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MacRumors
Dec 13, 2012, 02:01 PM
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Amazon has released an iPhone (http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1767040) app for its Prime Instant Video (http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=2676882011) service, giving free access to thousands of titles to Amazon Prime members, as well as movie and TV show purchases and rentals. The iPad app was released in August (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/08/01/amazon-releases-ipad-app-for-instant-video-service/).

The app allows users to download purchased and rented movies and TV shows for offline viewing, as well as stream Prime Instant Video titles when connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. Cellular data isn't supported, nor is AirPlay. Amazon also keeps track of the user's place in a video, allowing it to be resumed at the same point on other supported devices like a TV, Mac or Kindle Fire.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/12/amazonprime.jpgWith Amazon Instant Video, you can:

- Stream thousands of titles available from Prime Instant Video at no additional cost with a Prime membership, or watch over 140,000 videos available from the Amazon Instant Video store

- Download purchased and rented videos from Your Video Library

- Shop over 140,000 videos available from the Amazon Instant Video store by visiting Amazon

- Add videos to Your Watchlist from a PC, Mac, or Kindle Fire HD for later viewing on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

- Subscribe to a TV Season Pass by visiting Amazon and episodes will automatically be available in your Amazon Instant Video app the day after they air

- Start watching on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, and resume watching right where you left off on a Kindle Fire HD, PlayStation3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, or hundreds of models of connected TVs and Blu-ray players with Amazon Whispersync.Amazon Instant Video is a free download (http://appshopper.com/entertainment/amazon-instant-video) for iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id545519333?mt=8)]

Article Link: Amazon Releases Prime 'Instant Video' App for iPhone (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/12/13/amazon-releases-prime-instant-video-app-for-iphone/)



Vctr
Dec 13, 2012, 02:04 PM
Too bad they still don't let you airplay.

jlgolson
Dec 13, 2012, 02:09 PM
Too bad they still don't let you airplay.
Good call, meant to add that.

TsMkLg068426
Dec 13, 2012, 02:10 PM
Too bad they still don't let you airplay.



I got a airplay icon but than again I do not have apple TV so I am not sure if it works or not. What also sucks you can not see all prime movies, for some reason they come back and go when looking up. They need to fix the issue the same appearing in prime.

charlieegan3
Dec 13, 2012, 02:12 PM
Guess it's a good thing cellular isn't supported: (Big charges)http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-20567165

Amazon seems to be hitting pretty hard with the digital content these days.

Swift
Dec 13, 2012, 02:13 PM
I've tried Amazon streaming, and it's cruddy and blocky. Is there something I've got set up wrong?

charlieegan3
Dec 13, 2012, 02:24 PM
I've tried Amazon streaming, and it's cruddy and blocky. Is there something I've got set up wrong?

Quite a few people have talked about this, however there is something else. People have found that they are automatically refunded if the playback is detected to be poor - quite a nice perk.

Eduardo1971
Dec 13, 2012, 02:26 PM
Wonder when this will arrive for the Apple TV?

Orlandoech.com
Dec 13, 2012, 02:31 PM
Wonder when this will arrive for the Apple TV?

That's what I want to know. As soon as it does I'm ditching my Roku for an Apple TV.

ifij775
Dec 13, 2012, 02:40 PM
US productivity probably just took a hit

charlieegan3
Dec 13, 2012, 02:44 PM
Wonder when this will arrive for the Apple TV?

That's what I want to know. As soon as it does I'm ditching my Roku for an Apple TV.

Will apple want this on apple TV?

palmerc2
Dec 13, 2012, 02:46 PM
US productivity probably just took a hit

I'm not familiar with that word....

ctdonath
Dec 13, 2012, 02:51 PM
Will apple want this on apple TV?

:apple:'s prime purpose is selling hardware. Software and services, while certainly profitable in their own right, are subordinate to selling more hardware. Comments like "As soon as [Amazon Streaming is available] I'm ditching my Roku for an Apple TV", coupled with persistent rumors of :apple:TV Apps any time now, hint that day will arrive.

Likewise, Amazon exists to sell content - their hardware offerings are just a channel to get people thereto. Done right, :apple: & Amazon could create a very profitable symbiotic relationship. Considering how the Google/:apple: relationship soured, though, they may be hesitant.

charlieegan3
Dec 13, 2012, 03:01 PM
:apple:'s prime purpose is selling hardware. Software and services, while certainly profitable in their own right, are subordinate to selling more hardware. Comments like "As soon as [Amazon Streaming is available] I'm ditching my Roku for an Apple TV", coupled with persistent rumors of :apple:TV Apps any time now, hint that day will arrive.

Likewise, Amazon exists to sell content - their hardware offerings are just a channel to get people thereto. Done right, :apple: & Amazon could create a very profitable symbiotic relationship. Considering how the Google/:apple: relationship soured, though, they may be hesitant.

That said I'm sure apple would rather have people using their own media services. Good point though.

DJsteveSD
Dec 13, 2012, 03:03 PM
WIFI only, I can stream netflix but not amazon on cellular data? :confused::mad:

wknapp0924
Dec 13, 2012, 03:56 PM
Nice, Considering Prime instant is a free service for Prime subscribers this makes me happy. Now I have Prime on Macbook, Ipad, Apple Tv, and now my Iphone! Catching up On Grey's Anatomy has never been so easy!

ctdonath
Dec 13, 2012, 04:23 PM
Good point though.

Moreso in light of this story (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/12/13/did-apple-get-exactly-what-it-wanted-for-users-in-google-maps-spat/), arguing that by allowing, encouraging, and maybe even seducing competition into the App Store, :apple: has blown away the hardware competition by persuading others to provide broad and strong app offerings, at least insofar as mapping goes. Same for video: provide a broad and strong offering of :apple:TV video-content apps, and :apple:TV becomes the "well duh" choice for non-cable-TV content.

My Sony Bluray player has a bunch of video content "apps", including Amazon and Hulu and Netflix, but the interface is so bad on so many levels I never use it for streaming. The existing :apple:TV "apps" are so good I'd rather use them than have more options (even when those are just a few button pushes away on another box).

Metsfan7450
Dec 13, 2012, 05:24 PM
Nice, Considering Prime instant is a free service for Prime subscribers this makes me happy. Now I have Prime on Macbook, Ipad, Apple Tv, and now my Iphone! Catching up On Grey's Anatomy has never been so easy!

How do you watch Prime on your Apple TV?

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We can stream Netflix, HBO GO, and Slingplayer over 3G/4G.....why not Amazon Prime? I understand the restrictions with Airplay, but there's no excuse for not allowing it over 3G/4G.

wknapp0924
Dec 13, 2012, 05:37 PM
How do you watch Prime on your Apple TV?

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We can stream Netflix, HBO GO, and Slingplayer over 3G/4G.....why not Amazon Prime? I understand the restrictions with Airplay, but there's no excuse for not allowing it over 3G/4G.

You can't unless you have the AppleTV 2 Jailbroken, then it streams perfectly!

enklined
Dec 13, 2012, 06:55 PM
You can't unless you have the AppleTV 2 Jailbroken, then it streams perfectly!

Go on...

(I have an ATV2 JB with Plex; have been wondering if you can get Prime Videos on it...)

burgundyyears
Dec 13, 2012, 10:18 PM
Go on...

(I have an ATV2 JB with Plex; have been wondering if you can get Prime Videos on it...)

I have an ATV1 with XBMC. There's a repository with an Amazon Instant Video add-on that I would presume works with the ATV2 running XBMC as well. I'm not sure about Plex though.

ksgant
Dec 14, 2012, 01:37 AM
Will apple want this on apple TV?

I don't see why not. It's not really any different than Netflix.

GoCubsGo
Dec 14, 2012, 04:28 AM
Not bad. I really would like it to come to the ATV though.

Confuzzzed
Dec 14, 2012, 04:35 AM
Have looked at downloading this App from the UK App store but can't find it. Presumably it's a US only function at present?

charlieegan3
Dec 14, 2012, 05:09 AM
I don't see why not. It's not really any different than Netflix.

But for the company as a whole amazon is a much more likely competitor than netflix. (they have competing HW)

d21mike
Dec 14, 2012, 10:11 AM
If Apple's primary purpose was to sell hardware (more ATVs) then they would have had an APP Store a long time ago. So to me it is more about controlling the content because of something they have planned in the future. For those that do no understand the need for an APP Store it is mostly about more content streaming and also maybe about games.

I bought 3 WDTVlive boxes for the Slingbox streaming APP. Others have done the same because it is not available on ATV or Roku.

People buy Roku for this (Amazon Prime) and other streaming channels. I also have 1 Roku box. My primary use was Hulu but not no longer need it for that.

I prefer ATV over all of the other boxes. Netflix and Hulu are major steps in the right direction. They either need move much more quickly at adding more content or give us an APP Store for the ATV. Then you could convince me the primary purpose is to sell more hardware.

JesterJJZ
Dec 24, 2012, 04:56 AM
If they have amazon video apps for iphone and ipad, i dont see why it wouldnt come to apple tv.

d21mike
Dec 24, 2012, 09:48 AM
If they have amazon video apps for iphone and ipad, i dont see why it wouldnt come to apple tv.I wish that would happen. But we have not see the following iPad Streaming Apps still not on AppleTV. Some can be found on XBOX and/or Roku and/or WDTV Live and/or Smart TV's and/or BlueRay Players and more....

Please Apple, give us a ATV App Store so others can can more content to the best TV STB or get busy adding more content before you get too far behind.

HBO GO
MAX GO
SHO Anytime
WatchESPN
Fox Business
NBC
ABC Player
SlingPlayer
And favorite is Verizon FIOS Mobile which gives you 75 Live TV Channels.

I just got the HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuners (3 per box) so I can feel Live TV Streams to any device in the house. They are adding DLNA Server Options to the box so DLNA Clients so things could get exciting very soon. If only Apple would get on the band wagon.