We are just starting to see some reviews of the new Apple TV 4 coming out and almost all of the streaming apps that we expected to see are still available. What we have noticed, though, is the obvious exception, and that’s Amazon Prime Video.
Surprisingly, Apple TV is now one of the few devices that doesn’t support Amazon Prime Instant Video. In fact, it’s supported by hundreds of Smart TVs, in addition to Roku’s Streaming Media Player and some game consoles. But, don’t panic because there’s always a way around these problems!
You can still play Amazon video content on your Apple TV, but you’ll need to use your computer. And it doesn’t matter whether you have a Mac or a PC, you can still use the built-in support for AirPlay screen mirroring to mirror your screen. AirPlay screen mirroring was introduced by OS X Mountain Lion, but it only works with newer Macs. If you use a Windows PC or you don’t have a recent Mac, you can still use a third-party application (like AirParrot) to achieve AirPlay screen mirroring.
On the right side of your Mac’s menu bar, click on the AirPlay icon. From the drop-down, click on Apple TV. If you have more than one Apple TV, now is the time to select the TV you want to use. When you’re finished and you want to return your Apple TV to being an Apple TV, then shutting it off is very simple. On the right side of your Mac’s menu bar click again on the AirPlay icon, then click on Turn AirPlay Off.
Note: It can be very annoying if your computer is set up in a separate room. It means you’ll be dashing between rooms to stop and start the video.
Watch Amazon Prime Using the App
There’s an iOS app, which is free on the App Store, for Amazon Prime Instant Video, and this is compatible with your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. This means that, via this app, you can watch rented movies and countless other subscription-included ones. Probably the best feature is that it supports AirPlay, meaning that you can now broadcast your favorite videos to your Apple TV.
AirPlay is supported by the official Amazon Prime Video App. The requirements are an Apple TV 2 (or later), and iOS 6 or later.
- Simply download the free Amazon Prime Video App to your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch;
- Use your Amazon Prime Subscription ID to sign in. Browse the seemingly limitless catalog for your choice of movie or search for your favorite content;
- Start the movie, then click on the AirPlay icon: you’ll see this displayed in the lower right – then choose Apple TV.
All things being well, your video should now be playing on your Apple TV.
Amazon Prime Coming to Apple TV
From what we understand, engineer Dan Bostonweeks has received confirmation from Amazon that they are developing a tvOS app for Prime Video.
I sent feedback to Amazon via the Amazon Instant Video iOS app about supporting tvOS. They say it’s in development. pic.twitter.com/52fYUgtgNs
— The Masked Unit (@danimal) November 28, 2015
Apple did receive some strong criticism in October for not allowing Prime Video on the new Apple TV, however this criticism was not justified because a statement provided to BuzzFeed News shortly afterwards stated that ‘All Are Welcome’ on the platform.