Amazon Instant Video App Gets AirPlay Support for Apple TV Streaming

When Amazon initially launched its Instant Video app on iOS, it lacked AirPlay support. Now thanks to a recent update, you can stream to your Apple TV.

When I did a review of the Amazon Instant Video app for iPhone and iPad last year, one of the glaring omissions was the lack of proper AirPlay support. It wasn’t fully functional – only audio would stream. Recently the app was updated to include full AirPlay support and allows you to stream content to your Apple TV.

AirPlay Support in Amazon Instant Video iOS App

Either download the app for your device or make sure to update it to the latest version if you haven’t already. In this example, I’m still using iOS 6 but the experience should be the same in iOS 7 as well.

Sign in to your Amazon account and start playing a movie or TV show from your library or watch list. Then tap the AirPlay icon and select your Apple TV from the menu. Also note that for it to work, you’ll need to have Mirroring disabled on your device.


While your video is streaming to Apple TV you can use your remote to control playback or just control it from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Streaming to Apple TV

This is a definite integration improvement for the Amazon video app. It also includes IMDB cast and information, customer reviews, and a some other cool improvements. But the biggest one is support for Airplay.

Here’s a list of everything that’s new in version 2.1 that was updated this week courtesy Apple:

AirPlay to Apple TV (requires iOS 6.0+ and mirroring disabled)
* IMDB cast and director information, ratings, goofs, trivia and quotes
* Read customer reviews
* Find other videos featuring cast or director
* Customers who watched this also watched …
* Concurrent downloads
* Improved offline experience
* Faster and more responsive interface
* Bug fixes and stability improvements



  1. Steve Krause

    September 21, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Awesome news. I’m noticing more and more apps starting to support AirPlay natively. That said, I do with my Apple TV would support Amazon Instant Video (Prime Streaming) natively however this is the best next thing.

    Amazon has a long way to go before it will catch Netflix but, having two major players in the market is good for everyone.

  2. Brian Burgess

    September 23, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Yup. Yet another way to watch your favorite stuff via your iPhone and Apple TV that — I think is the heart of your Home Entertainment Center…

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