Latest Fire TV and Fire TV Stick updates bring bug fixes and no new features

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The latest software updates, version 51.1.4.3 for the Fire TV and version 54.1.0.3 for the Fire TV Stick, are currently making their way out to all Fire TV devices. If you haven’t received the update yet, be patient as you’ll receive it eventually. I’ve had a chance to compare these new updates with the previous version on both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick and have been unable to find any visible changes to either device.

Amazon has just updated their Fire TV and Fire TV Stick software pages to reflect these new updates and have listed “Bug Fixes” as the only change. I was expecting Windows 8.1 Miracast support to be added with this update, but it doesn’t look like that’s the case. The Fire TV Stick product page still lists the feature as “coming soon.” Due to a power surge taking out my Windows PC, I’m unable to verify that Windows 8.1 Miracast support was not added with this update. If you get a chance to test mirroring a Windows 8.1 PC or find any changes with these updates, be sure to let us know in the comments.

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15 comments
  1. Colin says:

    I noticed that there is now a big stupid ad on the top of the home screen. Don’t know why that is. Doesn’t seem to be a way to get rid of it either.

  2. krawhitham says:

    Did either of the last two “Bug Fix” firmware releases fix the “Audio high-pitched ‘whistle’ sound” issue. I have the issue talked about here
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/fire-tv/help/firetv-audio-pitched-distortion-t2946556

    It happens at least every other day, reboot and the audio sounds good for a day or so.

  3. Alden Morgan says:

    If we already pay for prime, do we really need an ad on the top to tell us what to watch? Amazon should only advertise to those that don’t use prime and leave subscribers alone. I hate ads.

  4. Jeff says:

    The bug still exists that if you use the music app, the device will no longer go to sleep after a period of inactivity.

    I reported this issue to them months ago after a lot of troubleshooting to figure out what the problem was. I was even sent a replacement Fire TV because tech support said this was a rare issue.

    The problem stems from the “feature” of the Fire TV being able to still play music while navigating through different menus, and the fact that if you’re playing music while doing something else, the box really has no way to determine if you’re inactive, or just listening. At any rate, once you play some music, you’ll either need to reboot your box or go to application settings and Force Stop the music app if you want your Fire TV to sleep normally.

    I really don’t think it would be very difficult to add a way to actually exit the app when you’re no longer listening to the music. Like if you’ve paused the music for 30 minutes, chances are pretty good you’re no longer listening, so the app should close. Or if the music is paused and you start a video app, that would be a pretty solid indication that you’re no longer listening to music.

  5. jason says:

    what they need is a way to bypass the stupid intro video. I AM so sick of hearing that overtime i do a fire tv with xbmc for someone. So tired of not being able to bypass it. Who needs to hear that? If we want to know all the featured of the fire tv would we not already know seeing how we bought it?

    So stupid no other box manufacturer does that.

  6. Ross says:

    I’ve given up on my Fire TV due to still having no access to an external drive via USB.

  7. Tel says:

    Is Kodi still functional with update?

  8. Monica says:

    I applied this new firmware and now Kodi performance is really poor. is there a way to downgrade?

  9. Kai says:

    Monica – The only way to downgrade is if your device is rooted.

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