How to watch Amazon Prime Instant Video on Apple TV

by Roshan on April 9, 2014


Finally, here is a worthy opponent for the Apple TV, the Fire TV from Amazon and quite evidently, games and Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming are a plus for the latter, right? Well, let’s wait a bit till Apple announces their next-gen. Apple TV so that we can make a fair Apple TV 4 vs Amazon Fire TV comparison. In the meantime, if you’re craving to get your Amazon Prime Instant Video subscription or rented movies on your Apple TV, here is a way.

1. The wireless method – AirPlay

Prime Instant Video has a wonderful iOS app (free on the App Store), which is compatible with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Of course, it lets you watch the rented movies or countless other subscription-included ones via this app. The best part is that it supports AirPlay and hence, can broadcast your favorite videos to your Apple TV.


How to?

Step 1: Download the free Amazon Instant Video app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Step 2: Sign in with your Amazon Prime subscription ID.

Step 3: Search for your favorite content or browse the limitless catalog and find the perfect movie for your mood.

Step 4: Start the movie and click on the AirPlay icon (displayed in the lower right) -> choose Apple TV.


The video should be now playing on your Apple TV. Sit back and watch the movie in full-screen on your HDTV.


2. The alternative method – HDMI out cable (no Apple TV needed)

HDMI out

In case AirPlay is giving you trouble, you can use an HDMI-out cable (Apple Digital AV Adapter is recommended) for the same. It works exactly like AirPlay, but may even be better in case of heavy videos.

Step 0: Get a HDMI-out cable for your device if you don’t have one already (Apple Digital AV Adapter: Lightning or 30-pin).

Step 1 – Step 3 are the same as for the first method.

Step 4: Plug in your AV adapter and connect it to your TV via a HDMI cable. You can use the second slot on the adapter with your lightning or 30-pin connector to charge your device simultaneously.

Step 5: Start the movie, sit back and watch it on your HDTV

Note: both methods require iOS 6 or later. 

As already told, these methods do not provide a permanent solution nor an absolute replacement for an Apple TV with built-in Amazon content. But this can surely help you to evade the temptation put forth by the Amazon Fire TV, till the next-gen. Apple TV is announced.

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  • James

    HD via Airplay or HDMI? NO! iPad, iPad mini, iPhone ONLY SD


  • StrykerGT

    Can Airplay stream 5.1 surround?

  • editor

    you’re right, corrected, thanks!

  • editor

    in general AirPlay supports 5.1, if the video you’re streaming contains 5.1 audio, AirPlay will stream 5.1 to your 5.1 capable receiver. On the Apple TV set Dolby Digital to “On”

  • This has to be the dumbest tech advice I’ve ever read! How does connecting an idevice directly to your TV via a HDMI connector equate to watching Amazon Prime on an Apple TV?? You might as well have said “the easiest way to watch Amazon Prime on an Apple TV is to buy an amazon fire box, disconnect your Apple TV and connect the Amazon Fire box in its place, then take your Apple TV and stand on it.” That is pretty much the ONLY way you will get to watch Amazon Prime ON an Apple TV.

  • editor

    Oh, how petty. The second method is just an alternative way
    in case there are issues with AirPlay. And yes, it’s actually always VIA an Apple TV, not ON, since the Apple TV doesn’t have a screen, but it’s just the way all tech bloggers used to say.

  • Jason Roper

    First, there’s a difference between being ‘petty’ and pointing out very blatant inaccurate reporting. Second your article, from title to comment is completely inaccurate. This article does NOT

  • editor

    You’re right, it describes “HOW TO USE ADDITIONAL DEVICES TO ACCESS AMAZON PRIME AND STREAM VIA AN APPLE TV USING STREAMING FUNCTIONALITY OF IOS AND APPLE SOFTWARE.” Next time you post an article on your blog, that’s how you’ll entitle it!

    And no, using AirPlay is definitely NOT “pretty much the
    same as buying the relevant cables and plugging the iOS device directly into the TV”. Follow the above tutorial to discover the difference.

  • Jason Roper

    I’m glad you agree with me that the title is NOT what your article explains. And no, I won’t ‘entitle’ it in that way as I wouldn’t write an article like this that’s so misleading. Se if you titled it “How to watch Amazon Prime via Airplay” or something truthful, your readers would have more respect for you. As is, I’m sure you readers will see from your response and attitude towards me that, you have a clear distain for them and don’t warrant their respect.

  • Hello Sir,
    I am the one who wrote this article and am really sorry for the mix up with the title.
    The sole purpose of this post, as mentioned in the introduction, was to ask current Apple TV users to wait for the next Apple TV before jumping at the Amazon Fire TV. I just wanted to make the interim period easier for them with a way to get Amazon Instant Video on Apple TV.
    While I was writing the post, the second method just popped into my mind. “Most Apple TV owners are iOS device owners too” – And that is the only reason why that method has been added, in case Airplay gives some trouble.
    I guess trying to help too much was the problem here. If more users are complaining about the confusion, I guess I will have to remove the second method from there.
    Anyway thanks for pointing that out and sorry for the confusing title.

  • Sm

    Amazon prime wont offer Dolby surround no matter what I try.

  • MrOzMan

    It does on my Samsung Smart TV app. Receiver connected through optical from the TV.

  • rich

    Thanks.. was going to go get a (AAACK!!! Roku or something similar), but this saves me the $$$ I’ll just use Airplay… thanks for the obvious that I overlooked myself…. really appreciate it… don’t listen to the other jackass’s

  • Mongo

    ROFL. That is too too funny.

  • hey asshat….sorry to be so rude….but the posters are right… obviously have absolutely no clue, and you are a rude idiot.

  • Adam

    You are a muppet. Don’t use the site if you don’t like the info!
    Thank you editor for the info.

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  • diego

    But you need an Apple TV to use Airplay on a TV. So it IS using the Apple TV.

  • JasonM

    One even more indirect, but seems to cause less stutter, is to stream the video straight from a Mac. This can be done if you use Parallels and Windows.

  • SSsqueeze

    Rude moderators/authors usually lose readership. Idiot article, idiot mod responses and all this just to get some SEO search terms. I had fun reading all the bags on this person named Ro-ro…
    I bet there is an article on how to watch iTunes movies on your PS4 by trying to stream somehow someway. Or eventually plugging your idevice with an HDMI adaptor.

  • freethinker

    whoa, major fail. SD is going to look like crap on a average 50+ inch HDTV.

  • Ronald Q. Bunnycat

    rude posters are also a turnoff. take your Asbergers Syndrome back to reddit or 4chan or whatever horrible little online community you’re from.

  • Tony Villanueva

    No really, through Airplay works

  • gittlopctbi

    You apparently cannot read and comprehend an article.

  • gittlopctbi

    You are the one being petty and like Gadget Man Jay cannot read an article and comprehend it. Technically, you are not being “petty,” you are being ignorant. The Editor is completely correct in his article and his title.

  • gittlopctbi

    And your post is a prime example of “idiot.”

  • Rasdus

    Another option would to get a smart tv, if thats to expensive for some get a android box and away you go, they are far cheaper than a apple tv.

  • bediddleby

    The comments on this post are case-study in what the anonymity of Internet posting is doing to human interaction. Can anyone imagine people actually speaking directly to one another this way? It’s comical (and sad.)

  • pdan

    I bet you are fun at parties!

  • Richard Page

    Got to agree with Jason. Using the above methods are not anything anyone with an app,e tv and an iPad or iPhone doesn’t know. It’s about time Apple did an update to the severely crippled Apple tv to allow for services that are readily available directly. In addition provide more regional content providers. All these useless American sports channels and naff content providers. My Apple TV is literally a Netflix box. If I ever U subscribed from that it would be a brick. Especially since they’ve stopped the ability to jailbreak it. It seems to be the forgotten brother of Apple products.
    I would like bbc Iplayer. C4Od. Amazon prime. Downloadable apps.
    I wouldn’t reccomend an Apple TV to anyone in its current state.

  • Gradivus

    I’m not certain, but I think what the article was talking about is getting Amazon Prime Video playing on your computer (or other device) and then using the “stream from my computer” function of the Apple TV device to display on your television whatever video is playing on your computer (or other device).

  • Jester1137

    Or, be honest.

    “How to work around the limitations of the crippled Apple TV”.

  • tokyogabe

    hey nice article. the airplay via iphone is a great workaround!

  • Conscience_SS

    Having read below comments by technology savvy persons criticising you for using “incorrect” title for the article, I want to give my two cent worth.

    I am not very technologically savvy though I can get by with a little bit of reading online. I was looking for a cheap and simply way to be able to watch Amazon Prime on Apple TV. I don’t care if it is through streaming or a direct brain operation of the Apple TV. I I certainly found the article useful and appreciate that it provided an alternative way as well. The rants of the technologically savvy people below is just mental masturbation showing how clever they are. I wouldn’t pay any attention to them!

  • Jones

    these would be great alternatives except that Airplay is clunky. It frequently freezes, sticks, skips, and buffers regardless of the internet speed. On some occasions it simply shuts off.

  • Apple Pub

    Are you using a Cisco/Linksys router? They don’t play nice with Apple products sadly… (for the life of me I haven’t figured out why) for the longest time I had issues with airplay on my Apple TV, whereas it worked perfectly at a friends house, switched routers, been working perfectly since. Although if you try to stream a bluray movie (I have an external bluray player) the high bitstream makes it a little choppy like it’s playing slightly below 24p …but that could also be due to the age of my macbook pro…

  • Jones

    i’ve used the routers provided by my Internet providers. i had ATT Uverse and now I’m using Cox Cable.

  • Jaybird

    Glad I found this so I know how to get Amazon Instant Video to work on an Apple TV. I wished I had bothered to look and found it before I bought my Apple TV. If I had known AIV wasn’t readily available on Apple TV without AirPlay I would’ve never bought it and gotten a second Roku instead.

  • Vauban

    Airplay= latency issues.

  • Rash

    As we all know there is never be a better solution in place of the Native App. As smart as we think Amazon is, it needs to develop native Prime video App for Apple-TV. Millions of Amazon Prime customers complaining and getting mad that Amazon has developed Prime App that plays on IOS devices but thinks a rocket science to develop or code reuse the same for the Apple-TV. I have complained a lot to Amazon customer service about the lack of such support and recently Amazon Rep said, such native App is coming soon. So, more people complain directly to Amazon customer service, louder the voice gets and and faster they will work on solution. That simple.

  • stevenjohnmcd

    Terrible solution. Bad advice. You CAN connect with AirPlay, but you will HATE it. Pixelating and stalling, it works terribly. Best way is to dump AppeTV until they support Amazon Prime.

  • Dukkati

    You use a genetic medical condition as a slur and dare to suggest someone else is horrible? You’re scum. It’s spelled “Aspergers” by the way, go back to school.

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