Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Apple TV and Home Theater

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Feb 12, 2013, 09:11 PM   #1
maf2k8
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Is it possible to install Amazon instant video on Apple TV? and if so, How?

I have been watching videos and reading up on jailbreaking my Apple TV ( i own a ATV2 and a ATV3 )

The more i read, The more i hear about XBMC. ( along with a millon other apps/options/etc...

I have no experience using XBMC nor do i know much about it. If i am correct, I need to jailbreak the ATV first, Then instal XBMC and then once installed i can install Amazon instant video with XBMC?

I am just a little confused as to how the process works and if its possible.

ALL i want to do is be able to watch movies with my Amazon prime account on my ATV. I would really hate to buy a Roku box or something of the sort just for the Amazon feature.

Could anyone give me detailed instructions or point me somewhere so that i can install Amazon instant video on the ATV?

I am honestly not interested in any of the other features/extras that are you can do with a jailbroken ATV, i just want to add Amazon and thats it. I have no use for all the other jailbreak options.

So with that said, What is the easiest/simplest way to add Amazon to my ATV 2 or 3?

Thanks
maf2k8 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 13, 2013, 08:17 AM   #2
rlu929s
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: May 2011
I would love to know how to accomplish this myself. The best way I can figure is to mirror from the iPad to the AppleTV.
rlu929s is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 13, 2013, 08:22 AM   #3
Trav1s
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Nowhere, Nebraska
As of now there is no way to install an app. A good friend with with a HD Roku along with AT3 to watch Amazon stuff.
Trav1s is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 13, 2013, 08:30 AM   #4
paulrbeers
macrumors 68040
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
You can't "add" anything to a non-jailbroken AppleTV (and you can only jail break an AppleTV2). Amazon instant is currently not available on the AppleTV. You also can't airplay from an iOS device with Amazon Instant installed to the AppleTV either (well you can send the audio to the AppleTV, but really what good is that). About the only way to get Amazon instant to an AppleTV is to mirror an iOS device to the AppleTV, but that will leave you with black bars. Remember, Amazon and Apple are rivals so Amazon doesn't want to let Apple users have all the goodies. I'm surprised they let us have Amazon Instant on iOS devices at all!
__________________
rMBP 11,2 15" 2.0Ghz w/ 256GB SSD
MBA 6,2 13" 1.7Ghz w/ 256GB SSD
Mac Mini 6,2 2.3ghz w/ 240GB SSD + 1TB
Mac Pro 1,1 w/ 8 cores @ 2.66 w/ 240GB SSD
paulrbeers is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 13, 2013, 09:49 AM   #5
MarkG21
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by paulrbeers View Post
You can't "add" anything to a non-jailbroken AppleTV (and you can only jail break an AppleTV2). Amazon instant is currently not available on the AppleTV. You also can't airplay from an iOS device with Amazon Instant installed to the AppleTV either (well you can send the audio to the AppleTV, but really what good is that). About the only way to get Amazon instant to an AppleTV is to mirror an iOS device to the AppleTV, but that will leave you with black bars. Remember, Amazon and Apple are rivals so Amazon doesn't want to let Apple users have all the goodies. I'm surprised they let us have Amazon Instant on iOS devices at all!
Definitely money motivated... The opportunity to sell Prime subscriptions (or the opportunity to keep current subscribers renewing their memberships) and to sell their movies/tv shows.
MarkG21 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 13, 2013, 12:08 PM   #6
wknapp0924
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Honolulu, HI
Quote:
Originally Posted by maf2k8 View Post
I have been watching videos and reading up on jailbreaking my Apple TV ( i own a ATV2 and a ATV3 )

The more i read, The more i hear about XBMC. ( along with a millon other apps/options/etc...

I have no experience using XBMC nor do i know much about it. If i am correct, I need to jailbreak the ATV first, Then instal XBMC and then once installed i can install Amazon instant video with XBMC?

I am just a little confused as to how the process works and if its possible.

ALL i want to do is be able to watch movies with my Amazon prime account on my ATV. I would really hate to buy a Roku box or something of the sort just for the Amazon feature.

Could anyone give me detailed instructions or point me somewhere so that i can install Amazon instant video on the ATV?

I am honestly not interested in any of the other features/extras that are you can do with a jailbroken ATV, i just want to add Amazon and thats it. I have no use for all the other jailbreak options.

So with that said, What is the easiest/simplest way to add Amazon to my ATV 2 or 3?

Thanks
I JB my Apple TV for Amazon Prime myself, and since then I have found a plethora of media sources.

It is really easy, just google season pass, then follow steps to JB the Apple TV, goto wiki XBMC install directions and do it exactly as it tells you using terminal, then google FUSION XBMC and that is the easiest way to get AMAZON on your ATV2.

Once you do have amazon on ATV2, you need to just goto add on settings and put name and password and voila works perfectly.

If you want to save that headache all together you could always just buy a samsung smart tv and download their amazon prime app which is 1080p 5.1 sound and absolutely gorgeous.
wknapp0924 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 13, 2013, 12:23 PM   #7
dgalvan123
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
You cannot install it on the ATV3.
You CAN install it on the ATV 2.

The first post of the below-linked thread will tell you how to jailbreak your Apple TV 2, install XBMC, and add the Amazon Instant Video plugin. This will enable you to watch Amazon prime instant video.
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1305573

(The post is geared toward enabling Hulu, but the process is identical for installing the Amazon plugin. The only difference is, in step 19, to install the Amazon plugin instead of the Hulu plugin. I have both Hulu and Amazon installed on two of my Apple TV 2's, and both work fine.)

To make it even easier, there is apparently a mac application called Nito Installer that uses a simple GUI to install NitoTV on your Apple TV from your mac, which will the allow you to install XBMC and bluecop plugins (including Amazon, Hulu, etc.) from the Apple TV GUI itself. This means you don't have to use the command line at all. I have not used this method myself, but I would think it would be the "easiest", as it reduces the process to:
1. Use SeasonPass GUI on your Mac to jailbreak your ATV2.
2. Use Nito Installer GUI on your Mac to install NitoTV (or, apparently, install XBMC directly without even installing NitoTV, although I'd recommend using NitoTV since that will allow you to easily upgrade/remove XBMC or any other apps you install on your ATV2.)
3. Install the bluecop Amazon plugin directly from inside XBMC on your Apple TV 2.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost...&postcount=214
http://www.jailbreakappletv.com/blog...-tv-2-for-mac/
dgalvan123 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 14, 2013, 12:40 PM   #8
haganaga
macrumors member
 
Join Date: May 2010
I just mirror my MBP to the ATV.
haganaga is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 19, 2013, 12:42 PM   #9
DannyGGG
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by dgalvan123 View Post
I have both Hulu and Amazon installed on two of my Apple TV 2's, and both work fine.
I might try this. But please tell me, does the Amazon plugin allow HD streaming or is it the ****** quality that gets sent to PCs?
DannyGGG is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 19, 2013, 03:28 PM   #10
Plutonius
macrumors 601
 
Plutonius's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: New Hampshire
I recommend getting a Roku as cheap solution for viewing Amazon prime.
Plutonius is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 19, 2013, 03:36 PM   #11
wknapp0924
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Honolulu, HI
It is even easier now, just JB Apple TV 2, then download on your mac XBMCHUB and that will install almost all the repos and apps for your xbmc including Amazon. you have to click configure on amazon app and put in your information for it to work.
wknapp0924 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 19, 2013, 03:47 PM   #12
dgalvan123
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by DannyGGG View Post
I might try this. But please tell me, does the Amazon plugin allow HD streaming or is it the ****** quality that gets sent to PCs?
Don't know for sure. (And I'm not home to test it at the moment).

As I recall I only tested it once with an episode of Cheers. It looked roughly DVD quality to me at the time. Definitely not HD, but then I doubt Amazon has Cheers in HD.
dgalvan123 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Apr 21, 2013, 12:17 AM   #13
Uofmtiger
macrumors 6502a
 
Uofmtiger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Memphis
I can't run Amazon on XBMC right how because a DRM flag has been turned on by Amazon. I would get a Roku if you really need Amazon Prime.
__________________
4 Airport Express, 3 AppleTV family...you could say we like Airplay.
Uofmtiger is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 28, 2013, 06:39 PM   #14
livingaimlessly
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Quote:
Originally Posted by paulrbeers View Post
You can't "add" anything to a non-jailbroken AppleTV (and you can only jail break an AppleTV2). Amazon instant is currently not available on the AppleTV. You also can't airplay from an iOS device with Amazon Instant installed to the AppleTV either (well you can send the audio to the AppleTV, but really what good is that). About the only way to get Amazon instant to an AppleTV is to mirror an iOS device to the AppleTV, but that will leave you with black bars. Remember, Amazon and Apple are rivals so Amazon doesn't want to let Apple users have all the goodies. I'm surprised they let us have Amazon Instant on iOS devices at all!
Why are you blaming Amazon for this? Amazon would want to put its products and services on the Apple TV. It cuts into iTunes business is the reason. That's why Apple hasn't supported it. Look how long it took to twist Apple into installing Netflix on the ATV!

It's Apple that doesn't want its users exposed to Amazon's content. NOT the other way around...
livingaimlessly is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 28, 2013, 07:10 PM   #15
paulrbeers
macrumors 68040
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by livingaimlessly View Post
Why are you blaming Amazon for this? Amazon would want to put its products and services on the Apple TV. It cuts into iTunes business is the reason. That's why Apple hasn't supported it. Look how long it took to twist Apple into installing Netflix on the ATV!

It's Apple that doesn't want its users exposed to Amazon's content. NOT the other way around...
What do you mean "how long it took apple to support Netflix"? When the Appletv 2 was announced they already had Netflix on it.... So argument invalidated since the First iOS AppleTv there has been Netflix.

Also holy thread revival batman!!!
paulrbeers is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jul 29, 2013, 06:46 PM   #16
hipnetic
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by livingaimlessly View Post
Why are you blaming Amazon for this? Amazon would want to put its products and services on the Apple TV. It cuts into iTunes business is the reason. That's why Apple hasn't supported it. Look how long it took to twist Apple into installing Netflix on the ATV!
If Amazon wanted to include AirPlay support and Apple was blocking them, Amazon could/would make a public stink about it. I'm pretty sure the blame is on Amazon for that. As for why there's no native Amazon app on the ATV itself, that I could see Apple dragging their feet on (if Amazon had any interest in it).

Any way you slice it, it *is* too bad. I'm a regular Amazon shopper and have Prime, so I'd like to take advantage of the free video content, but I'd prefer not to buy a Roku (and have yet *another* device/input on my TV that I have to switch to) just to use it. I don't think there's any other channels on the Roku that are really calling out to me, but I may decide to pick up one just to deal with this issue (and see what other Roku channels might interest me). I do have one Blu-ray player with Amazon, but the UI sucks and it would be less cumbersome moving a Roku from the living room to the bedroom and back then it would be to move the Blu-ray player.
hipnetic is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 5, 2013, 01:12 AM   #17
spacepower7
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: May 2004
Quote:
Originally Posted by livingaimlessly View Post
Why are you blaming Amazon for this? Amazon would want to put its products and services on the Apple TV. It cuts into iTunes business is the reason. That's why Apple hasn't supported it. Look how long it took to twist Apple into installing Netflix on the ATV!

It's Apple that doesn't want its users exposed to Amazon's content. NOT the other way around...
Hmm

Amazon doesn't have Airplay or HDMI/video out because the contracts they chose with the content owners.

It's the restrictions Amazon choose in order to pay lower rates for streaming media.

On the other side we have Netflix. Amazon wants to undercut Netflix and does this by limiting their Amazon Instant Video app,

It's business, why would Amazon be the hero for limiting video on iOS? Because they want to save money?
spacepower7 is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Apple TV and Home Theater

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
iPad: Amazon Prime Instant Video - Apple Digital AV Adapter vs Airplay on Apple TV TitanTiger iPad 2 Jun 3, 2014 07:29 AM
Amazon Instant Video IRL22 Apple TV and Home Theater 6 Nov 27, 2012 01:21 PM
Amazon Instant Video -> Playback not allowed AceCoolie iPad Apps 9 Aug 2, 2012 03:36 PM
Amazon Instant Video to ATV2 via iPad2? MacKenzie999 iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting 0 Aug 1, 2012 02:36 PM
Amazon Instant Video App available for iPad! christophermdia iPad 12 Aug 1, 2012 11:21 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:35 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC