The Amazon Prime Video app can now be played on Apple TV, both on 4th generation and on the newer models Apple TV 4k. It’s been six months since Apple announced the app during the WWDC keynote. It is an important event, because Amazon has become a formidable competitor of Apple on several levels.
Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV 4
The Amazon Prime Video app can be installed on the Apple TV 4 and later. The counterpart on iOS and tvOS has also gained some new features. For example, adjustments have been made for the iPhone X screen and the app is working with universal search via Spotlight. You can search for films and series using the standard search functions of iOS. You can also save videos to view offline.
“We want our player, our Prime Video player, to be on the Apple TV 4, and we want it to be on the device with acceptable business terms. And if you can’t, then we don’t want to sell it to our customers, because they’re going to be buying it thinking they can watch Prime Video and then they’re going to be disappointed. And they’re going to return it.”
On the third generation Apple TV, the app has appeared as a new channel.
Tip: is the new channel not visible? Then it might help to restart your Apple TV.
On the fourth generation Apple TV and later you have to install the app manually via the App Store.
We are just starting to see some reviews of the new Apple TV 4 coming out and almost all of the streaming apps that we expected to see are still available. What we have noticed, though, is the obvious exception, and that’s Amazon Prime Video.
Surprisingly, Apple TV is now one of the few devices that doesn’t support Amazon Prime Instant Video. In fact, it’s supported by hundreds of Smart TVs, in addition to Roku’s Streaming Media Player and some game consoles. But, don’t panic because there’s always a way around these problems!
You can still play Amazon video content on your Apple TV, but you’ll need to use your computer. And it doesn’t matter whether you have a Mac or a PC, you can still use the built-in support for AirPlay screen mirroring to mirror your screen.
AirPlay screen mirroring was introduced by OS X Mountain Lion, but it only works with newer Macs. If you use a Windows PC or you don’t have a recent Mac, you can still use a third-party application (like AirParrot) to achieve AirPlay screen mirroring.
On the right side of your Mac’s menu bar, click on the AirPlay icon. From the drop-down, click on Apple TV. If you have more than one Apple TV, now is the time to select the TV you want to use. When you’re finished and you want to return your Apple TV to being an Apple TV, then shutting it off is very simple.
On the right side of your Mac’s menu bar click again on the AirPlay icon, then click on Turn AirPlay Off.
Note: It can be very annoying if your computer is set up in a separate room. It means you’ll be dashing between rooms to stop and start the video.
Watch Amazon Prime Using the App
There’s an iOS app, which is free on the App Store, for Amazon Prime Instant Video, and this is compatible with your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. This means that, via this app, you can watch rented movies and countless other subscription-included ones.
Probably the best feature is that it supports AirPlay, meaning that you can now broadcast your favorite videos to your Apple TV.
AirPlay is supported by the official Amazon Prime Video App. The requirements are an Apple TV 2 (or later), and iOS 6 or later.
- Simply download the free Amazon Prime Video App to your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch;
- Use your Amazon Prime Subscription ID to sign in. Browse the seemingly limitless catalog for your choice of movie or search for your favorite content;
- Start the movie, then click on the AirPlay icon: you’ll see this displayed in the lower right – then choose Apple TV.
All things being well, your video should now be playing on your Apple TV.
Amazon Prime Coming to Apple TV 4 and 4K
[UPDATE] Finally, the long-awaited Amazon Prime app could arrive on Apple TV, signing an early truce between the two giants. Two years ago, Amazon refused to sell Apple TV’s and also prohibited third-party sales of the device on the platform. Also, the Amazon Video app from the AppStore is truncated compared to other versions.
The dispute between the two parties was now settled. The latest rumors suggest a reconciliation and even if there’s no, at this point, official point of view, it seems that the two companies started cooperation.
Thus, the Amazon Prime Video application should arrive on Apple TV 4 by the end of this year, more precisely in the third quarter.
A few months ago, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sounded confident about the support of the Amazon Prime app for Apple TV. Commenting on the fact that the company still does not offer a prime video app even several months after the Apple TV 4 release. According to the statements, the business conditions are unacceptable.
What Bezos means, is probably the percentage of video sales and subscription. Whenever a user would buy a movie through Apple TV or complete a subscription, Apple would get a certain percentage. For Amazon, obviously is not a very attractive idea.
Today, you still have to go through a Mac or an Apple mobile device via the AirPlay wireless transfer to enjoy Amazon’s video platform on Apple TV.
From what we understand, engineer Dan Bostonweeks has received confirmation from Amazon that they are developing a tvOS app for Prime Video.
Apple did receive some strong criticism in October for not allowing Prime Video on the new Apple TV, however this criticism was not justified because a statement provided to BuzzFeed News shortly afterwards stated that ‘All Are Welcome’ on the platform.