For the first time since its release in April, the Amazon Fire TV product page lists the device as out of stock. The page currently says: “Usually ships within 2 to 3 weeks”. This is cause for concern for anyone wanting a new rootable Fire TV, since it could mean that the supply of rootable Fire TVs from Amazon has run out. Most new Fire TVs ordered this month from Amazon in the US have been arriving with rootable software versions. If Amazon truly is out of stock, it’s a fair bet that newly manufactured devices will be preloaded with non-rootable software versions.
We know that the Fire TV has been Amazon’s best selling media box this holiday season, so the shipping delay for new orders may just be due to Amazon balancing their stock across warehouses. There’s no way to know for sure. If you order a new Fire TV in the future, I’d love to hear which software version it arrives with. Interestingly, the Fire TV Stick, which said “In stock on January 6” just a few days ago now says “In stock on February 17”. Something definitely seems to be going on with supply in the Fire TV world.