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Amazon Updates 'Instant Video' iOS App with AirPlay Support, Full Integration with IMDb

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 17, 2013.

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    Amazon has released an update to Instant Video app for iOS with various new features, including full support for Apple's AirPlay video streaming and full integration with movie information website IMDb. The update also provides users the ability to read customer reviews, and search for related videos in the context of a specific a cast or director, as well as concurrent downloads and a faster and more streamlined interface.

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    AirPlay is a welcome addition for many users, offering a streamlined method for users to send content to their televisions via an Apple TV, serving as a relatively simple solution in the absence of a dedicated Instant Video channel for the set-top box.

    Amazon originally released its iPad app for Instant Video in August 2012, adding iPhone support in an update released a few months later. Amazon was also reported in April to be developing a competitor to the Apple TV set-top box. Amazon Instant Video is a free app and can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Amazon Updates 'Instant Video' iOS App with AirPlay Support, Full Integration with IMDb
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Yay!

    I'm not sure of Amazon Instant Video is going to be part of my "cut the cord" solution, but this makes it a much more viable option to consider.
     
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    GeekLawyer

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    Allowing AirPlay to AppleTV is a welcome feature.

    Unsure if it increases or decreases the likelihood of an Amazon Instant App native to the AppleTV.
     
  4. macrumors member

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    Well it's about time we got AirPlay support!! Now we can finally use the app :)
     
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    Apple TV app???

    I wonder if this is a precursor to an Apple TV app. Didn't Vevo, HBO .., follow the same route? Opening airplay and then a few weeks later, they were on Apple TV.
     
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    jrswizzle

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    Finally! Was having to use my Blu-Ray player's Amazon Prime Video app and that thing is slow as hell and awful to navigate....

    Kudos to Amazon!
     
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    ValSalva

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    I wonder if it will work with the HDMI adapter. The previous versions of the app would not.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    Finally made it usable/useful. As everyone else is saying, hopefully this is a precursor to an app on the AppleTV. Will finally use it as part of my Prime membership now!
     
  9. macrumors 68000

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    Finally!
     
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    Amazing Iceman

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    We are still far away from the "cut the cord" experience we are all looking for.
    I would like to be able to import music and other media into my iPad without having to rely on third-party apps. Is that too much to ask?
     
  11. macrumors member

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    And with that I will now buy an Apple TV.
     
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    Plutonius

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    Did you get the prime membership for the Amazon video streaming or do you want to use the Amazon video streaming because you have a prime membership ?

    In my opinion, Netflix and Hulu plus are much better alternatives to Amazon but I can see you wanting to use Amazon if you have the prime membership for free shipping.
     
  13. macrumors member

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    As with many of the video apps that are airplay enabled, quality on the output is ok, but not that great. A native Amazon Apple Tv app will be better, but I'll take this for now.
     
  14. macrumors regular

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    I've cut the cord. We (family of 4) use Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, and an HD antenna for all our TV watching needs. Saves about $60-80 a month depending on what we buy on iTunes and is so simple my 3-year old can use it unassisted.
    But, individual results may vary. :)
     
  15. macrumors member

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    +1 x 100 on the "Finally".
    Finally I don't have to fire up a my 10,000 watt space heating turbofan called the PS/3 to watch Amazon videos on the big TV's!
    Way to go Amazon, the app is finally useful.
     
  16. macrumors regular

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    I see Netflix and Amazon as about the same, especially when you add in the 2-day shipping from Amazon. Luckily they have different content deals (Nickelodeon vs Disney, for the kids, as an example) which makes carring both worth it for my household.

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    Agreed. This may allow me to cancel my XBox live membership since M$ required it to access Netflix and Amazon.
     
  17. macrumors 6502a

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    Yaay. It's a welcome improvement, but this seems like one those odd Airplay-enabled apps that requires me to keep my iPad's screen turned on to keep it playing. If I place on the SmartCover or turn it off, the video stops streaming.

    It's a bit annoying and not great for battery when I, seemingly needlessly, need to have the screen on (even at lowest brightness) during an entire video.

    It's a nice start, but this limitation seems pretty unnecessary, even kind of stubborn.
     
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    crees!

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    Exactly the same situation, only with Hulu some shows are PC-only (we need to hook the old MacBook Pro to the TV) or you get bounced out to a network's site, but in some cases like FoodTV they don't have full episodes. So on cutting the cord, we're almost there. For now, we're enjoying classics like The Dick Van Dyke Show.
     
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    Eduardo1971

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    Hopefully it increases the likelihood. If I recall, HBOGo started off with Airplay support prior to it being a full fledge Apple TV application.
     
  20. macrumors 6502

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    The latter (using video because I get it "free" with the prime membership). I wouldn't have done it the other way (getting prime for video). I don't currently have any other streaming services so it would be nice to at least use the one we have access to :)
     
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    Casiotone

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    And that's where AirPlay is better than ChromeCast.

    Amazon did not have to make a deal with Apple to enable this functionality, unlike the ChromeCast white-list system where Google decides which apps can stream to TV, depending on revenue-sharing deals they've been trying to make with content providers.

    On iOS, it's up to developers to choose if they want to enable Airplay streaming.

    Of course Apple can always reject apps, but it works more like a black-list than the ChromeCast white-list, which is a big difference. There's already a lot of apps on the App Store that can Airplay "Unauthorized content" (DIVX, AVI video players) and Apple doesn't seem to care.
     
  22. macrumors 68040

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    It's funny how what Google has been doing is something we would expect out of Apple. Instead, Apple is doing it right and Google is doing it wrong :p
     
  23. macrumors 6502

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    I just downloaded the app for my iPhone and it won't let me watch anything without wifi. Is there a way to change this? Netflix doesn't have this problem.
     
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    Plutonius

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    I was considering prime membership for shipping but decided against it. I order a lot from Amazon but I don't mind if it takes a week or so to arrive. Standard free shipping works for me although it sometimes means I'm buying extra to make the $25.00 min order :D.

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    The app is currently wifi only although you can download videos for watching without a connection.
     
  25. macrumors member

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    And this is why I never use this app. I'd watch videos at the gym, but I don't get Wifi! I just stick to Netflix... It's my choice whether I want to use my 3G data (Verizon unlimited...) to watch videos, they should at least let me do it.
     

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