Posted Mon May 8, 2017 at 01:25 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
Amazon's streaming service may finally arrive on Apple's media player this summer.
According to a report from Recode, Apple and Amazon are close to a deal that will finally bring an Amazon Prime Video app to the Apple TV. Currently, the only way for Amazon users to access Prime Video on the Apple TV is through an AirPlay connection to a separate iOS device with the app, like an iPhone or iPad.
The lack of an official Amazon Prime Video app on the Apple TV has likely been the result of Amazon and Apple's competing interests in the media player and streaming services market. In fact, Amazon went as far as to remove the Apple TV from its online store in 2015 because of its lack of Prime Video support. Thankfully, these new reports indicate that an agreement between both parties is close to a reality, with rumors suggesting that a Prime Video app could arrive on the Apple TV in the third quarter of the year. It's also possible that such a move will involve Amazon relisting the Apple TV for purchase on its website, but full details on the deal have not been revealed.
The fourth-generation Apple TV uses the company's new tvOS designed specifically for the living room with access to a wide array of apps and games. Under the hood, the player is powered by a 64-bit A8 chip with Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi. Likewise, the set-top box is capable of full HD playback at 60 frames per second, but sadly does not include 4K Ultra HD support. The device also comes with an advanced remote with Bluetooth 4.0, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a glass touch surface for intuitive navigation, and a Siri voice search feature for comprehensive voice search results. The Apple TV is available now in 32GB ($149) and 64GB ($199) models.
Meanwhile, an Amazon Prime subscription costs $99 per year or $11 per month. Likewise, Prime Instant Video is available as a standalone service for $9 per month. In addition, Amazon sells its own Fire TV ($90) and Fire TV Stick ($40) streaming media devices.
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