Amazon may have shunned Apple TV and Chromecast from its online store because of the streaming devices’ lack of support for Prime Video. But now it appears that the online shopping giant may bring its Instant Video service to Apple’s streaming set-top box after all, according to a tweet from iOS developer Dan Bostonweeks.
While the app may not be available now on Apple TV, Amazon hopes to have its Instant Video available on the service within a few weeks. “Dan, I have interacted with our technical team and have been informed that they are currently working in developing a new app for the Apple TV,” an Amazon representative wrote in response to feedback Bostonweeks submitted through the Amazon video iOS app. “As we have already succeeded in developing an app for the iPhone and iPad, we hope to make an app separately for the Apple TV.”
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
— Dan Bostonweeks (@danimal) November 28, 2015
Though Amazon’s Instant Video service isn’t available on the Apple TV just yet, the set-top box does support a number of major services, such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, ESPN and more. Not to mention a growing number of third-party apps built using Apple’s tvOS software development kit -- tools to create apps for the Apple TV.
Amazon has an app for its streaming service on the iPad and the iPhone. But it has been completely absent from the Apple TV. However the service is available on Amazon’s own branded set-top boxes -- the Fire TV and the Fire TV stick. It’s also accessible through smart TVs and video game consoles such as the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox 360, Xbox One and the Nintendo Wii U.