Amazon has a new TV that just might be a cord cutter’s dream – it combines over the air local channels and streaming apps in one interface.
Amazon is known for its Fire TV devices, but now you can get that same streaming media experience in a full TV set without an additional box. It’s called an Amazon Fire TV Edition, and right now there are two models available – one from Westinghouse and another from Element.
These are 4K Ultra HDTV that combines the best of both worlds – full access to streaming media apps like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV and more – plus over the air channels. All you have to do is connect an antenna to the back of the TV for the full experience.
Now, I know what you might be thinking – um, can’t I connect an antenna to ANY TV and get my apps and over the air channels on one screen? Yes, but this is different because you don’t need to switch inputs to access your local channels. In fact, you could go from watching a show on Netflix to your local news all from the same interface.
The other neat thing is that you do get on screen program guide information for your local channels for 14 days out. You can’t record shows (perhaps in the future with a software update) but you can pause them for up to five minutes. If you want the ability to pause live TV longer all you have to do is add a flash drive or SD card and you can pause up to an hour.
The remote that’s included in the TV is also super simple. Keep in mind if you have a streaming box along with a TV and a cable box you are juggling multiple remote control. This TV comes with a simple remote that’s similar to the one bundled with Amazon’s Fire TV device – but it has some improvements. For starters, it controls all the basics on your TV like power and volume. There are also quick keys for…