As more and more consumers cut the cord, they’re looking for two things: 1) streaming services (like Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, etc.), and 2) devices that can play media through streaming services (like Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, etc.)

The trick is finding streaming services that are compatible with devices.

For example, you want to watch Amazon Prime’s free collection of TV shows and movies on Apple TV. But can you watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV? The answer, sadly, is a little more complicated than “yes” or “no.”

Below, you’ll find a comprehensive answer to the question: Can you watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV? You’ll also find some tips, tricks and alternatives to consider.

 

There’s No Amazon Prime App for Apple TV

If you want to just pull up an Amazon Prime app and start streaming Prime shows and movies on Apple TV, you’re out of luck. It doesn’t work like that, because there is no Amazon Prime App for Apple TV — not yet, at least.

Remember that Amazon and Apple are competitors. That means Apple is in no hurry to prop up its competition by making an app available on its devices. And it also means that Amazon isn’t eager to create an app to run on its competitor’s devices.

That said, Apple and Amazon seem to be moving past their competition in the name of mutual benefits. As of this summer, it was reported that an Amazon Prime app would soon be available for Apple TV. When that happens, the answer to this question will be simple: Yes, you’ll be able to pull up the Amazon Prime app on Apple TV and start streaming immediately.

But that hasn’t happened yet. So, in the meantime, you have to jump through some hoops to stream Amazon Prime on Apple TV.

 

The Shortcut: How to Watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV Now

OK, so there’s good news and bad news on this front. The goods news is that it’s possible to watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV right now. The bad news is that you can only watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV if you have an iPhone or another iOS device.

Have you ever heard of AirPlay? It’s a function on Apple devices that’s going to allow you to stream Amazon Prime to your Apple TV. Here are the steps:

1. Get on Wi-Fi

Make sure your iPhone or other iOS device is connected to Wi-Fi. It must be the same network that your Apple TV is connected to, or else none of this will work.

2. Open Amazon Prime

On your iOS device (iPhone or something similar), open the Amazon Prime app. Obviously, log in if you’re not already logged in. Find the show or movie that you want to watch, and then hit “play.”

3. Start AirPlay

Now it’s time to launch AirPlay. The easiest way to launch AirPlay is to swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen. Then find the Now Playing screen, which should show the name of the movie or show you’re watching, as well as show the play, rewind and fast forward buttons.

From the Now Playing screen, you should see an upward-pointing triangle with a signal halo around its pinnacle. That’s the AirPlay button. Hit this button, and you should see a list of devices available for AirPlay. Just touch the Apple TV button, and you should be in business — you’re now streaming Amazon Prime on Apple TV.

 

What About the Alternatives?

You can find other devices to stream Amazon Prime. You can invest in an Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick, of course. These devices are designed in part to coax consumers into Amazon Prime membership so that they may access movies, shows and music for streaming.

But other devices can stream Amazon Prime, too, including:

  • Roku
  • Google TV
  • TiVo
  • PlayStation
  • Xbox
  • Wii
  • Some Blu-ray players
  • Some smart TVs
  • More

It’s cool to have Apple products. I know this better than anyone else. They do design and user experience unlike any other tech company. But I don’t use an Apple TV. And I’ll tell you why.

 

My Solution: The Amazon Fire TV Stick

I don’t have an Apple TV because I use Amazon’s Fire TV Stick. I love it, and I don’t feel like I need any other streaming device. Here are the reasons why I prefer Amazon TV Fire Stick vs. Apple TV:

  • Less Expensive: An entry-level Apple TV is going to run you $150 before shipping and taxes. The Amazon Fire TV Stick is available for $39.99. I have three TVs in my home, and I have a Fire TV Stick for each one — and I still didn’t pay as much as I would for one Apple TV.
  • More Compatible: You don’t have to worry about compatibility with Amazon Prime, which has tons of great content. I have Netflix, too, but Prime is chockfull of great movies and TV shows, including originals like The Man in the High Castle and Red Oaks. My other go-to apps are Sling TV, Netflix and YouTube. Each one works on the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
  • Zero Footprint: Aside from the remote control, you wouldn’t even know that the Fire TV Stick is there. It plugs right into an HDMI port on the back of my television, and then it plugs right into the wall. There’s no need for a box that sits on a console.
  • Acceptable Speed: The knock on the Fire TV Stick is that it’s a tad slower than other devices, but I’ve never once been disappointed by its speed.
  • Soothing Acoustics: I can’t explain it, but the clicking sound the Fire TV Stick makes when I move from app to app is deeply satisfying. I like to click around just to listen to the sound.
  • Alexa Access: Alexa is built into the latest Fire TV Stick. Just click a button and ask Alexa anything. “Find West Wing.” “Show me documentaries about World War II.” “I want to watch a funny movie.” She responds each time with options pulled form your apps.
  • Immediate Delivery: I’ll be honest: I looked for an Apple TV for a while. They were sold out at Best Buy, sold out at Target and unavailable on the Apple website for a few days. Then I ordered an Amazon Fire TV Stick — and got same-day delivery. It was at my doorstep in less than 5 hours.

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Fire TV Stick’s Shortcomings

The Fire TV Stick isn’t infallible. I do have three small complaints, and one of them isn’t even Amazon’s fault. But here they are:

  • Volume: The Fire TV Stick remote doesn’t control the volume on my TV. I wish it did. I hate having multiple remotes around.
  • YouTube TV: I’d really like to try the new YouTube TV service as a replacement for Sling TV, mostly because I want to be able to watch local channels live. But YouTube TV isn’t available on Amazon Fire TV Stick. That said, it’s new enough that it’s hardly available on any streaming devices.
  • 4K: If you’re interested in streaming 4K video, you’re out of luck on the Amazon Fire TV Stick. It doesn’t support 4K video yet. Just 1080p.

 

Final Thoughts on Watching Amazon Prime on Apple TV

I don’t want to discourage you from getting an Apple TV on which you can watch Amazon Prime videos. You can use AirPlay for now, and the new app is sure to be available sooner rather than later.

But I’m thankful for having had the opportunity to step outside the Apple bubble and try something new. If I’d found an Apple TV at first, I never would have tried the Amazon Fire TV Stick. I’m sure I’d be happy, but I’m just as happy with the Fire TV Stick — and I saved a ton of money without having to AirPlay.

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