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New Amazon Instant Video app not (yet) fully operational on Apple TV

by Brad Spirrison

While the new Amazon Instant Video app for the iPad will challenge incumbent video entertainment leaders including Netflix and Hulu Plus for mobile mindshare, the service does not yet work well on Apple TV via iTunes Mirroring.

For Amazon Prime customers or anybody interested in alternatives to their current providers, Amazon Instant Video is a good deal. The app streams Prime content and also makes it available for offline viewing. Like other services, it also includes a Season Pass and the ability to watch a program on one device, press pause, and continue viewing where you left off on another.

One missing variable for now – which was confirmed by 9to5 Mac – is that Apple TV owners interested in watching Amazon Prime on their larger screens via Apple TV and iTunes Mirroring are out of luck. In this instance, Amazon Instant Video only distributes audio. It is unclear if this is a technical bug or licensing restriction imposed by Apple. Apple TV has long showcased a pre-installed version of Netflix. Yesterday, we told you how Hulu Plus can now also be found on the Apple TV operating system.

Might Amazon Instant Video be next? Stay tuned.

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