Pre-Rooted 51.1.4.0_user_514006420 Fixed for Netflix

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An updated version of the pre-rooted 51.1.4.0_user_514006420 ROM has just been released by rbox. For those unaware, the first version released yesterday caused issues with the new Netflix app that prevented any video from playing. The updated version, which can be downloaded from AFTVnews.com/roms, should resolve the issue. Your Fire TV may hang on a black screen once rebooting after installing this new version. If this happens, rbox advises you to simply power the Fire TV off then back on by pulling the power cord.

Be aware that this updated version of the pre-rooted 51.1.4.0_user_514006420 has not been fully tested. Those using a DNS bypass services to view Netflix content may still have issues. Be sure to let us know your experience with this update and Netflix in the comments to help rbox diagnose any remaining issues. I’ll be sure to update this post with any new information or issues that arise.

Update

Good news. Several people, including those using DNS bypass services, are reporting success using Netflix with this latest pre-rooted ROM. All indication is that the issue has been resolved.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick to have 1Ghz Dual Core CPU

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Noticeably absent from Amazon’s Fire TV Stick product page is the clock speed of the device’s processor. The Fire TV’s product page lists its CPU clock speed of 1.7Ghz, so it was strange that Amazon decided to omit the value from the Fire TV Stick page. A blog post on Amazon’s developer portal has revealed that the clock speed is set to 1Ghz.

In my comparison chart with the Fire TV, I suspected the CPU would be clocked at 1.2Ghz since that is the speed quoted in the spec sheet for the Fire TV Stick’s Broadcom Capri 28155 processor. 1.2Ghz is also the speed of the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus‘s CPU, which is equipped with the same processor as the Fire TV Stick. The decision to underclock the Fire TV Stick’s processor below its maximum capability was probably made in order to reduce heat production and power consumption. Being powered by a USB port limits the device’s available power, and enclosing so much horsepower in a fully sealed 1 inch by 3.3 inch box doesn’t leave much room for heat dissipation.

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Get these 6 Paid Fire TV Apps for FREE

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Amazon is having another one of their free app blowouts. These 6 Fire TV apps (uk|de) have gone Free. Apart from Plex, the other apps offered have never been free before today. These apps are part of a bigger promotion giving away over $115 in Paid Apps (uk|de), of which these 6 are Fire TV compatible: Plex, Zombie Gunship, Unpossible, Sonic 4 Ep1, Alpha Wave, and Knock-Knock. The promotion is scheduled to end Saturday.

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App Deal: Dream Flight game down from $0.99 to FREE

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Dream Flight, a calming sidescrolling game, has just gone Free. The game is regularly priced at $0.99 and is compatible with either the voice remote or game controller. This is the first time this game has ever been offered for free, so grab it quick and relax as you fly through pixel artwork and dodge obstacles.

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Pre-Rooted 51.1.4.0_user_514006420 Custom ROM Released

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I’ve provided rbox with the latest update package and, in record time, he has released his pre-rooted version. You can download it from the custom ROM page at AFTVnews.com/roms. Be warned that he notes having trouble playing Netflix videos with this update. If you have similar issues and can’t live without Netflix, you can always simply downgrade back to the previous version until the issue is sorted out. Be sure to let us know in the comments your experience with this update and the new Netflix app. For a list of changes brought by this update, see my overview post. As always, you can follow my guide to install this custom ROM using ClockworkMod Custom Recovery.

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Overview of Software Update 51.1.4.0_user_514006420

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With the release of the Amazon Fire TV in the UK we saw the release of a new software version. This new update, version 51.1.4.0_user_514006420, is now starting to makes its way to Fire TVs outside the UK. Read on for an overview of the changes this update brings. Read more ›

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Fire TV Stick Pre-Orders at Best Buy and Staples Now Live

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Both Best Buy and Staples have begun taking pre-orders for the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Both retailers waited for Amazon’s $19 Prime Member promotion to end before accepting pre-orders. Best Buy is selling the device for $39.99 while Staples is charging $39.00, the same as Amazon. Seeing how orders placed today at Amazon won’t be shipping until next year, your best bet at getting one this year would be purchasing one at one of these two retailers. No word from either retailer on when they expect to ship orders.

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Netflix Releases New Fire TV App

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Netflix, the world’s leading internet media streaming service, has just released a brand new app for the Fire TV. The app is not an update to their existing Fire TV app, but rather a separate new app.

The new app brings Netflix’s Fire TV presence up to pace with the Android and iOS apps which received similar updates earlier this year. Front and center is the new shadowless Netflix logo they adopted a few months ago, along with a cleaner blacker look with fewer red accents.

Update

It seems that this new Netflix app requires the latest Fire TV update, version 51.1.4.0_user_514006420, to work. The update is rolling out now, so everyone should be getting it soon.

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How to use a USB Drive as the Fire TV’s Internal Storage

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The Amazon Fire TV’s 8GB internal storage fills up quickly, especially if you’re installing a lot of games or have a large XBMC library. I’ve written about a partial solution in the past which moves some files from the Fire TV’s internal storage to a connected USB drive. This guide will walk you through a much better solution, created by XDA-Developers member jmandawg, that uses a USB drive as a complete replacement for the Fire TV’s internal storage. Read more ›

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Staples to start accepting Fire TV Stick Pre-Orders Tomorrow

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New Fire TV Stick pre-orders from Amazon are now expected to ship after January 1st, 2015. If you were hoping to get your hands on the new device this year but haven’t placed your order yet, Staples may be your best option. The retail chain store has announced that it will begin taking pre-orders for the Fire TV Stick tomorrow, October 29th. It’s almost a certainty that you won’t be seeing Staples match Amazon’s unbeatable $19 price, but if you’d rather spend the extra $20 and not have to wait until next year, then head to staples.com first thing tomorrow morning.

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