AFTVnewscast 40: Amazon Surveys Kodi & New Fire TV Features

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, iTunes, Google Play Music, listen via TuneIn, Stitcher, or download the MP3 directly. Read on for the show notes and links.

Show Notes & Links

Alexa on the Fire TV will soon be able to launch apps and videos

Amazon Prime Add-On Subscriptions

Local movie search via Alexa coming to the Fire TV

Fire TVs can now also ask Alexa for local business addresses, phone numbers, and operating hours

Alexa can now read Kindle books and skip Audible audiobook chapters

YouTube app for the Fire TV to gain 4K Ultra HD support

YouTube app on Amazon

Fire TV software update is now rolling out

Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Rooting

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

German Fire TV owners receiving Kodi survey from Amazon

UltraFlix brings their large library of 4K Ultra HD content to the Amazon Fire TV

UltraFlix app on Amazon

Mimic Arena brings local multiplayer shooting action to the Amazon Fire TV

Mimic Arena game on Amazon

App Deal: Buzzwords anagram puzzle game down from $2.99 to $0.99

Buzzwords game on Amazon

Android TV to gain picture-in-picture feature

Xiaomi to release updated Mi Box in the US as an official 4K Android TV box

Google’s competitor to the Amazon Echo is a speaker called Google Home

Amazon releases programmable Dash button

Programmable Dash Button on Amazon

Regular Amazon Dash Buttons

Amazon working on tablet-like device with hands free Alexa capabilities

SideClick Remote Review

SideClick Remote on Amazon

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo Dot

Android Version Stats

How to complete the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick initial setup without updating

Adobe Dreamweaver

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  1. Ain L. says:

    I had both router blocks on my AFTV-1st gen v5.0.5 but it still updated to v5.0.5.1, any reason why that happened?

  2. Adam says:

    Most routers… I thought it was mainly Asus routers, of which I have one.

    If its instead most routers, do we know which ones DO block HTTPS?

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