A new 126.96.36.199 software update has just started rolling out to all Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models. This is the update that 1st-generation Fire TV and Fire TV Stick owners have long been waiting for because this update finally adds the all new Fire TV interface to those older devices. The new “cinematic interface” was released to 2nd-gen devices at the end of last year, and now it is finally coming to the Fire TV 1 and Fire TV Stick 1.
Like all Fire TV software updates, this 188.8.131.52 update is slowly rolling out in stages. Only a small number of devices will receive the update at first, but as the days and weeks pass, more devices will be updated. You can go into your device settings to check for updates, but if it is not your device’s turn to update, there is no way to force or manually install the update. You just have to wait patiently.
I expect this update to be one of the slowest rollouts we’ve had with several pauses/halts along the way. Amazon rolls out updates to a few devices at a time in order to catch any major issues that would require a halt of the update and a quick fix. With a major interface overhaul like the one in this update for 1st-gen devices, there is a huge potential for unforeseen issues to arise.
When this new interface began rolling out to 2nd-gen devices, it was temporarily halted to investigate server load concerns and then resumed. Since the new interface has been out on 2nd-gen devices for a few months now, hopefully things will go smoothly with the rollout for 1st-gen devices, but those devices, especially the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick, have much weaker processors, so they need special consideration.
As always, I’ll be digging through the update to uncover all the changes and features it brings. Let us know in the comments below when you receive the update, which model it arrived on, and if you notice anything new.