AFTVnewscast 26: Fire TV Rooting, TWRP, & ROMs Explained

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

Custom Recovery and 5.0.4 Pre-Rooted ROM for Fire TV 2 released by rbox

Pre-Rooted 5.0.5 ROM for Fire TV 2 Released



A-to-A USB Cable

Software version 5.0.5 for Fire TV 2 can still be rooted

Fire TV software update 5.0.5 with Alexa begins rolling out to 1st-gen devices

How to install/update a package using TWRP on the Amazon Fire TV

How to update TWRP custom recovery on the Amazon Fire TV

Ecobee beats Nest to be the first smart thermostat that works with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant

Ecobee3 Wi-Fi Thermostat

CBS Sports app released for all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models

CBS Sports app on Amazon

App Deal: This War of Mine down from $14.99 to $4.99

This War of Mine game on Amazon

App Deal: Shadowgun down from $4.99 to $1.99

SHADOWGUN game on Amazon

Fire TV Stick Rooted via Hardware Soldering Method

How to play files larger than 4GB off the Fire TV’s FAT32 USB storage in Kodi

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

Amazon Echo

How to connect to a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick via ADB


Download SSHDroid for Sideloading

How to Sideload on the Fire TV


Google has Chromecast Receiver app pulled from the Fire TV Appstore

Amazon has switched to incremental software updates for Fire OS 5 on 2nd-Gen Fire TV

Netflix cracks down on proxy streaming

List of all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Remote and Game Controller Specs

Get the AFTVnewscast on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, and via RSS Feed

All AFTVnewscast Episodes


One comment
  1. Brian says:

    I received my 5.05 to one of my first gen firetv sticks yesterday. It didn’ do it automatically, manually hit the update button in settings. It’s great being able to use my Monoprice Bluetooth headset now. Plus Kodi in the apps menu.

    Also I am on custom ROM rooted, on my first gen box. How do I safely update to the most recent. I can’t use Hulu on this version. I think it was after the boot screen procedure, stopped updating.

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