Amazon acquires – Update: April Fools



As many of you have already figured out, this was an April Fools joke. AFTVnews has not been acquired by Amazon. :-)

I have been eagerly waiting for this day to finally be able to announce that Amazon has acquired! I was flown up to Amazon headquarters in Seattle, WA a few weeks ago for a formal meeting with some big shots at Amazon to discuss their appreciation for my detailed coverage of the Amazon Fire TV. One thing lead to another, and after a quick meet and greet with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos himself, they revealed the true intention of flying me up. After a great conversation, and them dropping buckets of money on my head, we came to an agreement for Amazon to purchase the site and make me a full time employee.

Have no fear because AFTVnews will continue on, with me at the head, as always. Had I not made this announcement, you probably wouldn’t even know that anything changed behind the scenes. Amazon appreciates the great community that exists around AFTVnews and the Fire TV and wants to help keep that going. They realize that they haven’t been very open with information and updates revolving around the Fire TV and want me to be the official community liaison to bring you all the latest Fire TV news, including exclusive behind the scenes access.

I’ve already had a great discussion with the lead Fire TV team, over at Lab126, about topics that concern the community. We talked in depth about sideloading, alternative launchers, Kodi, rooting, and much more. They’ve been very receptive to the feedback and want this acquisition to open the lanes for direct communication with the Fire TV community. It’s too early to reveal anything yet, but great things are coming to the Fire TV regarding the above topics.

Keep it locked to AFTVnews, where you can expect the same dedicated Fire TV coverage from me, almost as if this acquisition never really happened, only now I’ll have better access to information directly from Amazon. Have a great day today, on this very special day.

  1. Jim says:

    Hahahahaha (first reaction on twitter : hell nooooo)

  2. Craig says:

    Great news, but is it possible for you to remain unbiased and critical when appropriate.

  3. Stank says:

    Whoa! Congrats, man. Hard work pays off. I’m a little concerned and confused by what this means for us aftvnews junkies, but happy for you.

  4. bob says:

    Congratulations and look forward to more of your great work!!

  5. Mark says:

    But couldn’t they just cut out the middle man, offer the thing pre rooted out the door and not have to use those buckets of money to keep the site running? ;P

  6. Chad says:

    Way to go man, we are all so proud and happy for you. Well deserved, you are a talent and anyone can see that. Looking forward to what comes next for us.

  7. Nguyen2016 says:

    April fools?

  8. Chad says:

    Oh wait, dang April 1, I get it. Why do I always fall for this..

  9. Garf says:

    April 1st anyone

  10. Ryan says:

    Congratualations. What a great step forward. We now have an insider truly on the inside. AFTVnews has been a great resource. I can’t wait to see what great things can come.

  11. Ryan says:

    Got me. What a great way to start April 1st. Awesome. Truly Awesome. LOL

  12. Mike Agner says:

    I will qualify myself – if this is an April Fool’s joke, it’s a pretty good one…however, if it’s true, congrats are in order

  13. bula says:

    Good one, bud….they may try to shut your site down not buy it however very funny. Happy April 1st!

  14. David says:

    Good luck. Congratulations.

  15. whyroot says:

    April fools!

  16. Yeah You says:

    A better April Fools joke would be “Pre-Rooted OS5 released for Gen 1 Fire TVs” At lease some would believe it

  17. anthony says:


  18. Dusten Vermeire says:

    That would be awesome and scary. I will wait for the reveal tomorrow to whether or not this is a hoax. All but the buckets of money is very believable and it is all well deserved if it is true. You’re honestly the reason there is such a huge following. Thank you.

  19. RVD26 says:

    This doesn’t seem like an April Fool’s joke to me.
    If it is, not sure what the punch line is.
    Congrats, assuming this is true.

  20. Keith says:

    They dropped buckets of money on your head…you actually had going!
    Well, if its a joke its a damn good one! And if its true, you deserve it.

  21. Jim says:

    And here I was expecting AFTV to buy out Slightly disappointed.

  22. Thomas says:

    Nice April Fools!

  23. jbrodack says:

    New guides:

    How to not root your Fire TV and leave it perfect as Amazon intended.

    How to get more ads on your Fire TV so you can buy more Amazon products.

    How to uninstall Kodi

  24. Edgar R. says:

    awww damn you got me. Was going to say congrats. Good one.

  25. G says:

    I knew something was up when you published that guide about unrooting!


  26. Andy says:

    It’s april fools prank guys. Just check the URL of the page.

    • AFTVnews says:

      And we have a winner! I was waiting for someone to spot and point out the deliberate URL, which was the dead giveaway that yes, this is an April Fools joke. :-)

      The congratulatory comments from those that didn’t realise this was a joke are incredibly sweet. I thought there might be people calling me a sellout, but this just shows how awesome and supportive all of you are! Thanks for making the AFTVnews community the best and putting a big smile on my face this morning. I hope I can continue to return the favor with my little site.

      • Joe says:

        Good one :D . But I think they should drop bucket’s of money on you to hire you and make you the “bridge” between Fire TV owners and Amazon Fire TV team. That way everyone wins.

      • Andy says:

        Hopefully amazon does not come after you for using “an amazon company” like they did for your original domain name. :-)

  27. smee says:

    Now, if it was Google buying AFTVnews I’d be a lot more concerned. :)

  28. alan says:

    Show me the money!

  29. Steve Kline says:

    If it weren’t April 1, I would totally believe everything that you are saying. Does Jeff Bezos really dump buckets of money on his employees? I have cause to doubt it. On the other hand, no one deserves the honor of being spokesman for AFTV more than you. Congratulations! Please keep the site going in spite of all your success. Happy April Fools Day!

  30. ck says:

    got em. and me too, smh April fools

  31. Drumst1x says:

    hahah I totally believed this for a bit, then as I went to make a comment congratulating you, I thought about it and was like “wait a minute…” :) Then I saw the URL (after someone else in comments mentioned it). Very funny.

    Love the site, keep up the good work :)

  32. Mr 5 Star says:

    Damn… I was so happy for you reading this! You evil sob. Didn’t realize it was a joke until I read the comments… And i said I wouldn’t believe anything I read today smh

  33. Ricky D. says:

    Had me there for a quick few seconds. I was really happy for you though.

  34. James F. says:

    Well congratulations!!! Your site is always great to visit and see whats new with the FireTV, All your hard work and your tutorial have been a very helpful part to the community as a whole, you are R-box are the main reasons the fire is so bad-ass. I look forward to you abusing your amazon power and leaking inside information to all of use on what’s they are going to release next. And if this is a April fools joke that’s cool too.

  35. Xavier says:

    April fool!

  36. vulcan195 says:

    This is indeed a true story. But no sooner had that happened, Amazon itself got purchased by Donald Trump. Now with every Amazon purchase you get a free “Make America Great Again” cap. Also, they changed ‘Alexa’ to ‘Melania’. Unfortunately, ‘Melania’ will no longer read the weather in poorer parts of the country.

  37. Mr. Marcus101 says:

    I fell for the prank…I don’t feel bad about that, what I fell bad about is that I should have spotted the URL and I didn’t so now I’m kicking myself…There goes my feeling that I was kinda tech savvy… :(

  38. atone says:

    lol. I totally forgot it was April fools day….good one!
    Glad you are still with us sharing the latest greatest amazon fire tv information!:)

  39. Marek says:

    You’re doing much better job advertising their product than they do so this would have been a good move on their part.

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