AFTVnewscast 48: Fire TV App Launcher & BLU R1 HD Ad Removal

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

Amazon Fire TV devices gain new grid app launcher through OTA system app update

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

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

Block Method 5: How to block updates on a rooted Fire TV or Fire TV Stick by setting a custom Fire OS version number

ES File Explorer can no longer download APK files directly — Sideloading guide updated with solution

All Sideloading Guides

How to sideload apps like Kodi onto the Fire TV — Using nothing but the Fire TV

Sideclick Remote for Fire TV & Fire TV Stick is now available exclusively at Best Buy

Sideclick on Best Buy

Sideclick Review

BitTorrent brings several live channels to the Amazon Fire TV for free with new BitTorrent Live app

BitTorrent Live app on Amazon

Amazon sold over half a million Fire TV devices globally during Prime Day

All Prime Day 2016 Posts

Amazon Hardware Sale Pricing Guide

How to disable lock screen ads on Amazon’s subsidized BLU R1 HD & Moto G smartphones

Moto G for $149.99

BLU R1 HD for $49.99

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

Revised software version still rootable on Fire TV Stick with Kingo Root

Amazon releases their own web-based Echo simulator for you to try Alexa

Alexa Web app lets you use Amazon’s voice assistant from your browser

Kindle First

Recent Fire TV software updates causing blank screen issues related to HDCP

HDMI Splitter to fix black screen issues

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

Fire TV Software Updates

How to update an app 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

All AFTVnewscast Episodes


  1. Phil says:

    Hi Elias, just to let you know that the key press combination on the fire tv to get the banner up does work. Also works with adb debugging on.
    Great podcast again, thanks


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