AFTVnewscast 66: Fire TV Update & New Interface Arrive

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 11am PT. You can watch all episodes on YouTube, subscribe via RSS, iTunes, Google Podcast, listen via TuneIn, Stitcher, or download the MP3 directly. Read on for the show notes and links.

Show Notes & Links Software Update

Fire TV update was halted due to Appstore server load concerns

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

Rooting Starters Guide

Kodi and sideloaded apps are fully compatible with the new Fire TV interface

My Downloader App

How to Sideload

How to get Kodi to show up on the Home Screen of a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

Amazon Fire TV gains the option to disable HDMI CEC in new software update

Fire TV Stick 2 better supports USB Ethernet Adapters with software update

OTG Cable

USB Ethernet Adapter

Screen calibration remains on Fire TV 2 with update, but not added to Fire TV Stick 2

How to disable auto-playing video and audio on the new Fire TV home screen interface

Fire TV Remote app will regain remote app launching with new interface later this week

Cartoon Network app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Cartoon Network App

E! Now app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

E! Now app

New BET app arrives on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

BET app

DirecTV Now launches on Fire TV to take on Sling TV and Playstation Vue
DirecTV Now App

Amazon Fire TV Game Controller is on sale for $39.99

Amazon Fire TV Game Controller

Amazon Prime Video is now officially available in over 200 countries

Harmony releases second Alexa Skill with additional functionality

First Harmony Alexa Skill (Smart Home Version)

Second Harmony Alexa Skill

Harmony Remotes on Amazon

Amazon resumes selling the unlocked BLU R1 HD prime exclusive phone for $49.99

BLU R1 HD on Amazon

Prime-exclusive Moto G Play on sale for $79.99

Moto G Play on Amazon

How to use custom icons for sideloaded apps like Kodi on the Amazon Fire TV

How to set a custom Sleep Time on a rooted Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

How to set a custom Screensaver Start Time on a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

How to connect to a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick via ADB

How to Factory Reset a rooted Fire TV using TWRP custom recovery

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  1. Steve says:

    The new UI is awful, it’s so unintuitive trying to navigate that i’ve currently stopped using the AFTV unless i have to.

  2. Mike says:

    I’m having a hard time figuring out how to remove items from the new AFTV “Recent” menu. The previous interface has an option that said something like “Remove from recent”. Any ideas? Thanks!

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