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Amazon Fire TV software update rolls out ahead of device refresh

Amazon Fire TV software update rolls out ahead of device refresh

Amazon may have stopped selling its Fire TV set-top box, but it hasn’t stopped supporting it. At least not yet. In fact, merely hours after said halt of sales, Amazon is reported to be rolling out an update to its range of Fire TV devices, including the Fire TV Stick, with an important new feature: keyboard voice input. This could very well be paving the road for the new 4K devices that will come with Alexa integration out of the box.

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Alexa connects to Fire TV: the Echo circle is now complete

Alexa connects to Fire TV: the Echo circle is now complete

Amazon Fire TV can now be controlled by any Amazon Echo device once the two are connected in a home network. This system utilizes the personal assistant Alexa to allow users to initiate a variety of functions on the Fire TV with far-field control with an Echo device. In addition to the features listed below, a future update will allow this connectivity to show compatible smart home camera feeds by saying "Alexa, show my basement camera."

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Hulu Live TV hits Amazon Fire TV with new UI

Hulu Live TV hits Amazon Fire TV with new UI

Hulu's Live TV service is being added to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, spreading availability of the company's latest beta, and its new interface. The update, which is rolling out today, will include more personalization and, the company claims, better content recommendations. Amazon's set-top boxes join gadgets from Apple, Microsoft, and others in having support for the new Hulu.

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All-New Amazon Fire TV Stick makes its way to the UK

All-New Amazon Fire TV Stick makes its way to the UK

Folks in the US have had access to Amazon's All-New Fire TV Stick for about six months now, but today Amazon customers in the UK are getting in on the action. After opening up pre-orders back in February, Amazon has announced that it's finally shipping out to customers beginning today. Not only that, but a number of Amazon devices are getting updates that add Alexa support.

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Amazon’s All-New Fire TV Stick pre-orders begin in the UK

Amazon’s All-New Fire TV Stick pre-orders begin in the UK

Back in September, Amazon revealed the next iteration of its Fire TV Stick. Brilliantly named the All-New Fire TV Stick, there wasn't a whole lot that was changing with this new device, save for one thing: the introduction of an Alexa voice remote. Even though it went up for pre-order in the US with that announcement, folks in the UK were left waiting.

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Amazon Fire TV update introduces a “cinematic” on-screen UI

Amazon Fire TV update introduces a “cinematic” on-screen UI

Amazon doesn’t seem to be that interested in putting out a brand new Fire TV device to capitalize on the holiday season. That can be interpreted as a loss of confidence in the product line or, conversely, too much confidence. The latter seems to be the case with a new update rolling out for free for its more current Fire TV devices, giving the presentation a bit of a refresh and offering something for the hearing impaired. It’s as if Amazon is proudly saying that the Fire TV doesn’t need a hardware upgrade just yet.

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AT&T to lure DirecTV Now subs with free Apple TV or Fire TV Stick

AT&T to lure DirecTV Now subs with free Apple TV or Fire TV Stick

AT&T plans to use a free Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick to turn consumers weary of sky-high cable bills into DirecTV Now subscribers, documents inadvertently leaked by the company have confirmed. The service, which AT&T confirmed back in October will be priced at just $35 per month, is expected to offer both live and on-demand streaming. With it, the company hopes to get a bite of the growing cord-cutter market.

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This is Amazon’s new Fire TV UI, and it’s a big improvement

This is Amazon’s new Fire TV UI, and it’s a big improvement

If Amazon has a content problem with its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick streamers, then it's the best sort of problem to have. In the two and a half years since the first generation set-top box launched, over 300,000 movies and TV shows have been added to the catalog of on-demand titles. That's along with over 7,000 channels, apps, games, and more. After a while, it starts to get a little overwhelming, hence a whole new interface for Fire TV that Amazon is previewing today.

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Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick comes with an Alexa-enabled remote

Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick comes with an Alexa-enabled remote

Amazon seems to be bingeing new device announcements lately. First we got word of the all-new Fire HD 8, then it was the refresh of the Echo Dot, and then the company announced its Kindle for Kids e-reader. The new device train doesn't stop there, apparently, as the company has announced what it's calling the All-New Fire TV Stick.

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Amazon Fire TV update expands search, voice control and more

Amazon Fire TV update expands search, voice control and more

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are getting an over-the-air update that brings new features and expands others, including Universal Search for more apps and channels, using Alexa voice control to skip through videos and ask for sports updates, and more. According to Amazon, the OTA software update is being rolled out to the aforementioned devices now.

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Prime Day 2016 becomes Amazon’s biggest sales day ever

Prime Day 2016 becomes Amazon’s biggest sales day ever

Amazon held its second annual Prime Day event yesterday, and it looks like it was a smashing success for the online retailer. In a statement today, Amazon said that worldwide orders were up 60% over 2015's Prime Day, with orders in the US jumping an impressive 50%. The increase in orders helped turn Prime Day 2016 into the single biggest sales day in Amazon's history.

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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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