Amazon Prime Video Coming to New Apple TV Possibly Within a 'Few Weeks'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last month, Amazon removed all Apple TV and Chromecast product listings from its website because the devices do not offer its Prime Video streaming service, which the online retailer said may cause confusion for customers. Nearly a month later, the new Apple TV remains unavailable on Amazon, but that could soon change.


    Amazon appears to have confirmed to engineer Dan Bostonweeks that it is developing a tvOS app for Prime Video that could launch before the end of 2015. "Hopefully, within a few weeks span, you will be able to see the Amazon Instant Video app feature on your Apple TV," the company purportedly said in an email.
    Apple was wrongly criticized by some in October for seemingly not allowing Prime Video on the new Apple TV, but shortly after the company provided a statement to BuzzFeed News emphasizing that "all are welcome" on the platform -- Amazon simply had not submitted a Prime Video app for the tvOS App Store.
    Amazon told BuzzFeed News it "doesn't have anything to share" on the topic at the time, but it now appears the company is actively developing a tvOS solution. Amazon Video allows Prime members to instantly stream tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, with hundreds of thousands of titles available to buy or rent.

    Amazon Video for iOS is free on the App Store and accessible by Amazon Prime members. The service is also available on Android, Fire OS, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U, the web and select TV and Blu-ray players from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Vizio.

    Article Link: Amazon Prime Video Coming to New Apple TV Possibly Within a 'Few Weeks'
  2. gugy macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
  3. rjtyork macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2009
    Yeah, who didn't see this coming? If you have a service like this, you're shooting yourself in the foot not allowing it on Apple TV.
  4. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    For people who lives oversea like us, do we need VPN or DNS service like Netflix?
  5. Asarien macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2015
    San Francisco, CA
    Hahaha. Amazon couldn't play chicken for very long.
  6. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI
    Oh wait! You mean this wasn't Apple's fault? My, my.... /s
  7. TheDarkCanuck macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2015
    Now I wish Amazon Prime video would come to Canada even more.
  8. ObsidianKt macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2008
    I'm more anxious for vudu than Amazon Prime. Hopefully Vudu will announce a launch date soon.
  9. UnfetteredMind macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2012
    This is great news, I may actually upgrade now (have ATV3 currently).

    Next question for those who have the ATV4 and Logitech Smart/Hub Remote (which uses a RF remote along with a base unit that does IR and Bluetooth), how well does it work since the ATV4 doesn't currently allow BT keyboards? I may continue waiting to see if Apple supports these (although since the ATV4 remote is what allows voice control, it may be another remote that ends up on the coffee table anyway).
  10. deany, Nov 27, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2015

    deany macrumors 68030


    Sep 16, 2012
    North Wales
    will this be just amazon Prime USA or will it include UK?

  11. levitynyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 19, 2006
  12. ceriess macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2003
    I ditched Prime. The bottom line is that I use it to get things sent to me on time, and Amazon is no longer capable of doing that. Their video offerings are sub-par anyway.
  13. MacFanBoi macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2009
    No surprise there since Apple devices account for 60% of all hardware used for streaming services I believe I read somewhere.
  14. BvizioN macrumors 601


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    I wrote an email to Amazon's CEO few days ago regarding this and this is what I got......

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  15. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    I would say I will believe that when I see it. Perhaps Amazon could try yanking someone else's chain for once lol.
  16. Ethan Coohill macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2015
    I literally bought a Amazon Fire tv stick just so I can have Amazon prime in my room yesterday.....
  17. thasan macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2007
    Lol. I have cancelled my prime subscription too. :p
    Not gonna reactivate it
  18. Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    Well, I have three previous generation Apple TV's-actually looking forward to it (even if it won't run on my older Apple TV's).

    We even have an Amazon Fire stick.
  19. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    This is great, that eliminates my biggest problem with Apple TV. Now if they could do something about the touchy remote. I can't pick the thing up without bringing up the on screen display or scrubbing the playhead. Plus I always seem to get it upside-down unless I look at it.
  20. Sakurambo-kun macrumors 6502


    Oct 30, 2015
    Well this would really be a shock if it happened. Amazon have managed to ignore the Chromecast for years, despite it achieving huge sales and having an open SDK and app store, and obviously Apple and Amazon's history is not a happy one.

    It will be interesting to see what a Prime Video app on the Apple TV looks like. Will it use the standard Amazon Prime UI, or will it be a low budget TVML type thing consisting of a bunch of tiny thumbnails and text? And will it support Siri Voice Search (a real test of how well Apple and Amazon get on I imagine) and Top Shelf showcase?
  21. afd macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2005
    Good. As long as it arrives before the new Top Gear. Amazon always had the old Apple TV for a good price too, hopefully they can do the same for the new one.
  22. deany, Nov 28, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2015

    deany macrumors 68030


    Sep 16, 2012
    North Wales
    UK prime members get video credits by using the 3-5 day no rush option. Usually £1.00 but as the moment £3.00 (do separate orders ie 5 items 5 orders = £15.00 credit)
    This will help give you credits to watch movies on your apple TV

    (Assuming its not itunes credit only allowed)
  23. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    For accidental scrubbing press menu and it will go back to where it was
    For the upside down mistake get the remote loop

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