Windows 10: Restoring old apps / sideloading apps to Amazon fire TV / stick

Discus and support Restoring old apps / sideloading apps to Amazon fire TV / stick in Windows 10 Software and Apps to solve the problem; Hi there. I had a problem recently with an updated version of VLC on Amazon fire TV -- was really bad compared with previous version -- especially... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Software and Apps' started by jimbo45, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. jimbo45 Win User

    Restoring old apps / sideloading apps to Amazon fire TV / stick


    Hi there.

    I had a problem recently with an updated version of VLC on Amazon fire TV -- was really bad compared with previous version -- especially if you like / use subtitles as the feature to load the subtitle from an external file when playing your own media has GONE !!!! (Android version 2.1.1)

    I've long complained about not being able to restore previous versions of Android apps after a hideous update - a lot of app updates seem to be WORSE than the earlier versions -- VLC is a good example of this -- note the PC version is still EXCELLENT !!!

    Anyway two ways now

    1) store / keep the old apk file on your computer and then with a cli between computer and the target device you can install the old version directly via the CLI.

    2) to install from Phone to Amazon fire stick / TV directly follow this guide

    How to Sideload Android Apps onto Your Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

    I managed to re-install prev version of VLC on to my Fire TV by uninstalling the version on the Fire TV and then following the guide.

    BTW for a LAN / Home use it's a lot easier using VLC (on the fire stick - you don't have to do anything with VLC on your computer - you don't even have to start it or even install it) to play your multi media - it will browse your LAN etc. Saves setting up things like PLEX which while fine are a bit overkill and PLEX transcodes things like HEVC H265 codecs which can load your server and cause stuttering playback or even freezes if a few people are watching the movies -- VLC plays these codecs natively.

    Of course there are advantages in using a media server - especially if you have several different remote TV's etc but if you primarily just want to watch your own media on a remote TV this is the easiest way to do it. You can use several TV's but then each one will need their own firestick which is why for several TV's a medfia server is the best way though.

    Cheers
    jimbo

    :)
     
    jimbo45, Mar 11, 2017
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  2. how to mirror windows 10 tablet to amazon fire tv?

    I am having the same issue with a Windows 10 laptop.

    I have an Amazon Fire TV Stick - and that works without issue, with Windows 10. Mirroring works as expected.

    However the Amazon Fire TV (*not the Stick variety) just doesn't work.

    My observations:

    If the Fire TV is in "Mirroring" mode - Windows 10 can not find the device.

    If "Mirroring" mode is off - Windows 10 will find the device and add it to "Other devices" (the Fire TV Stick gets added to "Projectors"), but will not use the device - even if you switch "Mirroring" on, on the Fire TV.

    Seems odd that it works with one variant of the Fire TV and not the other.

    I've noticed that the Fire TV appears in Device Manager > Software Devices, and has this logged under Events:

    Device SWD\DAFUPnPProvider\uuid:86103c24-ce2c-62f6-ffff-ffffb3dcc165 could not be migrated.
     
    FreakyBeanz, Mar 11, 2017
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  3. ScottUH1 Win User
    unknown network device

    This happens on my network too. full_ford appears in network devices.

    I believe this could be a smart TV with Amazon Video installed. Amazon Video emulates an Amazon Tablet, Fire TV/Stick apparently.
     
    ScottUH1, Mar 11, 2017
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