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Amazon Fire TV Omni and 4-Series revealed, starting at $370

Amazon Fire TV Omni and 4-Series revealed, starting at $370

Amazon started making their own smart TV sets and announced the lot for the first time this week. The Amazon Fire TV Omni Series will be released with Fire TV smart TV access, Alexa, far-field voice controls, and a variety of display sizes. There'll be Fire TV Omni Series sets in 43, 50, 55, 65, and 75-inch models, all with 4K Ultra HD (UHD) resolution.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max revealed with WiFi 6, price to match

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max revealed with WiFi 6, price to match

Amazon got today started with a bang, announcing a new 4K Fire TV Stick. This new streaming device is officially called the Fire TV Stick 4K Max, and as the name suggests, it's an upgrade to the existing Fire TV Stick 4K. Amazon says that the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is "40% more powerful than its predecessor," and while that's a rather vague claim, the new streaming stick does indeed offer some upgraded internals.

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Amazon may launch its own smart TVs in the US soon: What we know

Amazon may launch its own smart TVs in the US soon: What we know

We may see an Amazon-brand Fire TV model (or multiple models) launch in the US as early as next month, according to a new report. Amazon's alleged plans to offer smart TVs running its Fire TV platform under its own brand have been rumored for a while now, with sources claiming the project has been in the pipeline for a couple of years. Though it won't be the first time Amazon has launched its own TV, it will be a first for the US market.

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Best Buy Insignia F50 Fire TV series launch with Amazon

Best Buy Insignia F50 Fire TV series launch with Amazon

The retail powerhouse team-up between Best Buy and Amazon continues with a new line of Insignia-branded smart TV sets. These newest sets will launch later this year alongside Best Buy Toshiba-branded Fire TVs with features that are ever-so-slightly better than their predecessors. The Insignia F50 Series Fire TVs are the first of the line branded with "Fire TV" instead of "Fire TV Edition" - and that could be an important distinction in the coming years.

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Amazon Fire TV Cube 2nd gen now supports Zoom video calls

Amazon Fire TV Cube 2nd gen now supports Zoom video calls

There are some people already complaining about what has been dubbed as "Zoom fatigue," but it seems there is really no end in sight for video meetings. In fact, some companies are pushing that old-new communication medium even further, integrating video conferencing software anywhere they see fit. The latest to do so is Amazon, which is announcing support for Zoom on its Fire TV Cube to bring those meetings to an even larger screen if your laptop isn't big enough for that.

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Verizon Fios TV app on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV [UPDATE: comment from Verizon]

Verizon Fios TV app on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV [UPDATE: comment from Verizon]

Verizon Fios TV is the latest company to do away with [some*] hardware TV box requirements on a wider variety of devices with Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Instead of requiring a Verizon Fios TV box on every TV with which a user would want said TV functionality, Verizon released apps for Fios TV for Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD, and Amazon Fire TV devices [that allows a user to reduce the number of boxes they use to one*]. These are only the latest platforms on which the Verizon Fios TV app is available. Switching from Verizon Fios TV hardware boxes to Fios TV apps on smart TV devices could potentially reduce a Fios TV user's monthly bill by a substantial amount.

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RetroArch emulator platform is now available on Amazon Fire TVs

RetroArch emulator platform is now available on Amazon Fire TVs

Gaming on the big screen in the living room isn't really new, but that has traditionally been the domain of gaming consoles. In recent times, however, even other gaming platforms, like PCs and even mobile, have started to make their presence on TVs known. Most of these games come from more modern titles that try to take advantage of every pixel that a 2K or 4K TV can offer. RetroArch, in contrast, is coming from the opposite end and is bringing the games of Amazon's Fire devices, including Fire TV.

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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit arrive on 2020 Toshiba and Insignia 4K Fire TVs

AirPlay 2 and HomeKit arrive on 2020 Toshiba and Insignia 4K Fire TVs

Amazon's Fire TV platform was launched in response to Google's Chromecast. Its first device was an HDMI dongle, but it quickly outgrew that form, expanding to a more traditional set-top box and eventually to actual TVs. Smart TVs powered by Fire TV are still far and few in between, but now they're getting two of the most coveted features for any smart TV: Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support.

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Amazon Prime Video gets Watch Party support on Fire TV devices

Amazon Prime Video gets Watch Party support on Fire TV devices

Amazon has finally expanded Watch Party support to its Fire TV devices, enabling people who are located in different places to watch the same content together. Though Watch Party isn't a new tool, it launched with limited usefulness: you could only use it when streaming Prime Video on desktop. Watch Party is also now available on mobile, but with restrictions.

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Walmart onn Android TV stick seems like a bargain, but is it?

Walmart onn Android TV stick seems like a bargain, but is it?

The Walmart Onn Android TV stick leaked today with a price that seems to undercut all rivals. The device is one of two, the other (also with Walmart "onn." branding) costs slightly more and has significantly higher image resolution output. This device appears to herald the release of a collection of similar devices, all with essentially the same remote control design, coming with Android TV software here in 2021.

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Sling TV has a totally redesigned UI, but you need Fire TV to see it

Sling TV has a totally redesigned UI, but you need Fire TV to see it

Live television streaming service Sling TV has introduced a new interface that gives users an entirely new, more polished experience. Subscribers are promised an enhanced personalized experience with the new design, as well as an intuitive interface that makes it easy to find the content they're looking for. Unfortunately, some users will need to wait longer for it.

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Firefox on Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show ending support next month

Firefox on Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show ending support next month

Mozilla as an organization has been having trouble finding ways to generate revenue without betraying its principles and its community. One of the steps it has taken to keep operating despite that is to consolidate its resources to focus on efforts that have a bigger ROI. That involves restructuring, layoffs, and dropping projects it may no longer consider worthwhile. One of those, it seems, is the version of Firefox for Amazon devices which will no longer be supported after April.

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