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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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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Hisense now makes the most expensive Fire TV Smart TV — New 65″ & 75″ QLED 4K TVs Released

While compiling the list of all Fire TV Smart TVs on sale for Black Friday, I came across a set of new TVs that quietly snuck into the lineup recently. Hisense released its first Fire TV Smart TVs with the introduction of its 50-inch and 58-inch U6HF Series QLED 4K Fire TVs about a year ago. Without any fanfare, Hisense expanded that lineup with the release of new 65-inch and 75-inch models of the same TV a couple of months ago. Hisense’s Fire TVs are among the best-speced models available with Amazon’s TV operating system, so these new larger sizes take the crown as the most expensive Fire TVs yet. Read more ›

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Costco now sells Fire TV Smart TVs for the first time — New TCL Q5 Series Fire TV Released

Fire TV models have been available for purchase outside of Amazon.com from numerous major retailers for many years but the big exceptions have always been Costco and Walmart, which have never sold any Fire TV devices, likely because Amazon is such a big rival in the retail space. While Walmart still doesn’t sell Fire TVs, apart from the ones listed by 3rd-party sellers on its open marketplace, Costco has changed its tune and now sells a Fire TV Smart TV for the first time. The brand-new TCL Q5 Series QLED Fire TV Smart TV has just debuted at Costco where it appears to be exclusively sold. Read more ›

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TCL releases its least expensive Fire TV Smart TVs yet — The new TCL S3 Class Fire TV

TCL kicked off the summer with the release of its first Fire TV Smart TVs in the US, the premium TCL Q6 Class 4K QLED Fire TV. It followed up shortly after with its budget-friendly line of 4K Fire TVs when it released the TCL S4 Class 4K Fire TV. Now, just a few weeks later, TCL has rounded out its Fire TV lineup with the release of its least expensive Fire TV Smart TVs, the new TCL S3 Class Fire TV Smart TVs. Read more ›

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How to Factory Reset an Element or Westinghouse Fire TV Edition Smart TV without a remote or access to the OS

It has been just over 6 years since Element and Westinghouse released the first ever smart TVs running Amazon’s Fire TV operating system built in. While they’re certainly not up to par with modern Fire TV Smart TVs in many ways, they are still perfectly functional TVs and I still use mine every day. When needed, it’s usually straightforward to factory reset any Fire TV Smart TV through the “Device & Software” menu on the Settings screen, but if your TV has encountered an issue that is so bad that you can no longer use the remote or access the operating system, there is a way to factory reset these early Fire TV Smart TVs using nothing but the physical buttons on the TV itself. Read more ›

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TCL releases new budget-friendly S4 Class 4K Fire TV Smart TVs

Just over a month after TCL debuted its first Fire TV Smart TVs in the US with the release of the premium TCL Q6 Class 4K QLED Fire TVs, the TV manufacturer is now releasing new budget-friendly 4K Fire TV sets. TCL’s S4 Class TVs, which were previously only available as Roku and Google TV models, are now available with the Fire TV operating system in a slew of sizes ranging from 43-inches to 75-inches. Read more ›

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Amazon Omni QLED Series Fire TVs can now display a new Dynamic Art collection

Amazon has announced that its flagship Omni QLED Fire TV Smart TVs are gaining a new dynamic art collection that can be set as the TV’s background while displaying the Fire TV Ambient Experience. In collaboration with artist Samuel Stubblefield and his technical lead Ethan Rainbolt, the dynamic art is personalized by using algorithms to change based on the ambient light in the room, your location’s weather, and the time of day. This new dynamic art option can be found in the Fire TV’s ambient gallery options, which can be accessed by saying “Alexa, go to Ambient gallery,” starting today in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, and Mexico. As the Amazon Omni QLED Fire TVs are the only ones with the Fire TV Ambient Experience at the moment, they are the only Fire TV devices that support this new feature.

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Comparison of premium QLED Fire TV Smart TVs — TCL Q6, Amazon Omni, & Hisense U6

When Fire TV smart TVs first launched in 2017, and for several years after, the available models sat strictly in the low-budget range of 4K TVs. Premium features, like quantum dot panels, full array local dimming, and Dolby Vision IQ, have finally started to become available in Fire TVs. Here’s a comparison of the three highest-end premium Fire TV Smart TVs: the TCL Q6 Class QLED Fire TV, Amazon’s own Omni QLED Fire TV, and the Hisense ULED U6 QLED Fire TV. Read more ›

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TCL launches its first Fire TV Smart TVs in the US — New TCL Q6 Class 4K QLED Fire TVs

TCL has finally launched its first line of Fire TV Smart TVs in the US with the release of its new 2023 Q6 Class 4K QLED Fire TV Smart TVs. TCL introduced its premium Q Series TVs earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show as Google TV-only models but is now making them available with Amazon’s Fire OS platform as well in 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch sizes. Read more ›

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