Oct 19 2017

News - I thought it was just me

When Amazon announced their new Echo Plus, I was immediately intrigued, and then a bit put off by the decision to use Zigbee instead of Z-Wave (although both radios would have been better). Afterall, Z-Wave has the biggest pool of devices and [near] guarenteed compatiblity. Aparently I'm not the only one who doesn't get the choice - CEPro just does it much more eloquently.

Dec 07 2016

News - Vera Control opens beta for Amazon Alexa control

I've quite pleased with how HA Bridge exposes Vera devices and scenes to my Amazon Alexa, so I'm a little conflicted about signing up. But, if you don't have that setup, this is perfect for you.

Apr 14 2016

News - D-Link Connected Home Ecosystem Connects with Amazon Echo


I haven't had a chance to play with Amazon's Echo (Alexa) ecosystem yet, but they sure seem to be getting a lot of good press, and OEM support. I think that's a great thing; we really need some cohesion in the devices market. Today, D-Link announced that their Wi-Fi HA devices will play nice with Echo and IFTTT - full PR after the click.

Mar 08 2016

News - 2nd Gen Amazon FireTV reviewed @ HTR

I was tempted by the new 4K FireTV, but seems a bit too focused on Amazon's services to find a place in my stack. That said, the price is right ($99) and Amazon is making great strides in the content space... Maybe next year Smile.

Oct 19 2012

News - LOVEFiLM Users to Have Option to Sign In with Amazon Account Details

When Amazon announced the Kindle Fire HD earlier this month, the company also announced its first release of the Kindle Fire line in the UK. Given the popularity of the Amazon-owned LOVEFiLM streaming service, it should be no surprise that many Kindle Fire tablets will probably be used to tap into the LOVEFiLM library of content. Evidently LOVEFiLM and Amazon have decided that the release of the Kindle Fire provides an opportunity to start tying their two different account types together. Starting today, LOVEFiLM subscribers will be presented with the option to sign into the service using either their LOVEFiLM account details or their Amazon account details. The option is only intended for Kindle Fire users at this time, though LOVEFiLM is indicating that everyone will eventually be able to use their Amazon account details. 

Amazon and LOVEFiLM Link Accounts

Why are you making this change to sign in?

In order to make streaming movies and TV on a Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD you need to be signed in to LOVEFiLM on the device using your Amazon e-mail address and password. Once this has happened, you should use your Amazon details to sign in to LOVEFiLM on the web and all other devices.


Sep 15 2012

News - Ceton Companion Released to Amazon App Store, Kindle Fire

Ceton Companion on Kindle Fire

Ceton has announced that their Ceton Companion app for Windows Media Center is now available on the Amazon App Store, which is good news for Android-lovers who like to stray from the Google Play corral and for Kindle Fire owners, of which Amazon is hoping there will soon be many more. It costs the customary $4.99, and although the version on the Amazon App Store is lagging some of the other releases, an updated version is inbound. With this release, the Ceton team has rounded out their initial wave of launches. There is a Windows 8 app in the works, and I wish there was a Nook release lurking in the wings, but for now the team can turn their attention to the rapidly growing list of feature requests that the team is soliciting from the community on the Green Button.

The Ceton Companion has now been approved and is available on the Amazon App Store for $4.99

Ceton Forum on

Sep 05 2012

News - Amazon Signs Deal with EPIX for Prime Instant Video

Amazon and EPIX

Amazon has been on a tear over the last year, regularly adding new content providers to their Prime Instant Video stable. However, the last few deals with companies like NBCUniversal Cable and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution have been focused on building out Amazon's collection of television content. Today, Amazon turned their attention to movies, signing a deal with EPIX. The deal with EPIX will add thousands of movies to Amazon Prime Instant Video including recent hits such as The Avengers, Thor, and Rango, along with a wide selection of other movies from EPIX's studio partners. The cynical take has been that this deal is simply foreshadowing for a new Kindle Fire release, but I suspect that we will see plenty more such deals as Amazon increasingly establishes Prime Instant Videos as a Netflix-killer.

Today, Amazon and EPIX announce a multi-year licensing agreement in the U.S., which will add thousands of new releases, classic library titles and original programs to Prime Instant Video. Programming from the agreement includes movies from EPIX studio partners, Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and Lionsgate. 


Jul 24 2012

News - Amazon Announces Streaming Deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution

Amazon currently boasts more than 18,000 movies and TV episodes on Prime Instant Video, but there can never be enough for a truly well-rounded service. Amazon and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution have signed a deal to bring yet more television programming to the Prime Instant Video catalog. The deal includes shows such as Dark Blue and Rubicon, but in a more interesting twist, the deal gives Amazon exclusive access to Fringe and The West Wing for the summer. This marks the first time that Amazon has secured exclusive rights to a movie or television show for Prime Instant Video, even though it sounds like it will be a rather short-lived arrangement. I'm not a big fan of exclusive deals, but it is interesting to see Amazon flirt with being more aggressive in taking on Netflix and Hulu.

Both Fringe and The West Wing will be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video for the summer, giving Prime members and Kindle Fire customers exclusive access to favorite titles that have been previously unavailable. Prime Instant Video includes more than 18,000 movies and TV episodes available for Prime members to instantly stream and enjoy at no additional cost.


May 27 2012

News - Amazon Adds Paramount Pictures to Prime Instant Videos

In early February, Amazon and Viacom signed a deal to bring many of Viacom's television programs to Amazon's Prime Instant Video service. At the time, we noted that the deal did not include any movies and speculated that Amazon would need to ink a separate deal with Viacom-owned Paramount Pictures. Sure enough, Amazon announced this week that they have signed a three year deal with Paramount that will bring hundreds of movies to Prime Instant Videos including Star Trek, Nacho Libre, and Mission Impossible. The announcement wasn't exactly earth-shattering given that Amazon and Viacom had already gotten cozy, but it's always nice to see the major streaming services continue to build out their selection.

Paramount Pictures

Amazon continues to invest in Prime Instant Video and add to the already-vast selection of movies and TV episodes available to customers as part of their Prime membership., Inc. today announced a licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures that brings hundreds of new hit movies to Prime Instant Video in the U.S. over the next three years. 

Amazon Press Release

Apr 04 2012

News - Amazon Instant Video Comes to the PlayStation 3

Amazon Instant Video on PS3

PlayStation 3 owners looking to get their Dirty Jobs fix have another option with the arrival of Amazon Instant Video. The app download is available directly from the XcrossMediaBar under TV/Video Services or from the PlayStation Store. The new app gives complete access to Amazon video rental and purchase options, and for Amazon Prime subscribers, access to Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming catalog as well. Amazon is also touting the introduction of new smart lists for recently watched items and personal recommendations as well as Whispersync support for viewing synchronization across devices. The PlayStation 3 is the first game console to receive support for Amazon's video services, giving Sony a big win over Microsoft in the race to establish game consoles as the living room entertainment hub. That being said, the general look and feel of the new Playstation app seems to draw from the design influences of the new Xbox Metro style, so perhaps an Xbox 360 version isn't too far off.

Amazon Prime members have access to 17,000 television shows and movies, including Glee, Downton Abbey, Sons of Anarchy and other content from providers like Viacom, ABC, and Fox. Non-Prime members can access the same content during a free one-month trial, but that after that they need to pony up $79.99. The Amazon Instant Video service also offers another 120,000 movies and television shows for purchase or rental.

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