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Amazon Fire TV devices will now play ads before your screensaver (Update)

Thought before YouTube and Netflix videos were bad?

Published onJuly 4, 2024

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  • Amazon has reportedly started showing ads on Fire TV devices before displaying the screensaver.
  • These full-screen image-based ads are said to last for 30 seconds to one minute.
  • The new ad format is apparently coming to Fire TV devices from 2016 and later.

Update: July 4, 2024 (9:12 AM ET): We erroneously stated that Amazon was reportedly implementing video ads before screensavers. It turns out that the company was implementing image-based ads before screensavers instead.  We apologize for the error (thanks to AFTV News for the heads-up!).

The ad format also seems to have been tested for a few years, but Amazon has confirmed to Cord Cutters News that it’s rolling out now as part of its “Ambient Experience.”

Original article: July 4, 2024 (3:25 AM ET): It’s not uncommon for Google TV, Roku, and Fire TV to show ads, as these companies seek ways to monetize their efforts. Now, it looks like Amazon is upping the ad ante with its latest reported move.

Cord Cutters News (h/t: 9to5Google) reports that Amazon Fire TV devices are now showing full-screen ads before the screensaver kicks in. The outlet notes that these advertising images last for 30 seconds to a minute before finally showing the screensaver.

These new ads seem to be rolling out to Fire TV devices from 2016 and later. So there’s a good chance your device might be affected by this change.

We’ve asked Amazon for confirmation of these screensaver ads and to clarify the affected devices. We’ll update the article if/when the company gets back to us.

We really hope this is a test or there’s an easy way to disable these screensaver ads, as it seems like a pretty aggressive and inconvenient ad format for a streaming OS. This could be especially annoying if you subscribe to a streaming service’s ad-supported plan, meaning you’re seeing even more ads before being able to watch your desired content.

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