AFTVnewscast 22: Fire OS 5 coming in February

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 1:30pm PT. You can watch all episodes on YouTube, subscribe via RSS, subscribe via iTunes, listen via TuneIn, Stitcher, or download the MP3 directly. Read on for the show notes and links.

Show Notes & Links

Amazon officially says Fire OS 5 will come to 1st-gen Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks in February

Fire TV Game Controller Product Page

Sideloaded apps like Kodi can now be launched from the Fire TV ‘Apps’ section

Alexa on Amazon Echo and Fire TV can now initiate phone calls through new Ooma skill

Ooma Alexa Skill

Alexa Skill Articles

Amazon will reportedly release a portable version of the Echo in coming weeks

Triby to be the first 3rd-party device to fully integrate Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant

Ford to integrate Amazon Alexa into cars with SYNC Connect

‘Mozart in the Jungle’ will be Free to watch this weekend — No Prime Membership Required

Mozart in the Jungle on Amazon


Amazon adds PBS Civil War-era drama ‘Mercy Street’ to in-season Prime Video lineup

First episode of Mercy Street on Amazon

New deal brings more CBS and SHOWTIME content to Amazon Prime Instant Video

Netflix cracks down on proxy streaming

Netflix now available in 130 countries with 600 hours of original programming coming in 2016

Seagate releases Fire TV media receiver companion app to use with their suite of services

Seagate Media Receiver app on Amazon

Deer Hunter 2016 released for all Amazon Fire TV devices

Deer Hunter 2016 on Amazon

Amazon shopping partially available on Fire TV, with full shopping feature postponed

Amazon launches add-on subscription service for TV networks and media collections

Pre-rooted ROM and better rooting procedure coming soon for the Fire TV 2

Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller Wireless Receiver

Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller

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

AmazonBasics 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub

Logitech Harmony Smart Control with Hub

Sideclick add-on remote

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  1. Tim says:

    Hey Elias,

    Great episode. Can I make one suggestion for these pages you make post-show? It’s a great idea to link to the articles you wrote that you reference in the show, but would it be possible if beside these links you put a link to a specific time stamp in the episode where you begin talking about these topics?

    For example, new Alexa skills starts at xx.xx of the show, so you create a link that would bring the user to xx.xx time point.

    It’s possible to do with a simple modification of the YouTube link to the episode itself and I think it would be a big help to those who wish to skip other parts and get to a part of the show they wish to see. Thanks!

  2. Dave says:

    Just wanted to comment about the xbox 360 controller and wireless dongle as I had some trouble with my fire TV 2nd gen this week. I found USB debugging required to be turned off and I needed to unplug the Ethernet cable for the dongle to function. The light on the dongle did not light up until I completed these steps and plugged the dongle back in. Hope that helps some people.

    • AFTVnews says:

      Turning off USB debugging is a necessity anytime you want to use the USB port for something other than ADB. Thanks for the tip about the Ethernet cable. I hadn’t heard that before. Are you saying the controller never works if your Fire TV is connected via Ethernet?

  3. Daniel Tortora says:

    Will the february update for AFTV1 effect its ability to store Kodi downloaded movies on the USB thumb drive. It does it now without rooting. My AFTV2 does not store movies on either the USB or sd drive locations. I bought a AFTV1 on ebay just to have the capacity of external storage. I simply transfer the thumb drive to AFTV2 to watch HD movies I have downloaded using AFTV1. I would hate to lose that capacity. Please don’t tell me to root my AFTV2. I have tried and failed zeroepoch’s method numerous times.

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