Amazon hints at FOX Sports GO release for Fire TV

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Amazon has begun featuring the above image and a similar banner on their website, only one of the three apps in the image doesn’t quite make sense. The Fox Sports GO app has yet to be released for the the Fire TV. The currently incompatible app allows you to stream a variety of sports content, including live broadcasts like the Super Bowl. Similar to the WatchESPN app, the FOX Sports GO app needs to be activated with a participating cable provider before you can view content. Featuring an incompatible app in a Fire TV promo may just be a simple mistake, but the more likely scenario is someone jumped the gun and the app will be released in the near future.

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Season 2 of Amazon’s Original Comedy Series ALPHA HOUSE Debuts Today

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If you’re looking for something new to binge watch this weekend, then look no further. All 10 episodes of Amazon’s critically-acclaimed comedy ALPHA HOUSE have been released today via Amazon Instant Video in the US, UK and Germany. If you haven’t seen the first season, the show is about four Republican senators who share the same D.C. house rental and face re-election battles, looming indictments, and more – all with a sense of humor. Even if you don’t have Prime, you can watch the pilot episode for free.

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XBMC / Kodi Incompatible with Fire TV Software Version 51.1.40_user_514005520

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Along with the realease of the UK Fire TV, we saw the release of two new software versions: 51.1.40_user_514005520 and 51.1.4.0_user_514006420. So far only UK Fire TVs are getting these updates, but if the German Fire TV release is any indication, all Fire TVs should eventually be receiving these updates. Word is that the older of the two versions, 51.1.40_user_514005520, is incompatible with XBMC/Kodi. When launched on Fire TVs running software version 51.1.40_user_514005520, XBMC/Kodi is immediately crashing. Read more ›

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FreeTime Parental Controls Excluded from Non-US Fire TV

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FreeTime, the granular parental control feature, is excluded from German and UK Fire TVs. The feature was added to US Fire TVs back in June with the 51.1.1.0 software update. It allows parents to create profiles for each child and control precisely which apps and videos the child may use on the Fire TV. Without FreeTime, UK and German Fire TV owners lose this granularity and only have the option to block access in an all-or-nothing manner. Read more ›

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$16.64 Amazon Appstore Credit Absolutely FREE (UPDATE: No longer working)

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Amazon is giving away $16.64 in Amazon Appstore Promotional Credit for free. Simply click here and enter promotional code AMAZONBF to get the FREE credit.

Update

4:15pm PT Looks like Amazon has killed the promotion, and worse, is retroactively removing the credit for those that had it applied. Considering the code ended in “BF”, this may have been a Black Friday promotion that leaked out too early. People are reportedly getting some or all of the credit back by talking to Amazon’s Customer Service.

4:35pm PT I’ve gotten to the bottom of this mysterious promotion. Apparently it’s a promotion that was supposed to credit you 50% of the cost of a specific in-app purchase for the game Brave Frontier. The promotion code was never intended to work on its own. That’s why Amazon has decided to reverse the credit.

Source Reader Kadafi

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How to determine Fire TV Software Version and Rootability on First Setup Screen

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If you’re setting up a new Fire TV and want to root, it’s important to know which software version the Fire TV is running before completing the initial setup. There is no way to know exactly which software version the Fire TV is running without checking the Settings menu, but you can figure out roughly where you stand on the first setup screen where you’re asked to press Play. Read more ›

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UK Fire TV Released with New Software Version

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Fire TVs have begun arriving on UK doorsteps. Today marks the release of the Fire TV in the United Kingdom, joining the US and Germany as the third country where the device is now available. Along with the launch is the release of a new software version, 51.1.4.0_user_514006420, that we haven’t seen before. UK Fire TVs are arriving with at least version 51.1.3.0_user_513011520, as indicated by the presence of a language selection screen during initial setup. Like the German Fire TVs, these units are forcing an unskippable (and unblockable) software update during the initial setup process. This forced update is the aforementioned new 51.1.4.0_user_514006420 version. This means that, like German Fire TVs, the UK Fire TVs cannot currently be rooted.

If history repeats itself, expect all Fire TVs to soon receive this new update. I’ll be sure to cover any changes this new update brings.

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How to bypass Geographic Content Restrictions on the Amazon Fire TV

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Apps with geographically restricted content, like the recently released BBC apps, are going to become more common now that the Fire TV is an international device. This guide will show you how to configure your Fire TV to use a regional bypass service to watch geographically restricted content. Read more ›

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How to install Geographically Restricted Apps from Amazon

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Now that the Fire TV has been released in Germany, and will be released in the UK tomorrow, geographically restrictioned apps will become more and more common. This guide will show you how to install geographically restricted apps directly from Amazon. Read more ›

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Suite of Fire TV BBC Apps Released for UK Residents

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Just in time for tomorrow’s UK release of the Fire TV, the British Broadcasting Corporation has released BBC iPlayer, BBC News, and BBC Sport apps for the Fire TV. As expected, the apps are geographically restricted, meaning they can only be downloaded if the country setting in your Amazon account is set to the United Kingdom. Even if you installed the apps on a non-UK Fire TV, the apps themselves are IP restricted, meaning you would only be able to view content if you were connected to the internet through a British internet service provider. I’ll be posting a guide on how to bypass these restrictions later today.

Update

My guides are now up. To install these BBC apps (or any geographically restricted apps) on a non-UK Fire TV, follow this guide. To bypass the regional restrictions within the app, follow this guide.

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