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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Amazon has sold over 150 Million Fire TV Devices

Amazon has revealed that it has now sold more than 150 million Fire TV devices worldwide in total. This is the first time that Amazon, which normally does not reveal any kind of concrete sales figures, has indicated how many Fire TVs it sold. Amazon does occasionally reveal how many active Fire TV users there are, with the most recent figuring being 50 million active users as of about 1 year ago. Comparatively, Roku announced it reached 56.4 million active accounts in November 2021 and Google announced it reached 80 million active Android TV devices in May 2021. Total devices sold (Amazon’s latest figure), active users (Roku’s latest figure), and active devices (Google’s latest figure) are three very different metrics, so there’s no telling which streaming platform is in the lead at this point.

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Fire TV in Vehicles to gain new Home interface and Personalized Features

New Home Screen interface for Fire TV in Vehicles

Amazon has announced that it will be bringing the updated Fire TV interface, which first began rolling out to stand-alone Fire TV devices about a year ago, to the Fire TV systems built into vehicles. In addition to the visual overhaul, the update will add new personalization features to vehicles, including user-profiles and personalized recommendations. A new sync feature will also allow customers to resume content in the vehicle that was paused on a home Fire TV. Read more ›

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2022 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Navigator are the next vehicles to gain built-in Fire TV rear-seat entertainment systems

Fire TV in the 2022 Lincoln Navigator

The Ford Motor Company is the latest automaker to make a deal with Amazon to bring built-in Fire TV rear-seat entertainment systems into its vehicles. Fire TV for Auto, as it’s officially called, first debuted in the 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. It has since also been made an option for the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica minivan and it will be available in the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the three-row Grand Cherokee L. Now Ford and Amazon have revealed that the 2022 Ford Explorer and the 2022 Lincoln Navigator will also come with built-in Fire TV systems as an option. Read more ›

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Amazon releases new 2nd-gen Alexa Voice Remote Lite with added App Shortcut buttons

Amazon has released a new 2nd generation version of the Alexa Voice Remote Lite that is bundled with the Fire TV Stick Lite. The new remote is identical to the previous version, which debuted in 2020, except the new version now has four app shortcut buttons along the bottom. Also changed on the new 2nd-gen remote is the voice command button which has been changed from a black button with a microphone icon to a blue button with the Alexa logo. Read more ›

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Why your TV’s USB port isn’t ideal for powering a Fire TV Stick

One of my most viewed (and controversial) posts from last year was why you should never power a Fire TV Stick from your TV’s USB port. Seeing how many people have recently purchased or received new Fire TV Sticks over the holidays, it’s a good time to revisit the subject. Read more ›

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Most Popular Fire TV Models in 2021 among 36 Million App Users

The year is almost over so, just like last year, I looked back to see which Fire TV models were the most popular throughout 2021 among the now 36 million people that have used my Downloader app. Has any Fire TV model dethroned the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick from its place in the top spot last year? Have Fire TV boxes and Cubes gained any traction against Firesticks in popularity? Are people now willing to pay the small premium for the 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick to get TV controls on their remote or are is the cheaper Fire TV Stick Lite still more popular? Have 4K devices become more popular than 1080p devices? Read on for answers to all of these questions and more. Read more ›

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Zoom app arives on Amazon Omni Series Fire TV Smart TVs for 2-way video calling

Fire TV Omni Series Smart TVs are now compatible with the Zoom app for two-way video conferencing. These TVs are only the second Fire TV models to work with Zoom, after the Fire TV Cube was the first to gain compatibility earlier this year. To use Zoom with either a Fire TV Omni Series Smart TV or a Fire TV Cube, you need to connect a USB camera to the Fire TV. Amazon recommends the Logitech C920 (1080p, ~$65), Logitech C922x (1080p, ~$80), and Logitech C310 (720p, ~$27) webcams, but any cameras that support the USB Video Class (UVC) standard with at least 720p resolution and 30fps will work. Once the camera is connected to the Smart TV’s USB port or the Fire TV Cube’s microUSB port with an adpater, like these from StarTech, UGREEN, and CableCreation, you can launch the Zoom app and login. If your calendar is linked to Alexa and your Zoom meting is on your calendar, you can say “Alexa, join my Zoom meeting” to automatically join your next meeting.

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How to fix a Fire TV issue causing tiny icons and a zoomed out home screen

Fire TVs occasionally experience a strange bug where the home screen appears to be zoomed out and all icons, elements, and thumbnails are very small. This issue has popped up on devices from time to time for years but it seems that Fire TV Smart TVs from Toshiba and Insignia, specifically, are seeing a surge of this issue occurring. While there is no known way to make it never happen again, the fix to restore how the Fire TV interface should look is very quick and easy. Read more ›

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The most expensive Fire TV Smart TV ever has just been released

If you don’t count the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which cots over $100k and comes with a Fire TV rear-seat entertainment system, the single most expensive Fire TV anything has just been released in the form of the new Toshiba 75-inch M550 Series Fire TV Smart TV. Coming in at a retail price of $1,399.99, this is not only the most expensive TV running the Fire TV operating system ever released, but it’s also the largest and most full-featured, thanks to its use of a full-array local dimming LED backlight, which isn’t available on any other Fire TV Smart TV series. Read more ›

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