How to set up and watch Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV

Apple's streaming box gained the Amazon Prime Video service in late 2016, while Amazon lost access to YouTube on its own Fire TV platform in early 2018.

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Amazon announced in December 2016 that its Amazon Prime Video streaming service was now available to owners of the Apple TV. The Amazon Prime Video app requires a subscription to the service to operate and works with Apple’s built-in universal search. Before you plan to stream Amazon Prime Video on an Apple TV, you will need at least a 3rd generation Apple TV or later. Anything older than the 3rd generation will not support the streaming service.

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Apple and Amazon had been clashing on the issue of Amazon Prime TV support for many years, with Amazon going so far as to pull the Apple TV from its US storefront in 2016, citing potential customer confusion as to the reason why. Now, in 2018, the launch of Amazon Prime Video on the Apple TV has proved to be convenient, where subscribers can watch original programming such as The Grand Tour.

However, Amazon still has streaming battles to fight, with Google announcing in 2017 that it would pull YouTube support from Amazon’s Fire TV platform entirely from 1 January 2018. Google isn’t happy that Amazon isn’t listing Nest (a Google/Alphabet owned company) devices on its US storefront, and had earlier dropped access for Amazon’s Echo Show platform before announcing that it would remove access for Fire TV owners as well.

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How to connect your Apple TV to your Amazon Prime Video account

  1. Once you’ve configured your Apple TV, you’ll want to download the Amazon Prime Video app by selecting the “App Store” option from the Apple TV home screen. From there, simply search for Amazon Prime Video and click “Install” to start the download.
  2. Once the installation process is completed, launch the Amazon Prime Video app and select “Sign In” to connect your existing Amazon Prime Video account. Alternatively, you can also sign up for a new Amazon Prime Video account through the Amazon Prime Video app.
  3. Once you’re logged in, you can start watching Amazon Prime Video on your Apple TV.

Using an iPhone or iPad to stream Amazon Prime Video

You can alternatively use your iPhone or iPad to connect to your Apple TV and watch Amazon Prime Video.

  1. Download the Amazon Prime Video app by selecting the “App Store” option from your phone or iPad home screen. From there, simply search for Amazon Prime Video and click “Install” to start the download.
  2. Once the installation process is completed, launch the Amazon Prime Video app and select “Sign In” to connect your existing Amazon Prime Video account. Alternatively, you can also sign up for a new Amazon Prime Video account through the Amazon Prime Video app.
  3. Make sure your device is on the same wifi network as your Apple TV.
  4. Once you’re logged in to the Amazon Prime Video app, choose the movie or show you’d like to watch and press play on your device.
  5. Tap on the video and use the “Airplay” button in the top right hand corner to select your Apple TV.
  6. The show or video will now play on your TV.

Read more about Amazon Prime Video prices and plans here.


About Apple TV

The price for a new Apple TV starts from about $199 for the standard 32GB 4th generation model. You can buy it online through the official Apple store, in select retail stores or by calling Apple.

How to set up Apple TV (4th generation)

  1. Connect your Apple TV to your television and turn it on. Wait until your Apple TV shows the setup screen.
  2. Click the touch surface of your Apple TV remote to connect it to your new Apple TV.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to configure the settings of your Apple TV.
  4. Connect any additional iOS devices by following the on-screen steps (optional).
  5. Once configuration has completed, you can start using your Apple TV!

In what regions is Amazon Prime Video available on Apple TV?

You can watch Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV in over 100 countries worldwide, including Canada.

What’s the resolution for Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV?

A number of factors influence what resolution you can stream Amazon Prime Video in on Apple TV. First off, it’s important to note that the first two generations of Apple TV do not support Amazon Prime Video. For Apple TV 4K, you can stream in SD, HD and UHD/HDR, while 3rd generation Apple TV’s support SD and HD.

Just because the Apple TV is capable of streaming at a particular resolution doesn’t mean it always will. You’ll need a sufficiently fast Internet connection to stream at HD and UHD/HDR.

Subtitles and audio

Subtitles and captions for Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV are displayed in the lower half of the screen. To turn on subtitles, press play on your video and navigate to the “Menu” and select “Subtitles” in the Amazon Prime App.

FAQs

Are you having trouble watching Amazon Prime Video on your Apple TV? Check these FAQs for solutions to common problems.

How does Amazon Prime Video compare?

Prime Video not cutting it for you? Look compare streaming providers below to find out which services are available on Apple TV.

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Name Product Price p/month or equivalent Free trial? Service Simultaneous streams 4K/UHD?
Disney+
Disney+ [CA]
CA$8.99
7 Days
On-demand streaming
4
Yes
Prime Video
Prime Video [CA]
CA$5.99
1 month
On-demand streaming
3
Yes
Residents of Quebec aren't eligible for a free trial of Amazon Prime
hayu
hayu [CA]
CA$5.99
30 days
On-demand streaming
1
No
Fubo TV Canadian Basic
Fubo TV [CA]
CA$15.99
7 days
On-demand streaming
2
Yes
fuboTV offers sports streaming for Canadians as well as Cloud DVR recording for live events and options for additional packages.
Curiositystream
CuriosityStream [CA]
US$2.99
No
On-demand streaming
Yes
Yes
YouTube Premium
YouTube Premium [CA]
CA$11.99
1 month
On-demand streaming
1
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Crave + Movies + HBO package
Crave + HBO [CA]
CA$19.98
1-month
On-demand streaming
2
No
Includes hit movies and current HBO seasons, as well as six live streaming channels (Crave 1, Crave 2, Crave 3, Crave 4, HBO Canada, HBO Canada 2)
Crave
Crave [CA]
CA$9.99
1-month
On-demand streaming
2
No
Gives you access to Crave originals, past seasons of HBO shows, Showtime series, and a limited number of Family and Kids titles.
Acorn TV
Acorn TV [CA]
US$4.99
7 days
On-demand streaming
1
No
Acorn TV offers British TV shows on-demand.
CBS All Access
CBS All Access [CA]
US$5.99
1-month
On-demand streaming
2
No
Shudder
Shudder [CA]
US$4.99
7 days
On-demand streaming
1
No
Shudder is a screaming service dedicated totally to contemporary and classic horror flicks.
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic [CA]
CA$9.99
No
On-demand streaming
1
No
Netflix Standard
Netflix Standard [CA]
CA$13.99
No
On-demand streaming
2
No
Netflix Premium
Netflix Premium [CA]
CA$16.99
No
On-demand streaming
4
Yes
SundanceNow
Sundance Now [CA]
US$6.99
7 days
On-demand streaming
1
No
Club Illico
Club Illico [CA]
CA$9.99
No
On-demand streaming
1
No
Club Illico offers French TV shows and movies for a French-Canadian audience.
YouTube Premium Family Plan
YouTube Premium Family Plan [CA]
CA$17.99
1 month
On-demand streaming
6
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