Amazon’s latest innovation is a pretty cool contender for an Apple TV replacement, but as with all proprietary hardware devices, they don’t want you to be able to install any application you want on the Amazon Fire TV, because the whole point is for them to be able to sell you their content through this device. This could very well become the next big thing to hit the television entertainment market, and best of all, the Amazon Fire TV is Android-powered, so obviously it’s not very difficult to get around their blocks and install XBMC to the Amazon Fire TV in no time at all.
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HOW-TO INSTALL XBMC TO THE AMAZON FIRE TV FROM A WINDOWS COMPUTER
- Amazon Fire TV
- Windows Computer
Step 1: Connect the Amazon Fire TV device to your television set and follow the on-screen instructions until setup is complete.
Step 2: Select the “Settings” menu from the Amazon Fire TV main menu.
Step 3: Go to the “System -> Developer Options” menu listing.
Step 4: Toggle “ON” the “ADB Debugging” option.
Step 5: Still on the Amazon Fire TV device, navigate to the “Settings -> System -> About -> Network” menu and take note of the “IP Address” listed, you’ll need it in Step 13 of this guide.
Step 6: Download the “Amazon Fire TV XBMC Installer” for Windows to your Desktop.
Step 7: Unzip the compressed “FireTV XBMC.zip” file to your Desktop, you’ll now have a folder called “FireTV XBMC” on your Desktop.
Step 8: From your computer’s web browser navigate to the “http://xbmc.org/download/” (without quotations) web page.
Step 9: Scroll down the page and download the “XBMC Gotham Android ARM” release, wait a few minutes for it to completely download. It’s very important that you place this file (or move it) within the “XBMC” subfolder of the “Fire TV XBMC” folder on your Desktop, then wait a few minutes for the download to complete.
Step 10: Open the “FireTV XBMC” folder located on the Desktop of your computer.
Step 11: Run the “Install XBMC.bat” file at this point.
Step 12: Press the number “1″ then press the “ENTER” key to begin installing XBMC to your Amazon Fire TV.
Step 13: Continue following the on-screen instructions, it shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes more.
Step 14: Once complete, go ahead and launch “XBMC” on your Amazon Fire TV through the “Settings -> Applications” menu and then choose the “Launch Application” button.
Congratulations! You should have now been able to manage to install XBMC to your Amazon Fire TV through your Windows computer, go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back. At this point, you’ll probably want to go ahead and configure XBMC with all the best goodies by using the XBMC HUB Wizard Addon tool. Should you have any questions at any point, feel free to visit our Discussion Forums for assistance. If you enjoyed this, do us a favour and spread the word.