How to install TWRP custom recovery and an initial ROM on a rooted Fire TV Stick 1

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This guide will walk you through the steps of installing TWRP custom recovery and a pre-rooted ROM on the 1st generation Amazon Fire TV Stick. Read more ›

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TWRP custom recovery and Pre-rooted ROM released for the Amazon Fire TV Stick 1

The long wait is finally over. Rbox has released his TWRP custom recovery and a per-rooted ROM for the 1st generation Amazon Fire TV Stick. This will allow those of you who rooted with KingRoot or Kingo Root can now install TWRP custom recovery and use it to update to the latest 5.2.1.0 software version without losing root. Read more ›

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All certified refurbished Amazon Fire TVs & Fire TV Sticks have just dropped in price [Expired]

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Amazon has just lowered the price of all of their available certified refurbished Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks. The refurbished 2nd-gen Fire TV 2 (latest 2015 model with 4K support) is now $64.99. The old price was $79.99. The refurbished 1st-gen Fire TV (2014 model with 1080p support) is now $49.99. The old price was $69.99. Lastly, the refurbished 1st-gen Fire TV Stick (2015 model without a voice remote) is now $24.99. The old price was $29.99. All three prices are new all-time low prices that we’ve never seen before. If you’re interested in any of these devices, be sure to order soon because refurbished units tend to sell out fast, due to limited supply, after a price drop like this.

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Comparing h.264 vs h.265 video playback on the Fire TV 1, 2, and Fire TV Stick

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In the video above, I show how the Amazon Fire TV 1, Fire TV 2, and Fire TV Stick 1 each handle playing video encoded with the h.264 and h.265 codec. I run all three devices through several different test videos at various bit rates. The purpose is to show that, as long as the video codec being used is supported by the device’s dedicated hardware decoder, the CPU of the device is nearly irrelevant when it comes to playing high quality video. This is why, even though the Fire TV Stick has a fairly weak CPU, it can still play video as well as the Fire TV boxes. Continue on if you’d like to read the transcript of the video. Read more ›

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