AFTVnewscast 52: New App Blacklist & Next-Gen Devices

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

Software update blocks rooting with Kingo Root on the Fire TV Stick

Rooting Starters Guide

Fire TV update contains new “Not In My House” system app for more sophisticated app blocking

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


How to access the hidden Developer Tools Menu on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Explanation of the System X-Ray bar on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

How to clear Kodi’s “first run help” screen on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Fire TV and Voice Remote stock instability hint at new devices

Expanded developer options now allow Alexa Skills to stream audio

Amazon reportedly launching an inexpensive Echo-exclusive music service in September

TNT and TBS apps arrive on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

TNT app

TBS app

MarketCast app

Random Mahjong app

Riptide GP: Renegade

Impulse GP

Five New Roku Models Leak — Three with 4K and Two with HDR

New Amazon Fire tablet makes FCC appearance

New NVIDIA Shield Controller passes through the FCC

New NVIDIA Shield remote passes through the FCC


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

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


Sideloading Guide


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

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

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

How to Remotely Control an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick via ADB

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  1. TechyChris says:

    Hello Elias, another great podcast. I appreciate your insight on the new blacklist app. I know a lot of viewers are concerned about the future of KODI. Once again I feel that KODI is unfairly targeted just because they’re the big kid on the block. You mention in your podcast that Amazon will not allow an app that will facilitate piracy, perfectly understandable. However I would like to point out(no matter what anybody else claims to the opposite) that both PLEX and now PlAYON “can” be used to accomplish the EXACT same thing. Scripts ARE available for both to view the same unwanted addons, so why does Kodi get the hate while others are left unblemished? I know your Plex viewers will hate me for this post but it is the PlEX / PLAYON “dirty little secret”. Just my thoughts, keep up the good work.

  2. Adam says:

    “A few updates ago, Amazon explicitly put code IN that helped Kodi. It made Kodi show up on the home screen…”

    “So they explicitly put code in that would look to see if you had Kodi installed, and if you did, it added Kodi into your Home screen…”

    Hey, remember when people on this site who sounded like they knew what they were talking about said that Kodi users were an insignificant number of Amazon Fire users?

    Funny story…

  3. Dave says:

    I messed up, I sideloaded the phone version of Aptoide and not the TV version on my Non Rooted FireTv 2. Well under the phone version it allowed it to update apps. Well I went update crazy and updated the actual Amazon Appstore app, which is the Fire TV Stick version I guess because it no longer has the “Games” tab on the left side of the home screen. Was wondering if there’s a stock app for it somewhere kind of like gapps for most Android devices or if someone could do me the courtesy of sending me a back up of their stock app.

    • D says:

      You’d probably get more and better responses in the Q&A board for FireTV at XDA, but you should be able to uninstall the newer Appstore in settings and it would replace it with the original system version.

      It’s also possible that if you flashed a ROM (even the same version) it would replace the Appstore / homescreen back to system. Just do the research and know the repercussions of doing so (possibly losing root or other customizations).

      • Dave says:

        Thanks, but it didn’t show me the option to uninstall the app. But I did side load “App Backup & Restore” change the file location to the SD card, backup all the apps that I wanted, then performed a full factory reset. Everything is back to normal now, after I reinstalled all the apps & games I had.

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