Watch the AFTVnewscast, LIVE today at its at 11:00 am Pacific / 2:00 pm Eastern on YouTube. I’ll be going over the week’s news and answering your questions. You can tweet questions live during the stream to @AFTVnews, or ask them right now in this week’s Questions & Topics post. While you wait you can watch the previous episode.
Amazon is hosting their first-ever casual mobile games eSports tournament, called Champions of Fire, today from 2pm – 9pm PT. They’ve released a new Fire TV app where you can watch the event live. Competing are 16 celebrity video game streamers who will play 5 casual mobile games for their share of a $100,000 cash prize. The games being played are Disney Crossy Road, PAC-MAN 256, Bloons TD Battles, Fruit Ninja, and 8 Ball Pool. Contestants include Boxbox, Professor Broman, Northernlion, lolRenaynay, Brian Kibler, and others. The tournament is being held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. If you miss the live stream, or don’t want to watch the entire 7 hour event, you can watch a two-hour special featuring highlights from the event on December 12 at 7pm PT on CBS Sports Network.
If you are seeing an “Error 40” or “QP1005” error message when you launch DirecTV Now, it’s probably because your device is rooted. Here is how to get around the message and use DirecTV Now on a rooted Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Read more ›
Plex is the most popular media center app in the official Fire TV appstore and Kodi is the most popular one not in the appstore. Both have unique features, so many people use both apps. If you’re among those people, you’ll be intrigued to hear that Plex has just release an official Kodi add-on that provides access to Plex from within Kodi. Since the add-on uses Kodi’s media player, Plex says it “enables powerfully advanced knob twisting and lever sliding to fine tune playback.” There were always ways to combine Plex and Kodi, and MrMC even added built-in Plex support a few months back, but it’s always nice to have official support from Plex themselves. The new Plex add-on is currently only available to Plex Pass subscribers, but it will be available to everyone soon.
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Amazon is currently giving away a free limited edition Holiday Teddy Bear with $100 gift card purchases. You can apply the gift card to your own account and essentially get a free holiday teddy bear out of it. Gift cards in $150, $200, and $250 denominations are also available, but all denominations include the same holiday teddy bear. The offer is only available for Prime members.
I’m a big fan of Amazon Drive and use it regularly, but the desktop software is a bit lackluster. Sure, you can use the software to upload and download files, but that’s pretty much it. Amazon has now added the ability to automatically sync files in your Amazon Drive with your computer. To achieve this before, you had to use a 3rd-party app like Odrive, or do what I do, which is let my NAS handle syncing and have it upload a copy to Amazon Drive. Now syncing capabilities are natively built into the Amazon Drive client. Read more ›
The game Ticket to Ride is currently available for free. This game was just added to the Fire TV appstore a couple weeks ago and normally sells for $6.99. This is the official electronic adaptation of the immensely popular board game of the same name. Ticket To Ride is touted as a game that takes a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master. The Fire TV version features solo play against up to 4 AI players, local multiplayer play with up to 4 people, and online multiplayer. The online multiplayer is cross-platform, which means there will always be plenty of Android, iOS, Mac, and PC players to play with. Ticket To Ride is compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models, and works with either a remote control or game controller.