Google’s Android TV has long been competing for its place in the market, and in the United States it primarily goes against Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV. Most Android TV and Google TV partners also sell Roku models, but they’ve never mixed in with Fire TV. That changes now, as Hisense has launched its first Amazon Fire TV model.
Amazon Fire TV Stories May 17
Amazon Fire TV Stories February 23
Amazon seemingly blocks third-party Android launchers with latest Fire TV updates
Amazon’s Fire TV platform is built on top of Android, just like the company’s tablets – this adds a lot of flexibility to the platform, but with its latest update, Amazon seems to be going out of its way to block Android launchers on Fire TV.
Amazon Fire TV Stories September 25, 2020
YouTube has essentially the same app across TV platforms, and over the past week it’s been rolling out a revamped video interface to some platforms. Here’s a quick look at the new YouTube UI rolling out on Android TV, Fire TV, and probably other platforms.
Amazon Fire TV Stories July 9, 2020
YouTube Kids arrives on Amazon Fire TV
YouTube Kids is an easy way to get some peace of mind while letting your child watch content online, and now the app is officially arriving on one of the biggest streaming platforms. YouTube Kids is now on Amazon Fire TV.
Amazon Fire TV Stories July 8, 2020
Amazon Fire TV brings YouTube TV, Sling into its live TV discovery features
Millions of people are cutting off traditional cable in favor of streaming, and live TV offerings are an important piece of that puzzle. To bolster its live TV discovery features on Fire TV, Amazon has just announced new integrations with Google’s YouTube TV and Sling.
Amazon Fire TV Stories November 4, 2019
How to watch Apple TV+ on Chromecast and Android TV
If you’re primarily a Chromecast and Android TV user like myself, but still want to get your fix on some Apple TV+ shows, you may have hit a snag. While Apple TV (hardware) owners and people with AirPlay-compatible TVs will have no problem popping up Apple TV+ shows or casting them, not all of us are as lucky. Here’s how to watch Apple TV+ on Chromecast and Android TV devices.
Amazon Fire TV Stories October 3, 2019
After Hours: Disney+ on Fire TV, Samsung’s new Fortnite skin, more
Amazon Fire TV Stories September 30, 2019
Amazon Fire TV Stories August 9, 2019
YouTube is now available on all Amazon Fire TV devices
After finally settling their differences last month, Google and Amazon are putting apps on each other’s platforms. This week, Amazon has confirmed that the new official YouTube app for Fire TV devices has fully rolled out to all hardware including the original Fire TV Stick.
Amazon Fire TV Stories July 9, 2019
A few months back, Google and Amazon made the exciting announcement that their feud would be ending and that they would offer video services on each other’s streaming platforms. Apparently, those apps are arriving today, with YouTube for Fire TV making its return, along with Chromecast and Android TV compatibility for Amazon Prime Video.
Amazon Fire TV Stories April 18, 2019
Amazon Fire TV Stories April 25, 2018
Getting media to your TV has never been as easy as it is today. For years now, we’ve had options with Google’s Chromecast, Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV and more. At this point, it’s really coming down to who can get the most attention from consumers. Now, Amazon is teasing an upcoming product that may do just that…
Amazon Fire TV Stories January 22, 2018
Google has blocked YouTube’s TV-optimized web version from the Amazon Fire TV [Update: It’s back]
Update: A few minutes after publishing, YouTube’s optimized experience has returned to the Fire TV.
The Google and Amazon dispute has reached its latest salvo with YouTube’s TV-optimized web version now blocked on the Fire TV. Users of the competing Amazon product can still access the video site, but only through an unintuitive desktop experience.
Amazon Fire TV Stories December 28, 2017
With Amazon announcing that it would begin selling Chromecasts, it seemed that the retailer and Google were finally de-escalating long-running tensions. However, it seems that a deal hasn’t been reached in time as Amazon is telegraphing the impending 2018 block of YouTube to all Fire TV users.
Amazon Fire TV Stories September 11, 2017
Amazon Fire TV Stories July 5, 2017
In terms of look and functionality, Android TV is by far my favorite media platform. However, it lacks a lot of the developer support seen on other platforms such as Roku and Fire TV. Recently a very clever developer created a solution to this, a mod for any Fire TV that essentially turns it into an Android TV.
Amazon Fire TV Stories September 7, 2016
Amazon has announced today that its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick media streaming devices will be receiving an over-the-air update that will enable a universal search that can find content on 75 different applications and channels. This means less time searching for a show and more time watching it.
Amazon Fire TV Stories February 12, 2015
9to5Toys Last Call: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 $65, unlocked Galaxy Note 3 $300, free streaming stick w/ Sling TV, more
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Samsung SM-T2105 Galaxy Tab 3 7” Kids 8 GB flash storage (yellow/orange): $65 shipped (Reg. $230)
Samsung N9000 Galaxy Note 3 32 GB factory unlocked for GSM networks: $300 shipped (Reg. $500)
Get a free Fire TV/Roku streaming stick or 50% off Fire TV/Roku 3 when you sign up for Sling TV
PNY Turbo 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive: $35 shipped (Reg. $70)
Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR (refurb) w/ 18-55mm Lens Kit $336 shipped (orig. $599)
Valentine’s Day Roundup: ProFlowers 30% off, Gap/Timbuk2/J.Crew up to 40% off, more
More new gear from today:
- New! Up to $140 worth of Android apps for free: OfficeSuite Pro, Cut the Rope, more
- New! 20% off new video games for 2 yrs w/ Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked: $30 in-store
- New! Daily Deals: Beats PRO Headphones: $280, iPad mini 16GB WiFi refurb: $170, more
More deals still alive:
- Amazon Kindle sale: Fire HD6 $94 (Reg. $99), Kindle reader $59 (Reg. $79), more
- Kinivo ZX100 Mini Portable Speaker (Grey-Blue): $13 Prime Shipped
- QNAP 4-Bay Cloud NAS w/ HDMI, AirPlay and PLEX $350 shipped (Reg. $500+)
- Fitbit Charge Heart Rate + Activity Wristband: $127 shipped (Reg. $150)
- Harman recertified sale: NI in-ears $15, SoundFly AirPlay speaker $45, more
- Dell UltraSharp 24-inch Widescreen LED LCD Monitor $210 shipped (orig. $350)
- Gift Cards w/ email delivery 20% off: Fandango, Regal Theaters, AMC, Cold Stone Creamery
- Bose Acoustimass 6 Home 5.1 Entertainment Speaker System $400 shipped, more
- Download the first episode of Better Call Saul in HD for free
- Magazine subs from $4 per year: Pop Science, Wired, ESPN, more
- Belkin Fusive slim portable Bluetooth speaker $54 shipped (Reg. $90)
- Mass Effect Infiltrator is IGN’s free iOS game of the month ($4.99 value)
- Jaybird Freedom Sprint Bluetooth Headphones $60 shipped (Reg. $100)
- Get 100GB of cloud storage at OneDrive for free
- USB Charging: Omaker 3-port car chargers from $8, 10-port USB 3.0 hub $24, more
- Home: Brentwood Kettle $19, kitchen items, more
- Netgear DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem w/ built-in wireless router $90 shipped (Reg. $116)
- Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter: $22 shipped (Reg. $40)
- Bluetooth speakers: Bose SoundLink mini $159, Mini Boom $49, more
- Canon Printer w/ AirPrint + LR 5 or PS Elements $90 ($238 value)
- Seagate 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive: $130 shipped (orig. $250)
- Samsung 2.5″ Internal SSDs: 850 Pro 512GB $290, 850 EVO 500GB $200
- Lexar 256GB S73 USB 3 Jumpdrive Flash Drive (100mb/s read): $80 (Reg. $170)
- Adobe Creative Cloud (PS CC + Lightroom): $10/month w/$25 Amazon credit
New products & more:
- Mitsubishi’s new iNSTICK cordless vacuum doubles as an air purifier
- Kitchen Tech: Vitamix and hand immersion blenders make silky soups, foamy drinks
- Anki announces its latest generation of iPhone connected racing with OVERDRIVE
- Nikon intros its first dedicated astrophotography DSLR alongside a slew of point-and-shoots
- Sling TV is now available with free 7-day trial, details on new channel availability
- Preorder Canon’s new Spring lineup of DSLRs and pocket cameras today
- The new HyperX Cloud II gaming headset with free 16GB USB flash drive
Amazon Fire TV Stories September 15, 2014
Spotify now jamming on Amazon Fire TV
Fire TV owners who happen to be Spotify subscribers can now use the music streaming service on Amazon’s set-top box via controls from their smartphone or tablet. In addition to using a mobile device as a jukebox, Spotify Connect lets you seamlessly switch from Fire TV to your phone without disrupting music playback.
Amazon Fire TV Stories April 11, 2014
Amazon’s new Fire TV set-top box may seem like every other solution on the market, but there’s one big difference. Fire TV has built-in gaming features that will allow you to play compatible Android games that are available within Amazon’s app store. The bad news is, if you’ve previously purchased any of the compatible titles from the Google Play Store, you’ll need to repurchase them from Amazon. Check out the video overview above for an overview and demo of Fire TV gaming.
Amazon Fire TV Stories April 9, 2014
Amazon recently surprised us with its Fire TV set-top box, offering a native solution for customers to stream movies, music, and even play games. Fire TV will only set you back $99, and in my opinion, it’s just what Amazon needed. Instead of relying on third-party streaming solutions, Amazon now has the power to take its media services in a new direction. Take a look at our overview video above to see Fire TV in action.