I’m excited to announce that AFTVnews and I are back! For those of you not aware, I started and ran AFTVnews for 5 years, from 2014 to 2019, and I was then offered a position with the Fire TV team at Amazon, which I accepted. That required me to step away from AFTVnews and I spent just over a year as a Product Manager for Fire TV at Amazon Lab126. I’ve now chosen to voluntarily resign from Amazon so that I can return to running AFTVnews and developing Fire TV apps.
I had a great time working for Amazon and loved working with all the amazingly talented people on the Fire TV team. I have no regrets taking the last year off of AFTVnews and if I had it to do all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. I learned so much this past year, made some great friends, and I’m thankful for having the opportunity to actually work on the products that I’ve been writing about for so long.
When I told the Fire TV team that I wanted to resign and return to AFTVnews, Fire TV’s leadership graciously and generously offered to work with me on finding a balance that would allow me to stay on the Fire TV team and also revive AFTVnews. After several discussions, we both agreed that my original decision to fully resign from Amazon made the most sense. One of my main reasons for choosing to leave Amazon was wanting the flexibility back of working for myself, deciding where to focus my effort, and choosing when I worked. While working on the Fire TV team was fun and interesting, I also really missed running AFTVnews, developing apps, and interacting with the great Fire TV community. A modified role on the Fire TV team would have given me some of the flexibility I wanted, but balancing that role with AFTVnews would have added too much complexity and caused a conflict of interest.
So, here I am, now a former Amazon employee and former Product Manager for Fire TV, eager to jump back into covering all things Fire TV and much more on this site! Please bear with me as I ramp things back up, update dormant sections of the site, rewrite some outdated guides, and generally get back into the groove of things. I also want to focus a decent amount of my time on some new Fire TV app ideas that I’ve been eager to pursue. I’ve thankfully been able to reacquire my Downloader app and other Fire TV apps, which I had to sell before joining Amazon, so there will eventually be updates coming to those as well.
Given that I now have a lot of inside knowledge about the Fire TV and the exciting things to come, even though I know that you all want me to spill the beans, there are obviously certain things that I won’t be writing about, namely leaked or unreleased information. Even if unreleased or leaked information about Amazon devices surfaces somewhere else, completly unlreated to me, I still won’t be discussing it here because that can be seen as adding credibility to the leak. I hope you all understand. The good news is that it won’t affect the site too much, since the focus was always about helping everyone get the most out of their devices and that absolutely isn’t changing. I’m still going to break down the nuances of every device, cover all the updates, explain every feature, and be as critical as ever of it all.
If you’re reading this, thank you for the interest in my little website. I hope I can re-earn your patronage and support. It’s great to be back!