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Following in the footsteps of Roku, Amazon today announced that the Apple TV app is now available on select Fire TV devices, including the second-generation Fire TV Stick, the Fire TV Stick 4K, and the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition.

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Available through the Amazon Appstore, the Apple TV app allows users to access their iTunes libraries of movies and TV shows and the Apple TV Channels feature through the Fire TV platform. The app will also users to stream original content from Apple TV+ when the streaming video service launches November 1.

As of today, the Apple TV app on Fire TV is available in the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, India, and the United Kingdom. The app is also available for Fire TV Basic Edition users in over 50 countries.

Amazon says the Apple TV app will be coming soon to the first- and second-generation Fire TV Cube, the third-generation diamond-shaped Fire TV dongle, Fire TV smart TVs from Toshiba and Insignia, and the Nebula sound bar. The app is not compatible with the first- or second-generation Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.

In addition to Fire TV, the Apple TV app is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV, Roku, and select 2018 and newer Samsung smart TVs. The app is also coming to select LG, Sony, and VIZIO smart TVs in the future.

Apple TV+ is a Netflix-like subscription-based service that will allow users to stream original TV shows and movies curated by Apple. Pricing will start at $4.99 per month with a one-week free trial. Up to six family members can share a single ?Apple TV?+ subscription through Family Sharing.

Article Link: Apple TV App Now Available on Amazon Fire TV Sticks
 
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ikramerica

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Does it have local library support and Airplay or is it just a crippled app meant to sell content like on Roku? The roku apps are so disappointing. You can’t even use your ios device to remote control them.
 
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Jeaz

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The spread of the Apple TV app is really interesting. It’s definitely adding a lot of value to the channel distributors, reducing the need for them to develop apps for all devices.
Now we just need some channels (only one I have where I live is the Smithsonian...)
 
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BODYBUILDERPAUL

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Your Apple ID is probably the most valuable digital user identity account out there - it holds EVERYTHING (your Mac, your iPhone, iCloud, film & music purchases, software purchases) and you are willing to share your password and details to a cheap, horribly made Amazon or Roku or Samsung product that's constantly connected to the Internet with zero or very few security updates. Are you crazy?

What a terrible idea.

Let's see how long before these devices are hacked!
 
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It all makes sense now. When Apple first announced this was happening, we hadn't yet seen what they planned to do to the TV app...turn it into an advertising platform.

The new TV app is a total disaster. It violates its original stated purpose, and is pointless to use for anything other than Up Next.
 

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Does it have local library support and Airplay or is it just a crippled app meant to sell content like on Roku? The roku apps are so disappointing. You can’t even use your ios device to remote control them.
I use my iPhone to control my Roku’s all the time, just download the Roku app.
 
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javco

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Your Apple ID is probably the most valuable digital user identity account out there - it holds EVERYTHING (your Mac, your iPhone, iCloud, film & music purchases, software purchases) and you are willing to share your password and details to a cheap, horribly made Amazon or Roku or Samsung product that's constantly connected to the Internet with zero or very few security updates. Are you crazy?

What a terrible idea.

Let's see how long before these devices are hacked!

I though the same. But with 2FA there is no risk. Right?
 
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Eminemdrdre00

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Your Apple ID is probably the most valuable digital user identity account out there - it holds EVERYTHING (your Mac, your iPhone, iCloud, film & music purchases, software purchases) and you are willing to share your password and details to a cheap, horribly made Amazon or Roku or Samsung product that's constantly connected to the Internet with zero or very few security updates. Are you crazy?

What a terrible idea.

Let's see how long before these devices are hacked!
You sign in on your iPhone or computer via Apple’s website. You don’t enter your username/password on the 3rd party devices.
 

gank41

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Anyone happen to have the direct link to this on the Amazon Store? I’d like to get it now so that it’ll just automatically download to my TV later.
 

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I use my iPhone to control my Roku’s all the time, just download the Roku app.
Can you get the keyboard on the roku app to work with the YouTube app on Roku? I can use my phone to search using every Roku app except YouTube and it’s a bummer.
 

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Will this app appear on older Samsung TVs? I have a (high end) Samsung and it's about 3 years old.
 

xalea

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Oh nice! I much prefer my Fire Stick 4k to my Apple TV, which I hardly ever use. The interface on the Fire Stick is much better than the Apple TV. I also love its integration with all my Echo devices.
 

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This is a tragic mistake. Why put your ecosystem on competitors’ inferior products... it’s the same mistake then Apple CEO Skulley made.

Strategically, it makes far more sense to allow top-in-class products like Apple Watch work with an Android phone than to put Apple software on inferior hardware.

Also, Apple is missing the opportunity to seize the markets by not having its own TV at a much higher price point. And utilize AppleTV to capture those who want to use Samsung TVs and etc.Whatever happened to Steve’s epiphany about TVs and the experience?

I don’t understand taking a company that’s all about innovation and forgetting how to innovate. They cannot figure out how to differentiate anything right now. Just riding on Steve, Jon, and Scott’s hard work, Tim needs to go...

He’s a good person, but a terrible CEO for Apple at this point in time. The executive team has let all the talent go so they can reap as much stock as they can using the same old hardware. The software is starting to suck as bad as old Microsoft software - the new Microsoft is doing great.

I want to see some new innovators come out and lead the company to new heights. Make Apple Great Again.
 

Heelpir8

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This is a tragic mistake. Why put your ecosystem on competitors’ inferior products... it’s the same mistake then Apple CEO Skulley made.

I dunno about others, but my preferred streaming platform is Roku. And my spending on Apple TV channel subscriptions has gone from 0 to several now that I can use them on my platform of choice. Maybe that’s why.

It won’t change my preference for buying iPhones, iPads and Macs.
 

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All this seems to do is provide an App that lets users of other media devices to watch AppleTV+ content. Just as Netflix/Hulu/etc. have their apps available for multiple devices.

It's not "Bringing Apple TV software" (as in, that used on the Apple TV hardware) over to other hardware platforms.'

They are trying to increase their AppleTV+ subscriber base.
 

unfunfionn

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I haven’t even opened this app on my Apple TV since tvOS 13 introduced the ads. I genuinely don’t understand the point of it apart from introducing another streaming service most people will cancel after a month.
 
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smaffei

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Sweet! I didn't want to buy another Apple TV 4k for the bedroom so this will be a great alternative 👍

And, that's exactly why I think the Apple TV box is dead with these announcements.
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All this seems to do is provide an App that lets users of other media devices to watch AppleTV+ content. Just as Netflix/Hulu/etc. have their apps available for multiple devices.

It's not "Bringing Apple TV software" (as in, that used on the Apple TV hardware) over to other hardware platforms.'

They are trying to increase their AppleTV+ subscriber base.

It will play all of video library content from Apple too.
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Oh nice! I much prefer my Fire Stick 4k to my Apple TV, which I hardly ever use. The interface on the Fire Stick is much better than the Apple TV. I also love its integration with all my Echo devices.

Really, that interface is the worst. Can't find anything. Roku UI is even better than Amazon.

And, Amazon is not a choice for me since I want to watch Disney+.
 
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