Editorial

FireTV Stick heat problems

It may come as an unpleasant surprise to learn that the FireTV Stick suffers from heat problems. What is even worse: this is not a new problem for these kind of android devices: The Chinese companies producing Android USB  and HDMI Sticks got to discover, tackle and solve the heating problem in their early production stage, we are talking about years 2011-2012 here. Hence, it is quite unbelievable that almost two years after the Android HDMI sticks market has been rolling forward, Amazon jumps into this market niche introducing an -essentially flawed- plastic case design. So, last night We had a pizza and TV meeting at a friend’s...
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Accessories

Amazon’s Fire TV Remote Control

My Fire TV remote control is failing on me. It just looses connection (apparently it randomly shuts off, appearing “offline” on the System / controllers menu).  When it happens, I start fidgeting with the remote control. I take the batteries off, then put them back again. I try to make the remote control to be “discoverable” by pressing the OK button (in the center of the “joystick wheel”) for 5-10 seconds, I wait some time, try it again, and when finding no response, go back to taking the batteries off… several times. Finally, good luck strikes me after some minutes and the...
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Accessories

FireTV Remote Control App for Android

I am glad I found Amazon’s free Fire TV Remote Control App for Android. I did not know about it until now, and for me it is a life saver. Let me tell you why: I’ve been having some problems with my Fire TV remote controller. Over the last month, my Fire TV remote controller developed an habit of randomly loosing connection with the Fire Tv CPU. Sometimes -most annoying- it happens after leaving a movie on PAUSE. when I get back in front of my TV, ready to resume my watching,  the RC is unresponsive. The only solution I found was to remove the RC batteries,...
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Editorial

FireTV Bluetooth Headphones

You surely got a nice set of Bluetooth headphones around. But then, your FireTV also got Bluetooth connectivity so you may wonder “What about using my bluetooth headphones ?” Well at least I know I did wonder about it. Fueled mainly by the need of watching somewhat noisy movies, while the kids are sleeping, my interest includes certain urgency. So I promptly started digging into this topic, with the hope of finding a solution… which I did find, kinda!. Let me tell you about it: At the time of this writing, the official online documentation for FireTV states that the Bluetooth interface includes...
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Root

Keep your rooted FireTV from OTA updating!

You FireTV periodically checks into amazon.com servers for new OS patches and updates to happen. Generally speaking this is a good thing, unless you have just managed to root Android on your FireTV. If you want to keep your root status, you may want to prevent  your FireTV from updating it’s Android OS. Historically speaking, Amazon tends to close every root gap on their Android based devices, with each OS update. How can I prevent my FireTV from checking into OS updates ? Technically speaking, there are three methods or instances where you may be able to achieve this. First let’s depict...
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