Amazon Releases Prime 'Instant Video' App for iPhone

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    Amazon has released an iPhone app for its Prime Instant Video 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.

    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.

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    Good call, meant to add that.
     
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    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.
     
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    What's the resolution?

    I've tried Amazon streaming, and it's cruddy and blocky. Is there something I've got set up wrong?
     
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    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.
     
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    Wonder when this will arrive for the Apple TV?
     
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    That's what I want to know. As soon as it does I'm ditching my Roku for an Apple TV.
     
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    Will apple want this on apple TV?
     
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    I'm not familiar with that word....
     
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    :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.
     
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    That said I'm sure apple would rather have people using their own media services. Good point though.
     
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    WIFI only, I can stream netflix but not amazon on cellular data? :confused::mad:
     
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    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!
     
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    Moreso in light of this story, 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).
     
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    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.
     
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    You can't unless you have the AppleTV 2 Jailbroken, then it streams perfectly!
     
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    Go on...

    (I have an ATV2 JB with Plex; have been wondering if you can get Prime Videos on it...)
     
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    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.
     
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    I don't see why not. It's not really any different than Netflix.
     
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    Not bad. I really would like it to come to the ATV though.
     
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    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?
     
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    But for the company as a whole amazon is a much more likely competitor than netflix. (they have competing HW)
     

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