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Living with Amazon Fire TV: Two Months On

Amazon’s Fire TV set-top box arrived to shake up an increasingly crowded home entertainment segment, but does it have what it takes to set the living room alight? The squared-off streamer has been hooked up to my TV for two months now, piping Prime on-demand video among other things, but has the new gadget honeymoon ended?

I watch a lot of television. Actually, to be entirely accurate, I watch a lot of on-demand content. I can’t recall the last time I watched a live show, but I’m a heavy user of streaming media. In many ways, that makes me the ideal audience for the Fire TV.

As I found in my original review, Amazon made a strong first impression with Fire TV. Some of those have held up to longer use; others less so.

The tile-based UI, for instance, still feels a little visually cluttered, and the fact that third-party services like Netflix only show up with their app icon – not the shows you’ve watched within them – in the “Recently Played” bar undermines some of its usefulness. More frustrating, it’s still tricky at times to tell the difference between paid content and Amazon Prime content; a filter to show only one or the other would be a real boon.

In fact, content navigation and discovery remains a mixed bag. Amazon categorizes things into sections like “Action”, “Staff Picks”, and “Based on Books”, but there’s no way to simply browse every “Drama” or “Comedy” available. Categories and search results are limited to 150 items maximum, which means there are plenty of titles which never surface.

I’ve often found myself wishing there was a way to tell Fire TV that I’m not interested in a frequent search result, so leaving space among the 150 spots for something else.

It’s a shame, because the voice search system is still one of Fire TV’s best features, just as long as you only really want to search Amazon’s own catalog. That ought to change over the coming months, with Netflix and others adding voice search support, though. Text search – still a necessary evil, especially if you’re trying to hunt down movies with foreign or odd titles – is conversely a time-consuming hassle, scrolling left and right through an alphabetical list of letters, numbers, and punctuation.

I’d also love to see voice search used for more than just hunting for movies. Perhaps a full browser might be too ambitious, but paging through Wikipedia by voice would make a lot of sense. On the other hand, I’ve not picked up the (optional) game controller once since my review; true, I’m not much of a gamer, but the limited number of Android titles suited to Fire TV doesn’t really hold up against a regular console.

I can’t say the Fire TV has dominated my HDMI ports entirely, either. There’s still an Apple TV hooked up as well, since of course you can’t get iTunes content on any other set-top box. I also rely on it for Netflix most of the time, since the UI of the Apple TV version is far preferable to the generic Android tablet app version Amazon is stuck with. Again, Netflix is promising a proper Fire TV app later in the year, which may help cut my reliance on Apple TV.

It’s a shame, because the Bluetooth remote Amazon uses is otherwise great, particularly given it doesn’t demand line-of-sight in order to operate.

Of course, Amazon’s story doesn’t end there. The company is readying a new device – all but certain to be a smartphone – to be revealed on June 18th. Like the Kindle Fire tablets, it’ll probably have some degree of integration with the Fire TV.

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Amazon Fire Tv Cube (3Rd Gen) Review: Blazing Speed


Excellent, fast performance

HDMI passthrough

Doubles as an Echo Dot



Ad-heavy software

Our Verdict

The 3rd Gen Fire TV Cube is one of the most powerful media streamers around, and pulls double duty as an Echo Dot equivalent, but the steep price is hard to swallow.

Best Prices Today: Amazon Fire TV Cube (3rd Gen)

Now in its third generation, the Fire TV Cube is a pretty simple proposition: a combination of a Fire TV Stick with an Echo Dot; a TV media streamer that will double as a smart speaker. 

Design & build 

Clean, minimalist design 

Looks more like a speaker than a streamer 

The Fire TV Cube’s third generation looks much like the ones that came before it. 

This is a compact cube (funny, that…) intended to sit next to or near your TV, rather than hide away behind it, as you’ll need it out in the open for the voice controls to work well.  

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That means that unlike other media streamers you’ll need a spot for the Cube to sit out, and you’ll have to be happy with how it looks. 

Thankfully the minimalist charcoal design is fairly unobjectionable, only occasionally interrupted by the bright blue LED border that kicks in along with the Alexa voice controls. 

You’ll need a spot for the Cube to sit out, and you’ll have to be happy with how it looks

There’s a merciful lack of visible logos across the fabric mesh wrapper (they’re limited to the cube’s underside) and only four simple buttons to interrupt the top, which will be familiar to any Echo owners: two volume buttons, a select button, and a microphone mute button. 

The 3rd-gen Cube also comes with a slightly upgraded remote designed to offer a more well-rounded TV experience thanks to channel up and down buttons, a shortcut to the Settings menu, and a Recents button that helps you dive between apps without returning to the home screen every time. 

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Beyond that it’s a pretty standard remote, powered by a couple of AAA cells, with a selection of pre-set app buttons at the bottom (Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Music on mine – but this will vary by country) and of course an Alexa button at the top. 

Ports & performance 

HDMI passthrough 

Impressively fast thanks to 8-core processor 

4K upscaling 

There are more ports on the back of this Fire TV Cube than ever before, and for good reason. Alongside the power socket, you’ll find an IR extender (useful if you do want to tuck the Cube out of sight), USB-A port, 100Mbps Ethernet, and a pair of HDMI sockets. 

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The USB-A port allows you to connect up game controllers, webcams, hard drives, and other basic USB devices, which is welcome. Ethernet of course allows for faster and more reliable internet connections, though the Wi-Fi 6E onboard should be good enough for most people anyway. 

The dual HDMI ports are an input and output respectively, driving one of the Cube’s neater tricks: HDMI passthrough, which allows you to connect another device to your TV through the Amazon kit. 

This is best suited to set-top boxes like Sky, or cable if you’re in the US, as you’re then able to use the Fire remote or Alexa to change channels or drive other controls, both saving you an HDMI port and streamlining your setup so that you don’t have to switch HDMI inputs every time you want to fire up your cable box. 

You can use it for a game console, but you probably don’t want to, as the passthrough adds a little extra lag to the connection – not a problem for TV, but frustrating for gameplay. 

From a pure performance perspective, this is hard to beat

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What is impressive is the all-round performance driven by the octa-core processor inside the Cube. This thing is fast, loading almost every app in seconds. It’s significantly faster than the Amazon-powered JVC Fire TV I use day-to-day, but also nippier than any of the recent Roku or Chromecast streamers I’ve tested recently. 

The Cube also supports a solid array of standards, with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision there to provide 4K HDR video, and Dolby Atmos alongside the 7.1 surround support.

From a pure performance perspective, this is hard to beat. 

Software & smart features 

The software and smarts side of this is a mixed bag. 

I’m very used to Amazon’s Fire TV software – like I said, I use a Fire TV – but even I have to admit that it’s far from the best around. 

The good is that it’s fairly simple and straightforward to use, with settings laid out simply and an interface that just makes sense most of the time. 

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You can of course install the full range of third-party apps you’d expect on a modern streamer, and all work smoothly. The only downside here is that the interface’s focus on content over apps makes it take a little longer to get to them, and they’re also not integrated into the ‘Recently watched’ row – only Prime series and live TV channels appear here. 

This is functionally an Echo Dot in addition to a TV streamer, with all the usual benefits of a small smart speaker

Setting aside what’s on the screen, you also get all the benefits of Alexa in that little box. The obvious level is that it means you can use Alexa to navigate the TV interface, though of course most Fire TV devices have had this in some form for a while thanks to including voice control remotes. 

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The bigger benefit of the Fire TV Cube is that Alexa works hands-free, and even when the TV is off. This is functionally an Echo Dot in addition to a TV streamer, with all the usual benefits of a small smart speaker: reminders, queries, smart home controls, and music playback (here getting all the benefits of whatever sound system you have hooked up to the TV). 

That means the Fire TV Cube pulls double duty, saving you the cost of an Echo Dot (or allowing you to move an existing one to another room in the house). Assuming you’re happy to have Amazon drive your smart home’s smarts, that’s a big appeal and softens the steep price point. 

Price & availability 

The Fire TV Cube is available now from Amazon (of course) though you can also pick one up from other tech retailers like Best Buy in the US, or Currys in the UK. 

The price is the sticking point here. At $140/£140 this is more expensive than any Roku or Google Chromecast device by quite some way, and more than double Amazon’s own Fire TV Stick 4K Max.

Of the mainstream options, only the Apple TV 4K is around the same price, which should tell you something about the premium positioning here.  

Even subtracting the $50/£55 price of an Echo Dot, assuming you might otherwise buy one, the Fire TV Cube still comes out as one of the most expensive streamers on the market.

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Check out our guide to the best streaming sticks to see some of those more affordable options. 


If you’re already all-in on Amazon, or looking to pick up an Echo Dot anyway, then the 3rd gen Fire TV Cube might well be worthwhile, especially considering the smooth performance and perks like HDMI passthrough. 

But this won’t be the device to win people over to the Alexa ecosystem, as you’ll be able to find many of the core features elsewhere for less. 


Processor: Octa-core 2.0GHz CPU

Graphics: 800MHz GPU

Memory: 2GB RAM

Storage: 16GB

Video: 2160p/1080p/720p up to 60fps

HDR10 + Dolby Vision

Audio 7.1 surround sound, 2-channel stereo, Dolby Atmos

Ports: HDMI input, HDMI output, USB-A, 100Mbps Ethernet, IR extender, power

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E tri-band, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, IR

Dimensions: 86×86×77mm

Weight: 513g

Amazon Fire Tablet Vs. Apple Ipad: Which Should You Buy?

When it comes to budget tablets, there are only two main options: the Amazon fire tablet or the Apple iPad. Which one is the best for your needs? Let’s take a look.

To be clear, we are only talking about the basic iPad here, not the iPad Pro version. This is because tablets like the iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface Pro are meant more as laptop replacements rather than simple tablet devices.

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Amazon Fire Tablet vs. Apple iPad: The Rundown

In a way, the comparison isn’t really fair. The Amazon Fire tablet is priced at less than half of what the iPad 10th Gen asks for, making it clear that there are going to be major differences in their features and performance.

The iPad outperforms the Fire tablet on every technical specification, offering more storage, more processing power, higher resolution, and better cameras. So the question is not whether the Apple iPad is better than the Amazon Fire tablet – it definitely is – but rather if it is worth the extra price.

And honestly, that is a difficult question to answer. Because it depends entirely on what you want out of a tablet.

If you are looking for a simple entertainment tablet to read books, play games, and watch movies on, the Amazon Fire tablet is perfect for you. It is especially good for kids. But if you’re looking for a more powerful mobile device with a range of productivity apps and the specs to power them, the iPad would be a better choice.

Amazon Fire Tablet vs. Apple iPad: The Specs

Amazon Fire HD 10

Apple iPad 10.9 10th Gen

Operating System

FireOS iPadOS


10.1-inch 1080p Full HD 10.9-inch Liquid Retina True Tone


1920 x 1200 2360 x 1640


Octa-core 2.0 GHz Apple A14 Bionic


3GB or 4GB 4GB


32GB, 64GB 64GB, 256GB


2MP Front, 5MP Rear 12MP Wide camera with Smart HDR 3




Starts at $149 Starts at $447

Amazon Fire Tablet vs. Apple iPad: Pricing

The first and most obvious difference between the two tablets is the pricing. The Amazon Fire tablet is practically dirt cheap, with even the latest 10-inch model retailing at just $150, while the iPad starts at well over $400.

Even if you are willing to go back a few years – metaphorically speaking – and buy an older generation model, you’ll still be hard-pressed to get a price lower than the Fire tablet. And this is before we consider the iPad Pro, which will cost you at least a thousand bucks, if not more.

This renders the Amazon Fire tablet the undisputed winner in terms of pricing. Unless you really want more from your tablet – and can extend your budget – you can go with the Fire HD 10 with no regrets.

Winner: Amazon Fire Tablet

Amazon Fire Tablet vs. Apple iPad: Apps

Contrary to what you might expect, the Amazon Fire tablet does not run on Android. It instead uses FireOS, a fork of Google’s AndroidOS. And therein lies its biggest problem.

Amazon Fire tablet cannot run Google services. This means no Play Store, no Gmail, no Chrome (it has its own browser), and most surprisingly of all, no Youtube. Even the general selection of apps available on the Fire tablet is smaller since you can only install apps from the Amazon App store.

Now technically, it’s possible to install these natively unsupported apps on a Fire tablet through workarounds. But such methods are tricky and often get broken when a new update rolls out.

The Apple iPad, in contrast, features all applications available in the Apple ecosystem. This means you get Google apps like Youtube alongside Adobe and Microsoft’s creativity and productivity apps.

Winner: Apple iPad

Amazon Fire Tablet vs. Apple iPad: Display

The display is a major factor in choosing a tablet, and another area in which the cost of the device ends up playing an important role. And so while the Fire HD 10 is marketed as a multimedia tablet, it is the more expensive iPad that sports a better display.

The 10.9-inch iPad features a Liquid Retina display with True Tone color, along with a whopping 2360 x 1640 resolution. This sets it leagues apart from the Amazon Fire tablet’s 1920 x 1200 Full HD display.

Of course, this also means that accidentally breaking the iPad’s display is going to burn a deeper hole in your pocket. If you’re getting this tablet for a kid, you might be better off with the Amazon Fire tablet’s Kids Edition, which encloses the tablet in a more durable casing for just fifty bucks extra.

Winner: Even

Amazon Fire Tablet vs. Apple iPad: Camera

Apple is known for its incredible cameras, so you can probably already guess the winner in this category. That’s right – the Apple iPad has better cameras than the Amazon Fire tablet.

The increased price tag obviously plays a part in this, since you can only fit so much into a $150 device. Especially when the primary function of that device is to serve as an entertainment tablet, not a photography tool.

Still, the Amazon Fire tablet’s 2MP cameras are good enough for the occasional photo or video call. If you want proper cameras, however, you should go with the Apple iPad without a second thought.

Winner: Apple iPad

Amazon Fire Tablet vs. Apple iPad: Processor

The CPU of a tablet is often not a deciding factor for most people, since it’s hard to judge how the numbers translate into actual performance. This holds true when comparing these two tablets since they both boast of a multi-core processor with 2Ghz (or higher) clock speed.

That being said, the Apple iPad is outfitted with a more sophisticated processor. Named A14 Bionic, the chip contains specialized hardware for machine learning, giving a huge boost to all the new AI algorithms being rolled out.

All that doesn’t really matter if you just want to watch movies or play games on your tablet. For most use cases, the Amazon Fire tablet’s CPU performs just fine.

Winner: Even

The Verdict

If you look at the specs alone, the Apple iPad takes the clear win. From the display to the camera, it outstrips the capabilities of the Amazon Fire HD, with higher-quality hardware and software.

At the same time, you must remember that this increased quality comes at a price. The iPad 10.9 is priced at more than twice the cost of the Fire HD 10, and most people won’t find the hefty price tag worth it.

Whether you want to read books on the Kindle app or watch Amazon Prime Video, the budget-friendly tablet performs quite well. Unless you really want the extra features, the Amazon Fire tablet would be the correct choice for you.

How To Cancel Your Philo Subscription On Iphone, Fire Tv, Roku, And More

Philo is a streaming service that gets you a low-cost alternative to cable and satellite TV that is a very good choice if you’re opting toward cord-cutting. The service is available for as low as $20 per month, offering more than 60 channels from various networks including BBC, Comedy Central, AMC, Discovery Channel, BET, and more.

The Discovery-owned OTT service comes with a single paid plan but you can also try out its free trial for a limited time before you decide to subscribe to it. If you’re on a Trail or Paid plan of Philo and you’re looking for a way to opt of either of them, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll help you cancel your Philo subscription on the device that you use to stream content from.

Philo Trial and Paid plans: Explained

Philo TV only has one paid subscription plan and that’s available for a monthly price of $20. With a single subscription, you can stream content on any of the following devices – Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Web, Android, iOS, Fire tablet. Additionally, users can subscribe to Starz and Epix add-ons which would cost them $9 and $6 per month respectively.

If you’re not sure whether a Philo subscription would be the right fit for you, the service is offering a 7-day free trial for new and potential subscribers. You will need to provide them your email address or phone number as well as your payment information so that they may bill you at the end of your free trial.

If you wish to cancel your Philo Trial or Paid subscription, the method for both of them are slightly different and varies across the device you use to access the service from.

How To Cancel your Philo Subscription

If you took up a Trial or Paid subscription of Philo for your streaming device of choice, and you wish to cancel it, then you can follow the methods explained below.

On the Web

The process of canceling your paid Philo subscription will be similar to how you would terminate the free subscription of the service. Even after cancellation, you can still watch content that you paid for on Philo for the remainder of the billing period.

On Fire TV

If you’re subscribed to Philo’s free trial, then you will have to cancel it directly from the Philo account page on the web. Philo’s support page says that you don’t need to take any action to terminate your free trial if you’re using Philo exclusively on your Fire TV. You only need to cancel your subscription if you enabled it through another device or on the web.

If you subscribed to the streaming service through Amazon, you will have to cancel it via your Amazon account.

Your Philo subscription will now be terminated but you can still access the content that you paid for until the billing period is over.

On Roku

As we mentioned above, you don’t need to take any action on your Philo account if you are in the first 48 hours of your trial subscription to Philo. Subscriptions made directly through Philo will have to be terminated from the Philo Account page on the web, as mentioned above. If you subscribed to Philo using your Roku Pay account, then you can cancel it directly from the Roku Home Screen on your TV.

To cancel your free trial subscription to Philo, press the ‘Home’ button on your Roku remote, and navigate to the Philo app using the remote’s D-pad. With the Philo app highlighted, press the ‘*’ button on the Roku remote and select the ‘Manage subscription’ option from the screen.

This process is the same even if you wish to cancel your paid Philo subscription.

On iPhone, Mac, Apple TV

If you subscribed to Philo and are using it exclusively on your Apple devices, then you don’t need to cancel your Philo trial on your own. Your subscription will expire automatically when the 7-day trial is over. In case your Apple device isn’t the primary device that you use to stream content, then you will have to go to the Philo Account page on the web to cancel your free trial.

You can watch content on Philo across a bunch of devices, primarily iPhone, Mac, and Apple TV. The process of canceling your Philo subscription is slightly different for all three of them.

If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, then you can cancel your Philo subscription by opening the Settings app, tapping on your name at the top, and selecting the ‘Subscriptions’ option. In the screen that appears next, select Philo from your list of subscriptions, and tap on the ‘Cancel Subscription’.

For subscription through Best Buy

On any other platform

Besides the devices listed above, Philo is available for streaming on Android TV, Chromecast, Android phones, and Fire tablets. If you wish to cancel your subscription on any of these devices, then you will have to do it by visiting the Philo Account page on the web, as we explained above.


Three Months With The Nintendo Switch

Three months with the Nintendo Switch

It’s been nearly three months since the Nintendo Switch launched. Those three months have been filled with a lot of excitement, from the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to the revelation that the Switch actually sold really well on release. I’ve had a Switch of my own this entire time and I penned the SlashGear’s review of the device, giving it a 7/10. Now that we’ve had a few months to let things simmer, has anything about my opinion changed?

Let me start off by saying that I’ve been spending a lot of time with Switch. I bought a PS4 shortly before the Switch launched (I’m a PC guy so I was a little late to the console party this generation), but I’ve been spending far more time with my Switch. That the Switch has managed to pull in the majority of my attention really says something, especially considering that it has a fraction of the library of the PS4.

Part of what’s kept my interest with the Switch is the high level of quality in the Switch’s retail and eShop titles. Breath of the Wild, of course, is incredible, and I’m still not quite finished playing it yet. But beyond the obvious suspects like Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, there are a suprising number of gems available on the eShop. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth Plus, Graceful Explosion Machine, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, Kamiko, and Snipperclips are all titles that stand out as absolutely worth the money.

I was pretty enamored with the Switch hardware back when I reviewed the device, and in the time since then, I’ve only grown more fond of it. I’m convinced that Nintendo has something special here, and I hope that more people try it for themselves and see what the commotion is all about. That, I feel, might be one of the roadblocks for the Switch: I was certainly excited before I got my own, but I didn’t realize how cool it truly was until I actually had it in my hands. That’s why I think Nintendo’s recently announced Summer of Play tour is an excellent move.

When it comes to hardware, I really don’t have any major gripes. With all of the complaints that started cropping up after launch, it appears that I was one of the lucky ones – no bent Switch, no desyncing Joy-Cons, and no dock that leaves my Switch screen all scratched up. That isn’t to suggest that these problems are widespread or, alternatively, rare; we really have no idea how common they are. The ones who are content with their purchase and aren’t experiencing any problems are more than likely not going to speak up. The ones who are having those issues will, because no one likes spending $300 on a new console only to find that it’s defective in some way.

Personally, I think the Joy-Con controllers are excellent, and the tablet itself is a solid piece of equipment. Obviously, you need to be okay with accepting that your games will never look as good as they do on Xbox One, PS4, or PC, but given the Switch’s portability, that’s a sacrifice I’m okay with making. It isn’t a hard truth to accept when you’ve got games like Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to play, either.

Speaking of the Switch’s portability, I have to say that I’ve spend very little time playing this thing on an actual TV. When I was reviewing the console and Breath of the Wild, my playtime was split pretty evenly between TV mode and tablet mode. In the time since then, though, I’ve been playing exclusively in tablet mode. The Switch is perfect for playing in bed at the end of the day, or taking along in the car when we go to visit my girlfriend’s parents upstate. I’m sure I’ll hook the Switch up to my TV again at some point, but for now, tablet mode is definitely my favorite way to play the device.

When I originally reviewed the Switch, I said that I didn’t think it was worth a purchase until the end of 2023. By that point, games like Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2 will be out and the eShop will have many more games available. I still generally think that’s true, but it’s no longer an issue of only having one good game to play on it. If you’re like me and you’ve never played games like The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth, Shovel Knight, or Disgaea 5 elsewhere, then a Switch purchase becomes even more attractive. On the other hand, if you have played those games and the idea of having them on a portable console is appealing to you, then you can still probably buy a Switch at this early stage and get a lot of mileage out of it.

However, despite all of my positive feelings about the Switch, my primary concern remains. Nintendo isn’t doing very much to instill long-term confidence in the Switch, and a lot of that revolves around the company’s unwillingness to talk about the Switch’s incoming online systems. The amount of information we’ve been given about the Switch’s online system is exactly the same now as it was three months ago.

We’ll probably hear more about this stuff at E3, but regardless, Nintendo is waiting too long to deliver solid details about a system it’s already said it will charge money for. The Switch was definitely launched too soon in that regard – not only are friend codes still present (something that I think will go away eventually) but we don’t have any staples of Nintendo’s previous consoles either. The virtual console is still missing, and I’m not entirely sure why when the virtual consoles on 3DS, Wii, and Wii U were so successful.

It does feel a little weird to be complaining that I can’t purchase old games I’ve already bought three or four times elsewhere, but I don’t really care that Nintendo is going to charge me again to buy the same old ports I’ve bought in the past. The novelty of having something like Super Mario Bros. 3 or A Link to the Past on a console like the Switch is just too appealing. Nintendo, I think, made a major misstep in not having the virtual console ready to go at launch.

We don’t even know if Nintendo has plans for a virtual console because the company has been so secretive about what it’s plotting for the Switch’s online service. We know we’ll need to use a smartphone app to manage our online presence, but we don’t know when that app is coming. We know we’ll have to pay a fee to play online, but we don’t know when that’s being implemented or how much that’ll cost. We know that Nintendo wants to bring apps like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube to the Switch, but we don’t know if it’s actively working toward that.

So far, this doesn’t really seem like a service that’s worth my money. For the record, I don’t think we should pay yearly fees for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network either, so I’m not really sure what Nintendo needs to do in order to make me feel like it’s justified in charging that fee. I do know that what Nintendo has discussed thus far doesn’t make me confident that it’s truly figured out how to offer an online service as good as the ones its competitors offer, and it’s going to take a lot to change those feelings.

READ MORE: Nintendo Switch ReviewI’m also still worried about Nintendo being Nintendo. When it was clear that the Wii U was floundering, it was almost as if Nintendo abandoned it before anyone else. I’m worried that the same thing will happen to the Switch if sales start sliding. Granted, I think Nintendo has done a good job at marketing the Switch thus far, which is great considering it’s a night-and-day change from the previous generation, but if Nintendo slips into Wii U mode with the Switch, then this thing is definitely going to fail.

Luckily, there’s been no indication of that happening yet. On the contrary, all signs point to Nintendo going full steam ahead with the Switch, throwing most of its weight behind the device and machine gunning out first party games to build value quickly. That’s encouraging, and Nintendo needs to keep it up – if the Switch can continue to have a great first year, then it will definitely be set up for long term success. Nintendo has the resources to ensure that happens, so we just need to see the company put the pedal to the metal and market the Switch like it’s the best thing since the NES.

How To Reset Your Fire Tv Device To Factory Settings

Resetting your Amazon Fire TV can fix performance glitches and other issues, especially if you’ve exhausted other troubleshooting options. Factory resetting your old Fire TV device before giving it away is also a good idea.

The factory reset process is quick, straightforward, and doesn’t require an internet connection. We’ll show you how to reset all Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube models to factory default.

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What Happens When You Factory Reset Your Fire TV

Restoring your Fire TV to factory default wipes all data and settings on the streaming device. The factory reset operation uninstalls all third-party applications and deletes their data—including in-app purchases. Downloaded files or content in the device’s internal storage are also deleted permanently.

Performing a factory reset deregisters and unlinks your Amazon account from the streaming device. After the factory reset, you’ll need to link your Amazon account when setting up the Fire TV.

The reset operation also erases Wi-Fi networks, display and audio settings, accessibility customizations, and all paired remotes.

Interestingly, resetting your Fire TV doesn’t downgrade or change the fireOS version running on the device. You won’t have to update your Fire TV device after resetting it to factory default—unless there’s an update available.

Updating a Fire TV device’s software can fix bugs and performance issues on the streaming device. If you’re trying to fix Fire TV malfunctions, we recommend updating its software before resetting it to factory default.

Note: Amazon recommends ejecting any expandable storage linked to your Fire TV device before performing a factory reset.

Reset Your Fire TV From the Settings Menu

Turn on your Fire TV device and follow the steps below to reset the streaming device to factory default. Use the Fire TV app (available for Android and iOS) to navigate your Fire TV if you don’t have a physical remote control.

Press the

Home button

on your Fire TV Remote and select the

gear icon

on the home screen.


My Fire TV



Reset to Factory Defaults

and select


on the pop-up to start the factory reset process.

Reset Fire TV Using Remote

You can also initiate a factory reset using a unique button combination on your Fire TV Remote.

Press and hold the Return/Back button and Right button on your Fire TV Remote for 5-10 seconds. Release both buttons when you see a “Reset to Factory Defaults” pop-up on your TV screen.

Select OK to start the factory reset or Cancel to terminate the process. Your Fire TV automatically starts the factory if you select nothing during the countdown.

Factory-Fresh Amazon Fire TV

Reboot or power cycle your Fire TV if you can’t reset the streaming device because it’s frozen or unresponsive.

Press and hold the Select and Pause/Play buttons on your Fire TV remote for 5-7 seconds.

Release both buttons when you see a “Your Amazon Fire TV is Powering Off” message on your screen.

Alternatively, unplug the Fire TV from its power source and plug it back after 5-10 seconds. Try factory resetting your Fire TV when the streaming device comes back on.

Your Fire TV likely has hardware damage if the issue you’re trying to fix persists after the factory reset. Contact Amazon Fire TV Support for assistance.

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