AFTVnewscast 6: New Fire TV vs New Apple TV

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. In this episode, I talk about the various new Fire TV FCC documents and compare the new device to the new Apple TV. Then I answer a bunch of reader submitted questions.

The AFTVnewscast is streamed live every Friday at 1:30pm PT. You can watch all episodes on YouTube, subscribe via RSS, subscribe via iTunes, or download the MP3 directly. Read on for the show notes.

Show Notes

Possible next-gen 4K Fire TV surfaces in FCC filing

FCC filling for next-gen Fire TV

Next-gen Amazon Fire TV Remote and Game Controller likely use WiFi instead of Bluetooth

Remote control FCC Filling

Game controller FCC Filling

Fire TV Fire OS Developer Preview

Prime Music Stations added to Fire OS 5 Preview for the Fire TV

Pre-Rooted Fire TV Custom ROM Released

Blank screen issues related to HDCP

Amazon joins Disney Movies Anywhere cloud service

FREE Monsters, Inc. Movie

Disney Movies Anywhere app released for Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

New Apple TV coming in October with Siri and App Store for $149

Amazon Fire TV remote has an Accelerometer

Comparing the new Apple TV to the potential new Amazon Fire TV

Kodi may be sideloadable on the new Apple TV without jailbreaking

Plex coming to the new Apple TV

Questions answered in this episode

How to launch Kodi and other sideloaded apps from the Fire TV homescreen

Logitech K400 Keyboard

Wiimote Guide – For app disabling information

Controlling the Fire TV with the Amazon Echo – For app package name identification

Amazon Prime Instant Video now streaming in 4K Ultra HD

DiskUsage on the Google Play Store

Download DiskUsage APK with Evozi Downloader

How to install Fire OS 5 Developer Preview on a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

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  1. pmcd says:

    First time listener. What a great show and the advice was excellent. I learned a lot. Also, thank you for the comparison between the new Apple TV and a possible forthcoming Fire TV. They both sound very intriguing. At some point perhaps you might address the reasons why Plex on the AFTV is so awful versus say Kodi with PleXBMC?

    Thank you…philip

    • AFTVnews says:

      So glad you checked it out and enjoyed the show! I don’t really use Plex, I wouldn’t be able to answer that question. I have heard that Plex released a big Android 5.0 update, so it’s possible they’re waiting for Fire OS 5 to update the Fire TV apps.

  2. Some One says:

    I think the APK that is the “Photo’s App” on the FireTV is called “signed_gallery-bueller-release_601920010.apk”. I was browsing through the extracted rom image and that’s the only one that stuck out as being the correct APK.

    Package Name:

    Launchable Activity Name:

  3. Some One says:

    Okay…I made a windows batch file to simplify using aapt. I’m gonna post them here and over on XDA. They’re very simple but extremely easy and user-friendly. I hope someone else finds some use for them too.

    Here’s a zip file with 4 different very useful batch files. 2 of them output to text file and the other 2 display directly in the command prompt. The aapt MUST be in the same folder as the batch file being used.

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