It has become almost certain that every device running some form of Android will at some point be rootable. In the case of the Element Fire TV Edition televisions, it happened quicker than you’d expect because, as it turns out, the software version that the TVs ship with from the factory is rootable. It’s always great to have the option to root a device, but before you jump at the opportunity to root your Fire TV Edition television, you need to know that the release of custom recovery, like TWRP, and pre-rooted ROMs from rbox for these TVs is very unlikely. Even more important is understanding how that’ll affect the TV in the future if you do root it. Read more ›
A reader of AFTVnews named Brandon Hammer has sent me a video showing that his Element Fire TV Edition television is rooted. Brandon says he was able to successfully root the device using the latest version of the KingRoot rooting utility, which is currently version 5.2.0. Brandon’s TV is running software version 18.104.22.168, which is not the latest software version for the Fire TV Edition televisions. Read more ›
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If you missed out on yesterday’s great deal on the Element 55″ Fire TV Edition television, this new deal that just went live is your next best bet. On sale is a bundle that includes the Element 50″ Fire TV Edition television, Sound Bar, and Digital Antenna for $499.99. That’s $160 off the regular price of all three items purchased separately. The included 50″ Fire TV Edition television normally sells for $549.99 on its own, so you’re essentially getting the Sound Bar and OTA DIgital Antenna for free, plus saving $50. The previous deal on the 55″ television was one of the fastest things to sell out this Prime Day, so act fast if you’re interested in this deal. Check out the other Prime Day deals that are now live and check back here often because I’ll be posting the best deals all day as they go live.
The Prime Day Deal on the Element 55-inch 4K Fire TV Edition Television for $399.99 has just gone live. If you’re even remotely considering buying this TV, put in your order immediately because this is definitely going to sell out quick. The Fire TV Edition televisions are already very well priced, so at nearly 40% off the regular price, this is a steal. I’m very happy with mine and I’m sure you will be too, especially if you can get one for this price. Check out the other Prime Day deals that are now live and check back here often because I’ll be posting all the best deals all night tonight and all day tomorrow.
Amazon has given us a sneak peak of some of their upcoming Prime Day deals. Among the revealed deals is a great deal on the Element 55″ Fire TV Edition television for $399.99. With a regular price of $649.99, that’s nearly 40% off a televisiont that was just released a few weeks ago. It’s unknown when this deal will go live, but it could be as early as 6pm PT / 9pm ET tonight. All the good TV deals sell out very quickly on Prime Day, so I expect that to happen to this deal as well. I’ll be posting throughout the night about the best deals as they go live, including this one, so be sure to check in often.
One of the main benefits of Amazon’s Fire TV Edition television, over a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, is the built-in TV tuner. With it you have access to free over-the-air channels right from the Fire TV interface. While watching live TV, the Fire TV Edition television automatically records what you’re watching so that you can pause live TV and rewind at will. By default, the television will only record 5 minutes of live TV, but if you insert an SD card into the device, the operating system will use the available storage on the card to record live TV for much longer. Read more ›
The SD Card slot on the Element Fire TV Edition televisions is treated as the primary port for external storage, since it’s the only one that can be used to store apps, however, a USB drive connected to the USB port is just as accessible from within 3rd-party apps. The only catch is that you cannot have a USB Drive connected to each of the two USB ports simultaneously. Read more ›
The Element Fire TV Edition televisions have a full-sized SD card slot, as well as a pair of USB ports, where one is USB 2.0 and the other is USB 3.0 speeds. It was expected that only the SD card slot would be used for external app storage, since that’s the way the Fire TV 2 works with its microSD card slot. I can confirm that only the SD card slot on the television is available for external app storage. The television does recognize when you connect USB drives, but warns you that they cannot be used to store apps, like the Fire TV 1 can do. Files can be accessed through either the SD card or a USB drive via 3rd-party apps, like media players (e.g., Kodi, MrMC, SPMC, VLC, etc..) or file managers, but only the former can store apps to augment the Fire TV Edition televisions 16GB of internal storage.
The Sideclick universal remote attachment is one of the best accessories for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. That’s why it’s unfortunate that it does not fit the remote that comes with the Element Fire TV Edition television. While the Element’s voice remote looks a lot like the regular Fire TV voice remote, it’s a little thicker so does not fit into the Sideclick’s holster clip, which is contoured to perfectly fit the existing remotes. Jenn Epstein from Sideclick told me they don’t currently have plans to support the Fire TV Edition television remote, but are certainly consider making a clip for it. They have purchased a Fire TV Edition television to further look into supporting the device. The Fire TV Edition television remote has power and volume buttons, which for me was most commonly what I used the Sideclick for, but if you were hoping to attach a Sideclick to that remote, in order to control your other A/V equipment, I’m sorry to say you’re out of luck for now.
I would love to be wrong about this, but it appears as though Amazon’s 2nd generation Fire TV Game Controller and 2nd generation Fire TV Voice Remote are not compatible with Element’s Fire TV Edition televisions. Nothing I tried could get them to pair with the TV. It’s not too big of an issue that the voice remote doesn’t work, as long as you don’t lose the one that comes with the TV, since Amazon does not yet sell replacements. The bigger issue is the Fire TV Game Controller, since that is the only official game controller that Amazon makes anymore. Read more ›