Hands-On With the New Amazon Prime Video App for Apple TV

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  1. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    True, but good luck getting those apps updated as time goes on. TV manufacturers are notoriously horrible at updating their OS.

    Not really. If you’ve been here long enough you will know people here use multiple different platforms.
  2. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    And 4K projectors?
  3. daveak macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2009
    Durham, UK
    Looks ok, but it doesn't make the navigation click which makes it feel wrong.
  4. Paultmaine macrumors newbie


    Oct 31, 2017
    I tried to watch a 4K item on the app and got this, I have a 4K tele ?

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  5. Kabeyun macrumors 68000


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    Useless? Because it only delivers stereo audio? That’s pretty extreme. Are non-4K TVs also useless?
  6. Hanterdro macrumors regular


    Nov 23, 2014
    Yes, they are :p
  7. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    'Twas just a joke. One that everyone else seems to have gotten. As to your comment, were you quoting my tagline?
  8. Sakurambo-kun macrumors 6502


    Oct 30, 2015
    I do. The interface on my LG OLED is absolutely superb. It's very fast, I can move between apps pretty much instantly, and it even has a mouse pointer (as well as a d-pad and voice search).
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    HDR requires HDMI 2.0 or greater. The old ATV 4 only has HDMI 1.4.
  9. iosuser macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2012
    Looks like Amazon has "fixed" the error. Yesterday titles were showing 5.1 audio in the description, and now they don't. And flipping Airplay and back no longer enable 5.1 (see my last post in this thread).

    Seriously, it seems these services (not just Amazon) are really worry that you enjoy their services too much :rolleyes: always missing something..
  10. kyleh22 macrumors 6502


    Apr 26, 2012
    Baltimore, MD
    I respectfully disagree. My TVs I have experienced have awful UIs. The Apple TV is so much cleaner and quicker for browsing. Additionally having up next for all content, across all apps is great.
  11. Yumbo macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2011
    Video Library menu option missing from my app on both TV and iOS.
    Anyone else have this issue with any solutions?
  12. MacSince1985 macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2009
    If I had to choose just one service for video streaming, it would be Netflix. I got Amazon Prime for the shipping benefits but didn't watch it often because, until yesterday, I didn't have a good way to watch it (Sony Blu-ray player with a terrible UI or AirPlay with skipped frames). I may use it more now.
  13. patseguin macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2003
    I am so ecstatic about this! It's nice to have all my viewing on 1 box now. I used to switch to my Shield for Prime Video but that experience has really gone down. Every time I turn it on I get a notification about a remote update and it takes about 15-20 minutes to do it and then fails. Voice input never works either.

    The Prime Video app itself is like a dream come true. the integration with the TV app is a complete bonus as well. If only Apple would update for Atmos, I'd be in heaven!
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    Which Denon do you have? I have a Denon and have rear speakers via wireless. Having that rear channel really adds to immersion big time. It won't cost you much to get a pair of small rear channel speakers and 5.1 will blow you away vs stereo.
  14. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    The support page says it will be added soon.
  15. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    Tried it yesterday and worked great. Was able to get Dora the Explorer going for my granddaughter. Previously the only way was buying the episodes on the Apple side.

    I think that Apple TV still has the best UI and integration for the streaming boxes. This was the missing link.
  16. bitfactory macrumors 6502


    Jul 22, 2002
    Absolutely garbage app with good content.

    All obviously built in JS w/ some kind of web view (maybe they got an exception from Apple?)
  17. icehockey77 macrumors member


    Jan 12, 2011
    So pumped to not have to airplay from my ipad mini anymore. Autoplay had stopped working and it was getting frustrating when binging Mr. Robot for hours on end.
  18. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    I downloaded the app last night and wasn't blown away by the UI. To me, it looks like the app was designed for the 3rd gen ATV (not tvOS). But I'm just happy a native app was finally released.
  19. Explorz macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    Useless for me. I have a fully functioning Amazon Prime App in my TV's OS. So, totally useless to use the limited function app on the ATV.
  20. BrennanWDavis macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    Yeah, exactly. I have a smart TV and smart Blu Ray player, and can access Prime Video on both of them, but they're super laggy. It's also a pain to have to remember which smart device and which remote, etc. to use. I'm happy now that I can have all of my video content (Amazon, Netflix, iTunes) in one place.
  21. stickyd8 macrumors member


    May 26, 2009
    I've used apps through my 4K LG TV, and they work fine. With that being said, I prefer using my AppleTV because the UI is much cleaner, easier to navigate, and aggregates all of the video content I have access to through the "TV App". And now that they integrated live sports through the TV App with game notifications, it makes it even better. I don't have to hop from app to app to have access to the things I want to watch.
  22. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL

    Different devices, [potentially] different UIs in a multi-TV home, with different feature sets, etc., lack of consolidated services like search, dealing with different patches/updates/fixes.

    There's a number of compelling reasons why _any_ external device is superior to integrated TV "smart apps".

  23. iosuser macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2012
    I bought a top end Sony 4K TV 1.5yrs back. It had Amazon Prime video out of the box, but no 5.1 audio. It took almost a year before it got updated to output 5.1 audio. Keep holding your breath ;)
  24. Rychiar macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2006
    Waterbury, CT
    zero interest in this without 5.1. thats the main reason i wanted it. otherwise it works just as well airplayed from a phone
  25. merrickdrfc macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2011
    It must actually take a lot of effort to make a tvOS app look and behave that badly. Amazon and their terrible web based UI. sigh.

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