Over the weekend, especially yesterday, I saw a significant uptick in messages from people with Fire TV issues. The problems varied from network connection issues, to Alexa commands not working, to not being able to get past the initial setup process on a new Fire TV. While these all seem like unique issues, they were all related to issues with Amazon’s servers throughout the weekend. Fire TVs are constantly pinging Amazon’s servers to verify that they are connected to the internet. When those servers can’t be reached, or worse, can’t be reached intermittently, it tends to cause various Fire TV features to behave strangely. The issues with Amazon’s servers seem to have mostly been fixed now, but I figured I’d mention it in case people ran into issues over the weekend that they couldn’t explain. Whenever you run into issues with any Amazon devices, it’s always a good idea to check to see if there are active AWS issues or if others have reported AWS outages, before you start diagnosing things on your end.