Post your Questions & Topics for tomorrow’s AFTVnewscast 69

I’ll be live streaming this week’s episode of the AFTVnewscast tomorrow at 11am PT / 2pm ET. Post your questions or topics in the comments below for me to answer and discuss during the episode. Anything goes for questions, whether it’s about the Fire TV, AFTVnews, or tech in general. Let’s hear them! Even if you can’t watch live, ask your question now and catch the episode on YouTube later.

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Downloader app v1.1.0 update for Fire TV adds file manager, settings, and more

The first update to my Downloader app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has just gone live. To add features quicker than I can, I hired Johannes Bramauer (a.k.a. superkoal on XDA), who has created some interesting Fire TV apps and modules for the community in the past. He has done a great job adding my requested features to the app. While this update does include some highly requested features, like basic file management, it’s mostly laying down the framework for more advanced features I hope to have added in the near future.

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What do you want to see changed or added to the Amazon Fire TV?

I know for a fact that plenty of Amazon employees visit this site. Some of them have direct influence over the future of the Amazon Fire TV line of devices. Lets hear what you’d like to see changed or added to the Fire TV, in the comments below, incase the right people are reading. Things like HDR, 4K at 60 fps, Alexa in the UK, and Kodi in the appstore are obvious, but what else do you want changed?

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Software update begins rolling out to 1st-gen Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks

The 1st-generation Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are starting to receive a new software updated, carrying version number and build number 562254320. I’ve received the update and, unfortunately, this update does not bring the new user interface to 1st-gen devices. The new interface is still coming to older devices, but that will happen at a later unknown date. The update with the new interface will likely carry a version number of or greater. I’m told this update’s purpose is to patch various security vulnerabilities within Android. Assuming there aren’t any issues with the update, most devices should receive it by the end of the week. I haven’t noticed any new features or obvious changes with this new software version, but I’ll be doing my usual digging shortly.

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Partial teardown of 2nd-gen NVIDIA Shield TV

Since the new 2nd-generation NVIDIA Shield TV is physically much smaller than the previous model, yet has the same processor, I was curious what the fan setup looked like inside. Here is a partial teardown of the new 16GB model, along with instructions on how to get in yourself if you want to clean out the dust that will inevitably collect inside. Read more ›

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Physical comparison of the 2nd-gen NVIDIA Shield TV to the Amazon Fire TV

The new 2nd-generation NVIDIA Shield TV was released yesterday and it’s a solid alternative to the Amazon Fire TV, especially now that it has a fully functional Amazon Video app. I’ve picked one up and will occasionally write about it to round out my coverage of Android based streaming media boxes. Here’s a comparison of the physical aspects of the new Shield TV versus the Amazon Fire TV, including comparisons of the Shield TV’s remote and game controller with Amazon’s remote and game controller. Read more ›

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2nd-gen NVIDIA Shield TV is $174.99 at Best Buy w/ Visa Checkout

Best Buy is currently offering $25 off $100 orders if you use Visa Checkout when paying for your order. That means you can buy the brand new 2nd-gen NVIDIA Shield TV for $174.99. This bundle includes both the new game controller and remote control. Considering the new Shield TV just came out today, this is a great deal for a new product. Unfortunately, Amazon Fire TV and Echo products are all excluded from the promotion. Just select Visa Checkout as your payment method and you’ll automatically receive the $25 discount.

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NVIDIA Shield TV update v5.0 adds Amazon Video and more to first-gen hardware

The first-generation NVIDIA Shield TV is starting to receive software update 5.0 that adds many of the new features announced for the 2nd-gen Shield TV to the older hardware. Top on the list of additions is an Amazon Video app that, for the first time, brings all of Amazon’s streaming content to set-top box running Android TV. Read more ›

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New Apps for the Week of January 8th thru the 14th

This week there were 26 new apps and games released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Dark Snake is a new game that takes the classic Snake game and steps it up a notch with enemies and mazes. Quick Colors is a new game that puts your reflexes and memory to the test. Spanish speaking Fire TV owners will be happy to hear that Telemundo has released an official app and that Vivoplay, a hispanic streaming service, is now available. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›

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AFTVnewscast 68: CES, Fire TV televisions, and NVIDIA Shield TV 2

If you missed yesterday’s live stream, here’s the latest AFTVnewscast episode. Thanks to everyone who viewed live and who participated by asking questions.

The AFTVnewscast is streamed live on Fridays at 11am PT. You can watch all episodes on YouTube, subscribe via RSS, iTunes, Google Play Music, listen via TuneIn, Stitcher, or download the MP3 directly. Read on for the show notes and links. Read more ›

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