Amazon and Apple launched the Amazon Prime Video on the Apple TV yesterday, this is one app that many people have been waiting for on the Apple TV. Users will be able to find content on Amazon Video simply by speaking or typing their queries into the Apple TV's robust search feature. Amazon even released an app for the third-generation Apple TV, which was discontinued past year. It wasn't until relatively recently at WWDC 2017 when Apple and Amazon belatedly said they had reached an agreement to develop a dedicated tvOS app for the Apple TV. Google, meanwhile, said that "Amazon's implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service".
What's with the huge price differential between what Apple TV ($179 and $199) offers and the top of the line $99 Roku?
"Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV", Google said in a Tuesday statement. Google is threatening to pull YouTube from Fire TV by January 1, the latest round in a fierce battle between the two tech heavyweights. You can get YouTube, Google Play and Amazon video, but not iTunes.More news: PwC investigates accounting irregularities at Steinhoff
Google's decision to withdraw support for Amazon's newish Echo Show device - the version of its voice-activated Echo range that has a screen - was actually announced back in September. This is a game-changer and makes the Apple TV 4K a much more viable alternative to the Amazon Fire TV stick, if you're an iOS user. Archer does point out that Amazon also does not provide the higher-quality Dolby Vision HDR in Europe, where he resides.
Apple is a little late to the party when it comes to 4K. Prime Video offers a wide array of award-winning kids content including Tumble Leaf, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and The Snowy Day as well as popular licensed titles coming to the service every month. Amazon says it is disappointing to see Google selectively blocking access to an open website.
Decent app for streaming or downloading Amazon Prime Video content to your smartphone.
According to Archer, while the Amazon Prime Video app has excellent video quality, the app appears to be only outputting audio in PCM stereo.