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Published on December 6th, 2017 | by Brad Gibson

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First Look: Amazon Prime Video screens on Apple TV

The free Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV is here and it’s layout and design is similar to versions on other streaming devices, such as Roku.

At the time of this writing, the app is not appearing in the ‘Featured’ section of the Apple TV AppStore nor is it appearing in the ‘Shopping’ category. To find it, use the ‘Search’ function with the word ‘Amazon’.

Prime Video screenshot

After installing the app, users are asked to log in to their Prime account either via the device or on the web.

Amazon Prime TV log in screen

Once logged in, the full Amazon library of originals, licensed movies, and purchased content are all available to stream.

Amazon Prime home page

The good news…The app is highly promoting content included with a Prime account.

The bad news…Non-Prime content, while searchable, cannot be bought through the app, but only online through a web browser. Once rented or bought, non-prime content will appear through the Apple TV app for viewing.

Prime Video app screen imageNon-Prime content, while searchable, cannot be bought through the app, but can be linked to your Amazon account for viewing through it.

Another piece of good news…The app is also compatible with the Apple TV’s universal search feature, meaning results from Amazon programming will show up in the TV App alongside content from Apple, HBO, and others and can be added to the “Up Next” queue of shows and movies. Users can then immediately view shows without needing to navigate to the Amazon app itself.

Prime Video listings on there TV appAmazon Prime Videos will now show up in your TV app listings.

At present, Amazon Prime Video has a small library of 4K content. A search at the time of this writing showed 61 videos support 4K.

Amazon Prime TV 4K video content screen image4K content is sparse on Amazon Prime TV…at least for now.

Many industry watchers had speculated privately for some time that the app’s debut would come just before the season two release of the motoring TV series, The Grand Tour, which begins on Friday, December 8th, one of the highest profile shows in the Amazon Prime Video lineup.

Grand Tour screenshot via Apple TV appWith the Prime app now released, season two of The Grand Tour is ready for viewing when it premieres Friday, December 8th.

In order to use the Prime Video app, you must have a third-generation Apple TV or newer device.

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About the Author

Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the Associated Press and United Press International.



2 Responses to First Look: Amazon Prime Video screens on Apple TV

  1. Andy Hafler says:

    I have the Apple TV 4K model and the new amazon prime app will only output in stereo. I use my TV and DVD to stream amazon prime and both of those let Dolby Digital thru. The Apple TV allows Netflix and Vudu to send a Dolby Digital signal but not the amazon app.

  2. Curtis says:

    It’s the Amazon App itself that isn’t passing through Dolby 5.1

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