AFTVnewscast 46: New Apps & Alexa 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

Surround Sound issues with Amazon Video on Fire TV resolved

You can now order any Prime-eligible item using Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant

Alexa Skills can now be enabled by just asking

Amazon redesigns Alexa Skill discovery with new categories, filters, and curation

Alexa App

Alexa Web Portal

CNNgo app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV with live streaming CNN news

CNNgo app on Amazon

DIY Network and Cooking Channel apps arrive on the Amazon Fire TV

DIY Network app on Amazon

Cooking Channel app on Amazon

Major League Soccer releases official MLS app for the Amazon Fire TV

MLS app on Amazon

Slingbox drops support for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

App Deal: Chimpact Run down from $2.99 to FREE

Chimpact Run game on Amazon

App Deal: DuckTales Remastered down from $9.99 to $4.99

DuckTales: Remastered game on Amazon

App Deal: Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse down from $9.99 to $4.99

Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse game on Amazon

App Deal: Several classic arcade games for the Fire TV down from $1.99 to $0.99

Galaga, Arkadia, Puzzle Magic, Meteorite Smash, and Meteorite Smash Classic on Amazon

App Deal: FlickFolio for Flickr down from $2.99 to $0.69 w/ coins

FlickFolio for Flickr app on Amazon

Over 50 movies on sale for $4.99 at Amazon Video

All $4.99 movies on sale on Amazon

Amazon Video expands HDR content to support Dolby Vision

Amazon signs deal to be exclusive ‘premium’ streaming home for PBS KIDS shows

PBS KIDS apps on Amazon

Second annual Prime Day will be July 12 — Here are the types of deals to expect


Amazon App Notification Instructions

Amazon to sell discounted unlocked Android phones with ‘special offer’ ads

Moto G for $124.99

BLU R1 for $49.99

How to get Kodi to show up on the Home Screen of a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

Android Task Managers

60fps PlayStation Vue

How to install the Google Play Store on the Fire TV 2 running Fire OS 5


How to partially or entirely move Kodi data to external USB or MicroSD storage

Kodi Wiki: User Data Locations

How to launch Fire TV Settings directly via ADB

FLIRC Universal Remote Control Dongle

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One comment
  1. clocks says:

    I asked Amazon about the ad sponsored phones, to see if the data use can’t be set to wifi only for the ads. The answer I got was unclear. They just said each ad was “approximately 300KB to 3MB”. This phone is going to be used on a paygo service, so I don’t want to get stuck inflating my bill at 6-9 cents per meg due to ads. I’m tempted to cancel my order.

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