Amazon Says Prime Video Had Most First-Week Downloads of Any Apple TV App Ever

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Amazon's long-awaited Prime Video app for Apple TV had the most first-week downloads of any app in the history of the tvOS App Store.


    "Prime Video has been a hit with Apple TV customers around the world -- it had the most first-week downloads of any app in the history of tvOS," an Amazon spokesperson reportedly told

    Amazon and Apple haven't disclosed any actual download numbers, nor do we know the previous record or the app that achieved it. The tvOS App Store launched alongside the release of the fourth-generation Apple TV in October 2015, and thousands of apps are now available to download on the platform.

    Amazon Prime Video launched on the tvOS App Store for the fourth-generation and fifth-generation Apple TV earlier this month, and it was also automatically made available on the non-tvOS third-generation Apple TV.

    Similar to the Prime Video app on other platforms, the Apple TV version enables Amazon Prime subscribers to watch Amazon Prime exclusive TV series, and a collection of movies, including some titles in 4K HDR. Prime Video for tvOS supports both the Apple TV's universal search functionality and Apple's TV app.

    Amazon achieved this accomplishment despite some criticism about the Prime Video app having a poorly designed interface. Apple reporters John Gruber and Rene Ritchie, for example, have both said Prime Video is the worst tvOS app they've ever seen, echoing a sentiment shared by some users on Twitter.

    Nevertheless, given Prime Video is a popular service and was already available on so many other platforms, many Apple TV owners are likely happy that at least some kind of app is finally available on tvOS. is run by Brad Gibson, who has previously worked for Apple-related publications such as MacUser, MacFormat, MacNN, The Mac Observer, MacCentral, and Macworld, some of which have shut down. We haven't confirmed the accuracy of Amazon's statement with Apple or Amazon.

    Update: Gary Ng at iPhone in Canada informed us he received the same statement from Amazon, confirming its authenticity. We've also learned the statement originates from Apple, despite being distributed by a PR agency working with Amazon.

    Article Link: Amazon Says Prime Video Had Most First-Week Downloads of Any Apple TV App Ever
  2. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
    All three of my Apple TVs downloaded it, I guess because I had it on my iPad. I think I’ve used it on my iPad twice.
  3. Colonel Badger macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2008
  4. mgollaher92 macrumors member


    Jun 14, 2016
    Gee it's like they should've created it a long time ago
  5. brian3uk macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2016
    After hollering for it to come to the AppleTV for years, now it's here and my gosh Prime Video is full of garbage. Amazon and Netflix could probably save a couple bucks, and us the trouble, if they would purge some of the obvious cheap "made for streaming" quality movies.
  6. Gorms macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2012
    Of course it did, they waited like a year and a half before releasing it.
  7. benz240 macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2008
    What the hell did they think? Should be a lesson to the other companies resistant to putting their content on Apple TV.
  8. asdavis10 macrumors 6502


    Feb 3, 2008
    Doesn't surprise me. Amazon essentially let the pool of Apple TV customers build to such a large size. I downloaded it on both of my boxes and know many people who did the same. Amazon Prime Video is a pretty good service considering I have it because I mostly care about Prime shipping.
  9. mikecorp Suspended


    Mar 20, 2008
    pointless, if it automatically downloaded itself. WTH, I stay with Netflix!
  10. democracyrules macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2016
    Thank you, Amazon and Apple to make Prime Video available for Apple TV users.
  11. mrthomnas macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2014
    That's the thing, doesn't it automatically download to compatible Apple TVs? Or just the icon then when you click the icon it downloads it?
  12. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    BestAppleTV.Com? Uummmm.... Lol

    Strange website.
  13. pwygant macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2007
    Internet Connection error over the weekend in parts of the US... Really frustrating...
  14. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    It's a really lazy port, and it's really not great to use compared to the vast majority of tvOS apps, but it has meant I could bin my awful Fire Stick to watch The Grand Tour - so I won't complain too much...
  15. CanadianGuy macrumors member


    Jul 3, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    First off, how do they know? They aren't privy to other developer download numbers.

    Second, it wouldn't actually be surprising, every new app has that chance because the installed base is always higher. Netflix, HBO etc, were available on day 1 when the Apple TV install base was 0. Plus, Apple was promoting the app constantly. They tweeted about it, they emailed me about it, it was on the cover page of all of the App Stores. And as someone else above mentioned, if you had the app on your phone or iPad, it automatically downloaded to your Apple TV's.
  16. Rafterman macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2010
    I was finally able to watch "The Tick" on the big TV screen. Well, easily at least. Then I was disappointed there were only 6 episodes for season 1.
  17. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
  18. sofila macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2006
    Ramtop Mountains
    No you can't imagine that.
  19. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    After all of this time and with the money that Amazon has, you would think they could have designed a better user interface!
  20. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    The real amazing part is they added Amazon Prime to AppleTV3 boxes. I thought surely there would be no new features for the AppleTV3, but here we are. If it were somehow possible to add Infuse to the AppleTV3, that device would be worth it's weight in gold.
  21. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Downloads doesn't mean people are using it like crazy. If you had the app installed on your iPhone or iPad, it automatically installed on your Apple TV for most users. That alone greatly inflates those download numbers.
  22. brian3uk macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2016
    He doesn't have to imagine it. I literally said it in post number 5 above.

  23. George Dawes macrumors 6502a

    George Dawes

    Jul 17, 2014
    i find the pq pretty awful most of the time , the grand tour often pixellates into a total mess

    can't be my net connection as itunes and iplayer have stunning pq

    maybe it needs updating ??
  24. bmunge macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    Anyone saying it’s the worst tvOS app ever clearly hasn’t used DirecTV Now

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