A new software update is currently rolling out for the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. This is the first updated the new streamer has received since it launched a month and a half ago. The update brings the operating system up to version 18.104.22.168, which is the same version that the Fire TV Cube recently received, but the Fire TV Stick 4K has a slightly different build value of NS6258/1604. Amazon has not yet said anything about this update, but several customers are reporting that it has fixed an audio dropout issue that they were experiencing with the Fire TV Stick 4K. The update also modifies the Fire TV Recast menus slightly to make it easier to manage DVR settings and recorded content.
I must (embarrassingly) confess that, before this update, I wasn’t aware that there was an audio dropout issue with the Fire TV Stick 4K. I’ve been using it exclusively as my main streaming device since it was released and have not experienced any audio issues myself. Even if an issue doesn’t affect me, I’ll usually at least be aware of it, but this one completely slipped past me.
That said, customers with the Fire TV Stick 4K have been experiencing occasional audio dropouts, while streaming media, ever since the device launched. Those affected say that sound cuts off for a second or two about every 10 minutes. It seems as though this update fixes the issue for most people who were affected, but there are still a few that say the issue hasn’t completely gone away with this update.
The only other changes that I’ve noticed with this update are minor improvements to the DVR section of the Fire TV Stick 4K that deals with Fire TV Recast settings and content. The default recording options for the Recast have now been pulled out into their own menu, which makes them a little easier to find under Settings > Live TV > Sources > Fire TV Recast.
This latest update also adds a few more ways to get to recording options for individual shows. Most notably, you can now cancel a recording or get to recording options on the DVR Priority screen. This screen lists all of your scheduled recordings in a flat list, so it now serves as a nice place to quickly find, adjust, and/or cancel recordings. Amazon has added a few other places where you can now press the menu button on the remote to jump to recording options, such as the My Recordings screen where you can now delete all recordings for a series with a single click.
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