Amazon Debuts App For Shopping on the Apple TV

Amazon today introduced a new app called "Amazon App: Browse, Search, and Shop," which is designed to let users look for and purchase items from Amazon.com.

Anyone can use Amazon's new app to browse through and search for products using dictation, but to make a purchase, an Amazon Prime membership is required. Amazon Prime costs $99 per year and offers benefits like Amazon Video and free two-day shipping.

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Amazon App includes product details, reviews, and "immersive" product images and videos, all of which can be viewed on the television screen. Purchases are made using the Apple TV remote, but users can also add items to a list to purchase later via an iPhone or computer.

Many Apple TV owners have long been hoping for an app that brings Amazon's Prime Video offerings to Apple's set-top box, but this is not that app. It's limited to shopping only.

Amazon's new app can be downloaded on fourth-generation Apple TV models for free.

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41 months ago

Apple won't work with you on a Prime Video app?


Don't put the blame on Apple. Amazon can make the app any time, like any other developer.

Amazon has shunned the Apple TV and Chromecast/Nexus. Amazon won't even sell Apple TVs and Chromecast/Nexus devices like any other retailer would be happy to:
http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/2/9439281/amazon-ban-apple-tv-chromecast-why
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41 months ago
I have been waiting for a Prime Video app since MacRumors made a post about it last year...
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41 months ago
FWIW, I went onto Amazon online chat to complain about porting a shopping app instead of Prime video and got this response:

"Robert, I would like to inform you that we are constantly working to get available the Amazon Video App on Apple TV However Amazon Shopping App is already launched on Apple TV and soon the Amazon Video App will also show up there."

I hope that's a sooner than later.
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41 months ago
I sympathise for all those wanting Prime video on the AppleTV, and likewise I'm still waiting for iTunes access on my Amazon FireTV too, maybe they could have some kind of ceasefire and both make everyone happy?

Oh, I'm sorry, I appear to have been typing in my sleep again! Nevermind.
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41 months ago

Can you buy FireTV's at the Apple Store? Amazon music and/or video? Amazon never carried the ATV4, so that comparison doesn't really apply.


No, but Apple doesn't make any claim or pretense of being a general purpose shopping destination. Amazon does.
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41 months ago

FWIW, I went onto Amazon online chat to complain about porting a shopping app instead of Prime video and got this response:

"Robert, I would like to inform you that we are constantly working to get available the Amazon Video App on Apple TV However Amazon Shopping App is already launched on Apple TV and soon the Amazon Video App will also show up there."

I hope that's a sooner than later.


I don't think I'm going to put much stock in that barely intelligible response.

Why do that when you can just AirPlay from the Instant Video app on your phone or iPad? Seems like it would be quicker and more seamless IMO.


No. AirPlay is not quicker or more seamless.
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41 months ago
Exactly. I'm with the other posters here. I would tend to think that the "Prime Video" app might drive an uptick in Prime memberships more than this....

Love Amazon, but I don't see my TV being used to buy anything from them.
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41 months ago
Seriously. I will never use this. I would use prime video a lot but since that isn't available on Apple TV I never watch it. Amazon is being moronic on that holdout.
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41 months ago

Can you buy FireTV's at the Apple Store? Amazon music and/or video? Amazon never carried the ATV4, so that comparison doesn't really apply.



You can't be serious. Comparing the tiny amount of items that Apple carries in its store to the largest marketplace in the world of Amazon? Amazon is free not to carry it's competitors products, at least until it has extinguished all the markets in the world, but it is hurting the millions of its customers who have an Apple TV and have to use a work around to take advantage of their Amazon Prime benefits while using ATV. I know that they are trying to slow the growth of Apple TV but they are screwing over those who have paid for Prime.
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41 months ago

While they fight, I fix it myself. Have a FireTV (inexpensive) and Apple TV.

Same here... almost -- I went with the 2016 Roku Streaming stick for my 2nd option. Wireless audio/video were slightly out of sync with the FireTV and the Plex app is much nicer on the Roku; antiquated on the FTV. I don't think there is one streaming product for everyone at this time -- seems common to go with a couple.
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