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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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New Amazon Fire TV interface drops – Who gets it, and why you want it

New Amazon Fire TV interface drops – Who gets it, and why you want it

Amazon Fire TV users should get ready to see a new interface when they turn on their media streamer, with Amazon pushing out its all-new Fire TV experience this week. The roll-out began earlier in the week, though owners of the Fire TV Stick 3 and Fire TV Stick Lite had been able to enjoy it before 2020 was through.

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Amazon Fire TV News app adds dozens of local news channels

Amazon Fire TV News app adds dozens of local news channels

Amazon has expanded the local news options in its relatively new Fire TV News app, providing more Fire TV owners with access to their local news stations. The feature is particularly relevant given the nature of the past year and how many people have tuned in to their local news stations for information about regional COVID-19 cases and vaccination programs.

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2022 Jeep Wagoneer will be first vehicle to offer Fire TV for Auto

2022 Jeep Wagoneer will be first vehicle to offer Fire TV for Auto

The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer will be the first vehicles to offer a Fire TV integration as part of the infotainment system. Assuming the customer opts for the optional tech package, they'll be able to stream content using Fire TV for Auto from major platforms like Hulu and Netflix. The displays will be available for the rear seats and front passenger seat.

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Amazon Fire TV update brings picture-in-picture for security cameras

Amazon Fire TV update brings picture-in-picture for security cameras

This week Amazon Fire TV devices were updated with a feature that ties the whole house together. Users of any one of several Fire TV devices now have the ability to run picture-in-picture with compatible smart home and doorbell cameras. This system works with Ring doorbell cameras as well as compatible systems from Ring, Nest, Wyze, Logitech, and others.

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Amazon Fire TV’s new UI arrives, but most users will have to wait

Amazon Fire TV’s new UI arrives, but most users will have to wait

If you're one of the many people who have been less than thrilled with the Fire TV interface, good news: Amazon is rolling out the update we were promised months ago, one that reduces the clutter and wasted space while making it easier to find the apps and shows you like the most. The bad news? The new UI is first arriving on only a couple of devices.

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