×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Apple TV: Amazon Uses AirPlay to Bring Video to Set-Top

Apple TV doesn’t offer a way to stream video from Amazon directly — but the Internet retailer now has a way to reach the set-top anyway.

On Tuesday Amazon updated its Instant Video app for iPads and iPhone to let users play back content on Apple TV set-tops, via Apple’s AirPlay feature. AirPlay streams media from iOS devices over Wi-Fi to an Apple TV (or an AirPlay-enabled sound system). It’s a workaround others have used: HBO first supported AirPlay before Apple added HBO Go to Apple TV this summer.

SEE ALSO: Apple TV Adds HBO Go, WatchESPN

The move comes as Apple may be preparing to launch a new set-top box or release a refresh of the current lineup. In August, the company — which has sold more than 13 million Apple TVs — received 40 metric tons of set-top shipments from a Chinese supplier. Separately, Amazon has reportedly been working on its own set-top box, supposedly slated for release this fall.

The updated Amazon Instant Video app for iOS also adds IMDb information about cast and director, ratings, bloopers, trivia and quotes. The Internet retailer owns the IMDb website.

In addition, version 2.1 of the app adds customer reviews, the ability to find other videos featuring actors or directors, support for concurrent downloads and an “improved offline experience.”

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service, available to members of the free-shipping Prime program, provides unlimited access to more than 40,000 movies and TV episodes. Amazon also offers 150,000-plus titles for rent or purchase.

The Amazon video services are available on a wide range of devices, including Roku set-tops; Xbox, PlayStation 3 and Wii game consoles; Amazon’s Kindle tablets; and TVs and Blu-ray players from LG, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and Vizio.

Popular on Variety

More Digital

  • Disney Kevin Mayer Recode Media

    Disney Streaming Boss Kevin Mayer: App Architecture to Blame for Disney Plus Stumbles

    No, it wasn’t Amazon’s fault that Disney Plus struggled following its launch last week: Disney direct-to-consumer chairman Kevin Mayer told the audience of Recode’s Code Media conference in Los Angeles Tuesday that there really wasn’t anyone to blame but Disney’s own technology. “It had we to do with the way we architected the app,” Mayer [...]

  • Disney-Plus-Logo

    Disney Plus Customer Service Still Experiencing 'High Volume' of Help Inquiries

    Disney Plus got off to a rocky start with widespread technical problems for the streaming service on launch day — and a week later, the company says it’s still seeing a high level of incoming calls from users who are having problems. Disney announced one day after the launch that more than 10 million people [...]

  • The Game Awards

    The Game Awards 2019 Nominees: 'Death Stranding,' 'Control' Lead the Field (Full List)

    The Game Awards 2019 unveiled nominations for this year’s event, led by Hideo Kojima’s epic “Death Stranding” with nine nods and Remedy/505 Games’ “Control” with eight nominations. This year’s Game of the Year nominees, in addition to “Control” and “Death Stranding,” are “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” “Resident Evil 2,” “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” and “The [...]

  • Roger Lynch Code Media

    Conde Nast CEO Roger Lynch: 'The Jury Is Out' on Apple News Plus

    Conde Nast CEO Roger Lynch told the audience of Recode’s Code Media conference that he hadn’t made up his mind yet about Apple’s news subscription service. “I think the jury is out,” Lynch said, adding that he had inherited Conde Nast’s deal with Apple from his predecessor. “I hope Apple News Plus is wildly successful,” [...]

  • Diego Winburn - Telemundo Snapchat

    Telemundo Launches First Snapchat Show, 'Diego Street Magic'

    NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, looking to tap into Snapchat’s youth-skewing user base, launched its first exclusive show on Snapchat. Telemundo’s 10-episode “Diego Street Magic” features Mexican-American magician Diego Winburn performing magic tricks and illusions on the streets of New York City. After premiering Nov. 19, new episodes will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays through mid-December on [...]

  • Disney Plus user interface home screen

    Disney Plus Is Not Hampering Netflix Yet, Analysts Say -- But It's Only Been a Week

    One week after the launch of Disney Plus, Wall Street analysts are scouring tea leaves for signs of how the Mouse House’s streaming service is faring — and whether it’s taken a bite out of Netflix. Disney Plus’ launch in the first week had “little to no impact” on Netflix usage trends, which is “reassuring [...]

  • Ross Levinsohn

    Maven Media Bosses Stumble Explaining Their Plans for Sports Illustrated

    Ross Levinsohn’s reintroduction into the spotlight of the media world was off to a rocky start. Appearing at Recode’s Code Media conference Monday afternoon alongside his business partner James Heckman, Levinsohn was given a chance to address the elephant in the room right out of the gate, with journalist Peter Kafka bringing up allegations of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content