Most Fire TV devices updated to remove incorrectly added Dynamic Range Settings

A set of new software updates have been rolling out over the last couple of weeks to nearly all Amazon Fire TV models. These updates remove the option to change the Dynamic Range setting on the device, which was incorrectly added with the last software update. The only model that hasn’t received these updates is the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, because it is the only one that can have its HDR settings modified.

Older Fire TV devices running Fire OS 5, which include the Fire TV 1, Fire TV 2, Fire TV Stick 1, and Fire TV Stick 2 have received software update version 5.2.6.8 with a build value of 630508620. For whatever reason, the 1st-generation Fire TV Edition televisions by Element and Westinghouse have received a slightly different software update with a build value of 630508520. Fire TV devices running Fire OS 6, which include the Fire TV 3 (pendant) and the Fire TV Cube, have received software update version 6.2.5.8 with a build value of NS6258/1607. I assume the 2nd-generation Fire TV Edition televisions by Toshiba and Insignia have also received this same update, but I have been unable to confirm it, as I do not own one of these TVs.

The only thing that these updates seem to change is the removal of the Dynamic Range Settings menu found in the Display options. This menu first appeared when the Fire TV Stick 4K launched in October. It was added to all other Fire TV models with software updates in December.

These settings allow customers to switch between always displaying in HDR or displaying content to match the original dynamic range of the content. It turns out that only the Fire TV Stick 4K supports the ability to change its Dynamic Range Settings. Adding the option to other Fire TV models was a mistake, since those devices don’t support the capability, so this latest update removes the setting.

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3 comments
  1. J says:

    I received the 620 Build update on my FTV 2nd Gen Box on January 10th. I posted that in the other article with the 320 Build, from December 20th.

    I said that I went directly from OS 5.2.6.7 to 5.2.6.8 Build 620.

    So they must have stopped to Build 320 rollout to fix that issue, and resumed it with the 620 Build one.

  2. Bob Wilson says:

    In the latest update, Downloader app is also not showing in search store.

  3. Joh in MN says:

    I have a Toshiba Fire TV. I’m hoping one of these days they’ll stumble onto a fix for the startup volume. The TV starts up at the last volume setting, say 10. But one time 10 is a normal volume, the next time its super loud (as loud as say 30 or more). It does this about one out six times, very annoying. Maybe that is what they call “dynamic” :-)

    Am I the only one having this issue?

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