Toshiba’s 2nd-Gen Fire TV Edition televisions have been released

It’s a bit eclipsed by yesterday’s arrival of the Amazon Fire TV Cube, but the new 2nd generation Fire TV Edition televisions from Toshiba have been released today. Thanks to Amazon’s partnership with Best Buy, you should be able to find these TVs on display in Best Buy stores across the US if you want to check them out in person. They come in a 43-inch size for $329.99, a 50-inch size for $399.99, and a 55-inch size for $479.99. These TVs run Amazon’s Fire OS operating system by default, giving you the full Fire TV experience built-in. The advantage of these TVs over a stand-alone Fire TV device is having over-the-air channels available alongside streaming content, right in the Fire TV interface.

  1. Tampa8 says:

    First I do not know how these exact TV’s will perform nor of course have I seen them.
    That said they are made by Hisense a Government owned Chinese Company. Their brand (Toshiba) since owning it has not had good reviews and indeed you can see the difference in the store to many other brands. All that said the price generally is lower though than the others and it could be a good enough second or third TV somewhere in the house.

    Since the Government is banning Chinese brand Cell Phones to the Military and banning certain parts to be sold to them I think it’s fair to wonder about privacy but of course you can say that with anything these days.

    • AFTVnews says:

      You are incorrect. These TVs are made by the Taiwanese company Compal, which acquired Toshiba’s television division in 2015. They’re best known for making Dell and HP’s laptops and are the second-largest laptop manufacturer in the world. Hisense acquired most of what was left of Toshiba in 2017.

  2. shwru980r says:

    The amazon listing states support for HDR-10 but not the implementation of HDR-10.

    • AFTVnews says:

      I didn’t even notice the HDR info on the page until I read your comment. Amazon’s product page originally didn’t have “HDR” anywhere on the page. Best Buy had it all over their listing. Unfortunately, looks like Amazon followed suit and updated their page.

      It’s very deceptive. These are not HDR TVs and shouldn’t be labeled as such. These TVs will play HDR content if you pass it to them, but the screen will not actually display content in HDR.

      It’s like saying someone “knows Spanish” because they’re able to read the text, but they have no idea what the text means. These TVs can “read” HDR, but they don’t use the information to improve the image quality.

      • clocks says:

        Whoa! I am shocked. I thought HDR was just about standard on any new model. I guess I no longer have to try to figure out the stand width.

  3. clocks says:

    I wish they would like the stand width, so people would know if it would fit on our existing tv stands.

  4. Gary says:

    Did they manage to root the first version of these?

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