Earlier this week I posted about the Fire TV Stick being rooted via direct hardware manipulation. The GTVHacker guys have now demonstrated using the same method to root a Fire TV. This rooting method involves soldering leads to various points on the Fire TV’s circuit board in order to directly access the device’s 8GB eMMC storage. Therefore, it is unlikely many people will attempt this rooting method as it involves intricate soldering skills. Because this method directly interfaces with the Fire TV’s file system, it can be used to root any Fire TV, regardless of software version.
This hardware rooting method was revealed by the GTVHacker guys several months ago, but nobody had been able to replicate it due to missing details. The procedure for this method have now been updated to include details that were missing when it was first revealed. Notably, the method now outlines the need to temporarily remove one of the Fire TV’s resistors.
Regardless of how unlikely it is this method will be replicated, it’s great to see advancements made toward rooting the currently unrootable Fire TVs.