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  # 1123586 7-Sep-2014 12:00
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robfish: I tried manually entering the correct DNS adresses but I still yet the same result.


I have made some progress. I signed up for the free trial of UnoTelly and entered their DNS addresses on the Fire TV box and NetFlix now works.

Now to convince Orcon that their Global mode is not quite right.




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  # 1143016 28-Sep-2014 16:53
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Just hit go, ordering one of these (via the aff link, I think) seeing as they're on special again at $84USD

Are there any current discount codes for Youshop that people know of?

 
 
 
 


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  # 1143018 28-Sep-2014 16:59
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joff_nz: Just hit go, ordering one of these (via the aff link, I think) seeing as they're on special again at $84USD

Are there any current discount codes for Youshop that people know of?


$84 is a great value price. I might by a couple more for the kids bedrooms as it is so much easier than connecting a notebook.

I've not ever used youshop. I use buyusa whom offer a pretty reasonable service.

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  # 1143328 29-Sep-2014 10:18
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I purchased one of these, landed and delivered to my door for $130nz............happy days 

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  # 1143339 29-Sep-2014 10:40
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Thanks to those of you who used our Amazon link - please keep using it for anything else on Amazon, not only Fire TV and Kindle!






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  # 1144164 30-Sep-2014 13:23
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i have puchased on of these, should be arriving any day now, what are the pros and cons of rooting the fire tv??

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  # 1144186 30-Sep-2014 13:43
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  # 1144215 30-Sep-2014 13:54
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razor2000nz: i have puchased on of these, should be arriving any day now, what are the pros and cons of rooting the fire tv??


What are you looking at doing with it that you would want to root it?




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  # 1144315 30-Sep-2014 15:22
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Well that's exactly it, i am just going to side load XBMC and Llama, so wasn't planning on rooting it,  but wasn't sure if there are any major benefits that i may be missing out on if i don't.

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  # 1144498 30-Sep-2014 20:12
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Anyone else finding youtube on theirs is getting worse and worse at just showing a spinner and nothing happening when seeking recently?

May be a unotelly thing too, but console on unotelly is seeking fine. I like to skip boring parts of peoples videos.




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  # 1144540 30-Sep-2014 21:14
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razor2000nz: Well that's exactly it, i am just going to side load XBMC and Llama, so wasn't planning on rooting it,  but wasn't sure if there are any major benefits that i may be missing out on if i don't.


Probably nothing you are missing out on for now.
Only root it if/when the need arises I reckon.




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  # 1144565 30-Sep-2014 22:08
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robjg63:
razor2000nz: Well that's exactly it, i am just going to side load XBMC and Llama, so wasn't planning on rooting it,  but wasn't sure if there are any major benefits that i may be missing out on if i don't.


Probably nothing you are missing out on for now.
Only root it if/when the need arises I reckon.


Im not too sure if I will root or not. From what I see:

Root will allow me to have XBMC/kodi in the main menu (for people other than me), rather than the Llama solution where I hijack another link.
Root access also allows you to use the usb for mass storage. without root you can't use it for anything other than keyboard/mouse I think. (I don't really care about this as my tv has a usb that can play from flashdrives etc. I am just keen for xbmc as I think the interface will be better for folders with many items.)

Seems like quite a lot of effort for not much gain, but I will re-evaluate before my fire TV turns up.


In terms of waiting to do the root, that's not really feasible unless you disable firmware auto-updates, because current firmware is un-rootable.


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  # 1144818 1-Oct-2014 13:31
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Scott3: Root access also allows you to use the usb for mass storage. without root you can't use it for anything other than keyboard/mouse I think. (I don't really care about this as my tv has a usb that can play from flashdrives etc. I am just keen for xbmc as I think the interface will be better for folders with many items.)

In terms of waiting to do the root, that's not really feasible unless you disable firmware auto-updates, because current firmware is un-rootable.


Wow, this has me slightly worried! I've just ordered three Fire TVs from Amazon (for two of my sisters, and one for myself to replace a Mac Mini which is really only used for XBMC).

While I access my files from a NAS, both my sisters will just be wanting to plug in an external hard drive into the unit. And as their prime if not only use is for running XBMC it's therefore critical that I'm able to enable the USB to access mass storage.

Is someone able to confirm for sure, either way, whether the firmware these newly ordered units will come with will stop me being able to root them? Or can I just ensure auto firmware updates are disabled before I root them? And, if this is the case, can I resume auto updating once the unit is rooted or do they need to remain on the original firmware?

If this isn't going to be feasible to allow USB mass storage I may still have a chance to cancel the order, given I've not received confirmation of it having shipped yet...

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  # 1144828 1-Oct-2014 14:05
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As far as i'm aware units ordered from amazon come with the new firmware, received mine today (from amazon), but not home until 5.30 so unable to confirm this. Luckily i have wd my cloud, so don't need the usb.

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  # 1144863 1-Oct-2014 14:48
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razor2000nz: As far as i'm aware units ordered from amazon come with the new firmware, received mine today (from amazon), but not home until 5.30 so unable to confirm this. Luckily i have wd my cloud, so don't need the usb.


Thanks for the heads-up. I'd really appreciate it if you could post the firmware version on your new unit here when you do set it up.

I did a bit more reading and decided the risk was too great, so I've cancelled my order for three and put in a new order for just one unit - this way if it is possible I can root it: if successful I can order two more for my sisters, but if not there'll be no great loss (unless I brick it!) as I don't need to have USB mass storage enabled.

That said, for those wanting to order one - the price is ever-increasing due to the drop in the NZ $ - the $84 US converted to $103 as of Sunday 28th, but to $112 as of today.

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