AFTVnewscast 67: 2017 Predictions & Amazon TV

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.

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Show Notes & Links

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


Rooting Starters Guide

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

Amazon needs to make a TV

Amazon Fire TV Remote app updated with app drawer for new interface

Fire TV Remote on Amazon Appstore

Fire TV Remote on Google Play Store

Fire TV Remote on iTunes App Store

Updated ABC and Freeform apps released for all Fire TV models

ABC app

Freeform app

Minecraft: Pocket Edition drops Fire TV support in favor of new more expensive Minecraft: Fire TV Edition
Minecraft: Fire TV Edition

Jackbox, OUYA, and several other top Fire TV games just went on sale this morning

Amazon Fire TV Game Controller on sale and includes 550 Amazon Coins

Fire TV Game Controller

Amazon’s Alexa can now answer follow-up questions

Amazon now has a page to view your No-Rush Credit Balance


First images of the new NVIDIA Shield TV, remote, and controller

Sling TV to release android-powered set-top box with Netflix and OTA channels

PlayStation Vue

Sling TV

DirecTV Now

How to force all sideloaded apps into landscape mode on Fire TV

Amazon Developers Blog

FireTV 2 Unbrick Image

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  1. Great podcast. In your look forward, I am surprised you did not acknowledge the almost certain impact of the Sling TV set top box. In your review, you rightly concluded that OTA+Sling TV+Netflix was probably a complete solution for many people. A $100 AirTV Player changes everything. That is *my* guess at the price and impact.

    Sony (Vue), DirecTV (Now), Hulu, Amazon (Prime), and Walmart (Vudu) have to be paying attention. Will we see more partnerships? Will OTA-integrated streamers be the next best thing?

  2. AFTVnews says:

    Thanks. I certainly could have talked about a bunch of other companies in my look ahead, but I chose to just focus on the big 4 (Amazon, Google, Apple, and Roku) to keep it somewhat concise.

    Sling TV’s AirTV will certainly be interesting to watch, especially if they start giving them out for free with subscription commitments, which I suspect they will. It’ll all be about marketing, because the average new cord-cutter, which is their primary customer for the AirTV box, has likely never heard of Sling TV.

    • Y314K says:

      Anybody using a TV would find this integrated approach to OTA interesting. But the killer option might come in the 2nd or 3rd generation devices. And that would be built in OTA DVR support. Not just cloud DVR but local DVR storage of OTA programing.

      Kind of like a much cheaper Tivo Bolt with some cable subscription programing.

      Then even seasoned cord cutters would need to pay attention to Sling devices. Cloud only OTA DVR’ng might get Sling into trouble. Just ask Aereo. But a All-in-one option that includes cheap & easy built-in OTA DVR capability would really be something for all cord cutters.

  3. TechyChris says:

    Hi Elias, could not watch live, too many holiday relatives to deal with. When I click on the video link above I get a message that says “This video is restricted and you must be approved before watching” Is this something new?

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