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Echo Show loses YouTube support, Fire TV will soon follow [Update: Amazon responds]

Echo Show loses YouTube support, Fire TV will soon follow [Update: Amazon responds]

Google and Amazon are in the middle of a squabble of some sort and its customers are suffering as a result. The matter became public back in September when Google pulled YouTube support for Amazon's Echo Show without warning, leaving those device owners without access to the popular video platform. Amazon eventually got YouTube back for the customers, but Google has doubled down and will be stripping it away entirely.

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Amazon Fire TV Silk browser support officially arrives

Amazon Fire TV Silk browser support officially arrives

If you have any of Amazon's Fire TV devices, including the stick and smart TVs, you now have a way to browse the Internet with them: Amazon's own Silk browser. This is the same browser that Amazon includes on its Kindle Fire devices. We've known for a while that the Silk browser would likely appear on the Fire TV devices soon enough -- a beta leaked earlier this year, for example, followed by a very temporary arrival in the Amazon Appstore.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition charges more for less

Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition charges more for less

Amazon has done a lot to bolster its line of Fire TV streaming devices this year, but today it's launching one more device for the international market. Say hello to the Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition - a streaming stick that is comparable in almost every way to Fire TV Stick models of the past. The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is launching today in 100 markets, representing a major streaming push for Amazon.

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Amazon Fire TV (2017) Review: 4K HDR, Alexa, and a problem

Amazon Fire TV (2017) Review: 4K HDR, Alexa, and a problem

Welcome to the age of 4K HDR and a brand new Amazon Fire TV (2017), complete with Alexa to hold your hand as you wade into High Dynamic Range content. Aggressively priced at $69.99, and thoroughly undercutting the latest Apple TV in the process, Amazon's newest media streamer boasts not only 4K HDR 60 fps, but all the skills and talents its virtual assistant can offer. As I found, however, the road to multimedia nirvana is seldom smooth.

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Nougat-based Amazon Fire OS 6 is out but no one can get it

Nougat-based Amazon Fire OS 6 is out but no one can get it

The relationship between Google and Amazon has just taken a sour turn, but they have never really been best buds from the beginning. While Amazon's Fire tablets and TV devices do run Android, they use a heavily customized, not Google-certified, version that doesn't keep up with the latest Android updates. At least until now. Despite making a big splash about new hardware products, Amazon was nearly totally silent about the release of Fire OS 6. And there reason might be to prevent user backlash about this latest update not being available to any existing Fire device in the market.

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Westinghouse 4K Amazon Fire TV Review: Great for anyone, especially cord-cutters

Westinghouse 4K Amazon Fire TV Review: Great for anyone, especially cord-cutters

Roku got a jump on the budget smart TV market, but Amazon's own platform is ready to battle for top spot. The company first introduced its media box product in the form of the Fire TV and then the Fire Stick, and now that same system has been built into select televisions to bring the same features (and more!) without the actual dongle or box. Chief among these televisions is Westinghouse's new 4K lineup.

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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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New Amazon Fire TV leaks with a huge Alexa upgrade

New Amazon Fire TV leaks with a huge Alexa upgrade

It appears that Amazon has two new Fire TV devices on deck for 2017. While one of these is a mid-range box, the other seems poised to become Amazon's flagship Fire TV model. Unsurprisingly, this new top-of-the-line Fire TV will come equipped with Alexa - a move most of us have been expecting for quite some time.

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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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With “Amazon Fire TV Edition”, 4K TVs now come with Alexa

With “Amazon Fire TV Edition”, 4K TVs now come with Alexa

There's a way in which some brands of ultra-HD television are coming with Amazon's Alexa - and it's not a separate element. While users can still buy an Amazon TV box, there's a new set of televisions with the abilities of Amazon TV inside. They're branded with Amazon's new "Amazon Fire TV Edition" brand, and come with the Amazon Fire TV experience built in. That makes things easier for those users that don't want to take the time to plug in an extra piece of technology.

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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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