AFTVnewscast 76: New Fire TV Features in Update

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

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 with Alexa arrives in the UK

Fire TV Stick 2 in the UK

Software update rolling out to all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models — Adds new interface to 1st-gen devices

How Fire TV updates work and why they take so long

Amazon Fire TV & Stick can now monitor data usage and alert you when you’ve reached a data cap

You can now select from 3 video quality settings on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick now support Voice Search for YouTube

Alexa added to all Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models in the UK and Germany

New Kodi website causing issues with ES File Explorer sideloading — Easy Fix

Downloader App

How to sideload Kodi using Downloader

Amazon is working on a Silk Web Browser for the Fire TV

How to install and use Amazon’s Silk Web Browser on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Downloader app for Amazon Fire TV reaches One Million Users

Westinghouse’s four Amazon Fire TV Edition televisions pass FCC approval

All Fire TV Edition television articles

Alexa Voice Remote for Amazon Fire TV Edition televisions will have dedicated Netflix button

10 new things we now know about Amazon’s Fire TV Edition televisions

Personal Twitter: @Elias

Downloader v1.1.2 Favorites sneak peak image

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

Fire TV update contains new “Not In My House” system app for more sophisticated app blocking

Downloader APK direct download

Amazon Fire TV Software Version Page


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  1. FireTVNoob says:

    Still waiting for this to hit Amazon Fire TV v2 here in the UK.

  2. Jeff_C says:

    I recently got this update on Fire TV version 1 box, so the new interface along with Alexa came at the same time. I note that the double-click on the home button no longer takes you to your apps grid. Also favourites no longer exist. Those two things cause me a minor problem because I often use the Fire TV box to load Kodi and play from my NAS-based music library without switching the monitor on. Music selection is controlled from a tablet used as a remote controller.

    I used to double-click the home button (to get to my apps grid). The only ‘favourite’ app was Kodi so pressing the ‘Select’ button loaded Kodi (because the single favourite Kodi app was always the app in focus). Any suggestions as to how I may load Kodi without a TV monitor switched on with the new UI?

    • Jeff_C says:

      I think I can answer my own question today. I have now moved Kodi to top left position in the Apps grid.

      A long press on the home button takes me to the shortcut menu, with the apps shortcut highlighted, so press select to go to the apps grid, press select again to launch Kodi.

  3. Steve says:

    Well I’m happy to say the update finally arrived to my Fire TV gen 2 today.

  4. hawkstead says:

    Got it overnight for 1st generation stick. In NH, North of Boston area.

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