Amazon Fire TV and the Massive Data Hog Issue

When Amazon announced their Fire TV set top box, one of the most interesting – and controversial – features was something called ASAP, which tracks the shows you watch and caches further episodes for your convenience. Some consumers didn’t like the idea of Amazon tracking what they watched, but it definitely sounded like a potentially useful feature.

According to freelance writer Tyler Hayes, ASAP does present a problem, though it has nothing to do with privacy.

When Tyler hit the 250GB monthly data cap with his ISP, he knew something was wrong and went about trying to determine the culprit. The search ultimately led him to his Amazon Fire TV, specifically its ASAP feature. The feature, which can’t be turned off, was caching so many shows that it was absolutely tearing through his data cap. As he points out, the Fire TV might not be solely responsible; Prime streaming video may be part of the issue too. Either way, unplugging his Amazon Fire TV unit seemed to fix the problem.

Amazon Fire TV and the Massive Data Hog Issue

As of June 23, Tyler had contacted Amazon and they were looking into the issue. As of late on the 29th, they’ve yet to respond. This doesn’t seem to be a widespread issue, but if you’re thinking of getting a Fire TV and you don’t have a lot of bandwidth to use, you might want to wait and see how this plays out.

Amazon Fire TV and the Massive Data Hog Issue

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