AFTVnewscast 10: Dissecting the New Fire TV

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. In this episode I give an overview of the physical differences between the new and old Fire TV, Voice Remote, and Game Controller. As always, I go over the week’s Fire TV news and answer your submitted questions.

The AFTVnewscast is streamed live on Fridays at 1:30pm PT. You can watch all episodes on YouTube, subscribe via RSS, subscribe via iTunes, or download the MP3 directly. Read on for the show notes.

Show Notes

The next generation Amazon Fire TV has arrived

Dolby surround sound issues on 2nd-Gen Fire TV — Amazon working on a fix

2nd-Gen Fire TV also only supports FAT32 — No NTFS or exFAT support for either USB or MicroSD

App storage only supported on MicroSD card, not USB drive, for 2nd-Gen Fire TV

Some apps, like Kodi, cannot write to external storage yet on Fire OS 5 due to missing Android Lollipop support

How to partially or entirely move Kodi data to external USB storage

What this File Browser screen means and what you should do with it in Fire OS 5 on the Amazon Fire TV

2nd-Gen Amazon Fire TV on sale for $79.99 at Amazon

2nd-Gen Amazon Fire TV has gone out of stock

Yesterday’s Amazon Fire TV sale was a mistake

Ultimate Sideloading Guide for Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick

How to block software updates on the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

How to manually configure the IP address or DNS server on an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

First extremely faint hint of a 2nd Generation Fire TV Stick

FireStarter adds Fire OS 5 compatibility with new v3.0 update

Donate to FireStarters Creator

Tivo app arrives on Amazon Fire TV in Beta form

TiVo App on Amazon

WATCH ABC app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV

WATCH ABC app on Amazon

Twitch updates their Amazon Fire TV app

Twitch app on Amazon

Plex updating app with fresh new interface

Plex app on Amazon

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse makes its Android debut on the Fire TV

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse on Amazon

OlliOlli 2 makes its Android debut on the Amazon Fire TV

OlliOlli 2 on Amazon

Boulder Dash comes to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick — Free for a limited time

Boulder Dash on Amazon

Amazon reportedly considering its own live TV service

Roku 4 announced with 4K and new revamped Roku OS 7

Roku 4 on Amazon

Fire OS 5 adds partial 24p, 25p, 30p video support to the Amazon Fire TV

Resolution Cycling on the Fire TV

Amazon to stop selling Apple TV and Chromecast for lack of Prime Video support

Understanding the reasoning behind Amazon’s ban of the Apple TV, Chromecast, and Nexus Player

Amazon refreshes their line of Fire Tablets with new hardware and software

Rooting the Fire TV

What to do if the Amazon Fire TV only sees a small portion of a USB drive

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  1. Ace says:

    Am I the only one that thinks this new atv is slower than the 1st gen? The menu navigation is not as snappy.

  2. clocks says:

    I can say I’m pretty certain it loads Kodi faster, but I don’t notice much or any diff in the general gui navigation or reboot speed. Still surprised these boxes can’t boot faster, being all solid-state.

  3. Dan says:

    Return your new FTV and make $5?

    I returned one of my two. Got an email to take a survey for $5 credit.

  4. Todd Smith says:

    Has anyone worked out a fix for the fact that you can’t use custom DNS over WIFI on the new Fire TV 4K Boxes. I really need to be able to do this, but it keeps reverting back to the default DNS…

    Any ideas of a fix???

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