Amazon Video finally comes to Apple TV

08 December, 2017, 01:46 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • There's No Great Reason to Buy an Amazon Fire TV Anymore

However, at his company's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple boss Tim Cook announced that a Prime Video app for Apple TV would finally be made available this year.

"There is nothing that excites us more than delighting our customers, and we are thrilled for them to stream Prime Video on Apple TV", says Mark Eamer, vice president of Prime Video. Apple Inc., meantime, said Amazon Prime Video would become available as an app for Apple TV by the end of the year, but it hasn't yet been released.

- Watch on your Apple TV directly by downloading the separate tvOS app (requires Apple TV 3rd generation or later). However, until then you can use the method mentioned above. Google, meanwhile, said that "Amazon's implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service".

Google is blocking YouTube from Amazon devices such as Fire TV and Echo Show.

The search giant recently pulled the YouTube app Amazon's Fire TV and Echo Show after it was revealed that Amazon was unwilling to sell certain Google products.

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You can get access to Prime Video if you're a paid Amazon Prime member, buy Prime Video on its own, are now in a 30-day free trial of either Amazon Prime or Prime Video, a Prime Student member or any member of an Amazon Household with shared Prime benefits.

Why such good news for Apple TV owners, and such bad news for Fire TV and Chromecast owners?

Apple's selling point is that the unit is part of the Apple ecosystem, and therefore connects to your photos and videos from your iPhone and can play media from your Mac computer as well. Here, the streaming service's content can come up in systemwide searches. Therefore services like Spotify have to add a 30% premium on subscriptions sold through the iOS app, which makes it look like their services are more expensive than Apple's competing services. They want the content all in one place.

This news will likely end a long-standing feud between Apple and Amazon, two companies that have more money than you will ever see in your life, so you probably shouldn't worry too much about their feuds. This was resolved in November for Echo Show users, when Amazon began forwarding people using that device to a stripped-down third-party app that leveraged the YouTube website, instead of a native app.

Amazon Fire TV is based on the open-source version of the Android platform and does not provide access to the Google store.

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