YouTube app for Fire TV now immediately loads YouTube — Just like before Google’s ban

Amazon has updated the YouTube app for Fire TV devices to now remember whether you prefer to use the Silk or Firefox web browser. With the updated app, once you’ve selected one of the two browser choices, all subsequent launches of the YouTube app will automatically load YouTube in your prefered browser without you needing to select a browser each time. This makes the YouTube experience on Fire TV devices exactly how it used to be before Google threatened to block YouTube. Read more ›

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Prime Photos app on the Amazon Fire TV can now be disabled to save internal storage space

The Prime Photos app on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has been updated with a new option that allows customers to disable the app altogether. As you would expect, disabling the app prevents it from being launched. More importantly though, and likely the main reason for adding this new option, disabling the app also prevents it from storing photos and videos from your Amazon Drive onto the Fire TV or Fire TV Sticks internal storage. This allows customers who don’t use the Photos app to reclaim the precious internal storage space that the app normally uses. Read more ›

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MrMC v2.7 update released with Plex Cloud & Music support, and passthrough audio fix

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The only Kodi fork in the official Amazon appstore, MrMC, has just pushed a new v2.7 update to their media center app. The biggest addition brought by this new version is support for Plex Cloud and Plex Music to the app’s built-in Plex integration. Also present is a fix for AC3 audio passthrough for older 1st-generation Fire TV devices and a new option to sort content by when it was last played. See the full list of additions and bug fixes on the app’s Amazon page.

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MrMC update adds 4K support, Refresh Rate Switching, 24p/25p/30p support, Plex Client, and more

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MrMC, the only forked version of Kodi in the official Fire TV appstore, has just been updated to version 2.4 with a bunch of great new features. For starters, MrMC can now run at a resolution of 2160p, making it the first Fire TV app capable of playing local 4K content at full resolution. The update also brings true support for refresh rate switching to the Fire TV for the first time. This is a feature that home theater enthusiasts have been begging for ever since the Fire TV first launched, and even Amazon’s own video player doesn’t support it. With refresh rate switching enabled, MrMC will automatically change the Fire TV’s refresh rate to match the frame rate of the video being played. This greatly reduces or entirely eliminates visual artifacts caused by 3:2 pulldown and screen tearing. As if 4K support and refresh rate switching weren’t enough, the new update also adds a built in Plex client, as well as a LightEffects client to support Ambilight-style LED lighting. Read more ›

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Kodi fork MrMC lowers price and adds Fire tablet support

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MrMC, the only forked version of Kodi that is in the official Fire TV appstore, has reduced the app’s price from $6.99 to $5.99, and it now also runs on Fire tablets. I’m told by the developers that the price was lowered to $5.99 because it was simpler to use a single binary for both tablets and the Fire TV, so the Fire TV price was lowered to match their usual tablet app prices, instead of raising the tablet price to match their usual TV app prices. For comparison, MrMC remains $6.99 on the Apple TV and $5.99 on iPhone/iPad because iOS devices use separate MrMC binaries for the two platforms. While the new price is certainly still too high for most Kodi users, since Kodi is available to sideload for free, having an official app is worth it for some. Read more ›

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