Fire TV Recast Teardown Guide — A look inside Amazon’s over-the-air DVR

The Amazon Fire TV Recast among the best ways to stream and record over-the-air channels through a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. It has a lot of great features, but the one thing I’m asked about the most is if there’s a way to pull recordings off of the device. Since Amazon doesn’t provide that functionality, it might be possible with a bit of creative exploration. The best way to do that is to access the device’s hard drive. To start things off, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to take apart the Fire TV Recast, as well as a close look at its components. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Teardown reveals Dual Antenna “Bricks” and Thick Metal Heatsinks

My hardware comparison of the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K gives you an idea of how much Amazon’s streaming sticks have grown over the years. What it doesn’t reveal is how much they’ve changed under their unassuming black plastic housing. I cracked open one of the 4K Firesticks and was surprised to find that it’s nearly covered from head to toe in thick metal heat sinks on both sides. The teardown also gives us a look at the hardware behind the antenna technology that Amazon invented for their new compact media player. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Stick Teardown

The guys over at GTVHacker have popped open a Fire TV Stick and posted a series of teardown photos. They note that the Fire TV Stick contains no screws and is instead held together by a series of plastic clips along the edges. When tweeting about the teardown, GTVHacker included the hastag #FireTVStickRootIncoming. However, careful not to get your hopes up for several reasons. First, the GTVHacker guys tend to focus on rooting via hardware manipulation which involves taking the device apart and soldering leads to the memory chip. It’s not exactly an easy process. Second, the GTVHacker guys claimed to root the Fire TV via a similar hardware method, yet a group of guys over at XDA have been trying to replicate their method for 2 months with no luck. I, as much as anyone, hope they’ve actually succeeded in rooting the Fire TV Stick in any way possible, but I expect most people will not be able to replicate their process.

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Amazon Fire TV remote has an Accelerometer


While researching the different components of the Fire TV, we stumbled on an interesting fact; the Fire TV remote has an accelerometer. The Bosch Sensortec BMA150 chip in the Fire TV remote is a full fledged 3-axis accelerometer, much like the ones  found in smartphones and Wiimotes. There is no mention of this feature in any Amazon documentation, nor is it mention in their developer API specifications. This raises a lot of unanswered questions like, was the Fire TV remote initially intended to be used for motion gaming? Or,more importantly, will a future firmware update unlock the accelerometer and make it available to developers? After all, the Fire TV remote does have it’s own firmware version separate from the Fire TV itself.

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Amazon breaking even on Fire TV hardware

The experts over at TechInsights have done a detailed breakdown of the Amazon Fire TV’s manufacturing cost. They estimate the Fire TV costs Amazon $92.99 to make. Like with their Kindle tablets, Amazon is selling the Fire TV at cost in hopes to make their profit from digital content sales like movies, TV shows, and apps. Read more ›

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