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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 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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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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GameFly announces new game streaming service for Amazon Fire TV

GameFly, the video game rent-by-mail service, has long been compared to Netflix, at least, back when they mailed us DVDs. Now the company has made a new step towards becoming the gaming equivalent of the Netflix that focuses on streaming. Along with announcing their acquisition of Playcast, GameFly is launching a new game streaming service exclusively on Amazon's Fire TV. And they're not talking about the kind of games you'd find a smartphone, but big-name titles including the Batman Arkham series, Hitman, Darksiders, Red Faction, and games from the various LEGO franchises.

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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’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

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 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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HBO GO launches on Amazon Fire TV

Though it's been launched for some time now on basically every other web TV platform, HBO has finally decided it's time to hit Amazon Fire TV. According to Amazon, HBO is currently working on the HBO GO app for Amazon Fire TV stick as well, bringing their pay TV platform to all Amazon devices. This launch is one of several for Amazon TV, the group suggesting that "Amazon Fire TV app selection [is] up 4x since launch" - that means there are a whole lot more apps than there used to be.

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Amazon Fire TV update bricking rooted devices

Amazon's Fire TV set-top box aims to drive consumers toward Amazon's own services, and it does that by locking users down to the company's own ecosystem. Not everyone is satisfied with that, however, and so there is a strong community of DIYers who have rooted their devices to enable functions otherwise kept outside the curated wall, so to speak. Those users had an unfortunate surprise when updating to the latest firmware, discovering that it bricked rooted consoles upon rebooting.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick now shipping, out of stock until 2015

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick wants to keep pace with the competition, just like big-brother Fire TV. On both fronts, Amazon’s TV ambitions are to keep up with rivals like Roku or Chromecast. All three offer their own take on the plug-and-play TV dongle, and those who purchased an Amazon Fire TV Stick will soon have theirs in-hand and on-TV. After what Amazon describes as their “most successful device launch ever”, the Fire TV Stick is now shipping.

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