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Alexa arrives on Amazon’s first-gen Fire TV

Alexa arrives on Amazon’s first-gen Fire TV

Owners of the first generation of the Amazon Fire TV are in for some good news: Amazon is bringing its Alexa digital assistant to the set-top box with a new firmware update rolling out over the next few weeks. First-gen Fire TV users may have been feeling out of the loop lately, with Amazon focusing on the new 4K model, not mention Alexa already being brought the second-gen Fire TV last fall. Fortunately the voice-based assistant is also coming to the original Fire TV Stick as well.

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PlayStation Vue service debuts on Amazon Fire TV

PlayStation Vue service debuts on Amazon Fire TV

Sony's PlayStation Vue streaming video service is now available for the first time on a TV-connected device that isn't a PlayStation console: Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. With the two Fire TV models gaining support starting today, PlayStation Vue is now available to users on six platforms, including the PS4, PS3, iPhone, and iPad, with Sony adding that Google's Chromecast will make seven when it gets added to the lineup sometime "soon."

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Amazon Fire TV 2 Review (2015)

Amazon Fire TV 2 Review (2015)

The Amazon Fire TV is aimed at Amazon Prime members and prospective Prime members - if that's not you, be wary. If you're thinking of purchasing this device with the intent of making it your sole Smart TV controller, you're going to want to be aware of a few things, the first of which is its extreme similarity to its predecessor. We're looking at the 2015 edition of the Amazon Fire TV - this is the version you'll be able to buy from Amazon now, while the previous generation will most likely be sold only by 3rd-party retailers with clearly marked signs and major discounts.

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Amazon banning Apple TV and Chromecast sales over Prime Video

Amazon banning Apple TV and Chromecast sales over Prime Video

Amazon is banning sales of Apple TV and Google Chromecast, flexing its retail muscles to push its own Prime Video service. The news, revealed to third-party vendors in an email today, is being billed by Amazon as a move to reduce confusion among customers who might expect any set-top box or media adapter included in the online catalog to be compatible with its own on-demand services.

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Amazon Fire TV gets ITV Player app

Amazon Fire TV gets ITV Player app

Amazon's Fire TV has just gained another service for users to stream TV shows with. British television broadcaster ITV has just released its ITV Player app for Amazon's set-top box, ahead of their own revamp into the ITV Hub later this year. Similar to Netflix, Hulu, and other services, ITV Player lets users watch their favorite shows on-demand from whichever device is most convenient.

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Amazon Prime Video, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick land in Japan October 28

Amazon Prime Video, Fire TV, Fire TV Stick land in Japan October 28

While Amazon said last month that its Prime Video streaming service would be debuting in Japan sometime in September, the company has now officially announced its arrival a month later than expected, but alongside Fire TV hardware as well. Both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick will begin shipping in Japan on October 28, only the fourth nation after the US, Germany, and the UK to see the devices. Meanwhile Prime Video is being released in Japan starting today.

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What Google needs to make Chromecast 2 a hit

What Google needs to make Chromecast 2 a hit

After a leak of images earlier today it's become apparent that a Chromecast 2 is on the way from Google. This device would do battle with the new Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV - or would appear to, to those that've never used one before. If this new Chromecast 2 device were to do battle with the "smart tv" units on the market today, what might it need? Does Chromecast need to change at all to continue to find users? Yes and no

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New Amazon Fire TV gets 4K, Alexa and microSD

New Amazon Fire TV gets 4K, Alexa and microSD

From the outside, nothing really looks changed about Amazon's sleek second-gen Fire TV set-top box; on the inside, however, it's a very different story. The media streamer has had a complete revamp, gaining 4K resolution support in the process, as well as borrowing some of the chattier skills from the Amazon Echo.

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New Amazon Fire TV with microSD leaked in FCC listing

New Amazon Fire TV with microSD leaked in FCC listing

An FCC listing has once again spilled the beans on an upcoming tech device, this time a possible new Fire TV from Amazon. The listing, discovered by Dave Zatz, refers to the device as a "HDMI Digital Media Receiver." Amazon's original Fire TV is listed as out of stock, so this FCC listing aligns perfectly with a new device rollout sometime this fall. The most notable new feature mentioned for the set-top box is a microSD slot.

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