Post your Questions & Topics for Tomorrow’s AFTVnewscast

I’ll be live streaming this week’s episode of the AFTVnewscast, at this link here, tomorrow at 1:30pm PT, as I do every Friday. Post your questions or topics in the comments below for me to answer and discuss during the episode. Anything goes for questions, whether it’s about the Fire TV, AFTVnews, or tech in general. Let’s hear them! Even if you can’t watch live, ask your question now and catch the episode on YouTube later.

  1. Joshua Timothy says:

    The android app Anymote, allows you to control your firetv via your echo or the app. When it works, it works well. I can play or pause what I’m watching, arrow through the home screen and select a new show, etc. It often doesn’t connect and I havnt figured out the trick to get it working perfectly…

    Now to my question, if this app can simulate remote button presses sent to the fire TV’s IP address at port 5555, can. How can we do this manually using an app like tasker using ifttt. I want to send a web request to simulate button presses. I know how to use tasked and ifttt, I just don’t know what commands to send to the firetv.

  2. Wrecks says:

    Since the Update the play/pause media button on my Amazon (bluetooth) game controller no longer pauses or resumes music play. It works fine for video play. Previous to the update it worked fine for both music and video pausing.

    Is that why they removed those buttons from the newer (wifi) game controllers?

  3. fassfa says:

    It may have something to do with running old firmware, but I have no choice if I want to have root on first gen.

    Apps are starting to no longer work on rooted first gens. First it was the NCAA app. Now the Hulu app won’t work. What’s next???

  4. JJ says:

    Can the new opera browser(developer) with vpn be used with firetv

  5. cdlenfert says:

    Looking at a thread on XDA discussing Hulu not working on rooted Fire TV devices, has me pretty concerned. That’s a pretty major cord cutter app. The issue was with not being able to navigate and select content. Seems very odd. Can you share any insight?

  6. Khan says:

    Can you publish a How-To-article on using various emulators such as SNES9x, Retroarch and using Gamesome for the Fire TV? I would like to see more coverage on emulators and how to optimize them for the Fire TV. I think that a lot people would be interested in which one works the best to the box. This category seems overlooked often.

  7. tandir says:

    Can we run the aftv as samba server if yes how?

  8. Philip says:

    I would like to see a tutorial on how to change key layouts on devices like the xiomi game pad and mele f10 deluxe air remote so that they can fully work on a fire tv. Xiomi gamepad does work, but bottom right trigger does not so many games you cannot play. How do you determine on these devices what the key layout is, and what it should be so that you can change the kl file on a rooted device.

  9. Tom says:

    Hi. How can I make a complete system backup of a fire tv 2 so that it can be restored if anything goes wrong?

  10. Mike says:


    Great shows and always informative.

    Recently I upgraded my AV receiver to a Denon X2200 and connected my Fire 1st gen ( via HDMI. However I could not get Kodi to pass through any multi channel sound via HDMI, just got hiss. It passed multi channel sound ok from a Amazon movie but not from Kodi. Tried all versions of Kodi and a factory reset. In the end I had to connect the sound via optical cable which worked fine.

    Any ideas why? Is it a general problem with the first gen Fire TV or with Kodi?

    Thanks for all your work on the Fire TV.


  11. Vulcan195 says:

    – When will Amazon add ‘past searches’ to the Search screen. It’s such a basic common-sense and very useful feature.

    – Is Amazon ever going to integrated voice search within Apps. It’s such a shame that Amazon has not pushed this technology to its limits within the device ecosystem.

    – will Amazon work with developers and guide them to use a uniform keyboard API that is easy and quick to navigate with the remote … And works with a wireless keyboard (i.e. Only handful of apps allow you to type searches on wireless keyboard)

    – Amazon recommends movies based on movies I wasted 2 hours on. Why can’t they integrate a thumbs up/ down into the box and offer a smarter ‘Recommend’ feature. This technology of learning and customizing has been around for a long time. Even some news apps on Fire TV do that.

    – Amazon needs to clean up the GUI and make it consistent – when I go to Your Watchlist, I have no idea what to expect … the row category, headers and content change periodically. It’s such a mess!

  12. jeff says:

    Do you know how the “low battery ” warning works for the remote? Is it the same with Bluetooth and wifi remotes? Anyway to disable the warning as I find the remote works for weeks (or longer) after the warning.

  13. ouradu says:

    I’m pretty sure you posted a how-to on changing the kodi icon to a higher resolution since the side loaded app icons are low resolution. I’ve searched your site and google and can’t find the article I read. Any chance some one could pass me a link to it? Thanks.

  14. ouradu says:

    Never mind. A week of searching and as soon as I finally break down and post I finally hit the right search terms.

  15. GlammaGeek says:

    I would also really like to know if there’s any alternative to TeamViewer for complete remote control of a non-rooted device.

  16. Philip says:

    How to remove or block ads on the fire tv

  17. Eddy says:

    Any news on FireStarter update? Any asy way to force quit app like it was with Fire Starter?

  18. Eddy says:

    Any news on FireStarter update? Any any way to force quit app like it was with Fire Starter?

  19. Eddy says:

    Is there a way to stretch 4:3 Amazon Video to 16:9 Widescreen?

  20. Ian Sutherland says:

    Whats the best way of complete reset fire tv only leaving it rooted and no root addons like xposeded?

  21. Dwight says:

    Do you know of anyone working on getting vue lightpack working on a rooted amazon fire tv.

    There is an alternative device called dream screen but there moths away on shipping.

    Any help will be greatful

  22. Damon Galloway says:

    I just rooted my fire tv stick and I need very specific details on how to get the otg cable config to work.. I hav adb software but I need help.. already watch your detailed guide but it’s not working.. please help..832-721-5345

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