HBO NOW, HBO’s internet-only service that doesn’t require a cable subscription, arrives on Android and Amazon Fire tablets starting today. That’s not all, though. If you download the app to your phone or tablet, HBO is tossing in a free 30-day introductory trial of HBO Now that can be accessed through Google Play or the Amazon Appstore. (more…)
Announced this morning, Amazon is bringing the GameFly streaming service to Fire TV owners, allowing access to various PC titles straight through a broadband Internet connection. This news was delivered on top of Amazon’s announcement that the company has added over 600 app titles for Fire TV devices in the past 3 months, beating the likes of Apple TV and Roku in the same timeframe. (more…)
Amazon announced this morning that a major update will be rolling out to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick over the coming weeks. The update introduces expandable USB storage to the Fire TV, allows you to connect either device to hotel or dorm room WiFi, adds Bluetooth wireless headphone support, lets you search Prime playlists, and more.
The full changelog can be found below for the update, which is free, of course. (more…)
Starting now, owners can download Sling TV straight to their set-top box or dongle, allowing you to stream your favorite TV shows. In addition, gamers can now access Telltale’s Game of Thrones title on Fire TV, which airs perfectly with the box’s game controller. (more…)
Amazon announced this afternoon that HBO Go is now available through Fire TV. Along with HBO’s entire catalog of shows, Amazon and HBO have also included voice search throughout the app, so a simple press of the Fire TV’s voice button will allow you to find Game of Thrones or The Wire without typing a thing. Of course, HBO Go requires an HBO subscription through “participating affiliates.” (more…)
The Amazon Fire TV has been discounted by $15 for a limited time, dropping the price to an even more reasonable $84.
For those new to the Fire TV, this is Amazon’s media box that connects to your TV to bring you Amazon Prime video, Netflix, and other video services. It plays games (Flappy Bird dual-player mode, anyone?) and has an app ecosystem, since it runs Android apps. It also uses voice controls fairly well, won’t take up much space on a shelf, and used Gary Busey to help promote it. Gary Busey.
Both Tim and I still use ours regularly, even though Amazon’s approach to Android isn’t exactly what we typically enjoy. But as a media box to bring content to life on your TV, it is a solid option, especially at $84.
If you are considering the Fire TV, I would recommend grabbing a controller for it as well, especially for gaming.
Available for download from the Amazon Appstore for owners of the aforementioned devices, The Walking Dead Season Two follows a young girl named Clementine, in her attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse. The first episode is free, but the season pass is $15. (more…)