When Amazon made it possible for stand-alone Alexa devices, like the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, to control the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, control of Fire TV Edition televisions was not quite ready initially. It is now possible to control the televisions with Alexa as well and Amazon has added a new option in the TV’s settings menu to allow Alexa to turn on the TV. In order for Alexa to turn on the TV, it must remain in a low power state, similar to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick’s sleep mode, so having the feature enabled will consume a little more power than usual while the TV is off. If you don’t plan to use Alexa to turn on your Fire TV Edition television, it’s probably a good idea to turn the feature off. You can do so from the Settings > Alexa menu on the TV. With the option enabled, giving any Alexa command that relates to your TV, like “Alexa, launch YouTube,” will power on the TV if it is off. Of course, you can also just say “Alexa, turn on Fire TV” if you prefer. See here for a list of other commands that can be used.
The 65-inch Element Fire TV Edition Television is once again available to order from Amazon. The 65-inch size sold out a couple days after the TVs became available to preorder and has been unavailable to order ever since. The product page currently says the TV will ships within 3 to 5 weeks, but you are now able to place a backorder, which you couldn’t do before. The TV is priced at the regular $899.99, but if you were thinking of also buying an Echo Dot, you can save $30 on the pair by ordering the TV and Echo Dot bundle for $919.99.
The Fire TV Edition televisions by Element have been available to purchase through Amazon for several months, but now you can buy them from other retailers with Westinghouse branding. Micro Center carries the 43″ size for the same $449.99 price that Amazon sells the Element version. HSN is selling the 43″ size for $599.95 and the 55″ size fro $799.95, which is considerably more than Amazon. This is likely because HSN regularly offers sitewide coupons that would reduce the price. Read more ›
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 22.214.171.124, which is not the latest software version for the Fire TV Edition televisions. Read more ›
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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 ›