Post your Questions & Topics for Tomorrow’s AFTVnewscast

I’ll be live streaming another episode of the AFTVnewscast tomorrow at 1:30pm PT. Post your questions or topics in the comments below for me to answer and discuss during the episode. Anything goes, whether it’s about the Fire TV, AFTVnews, or tech in general. Even if you can’t watch live, ask your question now and catch the episode on YouTube later.


  1. El BoB says:

    So I’m curious if there’s a way to increase the fps on Kodi on the fire TV I notice there’s a small difference between the stick and TV but my matricom g box has well over 20 fps than the TV and I’m also curious at what fps it becomes irrelevelt as far as what eye can discern thanks if you have any info

  2. Ulises Rodriguez says:

    I have not received the latest FireTV update yet, but Since Oracle (a FireTV user) has reported serious problems, and also warns us, about Possibly HDCP connection problems and black screen after reboot his FireTV…

    I would like to know if anyone has experienced similar problems, after receiving and installing the latest Firmware update?

  3. Chad says:

    Why should I stay with Fire TV instead of buying a Shield TV? Or is there space for both on my mantle with out feeling redundant?

    • hdmkv says:

      I have both, so can give you my POV. Shield is a lot more powerful that FTV, and Kodi runs great on it (as it does on FTV), but it’s noticeably snappier. Games play better on Shield as that’s what it’s really geared toward, whether it’s Android games, those tailored for Shield or nVidia’s Stream games. Also, Google Play has some games Amazon doesn’t (for FTV use anyway), but vice versa is also true. Kodi is officially supported by Google Play, so no tricks to make it appear on Shield’s home menu.

      Where FTV is a better option is if you don’t play as many games, want something cheaper, and if you’re a Prime member. No Amazon Prime/Instant on Shield. Yes, you can sideload it, but it’s a tablet experience, requiring keyboard/mouse.

      • Y314K says:

        There are other devices just as good or slightly better then FTV’s. But I was able to get all 4 of my FTV’s for less then $50 each using Staples coupons during FTV’s sales. That is less then a Shields controller. Can’t beat that. I also got 3rd party controllers for $14 each. FTV’s where a bargain all around.

  4. Willie Holder says:

    I think everyone has these two questions:

    1. When will the AFTV get the 5.0 update?

    2. When will we see an AFTV 2.0?

  5. Lodewijk (Lewis in english) says:

    Hi Elias,

    I am a cord cutter from Europe living in Belgium (I am Dutch actually). I love the cord cutters show and also check your website every day. I have HBO now (smart DNS), Netflix and a local fox sports go subscription (here they offer internet only which is great for all my European soccer). I have an apple TV and an Amazon fire TV (bought in the states because here only available in Germany and UK, they don’t ship outside these countries). I am trying my free month of amazon prime (smart DNS)but won’t keep it because most content is overlap with Netflix. Without smart DNS the offers for cord cutters is poor in Europe. Also I sideloaded Kodi to my fire TV which I love as well. My question is for the pulsar add on in Kodi. Many times it mentions when I am trying big files (bigger than 2.5 gigabyet)that my download path is too small. In the settings it says to use external storage for the path but not FAT32 (which is the external storage via USB). Is there any way to increase the download path on fire TV –> Kodi –> Pulsar Add on?

    Thanks and keep up the good work.


  6. Bobby Graham says:

    Are you going to post more how to guides for the amazon echo in the future?

  7. Sirdoo says:

    Occasionally, I get a error on my FireTv (code 503) that will not let me switch and watch prime content after I’ve watch along periods of content via KODI. I am forced to do a soft restart on the Firetv box before it will work. I am not exactly sure of the code #.

    • Aaron says:

      I’ve seen this problem too. Rather than hard reboot, you can simply do an “exit” from Kodi (lower left of the home screen. I believe it is due to the amount of memory Kodi uses when running in the background (which it does do, unless you explicitly exit).

  8. Sergey says:

    I’m working on a Fire TV app that I hope to release soon and was wondering how you decide which apps you write about or feature on AFTVnews.

  9. Y.O. says:

    I have rooted my Fire TV from the beginning and blocked updates. Therefore, I am still on attempting to downgrade to 510058520. I want to do this in order to unlock bootloader, and get pre-rooted rom. People have had trouble with this downgrade, getting the “unsuccessful” message.

  10. Y314K says:

    Other then router base VPN as a solution. Is there any way to get VPN working on a rooted FTV ? aka OpenVPN on a FTV.

    Also which DNS masking services are the best (Hola VPN). I know they work but they don’t offer the encryption that VPN’s do…

  11. jim says:

    I have two questions. The first is why do I have to constantly clear the data and cache on my FTV apps in order to watch prime videos? I do have kodi installed and also have a external Pony usb drive which I have moved “ALL” of my non FTV apps to, and I do not play games. Second question is about the Logitech k400 which I purchased on your advice, but have not figured out how to use with FTV, as it requires the dongle to be used in the usb slot that I have my pony drive plugged into? thank you

  12. Ken says:

    I have Kodi installed and it works very well. I have not updated the Fire TV stick for about 2 months. Here are my questions:

    1) The latest Amazon Fire TV stick update…will it break the current Kodi install, or block future Kodi updates?

    2) since I have not updated the Fire TV stick for 2 months now, is my device prone to StageFright? If yes, what are the risks for the Amazon Fire TV stick and my home network? Can someone hack into my network via the Amazon Fire TV stick? I own no other Android devices…

  13. n2outlaw says:

    I found a AFTV on FW and tried to downgrade it using AFTVnews guide here but forgot to install Busybox.
    I wanted to downgrade it so I could unlock the bootloader, install Custom Roms and Boot Menu.

    The eFuse is not blown because it was never on FW or higher.

    Steps I did:
    Opened up the FTV and soldered the 4 wires to board
    Copied over the SU and was rooted
    downgraded Stock Recovery
    Uploaded and then rebooted to recovery (no Busybox installed)

    It started updating and then everything went black. And now its no lights coming on the front of box. (brick dead )

    Is thier away to reflash FW in linux or a Recovery (stock or custom) connected to the eMMC using the board?
    Or something I can copy over to get it to boot so I can install FW?

    Also, for future, can you downgrade FW through if you hardware root it first and then follow the downgrade guide here?
    Or is their a easier way and if so. Can you send link on how?

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