Post your Questions & Topics for tomorrow’s AFTVnewscast 62

I’ll be live streaming this week’s episode of the AFTVnewscast tomorrow at 11am PT / 2pm ET. 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. Alfredo says:

    Hello Elias,how or where can i find divice Id on my rooted Fire TV.Thanks

  2. Alfredo says:

    I am trying to sideload an app and i can`t any ideals thaks.

  3. Jon says:

    I was hopping you had an idea as to why my rooted FTV2 crashes. I have only ever noticed it doing it using SPMC or Kodi (I have tried both), but that is really the only app I use. Occasionally I will use another app, but 99% of the time it is SPMC. When it crashes it gets a black screen. It does it randomly, sometimes it will only crash once in a month, other times it will crash 100+ times in a day. I am running the latest pre rooted firmware.


    • Jon says:

      I forgot to mention it is still somewhat responsive when it has crashed/has a black screen. If you stop the video you are watching when it does it using the remote, then unplug/replug it back in the video can be resumed. So I am guessing the only thing that really quit is the video out, but this is only a guess.

      • Xanman says:

        Jon – I had this exact problem on a non rooted FTV1. It seemed that the only way to recover was to perform a power cycle.
        The actual fault was a dodgy HDMI cable!! Power cycling just disturbed the cables making it look like the fix. After replacing the HDMI lead I’ve had no more “crashes” / Black screens.
        So all along it was just the video cutting out because of the cable.
        Hope this is the simple fix for you.

  4. Josh says:

    Do you have any updates on if the Kodi development team has found some people who will continue to develop Kodi for Android? The last I heard Kodi for Android wear in danger of ceasing due to lack of programmers willing to help.

  5. Josh says:

    Do you have any updates on if the Kodi development team has found some people who will continue to develop Kodi for Android? The last I heard Kodi for Android was in danger of ceasing due to lack of programmers willing to help.

  6. wonko the sane says:

    Hey Elias,

    I was about to buy a Kindle Fire HD 8 to use with my FireTV for getting offline content on my TV but I noticed it doesn’t do screen mirroring. Is this a new Amazon policy? Is screen mirroring finished now? Why would they remove this feature?

    Great site as always!


  7. cdlenfert says:

    Just bought a FTV Stick Gen 2 and would like to block updates on it. The DNS method seems to be the only option right now, and it sounds like as soon as my outgoing IP changes (which I’m not typically aware of) I’ll no longer be protected. Are there any other methods in the works that could potentially block updates?

    Second: Is there a way to get alerts to new articles on Specifically I’d like to know when killer deals are available like the free programmable dash button.


  8. Luke says:

    Do you know if we may root fire tv 2 (newest firmware) via dirty cow in the future?

  9. Miroslav says:

    hi Elias, … I recently bought a Fire TV (to use in Germany where I spend some of my time) and a Fire TV Stick (to use in Bulgaria, where I am from), … I travel often between the two countries. Well, I was disappointed by the INVALID_GEO_IP message I get in Bulgaria. I know these regulations exist, but it is me, the same Amazon customer and it is still EU, when I am in Bulgaria. Any indications these regulations might change in near future? Thank you!

  10. hdmkv says:

    Any idea when we’ll see the new FireTV UI?

  11. RowMan says:

    Any new info on the Plex Cloud Server that’s supposed to work with Amazon Drive?

  12. Jjhtpc says:

    Will the echo and the FTV ever get whole house audio (Chromecast type feature)? If not Google home here we come!?!? Who’s coming with me?

  13. Nick says:

    Hi, when will the Fire TV Stick 2 release in the UK? For The Grand Tour or for Black Friday or neither?

  14. Nate says:

    Elias, in your opinion what does the future look like for Amazon in regard to home automation? We are in the midst of seeing Alexa act as a hub of sorts for various household appliances (Ooma, lighting, etc), but I was wondering what you feel the next steps for Amazon may be and how the FireTV and Alexa fit into that?

  15. Damien says:

    Streaming Piracy Prevention, or SPP, works using a “forensic watermark,” which “identifies the subscriptions/sessions used to source the content, and shuts down the source through the video security system — all in real-time

    Cisco plans to get this started very soon.
    Do you think this will effect yputube and other streaming services that are legitimate?

    This seems like it would be full of complications.

  16. Alfredo says:

    Is there a new or better way to get the google play store on a rooted fire tv 2 tx again

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