Vudu Coming to Amazon Fire TV Edition Smart TVs and Fire TV Streaming Devices

Vudu, the transactional VOD service owned by Fandango, is launching in March on Amazon Fire TV Edition smart TVs and Fire TV streaming devices.

Consumers will be able to purchase or rent titles from Vudu on a mobile device or computer and the titles will appear instantly in their Vudu library on Fire TV for playback.

Consumers can also stream Vudu’s catalog of 4K Ultra HD content on Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, or the Fire TV Edition smart TV’s 4K models.

Vudu offers more than 150,000 new-release and catalog movies and TV shows, along with an extensive library of content in 4K Ultra HD. The service has experienced double-digit growth in new accounts in 2020 year over year, according to a Fandango release.

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 “We want Vudu fans to be able to watch movies and TV shows on all of their favorite devices, and Fire TV has been one of our customers’ most-requested devices for streaming content,” Kevin Shepela, EVP and chief commercial officer at Fandango, said in a statement. “With Vudu’s vast library of premium content from new release event movies to favorite films and TV shows, we are excited to deliver to Fire TV users so many new viewing options to watch in their living rooms, many in breathtaking 4K.”

Last week, Vudu launched on Xfinity Flex and X1, and in 2020 it launched on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S, and TiVo. Vudu can also be found on dozens of connected television devices and streaming platforms from Roku, LG, Sony and many others.

BritBox Now Available on Amazon Fire TV

After numerous delays, British-centric subscription streaming service BritBox U.K. is now available on Amazon Fire TV.

The service, launched in the United States by the BBC and ITV in 2017 in response to AMC Networks’ Acorn TV and Netflix, has more than 650,000 subscribers in North America. It bowed in the U.K. last November.

BritBox is also available on Apple TV, Roku (in the U.S.), Google Chromecast, and Smart TVs from Samsung, Panasonic, Toshiba, JVC, Hitachi and Roku, among others.

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Sling TV Offering Free Amazon Fire TV Stick With Two-Month Sign-Up

Sling TV is offering consumers a free Amazon Fire TV Stick when they pre-pay two months of Sling Orange ($20) or Sling Blue ($25) service.

Dish Network-owned Sling launched in 2015 as the first standalone online TV platform. It currently has about 2.7 million subscribers.

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The Fire TV Stick promotion is limited to one device per household and cannot be combined with other deals. Consumers must provide email address and credit card. The deal is offered to new and qualified existing customers only. There is a limit of one device per Sling TV account. The deal is not available with the free trial and is not available in Puerto Rico.

Roku, Apple, Amazon See Early Market Bounce Following U.S./China Trade Truce

Wall Street Dec. 3 reacted favorably early to tech stocks following weekend news the Trump Administration and China had reached a 90-day truce regarding proposed tariffs (taxes) on Chinese manufactured goods and raw materials.

Stocks for Roku, Apple and Amazon all climbed higher in pre-market trading as many — if not all — consumer electronics products, including the Roku Stick and branded televisions, Apple iPhone, Apple TV, Apple iPad, and Amazon Fire TV Stick are majority-made in China.

Trump had pledged to impose tariffs — beginning Jan. 1 — on $200 billion worth of Chinese-made steel and raw materials. Tariffs on another $267 billion in Chinese goods (i.e. consumer electronics) have been postponed as well.

Trump said the tariffs would be held off as trade negotiators between the two countries attempt to hammer out new trade agreements. In a Dec. 3 tweet, Trump wrote:

“My meeting in Argentina [at the G-20 summit] with President Xi [Jinping] of China was an extraordinary one. Relations with China have taken a BIG leap forward! Very good things will happen. We are dealing from great strength, but China likewise has much to gain, if and when a deal is completed.”

That was good enough for Tom Forte, analyst with D.A. Davidson, who upped from “neutral” to “buy” on Roku shares.

Meanwhile, Sacha Tihanyi with TD Securities, remained cautiously optimistic, writing in a note, reported by CNBC that “overarching concerns in the U.S.-China economic relationship remain … [and] are not ones that we believe can be easily tackled in a 90-day period.”