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Apple TV app comes to Amazon Fire TV

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Amazon revealed that beginning Thursday, Apple’s TELEVISION app is now readily available for download to Amazon Fire TELEVISION gadgets, particularly the most recent Fire TELEVISION streaming stick and the Fire TELEVISION Stick 4K. Amazon states the app is coming quickly to more Fire TELEVISION gadgets, consisting of older Fire TELEVISION banners, the Fire TELEVISION Cube, Fire TELEVISION Edition tvs and the Nebula Fire TELEVISION Edition sound bar.

The app is the unique house for the Apple TELEVISION Plus service, due to go survive on Nov. 1. The service is a Netflix competitor that will introduce with 9 validated titles, consisting of a drama called The Morning Show, starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, the post-apocalyptic thriller See starring Jason Momoa, and a funny about poet Emily Dickinson. It costs $4.99 (£4.99, AU$7.99) a month, however purchasers of brand-new and reconditioned Apple gadgets will get a year of gain access to totally free.

Amazon signs up with Roku, which included the Apple TELEVISION app recently, and Apple’s own Apple TELEVISION media banners, iPhones, iPads and Mac computer systems, in using the Apple TELEVISION app. The app is likewise readily available on Samsung wise Televisions, and is coming “in the future” to Televisions from Vizio, Sony and LG, according to Apple.

Beyond access to Apple TELEVISION Plus, the app likewise lets Fire TELEVISION owners view iTunes TELEVISION programs and motion pictures they currently bought. Unlike with Roku and other gadgets, nevertheless, Fire TELEVISION does not use the capability to purchase or lease iTunes material from straight within the Apple TELEVISION app; you need to make iTunes purchases somewhere else.

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The Apple TV app on Fire TV does offer Apple TV Channels, which lets you subscribe to and watch services like HBO, Showtime and Starz from within the TV app, without having to download those individual apps. Apple TV Channels is very similar to Amazon’s own Prime TV Channels feature. 

Apple’s app works with Fire TV’s built-in Alexa voice assistant to allow voice searches for particular shows, for example, “Alexa, play Dickinson.” Alexa commands can also find and open the TV app, but don’t work for finding iTunes content.

Similar to the Roku version, the Fire TV offers no AirPlay support for streaming content off of iPhones, iPads and Macs. Smart TVs from Samsung, Vizio, Sony and LG, as well as the Apple TV box itself, do work with AirPlay.

Amazon’s representative also confirmed to CNET that “Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos will not be supported at launch, but we’re working with Apple to add additional support for this type of content in the future.” 

Originally published Oct. 24, 6 a.m. PT.
Update, 9:00 a.m. PT: Adds more information from Amazon, including confirmation of the inclusion of Apple TV Channels, the inability to purchase iTunes content directly from the Apple TV app for Fire TV and lack of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support. Also corrects an earlier statement that Alexa voice commands can be used to find iTunes content. According to Amazon, Alexa commands cannot be used to find iTunes content.

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