Amazon Feedback Says Prime Video Coming to Apple TV

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Amazon may be working on an Apple TV version of its Prime Instant Video app, and it may be released in just a few weeks. Word of the company's Apple TV support comes from a response to a feedback comment from a developer—which isn't the same as official confirmation.

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Dan Bostonweeks said in Twitter post, "I sent feedback to Amazon via the Amazon Instant Video iOS app about supporting tvOS. They say it's in development."

The response Mr. Bostonweeks received:

Dan, I have interacted with our technical team and have been informed that they are currently working in developing a new app for the Apple TV. As we have already succeeded in developing an app for iPhone and iPad, we hope to make an app separately for the Apple TV. Hopefully, within a few weeks span, you will be able to see the Amazon Instant Video app feature on your Apple TV.

That sound promising because currently there isn't a way to watch Amazon Prime TV shows and movies directly on the fourth generation Apple TV. Right now, Prime subscribers have to use the Instant Video app on their iPhone or iPad, or use an alternate device such as Amazon's own Fire Stick to view videos on their television.

What we don't have is official confirmation from Amazon that the Instant Video app really is coming to Apple TV. It's likely because Amazon's goal is to be the go-to option everywhere, but word from an employee assigned to customer feedback doesn't seem likely to have access to information about the company's product development strategy.

For now, we'll have to take the feedback response with a grain of salt. A very tasty and hopeful grain of salt.

The Mac Observer has contacted Amazon for an official confirmation, but hasn't yet received a response.

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News of Prime Instant Video coming to Apple TV isn't official, but does seem plausible. If true we'd be able to watch iTunes Store, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime video on our televisions without having to switch set top boxes. Like a boss.

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You know it’s odd. I was really excited about the new AppleTV. I’ve been interested in getting one and cutting the cord for a couple of years now. Then the new ATV was introduced and I was psyched, then it was released and there it was: #1 on my family Christmas list.

But now that I’ve been looking at the ATV or ROKU or staying with my cable provider I realized a funny thing. I watch almost no TV. My wife has her shows, Baseball and football, murder mysteries, Bones, Castle, Scorpion, The Big Bang Theory, the verious modern Sherlock Holmes programs. I however almost never turn it on any more. I’ll catch stuff online. More of the time I have something streaming, BBC World Service, CBC Music, When I do watch something such as Anime I have sites I download them from. I occasionally rent a movie from iTunes. But most of the time I write or do art, or play games. I just find a well written game more compelling than sitting in front of the TV. People talk about Game of Thrones, or Orange is the new Black, or The Expance, or Arrow and I just let the conversation pass. I see shows advertized when my wife is watching something that look interesting and I think “Oh, that might be fun”, but I never follow up and watch them. The last one I tried was Defying Gravity, and I only made two episodes before I just stopped remembering to sit down and watch it. I’m just not interested.

And I’m not pulling any sort of a hipster “Oh I never watch TV” schtick. I used to watch a lot. We followed Babylon5 religiously. I loved BBC Top Gear. There were shows every night we built our evenings around. But that’s just not the case any more.

So woo hoo for Amazon on ATV. :|
Sorry for the digression.

Patrick Gallagher Jr

Couldn’t we just AirPlay from the iPhone/iPad to Apple TV?

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