Amazon has put the brand-new 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube on sale for the first time for its early Black Friday sale. It’s not on sale in the US yet, but you can get it at a discount in several European countries. It’s on sale for £119.99 in the UK, which is 14% off. Those of you in German, Austria, France, Italy, or Spain can get the Fire TV Cube 3 on sale for €139.99, which is 13% off its regular price in those countries. Even though it’s not on sale yet in the US, the European sale prices tell us that, if it does go on sale in the US for Black Friday, it’ll probably be priced at $119.99. As a reminder, select lucky customers can get $40 off the Fire TV Cube 3 using promo code 4KCUBE at checkout, which is a better deal than any of these sale prices.
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Every Fire TV owner knows you can place your six favorite apps in the Fire TV’s navigation menu for quick and easy access. To get to any of your other apps, you’ve had to select the Apps icon in the navigation bar to load up a grid view of all of your apps. Amazon has recently pushed a very welcomed software update to Fire TV devices that now lists all your apps in a horizontally scrollable list in the empty space below the Apps icon, eliminating the need to load the app grid. Read more ›
If you’ve been looking for a new Fire TV game to try, or you just have some free digital credit to burn, then take a look at these games on sale. Machinarium is an award-winning puzzle game that is similar to “escape” games where you need to figure out the correct combination of items to find and tasks to complete in a given space to progress to the next area of the game. It’s perfect for casual players and even those that have never tried a Fire TV game before, especially because it works well with just a Fire TV remote, so there’s no need for a game controller. It normally costs $5.99 but is currently on sale for $2.39. If you prefer multiplayer games, then all Jackbox Party Packs are on sale at up to 50% off. These are collections of games primarily meant to be played with 2 or more people. Each player uses their own phone to contribute to the game, so there’s no need for extra remotes or controllers. Remember, you can save a bit by purchasing Amazon Coins at a discount and then using those coins to purchase these games.
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One issue with the 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube that was causing a bit of headache among enthusiasts was Amazon’s decision to cut power to the device’s USB port when the Cube went to sleep. Among other issues, this prevented the use of faster external Ethernet adapters to remain functional while the Fire TV Cube was not being used. Amazon has now informed me that this issue has been corrected through a recent software update. I tested it and, sure enough, the USB port on the Fire TV Cube 3 now remains powered while the device is asleep.
The Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote Pro is easily the best Fire TV remote you can own and you can read all about everything it can do in my review. The one and only issue with the new Pro remote is that the two customizable buttons, which can be assigned to open any app or execute any Alexa command, cannot be assigned to open sideloaded apps. Read more ›
Amazon’s new Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote Pro has arrived and it’s packed with features that Fire TV owners have been wanting for years. Here is an overview of how everything works and if it holds up to being called the best Fire TV remote available. Read more ›
To help make up for discontinuing its Cloud Cam security camera, Amazon is giving all Cloud Cam owners a free Blink Mini per Cloud Cam you own and a free 1-year subscription to its Blink Plus Plan. Amazon informed Cloud Cam owners last week that they could now redeem their free cameras and subscription. While the free Blink Mini cameras were easy to redeem, many people had trouble getting the $100 1-year subscription for free because Amazon left out a crucial step in its instructional email. Here is what you need to do to redeem your free subscription. Read more ›
Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that Amazon was planning to layoff approximately 10,000 employees. SVP of Devices & Services at Amazon, Dave Limp, who oversees all the work behind Fire TVs, Echos, Fire Tablets, Kindles, and much more, has now confirmed the cuts in a memo posted this morning. Specifics about the number of employees let go, and from which teams, were not revealed, but chatter suggests that Amazon Alexa teams have been hit the hardest. Read more ›
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Amazon has just put several Fire TV models on sale as part of its Early Black Friday deals. Among them is the 2nd-gen Fire TV Cube on sale for $59.99. At 50% off the regular price, this matches the lowest price it has ever been. While the 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube is a great device, it has yet to go on sale, apart from the $40 discount that select customers can receive, so it’s hard to justify the price for some people. For those of you who do not want to spend too much but still get a great device with nearly all the same bells and whistles, the 2nd-gen Cube is a steal at this price. I would hold off on most of the Fire TV early Black Friday deals, since they will most likely drop a bit further by the end of the month, but I don’t expect the 2nd-gen Cube to drop any lower than this, so it’s safe to buy now if you’re interested.
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Channels is a great app for those wanting one of the best over-the-air DVR experiences across streaming and mobile devices. The app and server software are constantly being improved and the latest beta pre-release update has now added support for Tablo tuners as spotted by Zats Not Funny. Prior to this change, the Channels app only worked with HDHomeRun tuners, but now, those of you with Tablo devices can also give it a try if you’re looking to change things up. While Tablo excels in being an all-in-one solution, to use Channels you will need to run the Channels Server software on a separate device, like a PC or NAS, and pay either $8/month or $80/year for a Channels subscription after its one-month free trial.
Amazon has put all the Certified Refurbished versions of its Fire TV Sticks on sale today. Buying refurbished Amazon devices, which I have done many times without any issues, is a great way to save just a little bit more than usual. The most notable deal is the Fire TV Stick 4K Max for $29.99. This is the new lowest price for a 4K Max that has ever been available and saves you an extra $5 off the current $34.99 sale price of the new model. For those wanting to spend less but stick to 4K, you can get the Fire TV Stick 4K for $21.99, which matches the lowest price it has ever been. Dropping down to the 1080p models will save you a bit more and get you the latest 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick for $16.99. This is a new low for the refurbished Fire TV Stick and is $3 less than it has been in the past which matches the Prime Day price for those of you wanting that price but aren’t Prime members. Lastly, the Fire TV Stick Lite is $12.99 which is also a new low that is $4 less than the refurbished model has been in the past. While all the other refurbished deals include the latest remotes, this Fire TV Stick Lite deal includes the older remote that doesn’t come with app shortcut buttons along the bottom. Otherwise, the included remote is identical to the latest Lite remote..
Amazon’s brand new flagship Fire TV Smart TV was just announced a little over a month ago and now it is on sale for the first time. The 65″ QLED Omni Series Fire TV Smart TV is on sale for $599.99. At 25% off its regular price of $799.99, this is the first time it has ever been on sale. Unfortunately, the 75″ version is not on sale and has still never been on sale. This TV features Amazon’s new Fire TV Ambient Experience where it uses sensors to detect when someone is in the room and displays passive information, widgets, photos, or art, like an Echo Show. The TV is also packed with regular TV features, like a quantum dot display, full array local dimming with 80 dimming zones, adaptive brightness, support for Dolby Vision IQ and HDR10+ Adaptive, and more. This is probably the best Fire TV Smart TV available right now thanks to many of the aforementioned features not being available on any other Fire TV..
Having Amazon’s Alexa remind you to do something is great but, unlike Alarms that have to be dismissed, reminders can be easily missed if you happen to be out of the room when the reminder goes off and you don’t see the notification on your phone. If there’s a reminder that you absolutely don’t want to miss, you can now have Alexa follow up on a reminder to ensure you got the message or didn’t forget about it. Read more ›
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Walmart released its Android-based Onn Streaming Stick and Onn 4K Streaming Box about a year and a half ago. The devices are relatively popular, thanks to their very low everyday prices. However, it seems as though Walmart might be discontinuing both devices, as spotted by 9To5Google, because both models are no longer available for purchase online or at most stores. Read more ›
Earlier this year, Amazon informed owners of its Cloud Cam security camera that the device would no longer be supported after December 2, 2022, leaving all Cloud Cams inoperable. To make up for the lost functionality, Amazon said it would be giving all Cloud Cam owners free Blink Mini cameras. Amazon has now sent out emails with instructions to redeem the free Blink Mini cameras, as well as a free 1-year subscription to its Blink Subscription Plus Plan. Read more ›
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Matter, the new smart home standard that is supposed to usher in a new era of simplicity and interoperability across all forms of smart home devices has officially launched this week. It’ll probably be months before support for Matter reaches all the different device types included in the standard, such as Fire TVs and streaming devices, but Amazon has announced the first 17 Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show models to receive support for Matter. Here’s the full list as well as details on which aspects of Matter will initially be functional and which will not. Read more ›
Amazon has swapped out the games that Prime members can play for free on its Luna cloud gaming service this month, as it has done each month since March. The free games playable in November are Baseball Stars 2, Freshly Frosted, Tetris Effect: Connected, Thymesia, and YouTubers Life: OMG Edition. These Luna games are playable on most Fire TV models, computers, phones, tablets, and newer Samsung Smart TVs. They work best with the Luna Controler, thanks to its ability to connect directly to Luna’s game servers over wifi for reduced latency, but generic Bluetooth, Xbox, or PlayStation control works as well. If you don’t have a controller to use, you can use your phone as a virtual controller to give the service a try without spending any money.
Amazon has announced that the entire Amazon Music library of over 100 million tracks is now free to stream ad-free for Prime members. That’s a massive increase from the 2 million tracks that Prime members had access to prior to this change. Before you go canceling your music subscriptions, the catch is that you can’t request songs individually, but must, instead, request artists, albums, or playlists in shuffle mode to hear the expanded library without an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription. Read more ›
You can connect just about any HDMI device to the HDMI IN port on the 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube, as discussed here in my article all about how the new port works. While Amazon seems to expect cable and satellite TV set-top boxes to be the most common things connected, I expect game consoles will be commonly connected as well. Connecting a game console to the Fire TV Cube makes it very convenient to jump between gaming and streaming, however, be aware that the HDMI IN port adds some additional input latency and there’s an important setting you may need to adjust to reduce that latency. Read more ›
In an unexpected move, Amazon has added support for NTFS USB drives to the 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube. This is surprising because no Fire TV device in the past has ever supported NTFS formatted storage drives. Whether they were a Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Smart TV, they all only supported FAT32 drives out of the box and required some complex manipulation to support any other drive format. Read more ›