Hulu and HBO apps not working on rooted 2nd-gen Fire TVs

Several people are reporting that the newly updated Hulu and HBO apps are not working on rooted 2nd-generation Fire TVs. Whatever the issue is, it seems to only be affecting that Fire TV model, since rooted 1st-generation Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks seem to work fine with the new apps. Rbox is aware of the issue and is working on a fix, but needs people willing to test a potentially dangerous fix. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV rooting guides updated and revamped

I have been meaning to revamp my main rooting starters guide that walks you through the steps of rooting all the different software versions of the different Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. Since I needed to update it anyway with the new rooting information for the Fire TV Edition televisions, I spent a couple of days redoing the whole thing. The new rooting guide is at AFTVnews.com/root and covers every known rooting method for each device’s software version. Read more ›

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Don’t expect Custom Recovery and Pre-Rooted ROMs from Rbox for rooted Amazon Fire TV Edition televisions

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 ›

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Element’s Amazon Fire TV Edition television has been rooted

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 5.2.5.0, which is not the latest software version for the Fire TV Edition televisions. Read more ›

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Fire TV mod “Playing with Fire” adds Android TV interface and Google Play Store without losing Amazon Appstore

A very impressive new mod for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has been released that adds some of the best aspects of the Android TV operating system without losing access to the Amazon Appstore and standard Fire TV apps. The mod is called “Playing with Fire” and was created by a reader by the name of SimLynks. It allows for the use of the Android TV home screen launcher as well as the Google Play Store on a Fire TV device. It even lets you use Google’s Live Channels app and a connected USB Tuner. Read more ›

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Google Play Store now gives apps the option to block rooted devices

Earlier this week, it was discovered that the Netflix app on the Google Play Store was preventing users with rooted devices from installing the app. It was assumed the block was caused by changes to the app’s DRM. Android Police has discovered that it’s much worse than that. Google is now giving app developers the option to prevent rooted devices from installing their apps. Read more ›

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Netflix is blocking rooted Android devices — Amazon Fire TVs are not affected

Netflix has started blocking rooted devices from installing their app. Currently, this only affects devices that use the Google Play Store. This means that, for the time being, Amazon devices are not affected, so rooted Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks still have no problem installing and using Netflix. Read more ›

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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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Fire TV 2 with software version 5.2.1.1 and older can now be rooted with KingRoot

The KingRoot rooting utility is now capable of rooting the Amazon Fire TV 2 running software version 5.2.1.1. Software update 5.0.5.1 blocked the previous rooting method used by KingRoot, but now the app has been updated and is capable of rooting software version 5.2.1.1. Several people on XDA have confirmed that v4.9.6 and v5.0.1 of KingRoot was able to root their Fire TV 2 running 5.2.1.1. Read more ›

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Pre-rooted 5.2.4.0 ROM with new interface for the Amazon Fire TV 2 has been released

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Rbox has released a pre-rooted version of the 5.2.4.0 software update for the Amazon Fire TV 2. As always, you can download it over on XDA and install it using TWRP. This will allow those of you with rooted Fire TV 2s to update to the brand new user interface that is currently being pushed out by Amazon. If you have the means, be sure to thank rbox for his continued support by donating to him. While most non-rooted Fire TVs are still waiting for this update to arrive, rooted devices get to install it earlier than most thanks to rbox’s quick release.

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