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  1. My own order of the new Fire TV remote with app buttons has, unfortunately, been delayed so I haven’t been able to test things out myself yet, but several of you have already told me that my Remapper app does work to remap the app buttons on the new remote. That certainly makes the new remote a more compelling purchase since it means you can customize which apps get opened when you press one of its app buttons. The same restrictions for my Remapper apps exist for the new Fire TV remote as they did when I introduced the apps for Fire TV Edition television remotes. That is, you cannot remap an app button for an app that comes pre-installed on your Fire TV. That means Prime Video and Amazon Music app buttons cannot be remapped, but all other app buttons are fair game. As a reminder, because of the way my Remapper apps work, the app for the app button that you want to remap cannot be installed on your Fire TV. So if you only occasionally use Netflix, for example, but want the Netflix app button remapped, you have to decide between keeping Netflix installed or remapping the button. I’ve updated my guide for installing and configuring Remapper to be relevant to the new remote. I’ve also added a Remapper for Disney+, since that app button didn’t exist on the Fire TV Edition remotes when I first created Remapper. As always, please leave detailed comments if you have any issues with Remapper since I’m unable to test it on every combination of Fire TV remote, device, and app button. SOURCE: AFTVNEWS.COM
  2. Many Fire TV owners are reporting that the “Subscription” and “Library” tabs in the navigation menu of the YouTube app have suddenly gone missing. The same thing is happening on Rokus, LG and Samsung smart TVs, Xbox and Playstation gaming consoles, and other TV platforms, so the issue is widespread and not restricted to Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks. Some have had success in restoring the missing tabs by logging out or switching accounts, but there doesn’t seem to be a definitive fix for the issue. The YouTube app on virtually every TV platform is essentially just a web browser that loads a web interface for YouTube that is optimized for TVs. You used to be able to access the web-based TV interface at youtube.com/tv, but that access was shut down back in 2019. YouTube apps essentially just being a web interface is why an issue like this one has affected so many different devices simultaneously. There’s no point in uninstalling the YouTube app, or worse, factory resetting your Fire TV to try to resolve the issue since it’s clearly something happening on YouTube’s side. YouTube has been trying to de-emphasize the subscription feed for years to push users towards the Home feed, where they have more control over what is listed. Hopefully, the removal of the Subscription and Library tabs is actually a bug and not an experiment by YouTube to further push the Home feed. I’ve reached out to YouTube and will update this article if I learn more, but, for now, all you can do is wait it out and hope that the tabs are restored on YouTube’s end. Clearing the YouTube app’s cache, under Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > YouTube, may help get you the fix sooner, once it’s available. SOURCE: AFTVNEWS.COM
  3. Discovery+ is currently running a fantastic promotion that gives you a Fire TV Stick Lite for free when you pay for just 1 month of service. At just $4.98 per month for the least expensive Discovery+ plan, there is no cheaper way to get a Fire TV Stick Lite. This promotion is for the latest Fire TV Stick that was released in 2020 which normally costs $29.99 but is currently on sale for $19.99. The lowest price the Fire TV Stick Lite has ever been is $17.99, so even if you don’t care about the 1-month Discovery+ access, you’re still getting an unbeatable deal on the Fire TV Stick Lite at only $4.98. To take advantage of the offer, follow these steps exactly: Go to https://auth.discoveryplus.com/redeem Enter promocode FIRETV2 for the $4.98 ad-supported subscription or enter promocode FIRETV1 for the $6.98 ad-free subscription. (Both will earn you a free Fire TV Stick Lite.) Click continue and complete your account creation with a credit card or a PayPal account. Within a few minutes you’ll receive a welcome email and then a second email with a redemption code for your Fire TV Stick Lite. Visit this Amazon link, add the Fire TV Stick Lite to your cart, and then enter the redemption code from the email during checkout. If you’d like, you can now cancel your Discovery+ subscription by visiting this page and clicking “Cancel” in the lower left. Canceling immediately will still allow you to receive your free Fire TV Stick Lite and will still allow you to watch Discovery+ for 1-month. You will still be charged $4.98 or $6.98, depending on which promocode you entered in step 2, but you’re subscription will not renew after the first month. This offer ends on 4/20/2021 or until 50,000 Fire TV Stick Lites have been given away, so act fast. Once you sign up, you have until 5/20/2021 to redeem the Fire TV Stick Lite redemption code that is emailed to you. This offer is only for new Discovery+ subscribers. SOURCE: AFTVNEWS.COM
  4. Amazon has announced the all-new 2nd-gen Echo Buds. The new models, now available in either matte black or matte white, are 20% smaller with active noise cancellation. They’re regularly priced at $119.99 with a USB-C charging case, but an introductory price currently drops them to just $99.99 for a limited time. Alternatively, you can get them with a wireless charging case for $139.99 regularly, but the introductory price drops that to $119.99. Lastly, the wireless charging case can be bundled with an Anker wireless charger, that is specially made for the Echo Buds case, for $157.98 which drops to $137.98 during the introductory discount. The new Echo Buds are, apparently, more comfortable to wear thanks, not only to their smaller size, but also because they now feature a vented design. This reduces ear pressure, like the much more expensive AirPods Pro, which are currently on sale for $219. A shortened nozzle, which doesn’t stretch as far into the ear, and a shallower outer depth, that sits more flush with the outside of your ear, also contribute to their improved comfort. The Echo Buds come with 4 ear tip sizes and two optional wing tips. While the first Echo Buds used Bose noise reduction technology, Amazon has switched to noise cancelation that it built itself for these new Echo Buds and it says that they cancel twice as much noise. A passthrough mode allows you to adjust the amount of ambient noise that you want to let through. Amazon says the Echo Buds will last for up to 5 hours of music playback with noise cancellation turned on and up to 6.5 hours with it off. The batter built into the case can fully charge the Echo Buds twice for a total of 15 and 19.5 total hours of playback. When they run low, a 15-minute charge will provide 2 hours of additional playback. Of course, since these are Echo-branded earbuds, you have full access to hands-free Alexa while wearing them. All the usual Alexa commands work, from music requests to smart home control and more. You can even ask another Alexa device to find your Echo Buds, which causes the earbuds to play a chime. From the sound of things, while the old Echo Buds seemed to be earbuds that gave you access to Alexa with okay characteristics, these new Echo Buds seem to be good earbuds that happen to give you access to Alexa, if that makes sense. They’re available to pre-order now in the below configurations and will ship on May 13. White Echo Buds w/ Wired Charging Case – $99.99 ($119.99 later) White Echo Buds w/ Wireless Charging Case – $119.99 ($139.99 later) White Echo Buds w/ Wireless Charging Case & Wireless Charger – $137.98 ($157.98 later) Black Echo Buds w/ Wired Charging Case – $99.99 ($119.99 later) Black Echo Buds w/ Wireless Charging Case – $119.99 ($139.99 later) Black Echo Buds w/ Wireless Charging Case & Wireless Charger – $137.98 ($157.98 later) Wireless Charger – $17.99 SOURCE: AFTVNEWS.COM
  5. Amazon has incorrectly listed the Echo Studio with a Smart Bulb for $114.98. The title of the listing says “Echo (4th Gen)” which explains the low price, but when you add the bundle to your cart, an Echo Studio gets added instead wthout changing the price. The Echo Studio alone normally costs $199.99 and the lowest price it has ever been is $149.99 during Prime Day last year. This price mistake saves you $85 off the regular price and $35 off the lowest price that the Echo Studio has ever been, without even factoring in that you get a free smart bulb with the deal. Be sure to checkout fast because this will surely be corrected very soon. SOURCE: AFTVNEWS.COM
  6. The Amazon Echo is on sale for $79.99. That’s $20 off its regular price of $99.99. The lowest price the Echo has ever been is $69.99 during Black Friday last year, so this is likely the lowest it will be until Prime Day later this year. The all-new Echo comes in Charcoal, White, and Blue colors. You can pay an extra $10 and get it with an Amazon Smart Plug, which saves you an extra $15 compared to buying both seperately. This latest Echo model has an upward firing woofer and two front facing tweeters. It is also the first standard Echo to include a built-in Zigbee hub which allows it to control some smart home devices, like Ring Smart Lights and Philips Hue Smart Lights, without needing an additional hub. While the Echo looks exactly like the Echo Dot in pictures, the Echo is actually considerablly larger in size in order to produce a much fuller sound. SOURCE: AFTVNEWS.COM
  7. In addition to new streaming media players, Roku has also announced a new remote that they’re calling the Voice Remote Pro (Amazon link). Unlike any of their other remotes, the new Voice Remote Pro has a built-in rechargable battery and hands-free voice capabilities that let you make voice requests without touching the remote, like you can with an Amazon Echo or Fire TV Cube. The Voice Remote Pro has all the same features as Roku’s best remote, including a headphone jack, TV power and volume controls, and two programable shortcut buttons. It also has Roku’s standard 4 app buttons, so there’s no getting away from those, even if you’re paying extra for a second remote, since the Voice Remote Pro does not come included with any Roku models. What the Voice Remote Pro adds is a built-in rechargeable battery where all of their other remotes have AA batteries. The remote is charged through a micro-USB port at the far end of the remote. In another first for any Roku remote is the inclusion of hands-free voice capabilities on the remote. Instead of pressing the microphone button, which you can still do if you want, you can say “Hey Roku” and issue your voice command without touching the remote. As an added bonus, you can say “Hey Roku, where’s my remote?” to have the remote beep, as long as it is close enough to hear you. A toggle on the side of the remote will mute the hands-free microphone. The Voice Remote Pro (Amazon link) is available to order now for just $29.99, which is an impressively low price considering the Fire TV Voice Remote costs the same amount but doesn’t include the majority of the features that the Roku remote includes. Roku’s Voice Remote Pro is compatible with all Roku TVs and the vast majority of Roku’s streaming media players. SOURCE: AFTVNEWS.COM
  8. Roku has announced a few new products this morning. First is a pair of new entry-level 4K streaming media players, the Express 4K for $34.99 as a Walmart exclusive and the Express 4K+ for $39.99 (Amazon link). These replace the companies aging Roku Premiere models and differ only in the remotes that they come with. Roku is also refreshing its primary soundbar model with the new Streambar Pro for $179.99. This appears to just be a rebranding of the older Roku Smart Sounbar, but with a slightly better remote. The Express 4K and Express 4K+, as their names suggest, both support 2160p video, unlike the regular Roku Express, which is a 1080p device. They also support HDR10 video and are the first Roku players to support HDR10+ video, however, neither support Dolby Vision. The Roku Ultra is still the only Roku device that supports Dolby Vision and Roku says the Ultra will be gaining support for HDR10+ with a future software update. Both the Express 4K and the Express 4K+ support Dolby and DTS passthrough audio, but neither supports Dolby Atmos or onboard Dolby decoding. They do both support 802.11ac WiFi, which the regular Express and Premiere models do not. Those Cap out at 802.11n WiFi. Another first for the Express 4K models is support for Ethernet adapters through their micro USB power port. Roku Express 4K Remote (left) and Express 4K+ Remote (right) The Express 4K and 4K+ are identical media players, but differ in the remote that they include. The cheaper Express 4K, which can only be purchased through Walmart, comes with a basic IR remote that must be pointed at the device. The Express 4K+ comes with an RF remote which doesn’t need to be pointed. The Express 4K+ remote also includes a voice button and can control your TV’s power and volume. Those extra remote perks are well worth the extra $5 you pay for the plus model. The other new streaming media player that Roku has introduced is the Streambar Pro. This is essentially the Roku Smart Soundbar released in 2019 but with a new name and a slightly better remote. It has a Roku streaming media player built-in with all the same video and audio capabilities as the Express 4K, but it does do onboard Dolby audio decoding since it is a soundbar after all. The remote included with the Strembar Pro is the same one that comes with the Roku Ultra and includes a headphone jack and 2 programable shortcut buttons, neither of which were included on the remote that came with the now discontinued Roku Smart Soundbar. The Roku Express 4K, available only through Walmart, and the Roku Express 4K+, available on Amazon and other places, can be pre-ordered now and will both ship in mid-May. The Roku Streambar Pro is availabe to pre-order now as well but won’t ship until late-May. SOURCE: AFTVNEWS.COM
  9. The Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite is on sale for $19.99 for Prime members only. At $10 off, this is 33% off the regular price of $29.99. The lowest price the base Firestick model has ever been is $17.99, which occurred during Black Friday of last year, so this is very likely the lowest price we’ll see for this device until Prime Day later this year. The main difference between the Fire TV Stick Lite and the 3rg-gen Fire TV Stick, which were both released at the same time, is the included remote. The Fire TV Stick Lite has a remote that includes a dedicated button for the Fire TV’s live channel guide, while the Fire TV Stick has a remote that includes power, volume, and mute buttons to control your TV and/or soundbar. To learn more about all the other differences between the 3 Fire TV Stick models in Amazon’s current lineup, see this article. SOURCE: AFTVNEWS.COM
  10. Logitech has announced that they are officially discontinuing their line of Harmony remotes. The current supply of remotes will continue to be sold but no new remotes will be manufactured. Logitech says they will continue to support existing and new Harmony remote users “as long as customers are using it,” which is as vague of a timeframe as they could have possibly given. They also say they will “continue to update the platform and add devices to our Harmony database.” Harmony remotes have long been favorites among Fire TV owners because they are among the few remotes that can control Fire TVs. The Harmony Hub, which is included with most Harmony remotes, connects directly to the Fire TV over Bluetooth in order to relay commands from the Harmony remote. Until the arrival of the Fire TV remote with power/volume buttons in 2018, Harmony remotes were among the very few remotes that could control both a Fire TV and a TV with a single device. In an interview in 2019, Logitech’s CEO said that their remote business was only about 6 percent of the size of their keyboard business. That, combined with the fact that a lot of people these days use a single streaming device for all their entertainment needs, makes it understandable that they would shift their focus to other product lines. SOURCE: AFTVNEWS.COM
  11. The all-new Echo Show 10 is on sale for $199.99 and includes a free Ring Smart Bulb that normally costs $14.99 on its own. This is the first time that the new Echo Show 10 has been this low, which is $50 off its regular price of $249.99. This new model, released just a few weeks ago, has a motorized base that swivels the screen to face you so that what is displayed is always in view. While on voice calls, the Echo Show 10 also tracks your movements in the room so that you can always see who you’re talking to and the people you’re calling will always see you. SOURCE: AFTVNEWS.COM
  12. WrestleMania is an annual event that draws over a million viewers each year, but watching the event this year is bound to confuse some people because it is being streamed on the Peacock app for the first time, instead of the WWE app. What’s worse for Fire TV and Fire TV Stick owners is that Peacock is not officially available in the Amazon Appstore yet. Have no fear because all you need to do is sideload Peacock onto your Fire TV by following this detailed guide. If you’re new to sideloading and having doubts, rest assured that Peacock and WWE themselves are telling Fire TV owners to sideload the app in order to watch. After you sideload the app, just launch it and login with your Peacock account as you normally would. Just note that the Peacock app icon itself might be broken/missing, but the app will work perfectly fine. SOURCE: AFTVNEWS.COM
  13. The new Fire TV interface is a bit more minimalistic when it comes to its navigation menu. While that results in a cleaner and more appealing aesthetic, it also comes with the consequence of burying aspects of the Fire TV under multiple menu layers. The people hurt most by this are Fire TV Recast owners who went from having a “DVR” tab in the navigation menu of the old interface to having to dig several layers into the new interface to find their recordings. To help those Fire TV Recast owners that are still lost, here is where to find your recordings, settings, and OTA channels. DVR Recordings The below steps show you how to get to your list of DVR Recordings, which used to be the second row of the old DVR tab. Select “Find” from the main navigation menu. Go down and select the “Library” item. Scroll down past the watchlist and you’ll find your a “DVR Recordings” row. Just as before, your latest 10 shows/recordings will be in this row and at the end of the row is an icon that takes you to a grid view of all of your recorded content. Live “On Now” OTA Channels The below steps show you how to get to the list of “On Now” OTA channels, which used to be the first row of the old DVR tab. Select “Live” from the main navigation menu. Scroll down a few rows to find the “Fire TV Recast” row. This row is the closest thing to the “On Now” row that was at the top of the DVR tab in the old Fire TV interface. Channel Guide This is the quickest way to get to the channel guide grid, which used to be found at the bottom of the DVR tab in the old Fire TV interface. Select “Live” from the main navigation menu. Scroll all the way to the bottom, by holding down the DOWN button on your remote, to find the “Guide” button. DVR Settings The below steps show you how to get to your DVR settings, which used to be at the bottom of the old DVR tab. Select “Find” from the main navigation menu. Go down and select the “Library” item. Scroll down past the watchlist and DVR recordings and you’ll find your a “DVR Manager” row. Fire TV Recast Settings This is where your more advanced Fire TV Recast options are, like adding external storage, default recording options, or deleting all recordings. Select the settings gear icon at the end of the main navigation menu. Select the “Live TV” settings menu. Select the “Sync Sources” item. (Yes, this is a stupid place to burry these settings and I don’t blame you for having trouble finding them.) Select the “Fire TV Recast” item. Here you will find the advacned options for the Fire TV Recast, which Amazon has evidentaly forgotten to update to the new interface asthetic. SOURCE: AFTVNEWS.COM
  14. Opening the latest version of Firefox for Fire TV now displays a warning banner at the top informing you that the app will no longer be supported after April 30, 2021. The banner remains present even while browsing web pages. I asked Mozilla about the banner and they told me that it is permanent and that there is no way for users to dismiss it. The only time the banner is not present is when watching a video in full-screen. That means, if you want to continue using Firefox for Fire TV without a warning banner at the top, you’ll need to uninstall the new 4.8 version and sideload the older 4.7.1 version. You can do that by following this guide and entering code 2131 (or aftv.news/2131) in my Downloader app. That said, you really should consider using the Silk Browser on your Fire TV instead because Firefox will continue to become more and more vulnerable to attack as time passes, since it is no longer being updated. SOURCE: AFTVNEWS.COM
  15. Mozilla has announced that they are ending support for their Firefox browser on Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show devices. The browser will be removed from the Amazon Appstore on April 30, so you will no longer be able to install it on new Fire TV devices or re-install it after that date, should you delete it from your Fire TV or factory reset your Fire TV. The Firefox app will not be removed from Fire TVs that already have it installed, but the app will no longer receive updates, including security updates. While you can continue using Firefox on a Fire TV if you install it before April 30, the same is not true for Echo Shows. On Echo Show devices, if you try to use Firefox after April 30, you will be redirected to Amazon’s Silk browser. Amazon Silk will continue to be available on both Fire TV and Echo Show devices after April 30. Firefox was first made available on Fire TV devices on December 20, 2017. It arrived less than a month after Amazon released their Silk browser on Fire TV devices. It was surely no coincidence that both browsers arrived within a month of Google’s impending deadline for blocking access to YouTube on Fire TV devices at the start of 2018. Just a couple of days before the start of 2018 and Google’s blocking of YouTube on Fire TV devices, Amazon updated the Fire TV YouTube app, which it created, to act as a shortcut that loaded YouTube in your choice of Firefox or Silk. Since the actual YouTube app was always just a portal to YouTube’s web interface, the workaround of using Firefox or Silk to access YouTube was just as good as the standalone app. It took a while, but Amazon and Google came to an agreement that brought an official YouTube app to Fire TV devices, as well as YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps. Now that nearly everyone is accessing YouTube through the official app again, instead of a browser, I expect that Firefox for Fire TV is not getting nearly as much use as it once did. That would explain Mozilla’s decision to drop support. Again, if you want to continue to use Firefox on Fire TV devices, you can as long as you install the app prior to April 30 from the Amazon Appstore. Even after that date, there is nothing stopping you from sideloading the app using my Downloader app and entering code 2131 (or aftv.news/2131) in the URL field. However, it’s important to understand that without security updates of any kind, Firefox for Fire TV will become less secure and more vulnerable over time, putting you and your device at risk, so you should probably switch to using the Silk browser, which is still being supported and updated regularly. SOURCE: AFTVNEWS.COM
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