AFTVnewscast 20: Fire TV Gains Sideloaded App Launching

If you missed yesterday’s live stream, here’s the latest AFTVnewscast episode. Thanks to everyone who viewed live and who participated by asking questions.

The AFTVnewscast is streamed live on Fridays at 1:30pm PT. You can watch all episodes on YouTube, subscribe via RSS, subscribe via iTunes, listen via TuneIn, Stitcher or download the MP3 directly. Read on for the show notes and links.

Show Notes & Links

Software update 5.0.4 begins rolling out with new Dolby Digital audio option

Fire OS 5 software update for 1st-gen Fire TV postponed until January 2016

Sideloaded apps like Kodi can now be launched from the Fire TV ‘Apps’ section

Amazon’s “Your Apps” page

Amazon finally selling new WiFi-Direct Fire TV Voice Remote separately

New wifi-direct based Voice Remote on Amazon

Alexa gains Bloomberg and CNN flash briefing sources on the Echo and Fire TV

Amazon Echo

Amazon adds Star Ratings and Reviews to Alexa Skills

Top 10 Highest Rated Alexa Skills

FOX brings their network programming to the Fire TV with new FOX NOW app

FOX NOW app on Amazon

NBC app released for all Amazon Fire TV models

NBC app on Amazon

WATCH ABC app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV

ABC app on Amazon

CBS All Access comes to the Amazon Fire TV

CBS app on Amazon

NPR delivers personalized stories, shows, and podcasts with new Fire TV app

NPR app on Amazon

Not A Hero released for the Amazon Fire TV

Not A Hero on Amazon

Netflix to re-encode entire library with new algorithms that reduce bandwidth usage

Variety’s article about Netflix encoding

Tasker for Android

Watch Food Network app on Amazon

Watch travel Channel app on Amazon

Watch HGTV app on Amazon

How to block software updates on the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

Eric’s comment about 5.0.4 rootability

Fire TV 2 owners wanting to root should update to software version immediatly

How to Sideload Apps onto an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick using an Android Phone or Tablet

Evozi APK Downloader

Bluestacks Android Emulator

VIZIO M70-C3 70-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2015 Model)


Amazon Fire TV Remote App on Amazon

Amazon Alexa on Amazon

Fire HD 10 Tablet

Apple iPad Air 2

HooToo Wireless Travel Router

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