also a 64GB model that is on sale for $119.99, a discount of $70 off of its regular price of $189.99. Amazon has not put the Fire HD 8, Fire HD 8 Plus, or Fire 7 tablets on sale, but they may be saving those discounts for closer to actual Black Friday. They do have all of the Kids Edition Tablets on sale for $59.99, $79.99, and $129.99 for the 7in, 8in, and 10in models.
If you’re in the market for a new TV, nearly every Fire TV Edition television has gone on sale for Black Friday. In the list below, I’ve labeled all of the sets that are at their lowest prices ever, which is most of the sizes and variations. These TVs come with the Fire TV interface built-in. The advantage of that over just connecting a Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Cube to a regular TV is mainly the simplicity of having one remote that does everything and having the built-in OTA tuner integrated directly into the Fire TV’s interface. Here is the full list of all TVs that are on sale. Read more ›
Amazon is about to start rolling out something called Amazon Sidewalk to Amazon Echos, Echo Dots, Echo Shows, Echo Studios, Ring cameras, and more. You may have recently received an email about it. Amazon Sidewalk is a shared network that allows your devices, as well as other people’s devices, to communicate with each other and the internet. If enabled on your account, you’re allowing Amazon to use a portion of your internet bandwidth and data for a shared network that anyone can tap into. Read more ›
Get the new Echo Dot for $28.99
Amazon has put all of their new 4th-gen Echo Dots, in multiple configurations, on sale for the first time for Black Friday. At least expensive is the Echo Dot with a Free Smart Bulb for $28.99. The Echo Dot is normally $49.99 on its own and the bulb usually ads another $10, so you’re saving $31 with this bundled deal. Alternatively, you can pay an extra $5 to get the Echo Dot with a Smart Plug for $33.99, but you give up the free bulb. The Echo Dot with Clock and Free Smart Bulb is $38.99 and that too is available with a Smart Plug instead for $5 extra. If you want the new Echo Dot with a fun tiger or panda face print, the Echo Dot Kids Edition is $38.99 and includes a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, as well as a 2-year worry-free replacement guarantee. There are no free bulbs with the Kids Edition, but you can add the Echo Glow smart light for just $10. Lastly, the older 3rd-gen Echo Dot with a Free Smart Bulb is $18.99 and it too can be had with a Smart Plug instead for $5 extra. All of these prices are the lowest they have ever been and it’s the first time that the new spherical 4th-gen Echo Dots have ever been on sale.