AFTVnewscast 35: Amazon Acknowledges Kodi Users

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Show Notes & Links

Amazon explicitly shows Kodi some love in the latest Fire TV software update

Software update brings sideloaded apps to the Fire TV Home Screen and a new App Shortcut

Amazon Appstore removed Kodi for false reputation of “facilitating piracy”, while Google Play Store approves Kodi

How to use custom icons for sideloaded apps like Kodi on the Amazon Fire TV

Amazon App Blacklist

How to stop a software update in progress from installing on a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

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

How disable the default Home button double-press action on a rooted Fire TV

How to restore internal ADB client capabilities on a rooted Fire TV

Amazon places the Fire TV 2 “Under Review”

Amazon Fire TV 2 product page

App Deal: 22 Fireplace apps have dropped down from $1.99 to FREE

Direct link to 22 Free Fireplace Apps

Weekly New Apps

Amazon announces new brighter, lighter, and thinner Kindle Oasis

Kindle Oasis

Kindle Voyage

First trailer for Amazon’s upcoming movie ‘The Neon Demon’

Drama series inspired by Bob Dylan under development by Amazon

How to update TWRP custom recovery on the Amazon Fire TV


sphinx02/FireStarter on GitHub

How to unroot a Fire TV 2 and switch back to stock updates from Amazon

Xiaomi Bluetooth Game Controller

Keylayout Instructions

How to update an app on the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

4K video output not available to Fire TV app developers

The new 4K Fire TV only supports 4K video, not a 4K interface or 4K apps, and thats a good thing

Fire TV & Fire TV Stick Rooting Starter’s Guide

How to complete the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick initial setup without updating
How to install the Google Play Store on the Fire TV 2 running Fire OS 5

StickMount app for mounting NTFS drives

Paragon app for mounting NTFS drives

PlayStation Vue


Sideclick Prototype Review

Logitech Harmony Remote

Amazon Fire TV 1 Power Adapter

Amazon Echo and Fire TV 2 Power Adapter

Amazon Echo Dot

How to manually upgrade or downgrade the Amazon Fire TV

Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller

Amazon Fire TV Game Controller with Voice Search

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  1. Mark says:

    Kodi has always appeared in my recent list. I don’t get all the comments about this like it’s news.

    • Joe D says:

      It only appeared for the relatively few people who “purchased” it from the Amazon App Store during the short time it was an official app. If you side loaded it, it wouldn’t show.

      • AFTVnews says:

        Even then, it only appeared if you never performed a factory reset. If you purchased it back then and setup a new device or reset an existing one, Kodi would not appear. But there are a bunch of devices that still had Kodi in the recent section ever since that glitch was possible.

      • jim says:

        No that is not correct. I side loaded it, and it shows up fine. I think that maybe you have it backwards.

    • TROJAN4EVR says:

      Are you still on 14.2???

  2. clocks says:

    I also noticed on my FTV stick, that after the latest update, Netflix studders a lot.

  3. Adam says:

    I have five sticks with kodi and the amazon accounts all were signed out randomly. And my friend said his did the same thing recently. Anyone else experience this? Now it wants me to sign in to amazon all over. Just weird.

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