Panasonic’s new flagship Fire TVs include several custom features not found on other Fire TV Smart TVs

While many different manufacturers are making Fire TV Smart TVs at this point, they mostly only differentiate from one another through hardware. That’s because Amazon closely controls the Fire TV software experience and keeps it mostly consistent across nearly all Fire TV Smart TVs. That’s about to change when the new flagship Panasonic Z95A and Z93A OLED Fire TVs are released later this year. While most of the Fire TV operating system will be very familiar to anyone who has used a Fire TV device in the past, Amazon is allowing Panasonic to completely replace certain software elements of these TVs entirely, like the TV guide, DVR interface, sound settings, and more. Read more ›

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Amazon job listing confirms that Fire TV is dropping Android-based Fire OS

A report last year claimed that Amazon was working on an operating system, called Vega OS, as a replacement for the Android-based operating system it has been using on Echo and Fire TV devices for years. Shortly after, the new operating system was all but confirmed to already be running on Amazon’s new Echo Show 8 but whether or not it would be coming to Fire TV devices was still up in the air. Now, a new job listing from Amazon has confirmed that Fire TVs are transitioning away from Android and Fire OS. Read more ›

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AI-generated background art feature is now rolling out to Fire TVs

Back in March of last year, Amazon previewed an upcoming Fire TV feature that allowed customers to create AI-generated art for use as background wallpaper on Fire TV devices. That feature is now rolling out to devices that include the Fire TV Ambient Experience, which includes the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max and Fire TV Omni QLED Smart TVs. Read more ›

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Fire TVs gain the built-in Music interface they’ve been missing for years

While watching movies and TV shows are obviously the main things people do with Fire TVs, the streaming devices have always been very capable music players as well. Long ago, before the multiple home screen interface overhauls that have occurred over the years, the original Fire TV interface used to have a “Music” tab where you could see what was currently playing and browse other tracks, albums, and playlists. The “Music” tab was dropped with the first major Fire TV interface update but, even though an Amazon Music app concurrently launched in its place, some of the “Music” tab’s functionality was lost with its demise. Amazon is now restoring that functionality and returning to the Fire TV’s roots with the launch of an all-new built-in music and audio interface for Fire TV devices. Read more ›

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Panasonic switches to Amazon’s Fire TV OS for its 2024 flagship OLED Smart TVs

Panasonic has announced that its two flagship OLED smart TV models for 2024 will come with Fire TV built-in instead of its own operating system. Once released later this year, these new Panasonic TVs will easily be the best Fire TV Smart TVs available and will, for the first time, make Fire TV Smart TVs comparable to the best OLED TVs from Sony, LG, and Samsung. Read more ›

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Matter Casting is coming to Fire TVs and the Echo Show 15 — An industry-first by Amazon

Amazon announced today at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that Matter Casting is coming to both Fire TV devices and the Fire TV-enabled Echo Show 15. Much like Apple’s AirPlay, Google’s Chromecast, and Amazon’s own defunct Fling casting protocols, Matter Casting allows video content from one device, like a mobile phone, to be sent to another device, like a TV or streaming media player. Amazon, as the biggest player without a popular casting protocol of its own, is the largest proponent of Matter Casting, but it might be too little too late. Read more ›

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Peacock, Tubi, and more are coming to Fire TV’s “Continue Watching” row

Amazon announced its new “Continue Watching” row for the Fire TV home screen back in September as the new way to easily resume movies and shows you didn’t finish watching and the place to quickly jump into the next episode of a series. The feature has been slowly appearing at the top of the Fire TV home screen over the past few weeks and Amazon has now made its release official. While several streaming services already work with the “Continue Watching” row, Peacock and Tubi will be the next streaming services that integrate with it, and more are said to be added soon. Read more ›

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10 Ways to Avoid Autoplaying Ads on Fire TVs, Firesticks, Fire TV Cubes, and Fire TV Smart TVs

Amazon recently made what is quite possibly the worst change it has ever made to Fire TV devices by enabling fullscreen autoplaying ads to appear when the device wakes up or powers on. While there is no simple option to switch these ads off entirely, here are ten things you can consider doing to avoid the ads or make them less annoying. Read more ›

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Fire TV Hardware Winners and Losers of 2023 — The best and worst Fire TV devices released this year

Each year brings with it new Fire TV devices and accessories, both from Amazon and 3rd-party manufacturers, and 2023 was no exception. This year saw the release of new Fire TV Sticks from Amazon, many new Fire TV Smart TVs from numerous TV manufacturers, and some Fire TV accessories from both Amazon and others. Here’s a look back at the best and worst new Fire TV hardware released in 2023. Read more ›

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New Fire TV privacy options control the info your apps share with Amazon

As part of the new Continue Watching row feature on the Fire TV home screen, Amazon has added new privacy options that allow you to control which of your apps share your viewing history with Amazon. With these new privacy options enabled, your supported apps will share your watch activity, watchlist, DVR recordings, content purchases, and rentals with Amazon. While Amazon will use this data about you for positive things, like the new Continue Watching row, it will also use the data to target ads at you. Read more ›

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