The Amazon Fire TV’s Live Experience, which makes accessing live linear content easier through various interfaces including a Live Tab, traditional Program Guide, and Home screen rows, has continuously evolved over the years. It started with the first Fire TV Smart TVs as the way to access antenna channels through the TV’s built-in OTA tuner and then expanded to all Fire TV devices with the inclusion of Prime Video Channels, streaming services, and apps. Here’s the full list of streaming services, apps, channels, and devices that integrate into the Fire TV’s Live TV interfaces. This list is regularly updated as more services integrate channels. Read more ›
The Sideclick Remote Attachment is on sale for $14.99 at Amazon and at Best Buy as part of their early Black Friday deals. This price, which is 50% off its regular price of $29.99, matches the lowest price it has ever been in the past. The Sideclick adds a column of universal remote buttons to the side of your Fire TV remote. Each button can be programmed individually to replicate the action of any button on a remote you own. The labels on the buttons (power, plus, minus, etc…) are just suggestions since any button can be programmed to do anything. The Sideclick comes with everything you need to attach it to any Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Cube remote. It’s also compatible with all Fire TV Smart TV remotes, except the remotes that have the home button above the circular select button. Learn all about the Sideclick Remote Attachment in my review. Amazon and Best Buy also have the Sideclick for Nvidia Shield TV, Chromecast, Roku, and Apple TV on sale for $14.99 or less.
Amazon announced its new fitness tracker, the Halo View, at its big hardware event earlier this year but it’s now available to pre-order. Better yet, since we’re in the middle of Black Friday week, Amazon has already discounted the device from its regular price of $79.99 to a sale price of $49.99. The Halo View comes in two band sizes, a small/medium, recommended for wrists that are between 5.12-7.68″ around, and a medium/large for wrists that are 6.3-8.86″ around, but the device is the same size regardless. It can track your steps, heart rate, and blood oxygen levels, in addition to providing activity and sleep scores. The battery is said to last up to 7 days and it comes in 3 colors.
Amazon put its Eero 6 mesh routers on sale at the start of this week but most of them have just dropped even further today to new all-time low prices. These deals start with the single Eero 6 Router for $77, which is $13 less than it has ever been in the past and $52 off its regular price of $129. At the upper end is the Eero Pro 6 3-Pack for $449 and there is a bundle for every price point in between to fit your needs. The sweet spot for most people is the Eero 6 3-Pack for $167, which includes one router and 2 extenders. These all create WiFi-6 networks that would go along perfectly with the Fire TV Stick 4K Max on sale for $34.99, which is the first Fire TV to support WiFi-6. Continue for the full list of all Eero 6 products/bundles on sale, as well as an explanation of the differences between Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6 routers and the differences between Eero Routers and Eero Extenders. Read more ›
Amazon’s Black Friday deals on its devices continue to trickle out. The 3rd-Gen Echo Dot w/ Free Color Smart Bulb has gone on sale for $19.99. This bundle was $1 cheaper last year, which is the lowest it has ever been, but it included a white bulb instead of a color bulb. Buying it with or without the bulb is the same price, so the bulb truly is free. Also available starting today is the 3rd-gen Echo Dot with a Ring Video Doorbell for $41.99. At $3 less than this bundle was during Prime day this year, this is the new lowest price this bundle has ever been. Even though the 4th-gen Echo Dot, which has not gone on sale yet, does exist, the 3rd-gen model holds its own since many prefer it for its smaller size. Amazon rightfully kept making it, despite the new model being released, because it certainly has its advantages and sounds great for its small size.
The YouTube app on Fire TV and Android TV devices has started rolling out an, in my opinion, annoying feature where it autoplays videos, with sound, as you browse around. By default, if you highlight a video on the home or subscription feed, the video begins to play within the thumbnail at full volume. Selecting the video at that point will make it full screen at the point where the autoplaying preview has reached. This appears to be slowly rolling out, since the new behavior is not yet available on all devices. Thankfully, it’s easy to disable the feature and return to the previous behavior of silent looping previews. Just go into the YouTube app’s Settings tab, found at the bottom of the sidebar, and turn off the “Previews with sound” option.
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Amazon has just put the Luna Controller on sale for $49.99, which matches its limited introductory price and is the lowest price it has ever been. Even if you never try the Luna Cloud Gaming service, this is still hands-down the best gamepad for Fire TV devices due to its Fire TV integration and flexibility. It connects directly to Luna over Wi-Fi, bypassing the device you’re gaming on, for the lowest possible latency. When not used for Luna, this controller can also connect wirelessly via Bluetooth or wired via its USB-C port. When connected over USB, it doesn’t need batteries installed. On Fire TVs, the hand-off from Bluetooth for controlling the Fire TV to Wi-Fi for Luna gaming is seamless and automatic. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB-C connections are supported on Fire TVs, Windows PCs, Macs, and Android phones/tablets for either local or cloud gaming through Luna. For iPhones and iPads, however, it only works with Luna via its direct Wi-Fi connection, so keep that in mind. If you do any kind of Fire TV gaming, this is the best controller to have, and, as a perk, it works well on other devices as well. Amazon also sells a Phone Clip for $12.99 to connect your phone directly to the controller. Lastly, there are numerous bundles for this controller and Fire TVs/Tablets, but none of them save you anything over buying the devices and controller separately.
Amazon is continuing to trickle out Early Black Friday deals on its devices. All Fire TV models are still on sale at all-time low prices and this morning the Echo Show 5 went on sale for $44.99 to match. This is the latest 2nd-gen model that was just released earlier this year. At 47% off its regular price of $84.99, this deal is the new lowest price the latest Echo Show 5 has ever been, beating out its previous record low by $10. For just $5 more, you can get a Blink Mini camera with the Echo Show 5 for $49.99, making this an even better bargain. Also going on sale this morning is the 4th-gen Echo with a Free Smart Bulb for $59.99. While that too is the lowest it has ever been, it’s a price that we’ve seen in the past but I don’t expect it or the Echo Show 5 to drop any further when actual Black Friday rolls around.
Amazon has announced that Alexa’s Conversation Mode, first teased a year ago, launches today on Echo Show 10 devices. The new feature allows for more natural back and forth interaction with Alexa without needing to use the wake word before each request. This goes far beyond Alexa’s existing Follow-up mode, which simply keeps Alexa listening after every response, by using audio and visual detection to determine when speech is directed at the Echo device, which Amazon says “represents a major milestone in voice AI.” Read more ›
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Amazon’s new Echo Show 15 is now available for pre-order. The $249.99 flagship Alexa device designed to be hung on a wall was announced in September but only this week became available to order. Amazon is also selling atilting stand made for the Echo Show 15 for $29.99, if you prefer to place it on a table or countertop. There’s also a tilt and swivel stand for $39.99 that allows you to rotate the Echo Show 15 into a landscape or portrait orientation. Lastly, Amazon is also selling an under-cabinet mount for $49.99 that also allows for both orientations. Regardless of how you position the Echo Show 15, be sure to grab this 6-ft power cord extension if there isn’t a power plug within 5-ft of the device’s intended location. The Echo Show 15 and all mounts will be released on December 9th.
Amazon is now offering select Prime members a $200 signup bonus for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa. This bonus is normally $100, and occasionally increases to $150, but this is the first time I’ve seen it climb to $200. If you shop at Amazon or Whole Foods with any kind of regularity, this card is a must because it gives you 5% off of all purchases at both places. Additionally, Amazon is constantly running promotions that give even more cashback on select products, such as the 10% cashback promo that is currently offered for purchases of the Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Stick 4K, and Fire TV Cube, among other things, when using this card. Non-Prime members can only receive a $100 sign up bonus, so the additional $100 bonus amount that you get for being a Prime member will nearly pay for your membership if you signing up for Prime first and then sign up for the Prime version of the rewards card. The increased $200 signup bonus started today and will be available through Nov 30. This card has no annual fee.
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Amazon is currently offering a couple of great deals if purchased through Alexa voice shopping. You can get the Kasa Smart Plug Mini with Energy Monitoring for $3.49 by saying “Alexa, order Kasa Smart Plug Mini.” This normally sells for $22.99 and the lowest price that it has ever been in the past is $12.99. You can also get the Kasa Dimmable Color Changing Smart Bulb for $0.99 by saying “Alexa, order Kasa Smart Bulb.” This too normally sells for $22.99 and has only been down to $19 in the past. If you prefer to make your purchase the old fashion way, instead of saying “Alexa, order…” you can say “Alexa, add [ITEM] to my shopping cart.” Then you’ll be able to view the items in your cart on Amazon.com or in the Amazon app and the Alexa exclusive discount will be applied automatically to the order because you used Alexa to add the items. You may order either or both items at the special Alexa discounted price.
The Kasa bulb appears to have sold out but has been replaced by a Sengled Color Smart Blub for $0.99 that normally sells for $14.99. Say “Alexa, order Sengled Smart Bulb” to buy it or “Alexa, add Sengled Smart Bulb to my cart” to checkout on Amazon.com. If you purchased the Kasa bulb you can also purchase the Sengled bulb.
Amazon has added the ability for 4th-gen Echo and 4th-gen Echo Dots to detect occupancy in a room by emitting an inaudible ultrasound audio wave. The capability can be used to automatically trigger Alexa Routines when you enter or exit a room. When configuring the trigger of a routine, select “Smart Home” and then select the appropriate Echo to be given the option to trigger the routine when “People are detected” or when “People aren’t detected.” You also have the option of enabling or disabling ultrasound motion detection altogether for each compatible Echo device. This is done under the device settings of each Echo within the Alexa app.
Amazon has released a Prime Video app for Apple Mac computers, as spotted by The Verge. The app may seem unnecessary at first, since you have always been able to stream Prime Video through any browser, but the app does something the browser can’t, which is downloaded video for offline viewing. The app also supports native macOS features like AirPlay and Picture-in-Picture video. Your Mac will need to be running macOS version 11 (Big Sur) or greater to use the new Prime Video app.
Amazon now sells its own branded smart light switches, as first spotted by Dan Wroclawski (via Dave Zatz). The Amazon Basics-branded switches come in Single Pole, Single Pole Dimmer, 3-Way, and 3-Way Dimmer varients, starting at just $17.99 for the least expensive model and peaking at $20.99 for you fancy 3-way dimming folk. These are setup and configured directly within the Alexa app and connect directly via Wi-Fi, so there is no need for a hub. Read more ›
Amazon has kicked off its full Black Friday Prices for Fire TV devices and easily the best deal is the brand new Fire TV Stick 4K Max for $34.99. At 36% off its regular price of $54.99, this is the first time that the newest Firestick has ever been on sale. It’s certainly early for Black Friday, but make no mistake that this is Amazon’s Black Friday price and it will not drop any lower than this when actual Black Friday rolls around. The Fire TV Stick 4K Max outperforms all other Fire TV models except for the 2nd-gen Fire TV Cube, which is also on sale for $79.99. If you’re cross-shopping the Max and the regular Fire TV Stick 4K, which is on sale for $24.99, take a look at this comparison between the Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Stick 4K Max. Go here to see all of the live Black Friday deals on Amazon’s devices.
Amazon has launched its Black Friday prices on Fire TV devices much earlier than usual this year and that includes several devices. Among them is the Fire TV Recast for $129.99. That’s for the 500GB 2-tuner model that normally sells for $229.99. The 1TB 4-tuner model is on sale for $179.99, which is also $100 off its regular price of $279.99. These allow you to record free over-the-air channels and stream them live to all of your Fire TVs, phones, tablets, and Echo Shows. Also on sale is the Fire TV Blaster for $19.99, which normally sells for $34.99. This allows you to add hands-free control of your TV, soundbar, and other home theater equipment, as long as you have a Fire TV Stick and Echo device. Read on for a list of other accessories that are on sale that can improve your Fire TV expereince. Read more ›
The Fire TV Stick 3 is on sale for $19.99 in Amazon’s Early Black Friday Sale where all Fire TV devices are on sale and much more. This is the first time that the 3rd-gen Firestick has ever been this low. For reference, it was $22.99 during Prime Day this year and $27.99 during Black Friday last year. If you’ve been thinking of picking up Amazon’s latest 1080p streamer, don’t hesitate to do so at this new all-time lowest price ever. If you’re cross-shopping the Fire TV Stick Lite, which is on sale for $17.99, you absolutely should pay the extra $2 and get the regular model instead because, unlike the Lite version, this one includes TV controls on the remote which are well worth the extra cost. If you have a 4K TV or are planning to buy one, you really should consider getting the Fire TV Stick 4K on sale for $24.99 or the Fire TV Stick 4K Max on sale for $34.99. This is the first time that the new 4K Max has ever been on sale.
As part of its Early Black Friday Deals, which has put all Fir eTV models on sale this morning, Amazon has put its own 43″ Fire TV Smart TVs on sale for the first time ever. The 43″ Fire TV Omni Smart TV is on sale for $299.99, which is 27% off its regular price of $409.99, and the 43″ Fire TV 4-Series Smart TV is on sale for $269.99, whic is also 27% off its regular price of $369.99. Amazon put the 50″ and 55″ versions of these TVs on sale last week, and that sale is still live right now, but this is the first time the smaller 43″ sizes have been on sale. These are all 4K TVs with support for HDR 10 and HLG high dynamic range. To get support for Dolby Vision you have to step up to the 65″and 75″ Omni models, but those aren’t on sale. The main difference between the Fire TV Omni and Fire TV 4-Series is that the Omni version has microphones for hands-free control, like a Fire TV Cube. TO read up on all the specs and differences, see my article about when they were announced just over a month ago.
The Amazon Fire TV Cube is on sale at $79.99 as one of many Amazon Black Friday Deals that have gone live this morning. This price matches the lowest price that the Fire TV Cube has ever been, which we last saw during Prime Day this year. The Fire TV Cube is Amazon’s most powerful Fire TV ever released. That said, you may want to consider getting the Fire TV Stick 4K Max instead, which is on sale for the first time ever at $34.99. The two perform fairly equally, but the Fire TV Cube is the superior device. The Fire TV Cube also offers hands-free control, a built-in IR blaster for controlling home theater equipment hands-free, 16GB of internal storage (compared to 8GB on the 4K Max), and includes Amazon’s Ethernet adapter, which costs $15 on its own.