Amazon Releases iPad App for Instant Video Service

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Amazon has released an iPad app for its Instant Video renting and buying service and its streaming Netflix competitor, Amazon Prime Instant Video.

    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. 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.


    Engadget says in a mini-review that "Amazon is really coming after Netflix with this one" and that the app is polished and runs smoothly.

    Amazon Prime is available for $79/year and offers discounted overnight shipping and free two-day shipping on nearly every item that Amazon sells, as well as thousands of on-demand streaming movies and TV shows and Kindle Books.

    Yesterday, Amazon also updated its Cloud Player service with an iTunes Match-like matching feature. This is a significant upgrade, as Amazon's cloud music offering previously required users to upload all their music which could take hours or days depending on the size of the user's music library.

    Amazon Instant Video is available free on the iPad via the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Amazon Releases iPad App for Instant Video Service
  2. macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2005
    Virginia Beach, VA
  3. macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2010
  4. macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2008
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Now the question is, when will it come to the AppleTV?
  5. macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2009
    Where's the Canada love?
  6. macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2003
    Very soon I bet, especially since Hulu Plus is now on ATV.
  7. macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2008
    Stinks that it will only work with a wifi connection.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    HA! I've had Prime for years and didn't even realize I get limited content for free. Suppose I should check it out.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2005
  10. macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2011
    Garland, TX
    Feedback I tried to leave them via their requested address. You'll see why "tried" below..

    First, I'm appreciative of the new iPad Prime Streaming Video app (it's Waaaay overdue). I've wanted that for ages. Once you get it running on TiVo, then I'm set with everything. :)

    However, there's some issues with it. None are going to make me grab my pitchforks and storm the castle, but there is some strangeness.

    1) It's iPad only. Why not iPhone as well? Given there's no iPhone flavor, there had to be a conscious reason as to why not. I don't take my iPad everywhere due to size, but my phone does go. In certain circumstances, I could see myself watching something when I'm stuck doing nothing (like DMV or something).

    2) AIRPLAY IS BROKEN! When you try and use Airplay to send the show through an AppleTV to the TV set, it only sends the audio. Video stays on the iPad. The WatchESPN app has the same problem. The ESPN app used to work fine over Airplay, but a recent update changed that, and it behaves the same way. What I've read about that problem is that it's a concious effort by the app maker not to let Airplay work. So - WHY? Why is this broken? Yes, I know I can play it on my PS3 & my 360. But to fire them all up, run the app, find what I want, play it.. It's a lot quicker given the nature of iOS to run it there, and stream it via Airplay. So again - why did you guys disable this? If you did not, then it needs to be fixed. That Airplay doesn't work right seriously impacts the usability of this app.

    3) On the page for this that you link from the front page of Amazon, you ask folks to send feedback via email to this address: I tried - twice. Both times the address bounced. If you're gonna publish an address and ask for feedback, it should bloody well work!

    Overall, it's very good that this app exists (finally). But if you finish off the job, and make this work properly, then it'd probably be my goto app, and I can finally kiss Netflix goodbye.
  11. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
  12. macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2011
    2 things I'd like to see are:

    1. iPhone support
    2. Search functionality

    Other then that it's much appriciated
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2008
    Surrey, BC
    I read the title as "Apple releases iPad app for instant video service, and I was like "wait, what? Apple has an instant video service?"
  14. macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    Finally. This took way longer than it should have.
  15. macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2010
    Tilton, NH.
  16. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Is this going to be like the Kindle app where you can download things you've purchased elsewhere, but you can't actually purchase something in the app?
  17. macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2005
    Bay Area, California
    Is their movie/tv show catalog better than Netlix?
  18. macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2010
    Are you kidding? this is HUGE news for iPad owners who also have Amazon prime.

    If they just get airplay working, I will not have to buy a Roku.
  19. macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Add gestures and HD content, too.

    Feel a bit better to know that Amazon was not just ignoring my emails. ;)
  20. macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2007
    WE FINALLY GET AMAZON INSTANT VIDE... wait... no AirPlay? Oh well.
  21. macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2010
    It's in Apple's App Store, so yes, until Apple changes their rules you will have to purchase content elsewhere. Unless Amazon wanted to give up 30% of revenue on sales that they almost certainly make nowhere near enough to cover that kickback to Apple.
  22. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    It's not an Amazon story, it's an iPad app story. Why the Amazon hate though?
  23. macrumors member


    Jul 22, 2008
    North Carolina
    You can even download videos to your iPad. Now they just need to do an Apple TV app (not a hard port really). Also being able to download the eps to our Mac's would be great too!
  24. macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2009
    Amazon vs Netflix

    I feel that Netflix has a bit more documentaries while Amazon Prime has more TV content. So I say its a bit hard to compare them both. Maybe a mixture of half netflix and half Hulu Plus?

    I have it and Love it! Since I shop a lot at amazon, 2 day shipping isn't bad, and it does tend to come in two days...
  25. macrumors regular

    May 28, 2002
    Omg omg omg

    Thank you thank you thank you Amazon you ROCK!

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