It appears Amazon is trying to learn more about how Fire TV owners in Germany use Kodi. An AFTVnews reader in Germany forwarded me an email he received from Amazon.de asking him to complete a survey in exchange for a €3 credit. While the email says the survey is intended to measure general customer satisfaction with the Fire TV, the URL of the survey reveals the study’s name to be
I’m told the survey’s initial questions were ones you’d expect of a general customer satisfaction survey for the Fire TV, which incidentally is something Amazon sends out on a regular basis. At some point the survey asks the customer to check off their main uses for the Fire TV. Among the list of options is “Media center apps like Kodi, SPMC, or Plex.” Once that option was checked, I’m told all subsequent questions were strictly about Kodi.
The survey proceeded to ask specific questions about Kodi like what it’s used for, how much time one spends with Kodi, and whether or not Kodi is used to stream content. The survey even goes as far as to ask which specific add-ons, if any, the customer uses within Kodi. The last few survey questions ask about sideloading in general and how experienced the customer is with sideloading apps on the Fire TV.
Your guess is as good as mine as to what this means for the future of Kodi on the Fire TV. Some may see this as a sign that Amazon is preparing to blacklist Kodi, while others will interpret it as Amazon considering whether to allow Kodi into the official Fire TV appstore. All that’s clear is that Kodi is being discussed in some fashion among Fire TV decision makers at Amazon. Hopefully the recent love that Amazon has shown towards Kodi, as well as this survey, is indication that Amazon is preparing to reconsider their previous opinion of Kodi.
Several people in the US have let me know that they too have received similar surveys from Amazon, so it appears the survey is not limited to Germany.