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Amazon Blocks The Ability to Auto-Launch Into Kodi on The Fire TV


Amazon has been very lax with 3rd-party apps on the Fire TV but now it seems they have once again cracked down on one.

Recently an app called OnBootKodi allowed Fire TV owners to boot directly into Kodi on their Fire TV and Fire Stick. This app allowed users to bypass the Amazon Fire TV home screen. Well its seems that was a bit to much for Amazon to allow. Today Amazon blocked OnBootKodi from running on Fire TV devices. This was first spotted by AFTVnews.

This is only the 3rd time Amazon has ever blocked a app on the Fire TV. In the past Amazon had blocked FireStarter and FireTV Launcher both apps that bypassed the Amazon Fire TV home screen. For now it seems that Amazon just wants to make sure you land on their home screen before going into any apps.

So why does Amazon care about their home screen?

Well it is reported that Amazon sells the devices very close to cost. From there Amazon wants you to by buy content for the Fire TV allowing them to make money. So if you bypass the home screen it reduces their ability to make money from the Fire TV sale. Want to learn more about this? AFTVnews has a great post explaining the economics of the Fire TV.

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  • REP

    I never want to launch into Kodi from the start. I always want to head into Amazon Home screen before launching into any app. So, I don’t see the point of people doing that unless they hate Amazon Fire TV Home so much. I also like the Amazon Home screen, so no problem there.

    • Nathan John Ganiere

      yeah I don’t see the purpose of it either, unless that’s all you’re going to use the Fire TV for………

      • IBWTF

        Most (not all) people use Kodi for pirated content… so I doubt they care about the other apps.

  • kojak

    I don’t auto launch either, because I have other apps I like to check out sometimes.

  • Joseph ewing

    Interesting.

    Amazon acting like Apple, demonstrating that even though you purchase a piece of hardware from them, you don’t really own it.

    I’ll never purchase a Fire device for this reason alone. And I don’t even really care about Kodi.

  • Ленин Diaz

    Auto lunch into Kodi has many purposes , I have custom menus in Kodi for emulators , games , and different video apps … So it makes it very easy to navigate. So it’s not all about using third party add-ons to watch illegal live TV

  • Sundiata Bradshaw

    FYI – everyone on here claiming you have no idea why no one would auto-boot an app…. lying here is pointless.
    If you are on this website then you are surely aware of a modified FireTV Stick. I have modified plenty of them for family and friends (two for myself) so stop acting innocent here. It’s not like Amazon is gonna see your post and give you Amazon credit