AFTVnewscast 29: New Alexa Devices & Fire TV Mods

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

How to fix USB drive or MicroSD card file permision issues caused by Fire OS 5 on the Fire TV

Everything you need to know about the Fire OS 5 update for the 1st-gen Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

ES File Explorer

Write Permission Article

How to determine the package name of an Android App

How to restore Kodi external storage data after updating to 5.0.5 on 1st-gen Fire TVs

How to connect a USB Keyboard or Mouse to a rooted Fire TV Stick with an OTG Cable


The current state of Fire TV & Fire TV Stick rooting

Amazon Fire TV mod allows Voice Search within Kodi

Fire TV 2 reaches 4 star rating after Amazon solicits customer reviews

Fire OS 5 Developer Preview devices being updated to final public version

Amazon announces new Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon announces new Amazon Tap

Amazon Tap

Alexa will be able to control Nest and Honeywell thermostats this month

Ecobee beats Nest to be the first smart thermostat that works with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant

Nest Smart Thermostat

Honeywell Smart Thermostat

Ecobee Smart Thermostat

CBS All Access app now supports 1st-gen Fire TVs and older Fire TV Sticks running Fire OS 5

CBS All Access App

Flixster app drops UltraViolet support on the Amazon Fire TV

Flixster App

Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Michonne game arrives on the Fire TV

The Walking Dead: Michonne

Amazon streaming full show season for free with ads for the first time

The Fashion Fund

Amazon Contact Form

How to Root the Amazon Fire TV 2

Amazon has switched to incremental software updates for Fire OS 5 on 2nd-Gen Fire TV

Rooting Starter Guides –

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

Delete Fire TV Voice Profile

AGK Fire App lets you transfer apps from an Android device to an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

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  1. hifidigital says:

    Great work on the video’s and site. Keep up the good work!

  2. Charles H says:

    Do you think there might be a plan to supply an always on microphone (usb?) to the AFTV? Or allow the echo family to control the AFTV? Seems like a logical link.

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