Amazon Prime Video App Launches on Apple TV [Update: TV App Supported]

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    It's been six months since Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Amazon Prime Video would be coming to Apple TV later this year, and now that app is officially beginning to roll out to tvOS devices in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and several other regions across Europe.

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    Similar to other versions of Amazon Prime Video, the Apple TV app allows Prime subscribers to sign into their accounts and watch Amazon Prime exclusive TV series, as well as browse a collection of movies. Users can add shows and movies to a watchlist, sync their watchlist across devices, and use Apple TV's Siri Remote to search for Amazon content from inside the app.

    The updated Amazon Prime Video iOS app now supports Universal Search, allowing users to look up Prime videos using the native search function on their devices. Version 5.0 of the iOS app also supports iPhone X displays. While the tvOS app is a separate component of the installation, Amazon Prime Video is available on pre-app store third-generation Apple TVs as well as fourth-gen and 4K Apple TVs, according to the release notes. (A simple reboot on a third-gen Apple TV should cause Prime Video to appear on the main screen.)

    Prior to its official launch, there were numerous release date rumors surrounding the Amazon Prime Video tvOS app. The first pointed to its launch on the day of the iPhone X keynote event, and then a separate report from Recode countered that rumor with sources that claimed the app would not be ready at that time. Later in September, the next rumor predicted its launch alongside Thursday Night Football, and when that date came and went the most recent rumor -- sourced from a Redditor claiming to work for Amazon -- predicted an October 26 debut.

    Yesterday, a redditor opened up the App Store and saw an Amazon Prime Video story as the top feature in the "Today" section, after he had manually turned his device's clock forward by a day. He linked the section on reddit, which other users were able to see temporarily before the content was pulled by Apple. The "Today" App Store description in question specifically referenced Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV, which was finally launched today.

    Amazon Prime Video was one of the last remaining streaming service holdouts to release a tvOS app, so users will now be able to rely on the 4th and 5th generation Apple TV devices a little more without having to use a PlayStation 4, Fire TV, or Roku to jump to Amazon's video catalog. In terms of other Apple products with Amazon Prime Video apps, users can also watch Prime shows on iPhone and iPad with the company's iOS app [Direct Link], which also supports downloading select videos to view offline.

    Tim Hardwick contributed to this article.

    Update: MacRumors has been able to confirm that Amazon Prime Video also supports Apple's TV app.

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    Please let us know in the comments if you're seeing the app outside of the U.S. Thanks!
     
  4. Ballis macrumors 6502a

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    Not interested unless it supports the «TV» app in full.
     
  5. daveak macrumors regular

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    not seeing it in UK
     
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    Well, I would agree with you, except I live outside of US so TV app does not work anyway...
     
  7. BMcCoy macrumors 65816

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    Good news.
    It means more use for my ATV, as I’ve been using my (slow and frustrating) TV app for Amazon.
    It’s an important development for us in the UK, where the overall functions/flexibility of the ATV are far less than the US.
     
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    Finally...... I don’t care!

    * Because I am in the EU
     
  9. Cornfed710 macrumors newbie

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    Just doing a software update on my tv now, it wasn’t visible prior to that, in Canada anyway. I’ll check back when it’s done updating.

    The iOS app had an update in Canada and it mentioned the tvOS app.
     
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    So cool!
     
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    I live outside the US as well and it works here so its being rolled out.
     
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    Super super quick..... almost no waiting time at all :)
    On a serious note, I am glad it is released. I like Amazon Prime Video.
     
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    I meant the TV app from Apple. Unless you live in a select group of countries you don't have access to it.
    The same way I don't have Siri on AppleTV, I can't even use American Siri with my country store for example.
     
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    Couldn’t find it on the tvOS app store, so I turned on Automatic Downloads in Settings on the AppleTV, and downloaded the app to my phone and that got it to download to the AppleTV.
     
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    In the US, updated to 11.2 on atv4k and don't see it at all
     
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    Now hopefully Amazon will stop emailing us about how we have not used prime video yet. Definitely curious to see what they have to offer now.
     
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    Booooo!!!

    Double booooo!!!!
     
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    The TV app is clearly indicated in my Polish AppStore:
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    Will check later on actual Apple TV later today.
     

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