Ways of watching Amazon Prime

Ben1l

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Hi, I'm not sure of this has been discussed, but just thought I'd ask if there was a way of watching Amazon Prime content (UK) on the Apple TV 4 in ways OTHER than using airplay from an iPhone or iPad...??

Any third party apps etc?
 

Crazy Badger

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My solution was a Firestick on Prime Day for £19.99 :D

The interface and speed are terrible compared to the aTV4, but I am finding I use it from time to time, especially as my daughter loves some of the free Prime children's stuff.
 

benjitek

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The Roku 2016 Streaming Stick was the best option for me. Clunky UI, but it works well for Amazon Prime. A couple side benefits are better wireless audio performance and a much nicer/zippier Plex app than tvOS. I prefer the ATV4 overall, but find I'm using the Roku almost as often.
 

NeilHD

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I also got a Firestick on Prime Day for £19.99

It's much slower and clunkier to use than my ATV4, but it has the benefit of not only having Prime, but also having ITV Hub, 4OD etc, which inexplicably are STILL not available for ATV!

Netflix even has a slightly more convenient full-screen selection when browsing, but is a lot slower in general use. I also find the Firestick stutters and freezes momentarily sometimes when watching, whereas the ATV is always perfect.
 

Creek0512

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Personally, while a native ATV app would be nice, I don't have any problems AirPlaying Amazon Prime. Once you hit AirPlay the ATV pulls the stream straight from the internet so it's not draining your battery, and you can still use the ATV remote to pause, ff, rwd, etc.
 

Sakurambo-kun

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Personally, while a native ATV app would be nice, I don't have any problems AirPlaying Amazon Prime. Once you hit AirPlay the ATV pulls the stream straight from the internet so it's not draining your battery, and you can still use the ATV remote to pause, ff, rwd, etc.
Aside from the absurdly of having to jump through those hoops, Airplay is stereo only, no 5.1 surround. Plus I've always found it to be highly unstable and very likely to crash/drop out. On apps which branch streams (to play ads for example) the chance of Airplay working successfully for an entire hour long show is basically zero.

There should be a Prime app for the Apple TV. It's that simple, and none of us should have to jump through pointless hoops because multi billionaire execs can't get around a table and thrash out a deal as they're so pig headed.
 

Phil A.

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I've got a Sony TV which is based on Android TV and while I prefer my Apple TV, I'm finding I use the native Android TV more because it supports Prime Video, Netflix and YouTube in 4K

Personally, while a native ATV app would be nice, I don't have any problems AirPlaying Amazon Prime. Once you hit AirPlay the ATV pulls the stream straight from the internet so it's not draining your battery, and you can still use the ATV remote to pause, ff, rwd, etc.
Are you sure about that because I always thought that AirPlay comes from your device (the big difference with Chromecast being that does pull straight from the Internet, bypassing your device)
 

StevenWalker

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Are you sure about that because I always thought that AirPlay comes from your device (the big difference with Chromecast being that does pull straight from the Internet, bypassing your device)
It was incorrect.... you are correct.
 

Carlanga

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Aside from the absurdly of having to jump through those hoops, Airplay is stereo only, no 5.1 surround. Plus I've always found it to be highly unstable and very likely to crash/drop out. On apps which branch streams (to play ads for example) the chance of Airplay working successfully for an entire hour long show is basically zero.

There should be a Prime app for the Apple TV. It's that simple, and none of us should have to jump through pointless hoops because multi billionaire execs can't get around a table and thrash out a deal as they're so pig headed.
It's not an issue of a deal. It's an issue of not wanting to put the app on competitor hardware. Just like OS X is only available on macs.
 

2010mini

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It's not an issue of a deal. It's an issue of not wanting to put the app on competitor hardware. Just like OS X is only available on macs.
True, but iTunes and Apple Music are available on rival platforms. Amazon already supports Apple Devices so what's the excuse in excluding the Apple TV?
 

satcomer

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True, but iTunes and Apple Music are available on rival platforms. Amazon already supports Apple Devices so what's the excuse in excluding the Apple TV?
Jeff Bezos started the Amazon Fire Tv after Steve's death and Apple started just before the Apple TV so Bezos started this game of punishing Apple TV by not selling it! So it comes down to childish games!
 

off_piste

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Jeff Bezos started the Amazon Fire Tv after Steve's death and Apple started just before the Apple TV so Bezos started this game of punishing Apple TV by not selling it! So it comes down to childish games!
There's a reason Vue and Prime are on every other platform. It's all about profit, something Apple is very much into. Sony and Amazon have the resources and customer base to hold out longer than others which is likely why you don't see them on the Apple TV yet. They'll both probably come but I expect they'll have negotiated special concessions from Apple or simply have crippled apps which they don't want.

I think it's funny that Apple fans think Apple is always as clean as newly fallen snow. They're a company like every other, driven by profit. Your interests aren't their goal if it isn't s net positive in the profit column.
 

2010mini

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There's a reason Vue and Prime are on every other platform. It's all about profit, something Apple is very much into. Sony and Amazon have the resources and customer base to hold out longer than others which is likely why you don't see them on the Apple TV yet. They'll both probably come but I expect they'll have negotiated special concessions from Apple or simply have crippled apps which they don't want.

I think it's funny that Apple fans think Apple is always as clean as newly fallen snow. They're a company like every other, driven by profit. Your interests aren't their goal if it isn't s net positive in the profit column.
I have no illusions about Apple. But Amazon has no leg to stand on in this case. It is not the first time they've done stuff like this. Remember comixogy? Great app with in-app purchase and one of the best app to buy and read digital comics. What happened after Amazon bought them? They shut down the in-app option. Why? The service was THE way to consume digital comics. The profit nargins even with Apple's cut was great.

That just leaves me to believe Amazon just doesn't want to support Apple in any way. Their choice, I'll stick with iTunes as I can always get content cheaper than Amazon.
 

off_piste

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I have no illusions about Apple. But Amazon has no leg to stand on in this case. It is not the first time they've done stuff like this. Remember comixogy? Great app with in-app purchase and one of the best app to buy and read digital comics. What happened after Amazon bought them? They shut down the in-app option. Why? The service was THE way to consume digital comics. The profit nargins even with Apple's cut was great.

That just leaves me to believe Amazon just doesn't want to support Apple in any way. Their choice, I'll stick with iTunes as I can always get content cheaper than Amazon.
My point wasn't that Amazon and Sony were paragons but that they're just like Apple.
 

Carlanga

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True, but iTunes and Apple Music are available on rival platforms. Amazon already supports Apple Devices so what's the excuse in excluding the Apple TV?
iTunes is the apple store to this day which is why its on more than macs, its the way to sell their digital products from, especially when digital music was starting.
Apple Music is on other devices because its an standalone single feature monthly paid service. If people can't use it everywhere they won't renew.
 

2010mini

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iTunes is the apple store to this day which is why its on more than macs, its the way to sell their digital products from, especially when digital music was starting.
Apple Music is on other devices because its an standalone single feature monthly paid service. If people can't use it everywhere they won't renew.
Amazon is on every apple device except the Apple TV. Wonder why that is..... hmmmm????