This week, Amazon updated its popular iOS Amazon Instant Video app for AirPlay support. That’s right, now you can watch Amazon videos streamed via your Apple TV using your iOS device or Mac.
Like in the iTunes Movie Store, the new Instant Video update also includes for each movie the IMDB cast and director information, customer ratings and reviews, and a scrolling set of videos watched by customers who watched the current selection.
Amazon Instant Video provides unlimited streaming of more than 40,000 movies and TV episodes, available to customers with an Amazon Prime membership. The advantage of Amazon Instant Videos over Apple’s movie service is that there’s no limit to the amount of times you can watch streaming videos, as long as they exist in the catalog. The app also allows you to rent or purchase videos from the Amazon store, and add selected videos to your Watchlist.
Amazon Instant Videos can only be streamed over Wi-Fi. A cellular connection is not supported. Downloaded purchased and rented videos do not require a Wi-Fi connection. You can’t stream movies via AirPlay to your Mac; instead, you will need to watch them from the Amazon website on a supported web browser.
The Amazon Instant Video app also includes Whipersync technology for automatically syncing the content you’re watching, and where you left off, between all your supported devices, including your iOS device, Kindle Fire HD, PlayStation 3, Xbox, and PC or Mac.
The new Instant Video to AppleTV upgrade means greater access to the service, though Instant Video will probably never be available directly on AppleTV.
Let us know if you find this upgrade useful.