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Amazon adds X-Ray to Fire TV: No more “who’s that guy?”

Amazon adds X-Ray to Fire TV: No more “who’s that guy?”

Based on the principle that there's nothing so frustrating as watching a show and thinking "who is that guy?" Amazon is adding X-Ray to Fire TV. The system, which has been flagging up actors and songs on Amazon Fire tablets for the past few years, will now be pulling up those details on Fire TV's streaming movies and shows, accessed with a stab at the "up" button on the remote, as well as offering easy navigation to the relevant point in the show.

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Amazon outs HDR Prime Instant Video plans for 2015

Amazon outs HDR Prime Instant Video plans for 2015

Amazon has quietly announced plans to add HDR video support to its Prime Instant Video service, with improved picture quality on the cards for later this year. The boost will come with Amazon's own Originals content initially, though the company says that it's working with Hollywood to deliver third-party shows and movies in HDR too. However, while the rollout may be fairly ambitious, not everyone will be able to enjoy it.

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Amazon’s tipped Crytek deal and the big screen entertainment therein

Amazon’s tipped Crytek deal and the big screen entertainment therein

The future of movies is here - it's in video game engines. I came to this realization when I took part in the Thief in the Shadows VR experience at GDC 2015 with Epic Games. Word today is that Amazon recently struck a deal with Crytek to do something or other - license their gaming engine, perhaps - in a deal that we can't help but think has something to do with video entertainment. Movies, even. While Amazon does not give up on projects, even when they fail, tapping in to CryEngine's potential more than likely means Amazon is about to go big with a big-screen production (on their own small screens, of course).

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Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Fire TV, Fire TV Stick update brings hotel WiFi, Bluetooth headset support

Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick might have entered the streaming game later than we’d have liked, but their hardware is still pretty effective. A new update, rolling in today, might even make one or both must-haves for wider audience. With expandable USB storage on the Fire TV, users can expand their library as they see fit. Other tweaks, like better WiFi connectivity for hotels and Bluetooth headset pairing options put Fire TV and Fire TV Stick a bit above the competition.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video: Bosch renewed for 2nd season

Amazon Prime Instant Video: Bosch renewed for 2nd season

Amazon Studios just renewed their gritty L.A. detective series, Bosch, for a second season. Bosch debuted in 2014 as a pilot for Amazon Prime Instant Video and has found success with cord-cutters and binge-watchers alike. Bosch has over 31,000 5-star reviews and has become another draw for the streaming service as it looks for anything to set itself apart from its competitors. It appears that Amazon is following Netflix's successful lead by not only get exclusives to TV series like FX's spy drama The Americans. Amazon Studios wants to make a mark with its original content as well.

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Amazon gives “The Man in the High Castle” full season go-ahead

Amazon gives “The Man in the High Castle” full season go-ahead

Amazon has given the go-ahead for a full season of The Man in the High Castle, with the first episode of the Philip K. Dick story being Prime Instant Video's most popular pilot so far. The pilot trial has several other winners, too, with a total of five shows being tested through the on-demand service and finding favor among viewers. It's no small project, either, with contributions from such established names as Ridley Scott, Shawn Ryan, and Frank Spotnitz all involved.

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Sling TV hits Amazon Fire TV as Appstore swells 5x

Sling TV hits Amazon Fire TV as Appstore swells 5x

Sling TV has arrived on arrived on Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick set-top boxes, with the streaming service targeting cord cutters arriving alongside a number of formally PC/console-only games as Amazon strengthens its living room play. Launched last month, Sling TV costs $20 a month and offers a variety of sports and entertainment channels like ESPN. Opening up to general subscribers earlier this month, Sling TV may not need a full cable subscription, but it does need some sort of streaming device to run on, and Amazon is hoping a limited time deal for a freebie Fire TV stick will help make their dongle the one people opt for.

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AllCast streaming app officially arrives on iOS

AllCast streaming app officially arrives on iOS

AllCast, the storied casting app for Android, is finally making its way to iOS. After a healthy run on Android, the casting app has finally landed on iOS, letting users toss their videos and pictures onto the big(ger) screen. The app works with locally stored content as well as files you have in more popular cloud storage solutions like Dropbox or iCloud. You can also stream from your Instagram or Google+ account onto your TV, too. AllCast supports Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, and Apple TV.

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Amazon: Prime saw 10 million new users this holiday season

Amazon: Prime saw 10 million new users this holiday season

According to Amazon, over 10 million new Prime users signed up over the holidays. That’s 10 million brand new users who are trying Prime for the very first time in 2014, enjoying streaming media as well as “free” two-day shipping. Amazon also says we’re lazy; their numbers show those who are in areas where same-day delivery is possible ordered 10 times more via Amazon than in 2013. It also seems all we really want to do is watch TV via Fire TV.

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Microsoft Xim goes big, adds Chromecast, Xbox One support

Microsoft Xim goes big, adds Chromecast, Xbox One support

Given the amount of flack Microsoft has been receiving lately, it's is almost a surprise, pleasant or otherwise, that it would come up with small but priceless pieces of gold in unexpected corners. One of those was Xim, a super easy photo sharing app that Microsoft launched just over two months ago. Now at version 1.3, Xim is getting bigger, almost literally. Not only is it available on all major mobile platforms, it can now stream photos to Xbox Ones, Chromecasts, and Apple TVs as well.

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