Amazon Fire TV

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Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV.jpg
Released 2014-04-02 (US)
OS Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito" (Based on Android)
CPU Qualcomm Krait 300, quad-core to 1.7 Ghz
Storage 8 GB internal
Display 1080p
Graphics Qualcomm Adreno 320
Connectivity HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wifi (802.11n), 10/100 Ethernet, Optical audio
Dimensions 115 × 115 × 17.5 mm (4.53 × 4.53 × 0.69 in)
Amazon Fire TV ports
Home icon grey.png   ▶ Devices ▶ Android ▶ Amazon Fire TV

The Amazon Fire TV is an Android-based (Fire OS) set-top-box that contains a very powerful ARM processor (that can even handle some of the more heavy XBMC skins). Fire TV stands above some of the other Android-based offerings due to Amazon's strong product support and because it contains more remote friendly versions of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and other video service clients, making it a good pairing with XBMC.

1 Installing

Basics on installing/sideloading any Android app onto the Amazon Fire:

Android apks:

  1. Install the Android SDK onto your computer. This contains the ADB tool. I think the starting point to download and install is here:
  2. Follow these instructions to connect ADB to your Amazon Fire TV:
  3. Follow these instructions to install the XBMC app onto the Fire TV (using the ADB tool):

1.1 SPMC

For those who can't wait for a working official build of XBMC, SPMC v12.3.3 seems to be working better than most other builds for the Amazon Fire TV. However, please keep trying new test builds as they are posted.

SPMC v12.3.3 -

1.2 Test builds

Our Android devs are trying to get hardware video decoding working on the Amazon Fire TV. Here's how you can help!

  1. Download and install this version of XBMC: 4-4-14 eb4e0ea <- Check this page often, as this URL will be updated with new builds as they become available.
  2. Open XBMC.
  3. Play a video, such as this one.
  4. Plug in a USB keyboard and press O to bring up the codec info screen.
  5. Record a video with your phone/camera of your TV as it's playing the video and upload it to YouTube.
  6. Report what happened and the YouTube video URL to this forum thread:

1.3 Windows

2 Controls

2.1 Bluetooth remote

Amazon Fire TV remote.jpg

To make the remote work with XBMC's on-screen-keyboard, go to XBMC -> Settings -> System -> Input devices and enable Remote control sends keyboard presses

2.2 CEC

People are reporting that the Amazon Fire TV has basic CEC support.

2.3 USB

USB port allows for various additional remote types, such as FLIRC, various RF dongles, etc.

Logitech K520, K700 and K800 and DiNovo mini wireless keyboards are said to work, as repoted in the forum (and the next post).

3 Known issues

  • Hardware video decoding is not currently working. This is being looked into.

4 Random notes

Feel free to place various notes, tips, and links here. As this section of the wiki gets more organized, those notes will be properly sorted. Consider this like a dumping ground for when you're not sure where to put something.

  • The USB port seems to work with keyboards and mice.

5 Links