Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Amazon Prime Video now available on Apple TV in around 100 countries

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In a statement, Google said, "Amazon doesn't carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn't make (its) Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of (our sister company) Nest's latest products".

Streaming devices allow people to use apps like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and Amazon Prime on their TV.

All of which means that Amazon and Google can safely invest in the Apple ecosystem, without fear that they're creating an existential threat.

With Amazon finally relenting on its years-long holdout, it seems the company may be finally realising it needs support from partners such as Apple if its streaming video service is going to thrive. Amazon later reintroduced YouTube to the device, but the voice commands it added violated the use terms and on Tuesday Google again removed the service. The group, USTelecom, has been trying to persuade skeptics that internet providers will preserve equal access to all digital services, even if the Federal Communications Commission adopts a proposal to rescind current "net neutrality" regulations.

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"There is nothing that excites us more than delighting our customers, and we are thrilled for them to stream Prime Video on Apple TV", says Mark Eamer, vice president of Prime Video.

It's the latest twist in a to-ing and fro-ing between the tech giants which has seen Amazon pulling the Chromecast and Nexus Player from its online store in 2015, Google dropping - and then partially restoring - functionality for Amazon Prime on their Chromecast device earlier this year, and a lack of support for Amazon Prime on Chromecast and most Android TV devices.

If the new announcement has you thinking of signing up to Amazon Prime Video you can test it out with a free 30-day trial.

The following morning, Amazon made good on its plans to launch a Prime Video app on Apple TV. Whereas Amazon and Google sell cheap hardware monetized by services, Apple's core business involves selling superior hardware at a premium price. Both have also been pushing their own video and music-streaming services as well as competing video-control platforms. There's room for both Amazon and Apple to thrive, especially since video is just one facet of Amazon Prime.

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