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Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV is now avaialble with a refreshed interface, making the software program look and behave extra like different streaming providers.


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What’s taking place? Amazon has launched a brand new model of its Prime Video streaming app for the Apple TV. The software program not solely appears significantly better however can be extra purposeful and far simpler to navigate.

Why care? Prime Video is without doubt one of the worst-designed streaming apps on the planet, particularly so on the Apple TV. The entire thing is mainly one large webpage full of video thumbnails that you simply’re compelled to navigate via. The brand new interface places navigation and different controls in a sidebar, like HBO MAX.

What to do? For those who don’t have the brand new interface but, open the App Retailer in your Apple TV HD or Apple TV 4K and use the search perform to leap to a web page for the Prime Video app, then click on the “Replace” button.

Amazon’s Prime Video app for tvOS receives a facelift

The navigation bar is on the lefthand facet, offering fast entry to the search characteristic, the Dwelling part, a built-in retailer (for Prime channels, leases, purchases, offers and so forth), reside TV, in addition to the Free and My Stuff sections. Your favourite films and TV exhibits could be discovered beneath the Dwelling part.

That is additionally the place you’ll discover channels you’ve subscribed to, like Paramount+ and AMC+. An inventory of the highest 10 films and exhibits provides you a good suggestion of what’s trending on the service. A Proceed Watching row is prominently displayed within the Dwelling part so you may shortly decide up your Apple TV proper the place you left off within the Prime Video app in your iPhone or iPad.

Introducing portrait carousels

Eighteen months within the making, this up to date interface with greater visuals is supposed to really feel much less cluttered. There are actually two kinds of carousels. The outdated one with the identical panorama paintings as earlier than and a brand new, portrait carousel which options poster paintings that opens right into a video preview when hovering over a range.

Prime Video has reside TV???

The Reside TV part combines linear programming from subscribed channels like AMC+, reside sporting occasions and free, ad-supported content material (I wasn’t even conscious Prime Video had reside TV). The refreshed app doesn’t deliver something new when it comes to content material and widespread options like a number of person profiles, Alexa integration and X-Ray are nonetheless current.

The Verge has highlighted a number of the annoyances from the previous:

Prime Video nonetheless presents TV seasons in odd methods (episode 0: trailer, anybody?) and might typically separate 4K and HD variations of the identical film. A few of these head-scratching group selections are as a consequence of the truth that Amazon nonetheless sells a number of this content material, whereas rivals solely have to fret about letting you stream it.

The redesign is rolling out on the tvOS platform first, with different gadgets to observe later. The redesign will hit Prime Video for iOS and the net “within the coming months.”

You’ll be able to obtain the Prime Video app within the Apple TV app retailer without spending a dime. The redesigned software program helps the Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD however received’t be unavailable on the third-generation Apple TV from 2012.