The Amazon Fire TV 2 has been rooted for several months now, but the procedure has been difficult and risky for some to follow. Now that rbox has released custom recovery and a pre-rooted ROM for the Fire TV 2, rooting the device is much easier and safer. Here is my guide on how to root the Fire TV 2 using a Windows PC. Read more ›
As promised, rbox has released a custom recovery, based on TWRP, as well as a pre-rooted ROM of software version 5.0.4 for the Fire TV 2. Using these files, along with the recovery installer, Fire TV 2 owners running software version 5.0.4 or older will be able to root their device in a much easier and safer method than previously existed. I received early access to these files and method and can say installation is a breeze. We don’t know yet if software version 5.0.5 is rootable, so be sure you’ve blocked updates in the meantime and stay on version 5.0.4 or older. A 5.0.5 pre-rooted ROM will be released later once we acquire the download URL.
The instructions to use these files is laid out in rbox’s posts, but I’ll have my step-by-step guide out very soon if you prefer more detailed instructions. First generation Fire TV owners should not use these files on their device. Once we received the 5.0.5 software update URL, rbox will work on a new custom recovery, as well as a pre-rooted 5.0.5 ROM specifically for the 1st-gen Fire TV, so that those of you with rooted 1st-gen Fire TVs can update to 5.0.5 without losing root.
A new CBS Sports app has just been released for all Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. The app is compatible with both Fire OS 3 and Fire OS 5 so it works with both older 1st generation devices and newer ones. This CBS Sports app will be streaming the Super Bowl Live and for free, so it has arrived just in the nick of time for tomorrow’s big game. CBS will be broadcasting all of the Super Bowl ads live for the first time, so if you’re not interested in the game, you can use the app to tune in for the great ads.
There was a big concern that the app would not be compatible with older 1st-gen Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks since CBS’ only other Fire TV app, CBS All Access, is only compatible with the 2nd-gen Fire TV and newer Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote bundle. Bravo to both CBS and Amazon for getting this app released in time for the Super Bowl and for ensuring it supports all Fire TVs, new and old.
The Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote are still on sale for $34.99 and $39.99 respectively, but they won’t be for much longer. The sale is expected to end tomorrow, February 6th. If you’re interested in saving $5 to $10 on a new Fire TV Stick, be sure to get your orders in soon.
You can now ask Alexa on the Amazon Echo or Fire TV to ask Uber for a ride using the new Uber Alexa Skill. Once you enable the skill and link it to your Uber account, you can say “Alexa, ask Uber to get me a car” to hear how far away the closest Uber driver is to you. Alexa will then ask if you want to order the car and you just have to say yes. When you have a ride ordered, whether it was through Alexa or the Uber app, you can then say “Alexa, ask Uber how far away is my ride” to hear when the driver will arrive. You can also use Alexa to cancel the ride by saying “Alexa, ask Uber to cancel.” The new Alexa skill supports UberX, UberBlack, UberSUV, UberXL, and UberSelect services. You can specify the service you want when asking Alexa for the ride by saying something like “Alexa, ask Uber to order an UberBlack.“
The classic family game Rummikub has just been released for all Fire TV devices. This is a 60 year old tile-based game which combines elements of the card game rummy and mahjong. The goal of the game is to form runs (three or more same-colored tiles in consecutive number order) and groups (three or four same-value tiles in distinct colors) more quickly than your opponent. It can be played by 2 to 4 players and offers a sophisticated AI with three difficulty levels for solo play. There is also a tutorial mode which teaches you how to play. Rummikub can be played with either a remote or game controller.
The “free to own” video deals that I’ve been posting this week have been well received, so I’ll keep those posts coming when I come across such deals. It’s not unusual for Amazon to offer the first episode of a series for free to hook you in, but it usually doesn’t happen for a brand new show with a lot of buzz around it. Currently, you can own the first episode of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story in HD for free. This is a new series from FX, which premiered earlier this week, that explores the behind-the scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the O.J. Simpson trial.
Just 2 short months after it’s theatrical debut, Chi-Raq, Amazon’s first original movie, is now available to stream for free by Prime members. Amazon set out, at the start of last year, with a goal of 12 original movies per year. Chi-Raq is the first step towards that goal, with the theatrical release of Creative Control next month bwing their second step. With Amazon’s recent shopping spree at the Sundance Film Festival, they now have a total of 12 movies under their belt, which we can expect to be released in the coming year and eventually become available to Prime members shortly after release.