Big software update on my Fire TV stick this morning

Big software update on my Fire TV stick this morning


Fire TV Stick (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*),

but not our regular

Amazon Fire TV 2nd generation (at AmazonSmile*),

was updated with some great new features this morning!

Update: I forced the system update on our Fire TV tonight, by going to Settings -Device-About-Check for System Update (or Install System Update). It took perhaps ten minutes. This version of the software is

My favorite thing was being able to go into Settings and Accessibility and enabling a screen magnifier. While the controls have a noticeable learning curve, it is wonderful to be able to zoom in on images on the screen.

Here’s what it said was new:

  • Prime Members can watch Thursday Night Football live
  • Enter words and phrases into the system keyboard by speaking them…may make passwords a lot easier, for one thing. I haven’t tried that at time of writing
  • During set-up, it’s possible to “bulk select” from a set of 24 apps
  • Screen magnifier is what I mentioned above…I also think the screen reader capability was new. Why would you use a screen reader on a TV? You can do a lot of things with a Fire TV which are designed to be heard, including music, podcasts, and reading Kindle books. Navigating to those would be hard for someone with a visual challenge

I may add to this post later…I think it’s very interesting that this update, when a new model is almost certainly in the wings…and on the Fire TV comparison chart, it lists being able to do 4K, which I think is a leak for that next model. 🙂 We’ll see soon, I’m sure…

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3 Responses to “Big software update on my Fire TV stick this morning”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I hear so much about the Fire Stick, but I don’t have a clue what it is or how it works. What is the difference between Fire TV and Fire Stick? If you have an earlier article about it, or know where I could find easy to understand information, I’d appreciate a link. TIA

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I’m sure I’ve compared them before, but I can give you a quick run down. 🙂

      The Fire TV is a streaming box sort of the size of a mass market paperback (a bit wider and shorter). You use it to watch videos, mostly: I use it for Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube, among other things. You connected it to your wi-fi and to your TV. It also has Alexa, so it can tell you the weather, what’s on your calendar, find you movies, and so on.

      It’s currently unavailable, presumably because they are about to launch a new version.

      The Fire TV Stick is similar, but it sort of the junior version. It’s much smaller (like a thumb drive…roughly the size of your thumb), and somewhat less powerful…but I actually have fewer problems with our Fire TV Stick (in terms of video stopping) than with the Fire TV. It’s also a lot cheaper, less than half the price.

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