Monthly Archives: August 2015

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Info From Press Release

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sling TV released its app for Amazon Fire HD and HDX tablets, rounding out its live Internet TV offering on Fire devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Amazon Fire HD and HDX tablet device owners can now download the Sling TV app in the Amazon Appstore. For a limited time, new Sling TV customers with an Amazon Fire HDX 8.9, Fire HDX 7, Fire HD 7 or Fire HD 6 tablet can also take advantage of a 14-day free trial of Sling TV.

“Amazon customers now have more ways to access the best live and on-demand content TV has to offer today”

“Amazon customers now have more ways to access the best live and on-demand content TV has to offer today,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV. “With the introduction of Sling TV on Amazon Fire HD and HDX tablets, millions of Amazon customers can now access their entertainment in and outside of the home.”

“We are thrilled to have Sling TV available to our Fire HD and HDX tablet customers,” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Appstore. “Since launching on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Sling TV has been extremely popular with our customers and availability on Fire HD and HDX tablets makes it even more convenient for them to watch their favorite live television shows without a cable subscription.”

The Fire HD and Fire HDX tablets are the latest to be added to the roster of Sling TV supported devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Google’s Nexus Player, current-generation Roku players and Roku TV models, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices, Mac and PC.

 

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Luke from CordCuttersNews.com
Elias from AFTVNews.com

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Today’s stories and source articles

Roku best selling box of 2014 Read here

Plex releases a new Plex Channel free for all Read here

HBO Now Comes to The Fire TV Read here

Adult Themed Network Releasing Kids Channel For Roku Read here

Amazon launches HDR video in the UK Read here

Netflix announces a big partnership for next month’s Japan launch Read here

 

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PlayOn is teasing a refresh of its popular media center interface. In an image released by Media Mall on the PlayOn facebook page a laptop is shown displaying a snazzy computer interface with a vertical menu on the left side and a totally refreshed look overall. PlayOn has apps for a number of platforms see here. The app probably most in need of a refresh has got to be the Roku Channel, which is a private channel. The interface uses the older (classic) Roku SDK. The classic l-r carousel approach has served the company well as the channel is quite popular but a new UI would make a big splash. The company also seems to be teasing a new blue and black logo. We wonder if the graphical changes are indicative of any other directional changes in store. We will keep an eye on this moving forward.

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Find Out How to Get Channel PEAR on Fire TV Before It's Gone

Can you add Channel PEAR to Fire TV? Yes! Channel PEAR, the community supported cloud based IPTV interface is now available for Fire TV as an app via both the app store on the device and the Amazon website. In order to add it via the Fire TV users can ask for it by voice search or type the name of the app into the written search. You can also use the New Apps section of the channel store. It is a little more complicated that way because you will have to adjust your search based on filters. I found it by searching for free apps based on most recent. But over time it’s placement in that search will change.

To Add Channel PEAR To Amazon Fire TV follow these instructions
Requirements

(Computer or wireless device phone/table) You will use your selected device to access the database of TV streams and add them to your collection.

Free Account You can sign up for a channel PEAR account here.

Follow These steps to add Channel PEAR on Amazon Fire TV

1. If you do not have a channel PEAR account yet go to the webpage and set one up here. If you already have an active account you will not need to do this.

2. After you have verified your account via email go to back to the channel PEAR webpage and log in.

3. Next Add Media Sources hover on the Media DB tab and select the cattagory you wish to choose from.

4. Click on the channels you wish to add and click the green Add channel button

5. Add the Fire TV App to your selected device do so from Amazon’s website, voice search, the new apps menu or typing the name and choosing apps

Once the App is downloaded users need only type in their account info. If you do not have an account with Channel PEAR you can sign up for one via the Channel PEAR Webpage

Add Channel PEAR To Amazon Fire TV Video

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As channels grow in scope the power makes a difference.

Netflix is parting ways with EPIX at the end of September. Epix will will launch a new partnership on Hulu see release here starting in October. The loss of EPIX should come as no great surprise as Netflix continues down a path of both original series and the launch of an ambitious movie initiative.  On a blog post today Netflix Chief Content Officer mentioned that Netflix would be the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest theatrical movies from the The Walt Disney Company, including Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel movies as well as hosting movies from Sony Pictures Animation, Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation.

Netflix does not make decisions lightly
It seems counter intuitive to drop a source of popular movies but Netflix must have numbers to back up the decision. If Netflix decided to drop EPIX it must have a good reason. The company has an incredible analytics engine that gives it insight as to what people are watching. You can be sure that if EPIX was a driver for the service it would have worked harder to keep it, but the truth is that EPIX content is not particularly exclusive or hard to find. Besides the upcoming deal with Hulu set to start as soon as the Netflix deal ends EPIX movies are also available via Amazon Instant Video. While we can expect some public outcry on Twitter and other social media don’t expect Netflix to be swayed. If they can survive the Quickster fiasco and the loss of Starz Play which was supposed to destroy the whole service (according to some) I think it can weather this. Being the exclusive home of Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar sure won’t hurt.

Upcoming Netflix Movies 

  • In October – Beasts of No Nation, an unflinching war drama from Emmy Award winning director, Cary Fukunaga, director of True Detective, and Golden Globe winner, Idris Elba, star of Luther and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
  • In December – Ridiculous Six, the first of four new comedies from Adam Sandler, will debut with an all star cast including Terry Crews, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Jorge Garcia, Luke Wilson, Steve Buscemi, Nick Nolte, Whitney Cummings, Will Forte, Steve Zahn, David Spade, John Turturro and Harvey Keitel.
  • Also in December – Sofia Coppola directs Bill Murray in a form-bending holiday classic-to-be A Very Murray Christmas.
  • In early 2016 – the sweeping action thriller Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Green Legend produced by Harvey Weinstein and the latest adventure of the much adored Pee-wee Herman in Pee-wee’s Big Holiday produced by Judd Apatow.

What do you think?
Share your feelings in the comments section below 

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I have been getting questions lately about the Mohu Channels, which is an addition to an antenna that combines what you can watch via Antennas with Android apps and web pages for a clever mix of content. One question I get is what kind of apps are on it. This video will give you an idea of what you might expect from this cord cutting option.

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MINIX, the company known best for its set-top boxes and green and black Android Metro launcher released info on two new products on the way for quarter 4 of 2015. The new set-top boxes will run the Windows 10 (64-bit) OS and build on the popularity of the Z64. Both new devices, which will be part of the Z series, have the same metal alloy casing and fanless design. The differences are inside. While MINIX is utilizing new Intel processors with one device running a Celeron Processor N3150 (2.08 GHz) and a more robust version powered by the Intel Pentium Processor N3700 (2.40 GHz). You can compare the two processors by clicking on the links above but if you would like to save yourself the time and eye strain the main differences  between the two are increased performance for Processor Graphics, Graphics based frequency, as well as the burst frequency.

Full specifications will be unveiled at IFA Exhibition in Berlin next week.

New Mini PC pictured bellow

The new MINIX Mini PC will debut next week in Berlin with full specs.
The new MINIX Mini PC will debut next week in Berlin with full specs. This image provided by MINIX shows off 3 USB ports HDMI and more.

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App can add apps via USB

The first official file explorer app for Fire TV is available for the device. The App Total Commander can be added via the Fire TV itself by asking for it via voice search, Adding it via text search or signing into an your Amazon account and searching the app by name. Either way you approach it you might want to move quick.

Why the rush?

This app is a side loader’s dream. With it you can easily transfer apps to the Fire TV via a USB stick. It eliminates the need for any sort of ADB work on your part. Just move the files over. This is a good thing for Fire TV users because working with ADB can be a bit confusing especially for new users and those uncomfortable with computers in general.

Get the app here
Total Commander App

Thanks to Elias at AFTVNews for bringing this to my attention via our collaboration The Cord Cutting Show Podcast

 

See video demo below

New Fire TV? Amazon’s Survey Hints at New Product

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Finally there is official word of an Apple event announced for September 9. The event which will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco is expected to be centered around iPhones. The hope in the streaming community is that the event will also include an announcement of a new Apple TV, as has been rumored for months. As is Apple’s MO the invite gives a possible clue that Siri will play a major role. Could it be with an Apple TV? We will tune in to find out.