AFTVnewscast 45: Custom Fire TV Boot Animation & Screensaver

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

How to change the default screensaver on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

Daydream compatible Android screensavers

How to determine the package name of an Android App

Aerial Dream screensaver

How to set a custom Screensaver Start Time on a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

How to set a custom Sleep Time on a rooted Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

How to customize the Boot Animation on a rooted Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

Kodi boot animation video

Logitech adding Alexa integration to Harmony remotes

Logitech Harmony Remotes

App Deal: Retroids down from $0.99 to FREE

Retroids on Amazon

App Deal: pFolio for Google Photos down from $2.89 to $0.69 w/ coins

pFolio for Google Photos on Amazon

Over 100 movies just went on sale for as little as $3.99 on Amazon Video

List of $3.99 SD movies on sale

List of $7.99 HD movies on sale

Get a $10 Amazon Gift Card for playing Sonic Dash through Amazon Underground

Sonic Dash on Amazon Underground

Check your Amazon account for credit from Apple’s e-book settlement

Click here to check e-book credit

Amazon’s latest batch of pilot shows are now available to watch for free

Redesigned Amazon Kindle is thinner, lighter, comes in white, and still $79.99

New Kindle e-book reader

YouTube Red takes on Amazon and Netflix, while BitTorrent takes on YouTube

How to install TWRP custom recovery on a rooted Fire TV 1

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

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

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  1. Ain L. says:

    According to what you mentioned about blocking updates on dns. I blocked updates for the top 4 sites you mentioned and my FTV 1st gen device still updated to the latest firmware. At the time I was on 5.0.5 and was waiting for the rbox release of the roms. Now I’m asking this; is anyone working on a FTV 1st gen rooting method for version

    • AFTVnews says:

      Sorry to hear that. I’ll test to see if anything has changed as far as update domains. We usually don’t hear about people working on a rooting method. It just appears randomly when new exploits are discovered.

  2. chemical says:

    I blocked the 4 address’s on my netgear router and my fire tv 2 still updated -_- i only had it 2 days so i sent it back and got another and routed it and blocked it that way :D so far so good.

    • AFTVnews says:

      Most likely your router is incapable of blocking HTTPS requests, which is what the Fire TV uses to download updates. You’ll need to block using method 4 in my guide which uses OpenDNS.

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