New Apps for the Week of November 16th thru the 22nd

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Every Sunday we bring you the list of new apps and games released in the previous week for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. This past week there were a whopping 11 new apps released.

Top New App of the Week

”Fart Button”
List Price: $0.99
Price: $0.99
It’s beautiful. It’s magical. It’s amazing. It’s breathtaking. It … makes your Fire TV fart. It … it … it … it’s been a REALLY slow week for new apps. :-P

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Amazon selling Certified Refurbished Fire TVs for $79

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Amazon is now selling Certified Refurbished Fire TVs for $79. Not a bad price considering you get everything included with a brand new unit, even the same 1 year warranty. I’d personally be perfectly fine getting one of these over a full priced new Fire TV. However, if you’re thinking about purchasing one of these, I’d hold off until at least Thursday (11/27) to see if you can get in on one of the $74 Fire TV Black Friday deals.

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Fire TV Stick now $24.99 at Best Buy (Update: Staples sale also live)

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The Fire TV Stick sale at Best Buy is now live. If you can’t wait for your Amazon order to ship, you can get the device for $24.99 online and instore. The sale is expected to last throughout the week, but I don’t expect online stock to last long, so get in early. Staples is also supposed to offer the Fire TV Stick for $24 this week but, as of yet, their sale has not started.

Update

The Staples sale is now live. The price on the website may still say $39, but it will be $24 once you start to checkout. Be warned, Staples seems to have significantly less stock (about 6 per store) than Best Buy (about 80 per store), so it may be worth paying the extra $0.99 at Best Buy in order to avoid delays. There is a limit of 5 at Best Buy and a limit of 2 at Staples.

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Overview of Fire TV Software Update 51.1.4.1_user_514013920

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The release of the Amazon Fire TV Stick has brought with it a new update, version 51.1.4.1_user_514013920, to the Fire TV. This new update is currently making its way out to Fire TVs everywhere. Read on for an overview of the new features and changes this update brings. Read more ›

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App Deal: Perry Pig Jump down from $0.99 to FREE

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Perry Pig – Jump TV, a vertical jumping game, has gone Free for a limited time. The developer, EntwicklerX, is continuing their trend of offering their newly released games for free for a short time. This game was released earlier this week at $0.99 and is compatible with both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, and works with all remotes and controllers. Go grab it before the sale ends.

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Pre-Rooted 51.1.4.1_user_514013920 Fire TV Custom ROM Released

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After a surprisingly short delay, Rbox has figured out the issue with his initial version of this ROM and has released a new fixed version. Rest assured, Rbox says he knows exactly what went wrong with the first release and is confident this version will not have the same issue. Several people , including myself, have already installed it and are reporting that everything is working as expected. Rbox wanted me to pass on his thanks to the AFTVnews community for all the donations we sent to help replace his bricked Fire TV. Bravo to everyone who helped out.

As always, you can download the new release from the ROM page at AFTVnews.com/roms. Be aware that Rbox’s Boot Menu is now required to install this and future versions. Remember, your Fire TV needs to already be rooted to install any pre-rooted ROM and you can follow my guide to install this via ClockworkMod Custom Recovery.

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How to install a Kernel Boot Menu on the Amazon Fire TV

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With the recent advent of a partially unlocked bootloader, we now have the ability to install custom kernels on the Amazon Fire TV. Custom kernels increase the possibility of bricking, so it’s more important than ever that we have a reliable way of booting into recovery to fix any issues that may arise from modifying the Fire TV. That’s why Rbox, the developer behind numerous Fire TV mods, has created a boot menu which allows you to choose whether you want to boot into recovery or normally boot the currently installed kernel. Read more ›

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Amazon reportedly launching Free ad-supported Video Service

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The New York Post reports that Amazon is gearing up to launch a new free, ad-supported video service early next year. The service will be separate from from it’s $99 Prime Instant Video offering. Sources say the service is meant to entice customers to upgrade to Prime membership. Those of you without Prime who use your Fire TV primarily for apps like XBMC may soon have a reason to peruse the Fire TV’s home screen.

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Best Buy & Staples to sell Fire TV Stick for $24 starting 11/23

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Starting November 23rd thru the 29th, both Best Buy and Staples will be discounting the Fire TV Stick down from its retail price of $39. Best Buy will sell the device for $24.99 while Staples will sell it for a little less at $24 even. My contact at Best Buy tells me stores here in Los Angeles will be getting about 80 units each. No word on whether the sale prices will also be available on each retailer’s websites. Some Best Buy locations have incorrectly put up the display you see above early, resulting in a few customers getting a jump start on the sale.

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How to complete the Fire TV Stick Initial Setup without Updating

If you are blocking updates, the Fire TV Stick will not allow you to complete the initial setup. The video above and instructions below will show you how to get past the forced update in order to complete the initial setup without updating. Read more ›

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