Amazon adds Holiday Hub to Fire TVs for browsing holiday movies and TV shows

Just as Amazon did last year, it has added a Holiday Hub to Fire TV devices where you can find festive movies and TV show episodes to watch. For now, you can get to the new hub by saying “Open Holiday Hub” into your remote, but don’t be surprised if an icon to launch the hub appears in your app list in the coming days. The Holiday Hub has rows of content related to the holidays, such as a row of holiday romance movies, top holiday TV episodes, classic holiday movies, holiday comedies, and more. Amazon being Amazon, you’ll also find a row of various holiday shopping guides and deals that you can browse if you’d like.

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Top hidden features of the Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Cube Remotes

You probably use your Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV Smart TV remote every day without knowing that it has tons of hidden capabilities. Holding down certain buttons and certain button combinations serve as shortcuts to a lot of common tasks like rebooting the Fire TV, opening apps, checking the time, skipping ads, and much more. Here is a list of the top tips, secrets, and hidden features of the Fire TV remote. Read more ›

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You should turn on Fire TV Data Monitoring despite privacy concerns and here’s why

While scrolling through the Fire TV settings, you may have come across a Data Monitoring option in the preferences menu that gave you privacy concerns, so you made sure to turn it off. You may have even seen one of the countless YouTube videos or articles for Fire TV “tips” telling you to make sure Data monitoring was off so that Amazon can’t track you. Well, I’m telling you they’re all wrong and that you should turn on Data Monitoring on your Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Cube, and here’s why. Read more ›

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Triggering the Remote Finder feature on the Fire TV Pro Remote using the Fire TV app is way too cumbersome — There is a much better way

The remote finder feature of the Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote Pro is great, especially if you have an Alexa device, like an Echo speaker, to just shout out “Alexa, find my remote.” If you don’t have an Alexa-enabled device, Amazon’s suggestion is to tap a button in the Fire TV Remote app on a phone or tablet. That sounds easy enough to do, but, in practice, it’s quite annoying and requires way too many steps. Thankfully, there is a much easier and quicker way to find your remote if you don’t have an Alexa-enabled smart speaker. Read more ›

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How to trigger the Remote Finder Alarm on the Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote Pro

The Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote Pro has a lot of great features, all of which you can read about here in my review. One of the best features is the built-in speaker that can be triggered to beep in order to find a lost remote. There are several ways to trigger the remote finder feature, so here they are in order of easiest to hardest. Read more ›

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Fire TV software update makes it easier than ever to get to your apps

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 ›

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USB port on the Fire TV Cube 3 has been updated to now remain powered while asleep

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.

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Customizable buttons on the Fire TV Pro Remote cannot open Sideloaded Apps

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 ›

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Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote Pro Review — Everything there is to know about the best Fire TV remote

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 ›

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HDMI IN on the Fire TV Cube 3 adds about 35 milliseconds of input lag

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 ›

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