AFTVnewscast 7: Everything you need to know about the New Fire 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. I covered everything about the new Fire TV in detail and answered a bunch of questions you guys had.

The AFTVnewscast is streamed live on Fridays 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

Amazon announces new Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa voice control

New Fire TV Product Page on Amazon

New Fire TV Gaming Edition on Amazon

Amazon bundles existing Fire TV Stick with New Voice Remote for $49

New Fire TV Stick Bundle with Voice Remote on Amazon

Amazon introduces new Fire TV Game Controller with Voice Search and Headphone Jack

New Fire TV Game Controller on Amazon

The new 4K Fire TV only supports 4K video, not a 4K interface or 4K apps, and thats a good thing

UPDATED: New Fire TV will support USB External Storage

The new Fire TV and new Fire TV Stick Bundle have different Voice Remotes

Bluetooth Voice Remote on Amazon

List of all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Remote and Game Controller Specs

SanDisk releases official “Made for Amazon” microSD cards for the new Fire TV

Official Fire TV Micro SD Cards on Amazon

STARZ and ENCORE added to Fire TV voice search with 10+ more services being added by the end of the year

Fire OS 5 with Alexa coming to 1st-gen Fire TV and Fire TV Stick in October

Shovel Knight comes exclusively to the Amazon Fire TV

Shovel Night on Amazon

Final Fantasy V and VI released for the Fire TV

Final Fantasy V on Amazon

Final Fantasy VI on Amazon

Over 250 tablet games were just added to the Fire TV appstore

FOX NOW, FXNOW, Poker Central, and Turner Classic Movies coming to Amazon Fire TV

Amazon refreshes their line of Fire Tablets with new hardware and software

$49 Fire Tablet

$99 Fire Kids Edition Tablet

$149 Fire HD 8 Tablet

$230 Fire HD 10 Tablet

New Chromecast reportedly coming later this month

Apple TV may have crippled its gaming potential by requiring developers to support the included remote

Nvidia Shield Pro partially recalled due to hard drive issues

Nvidia Shield TV on Amazon

Amazon Fire TV Remote App

Amazon Echo

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant coming to Amazon Fire TV


Logitech Harmony Smart Controller and Hub

Sideclick IR Remote for Fire TV

Nvidia Shield TV on Amazon

$49 Fire Tablet

Fire OS 5 Developer Preview


Amazon Fire TV Codenames

AFTVnewscast on YouTube

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  1. Hebert says:

    I have just watched the latest AFTV Newscast and one thing in particular got me worried to the point of thinking of cancelling my pre-order of the game bundle edition.

    You mentioned that the fire tv 2015 is a HDMI 1.4 device. If that is true it won’t work with Netflix 4K because AFAIK Netlix 4K only works on a device that has HDCP 2.2 and correct me if I am wrong, HDCP 2.2 only exists on the HDMI 2.0 new standard.

    I don’t own a 4K yet. I am waiting the new ones with HDR became more affordable before buying one.

    Nvidia released a comparison chart where it states that the Fire TV (2015) model has HDMI 2.0, have a look:

    That would be a deal breaker for me. I will pass on the new Apple TV because of the particular as well.

    If that is indeed the case, suddenly the Nvidia Shield TV became a much more attractive product.

    Could you please, look into that particular issue?

    I love your work on


    • AFTVnews says:

      Amazon has not listed if the new Fire TV has an HDMI 1.4 or 2.0 port. One of my sources told me it’s a 1.4 port, which is why I said that in the episode. It made sense since it’s only a 4K @ 30fps device, but my source could be wrong.

      The new Fire TV’s product page says that an HDCP 2.2 TV is required for 4K, so that seems to imply the new Fire TV is capable of HDCP 2.2, which implies it has an HDMI 2.0 port.

      At this point we don’t know for sure which port it is, but I’m sure Amazon has made sure Netflix 4K will work with the new Fire TV.

  2. Hebert says:

    Anandtech is also referring the new fire tv model as a HDMI 2.0 device.

    Well, I believe this coming week will dissipate all doubts we’re having.

    Thank you for replying.

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