The usually reliable John Paczkowski of BuzzFeed says Apple will make an announcement at WWDC 2017 next month that should bring a smile to the face of many Apple TV owners. The Amazon Prime Video app is finally coming to Apple’s set top box.
Sources in position to know tell BuzzFeed News that Amazon’s Prime video app — long absent from Apple TV — is indeed headed to Apple’s diminutive set-top box. Apple plans to announce Amazon Prime video’s impending arrive to the Apple TV App Store during the keynote at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 5 in San Jose, CA.
A source familiar with the companies’ thinking say the app is expected to go live this summer, but cautioned that the hard launch date might change. Amazon had previously declined to even submit a Prime Video app for inclusion in Apple’s Apple TV App Store, despite Apple’s “all are welcome” proclamations.
It is believed the app will go live this summer, but an official release date has not been announced.
As a part of the move, Amazon will once again resume selling the Apple TV through its online store. Amazon dropped both the Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast streaming devices in 2015. The online retailer cited the lack of Amazon Prime Video compatibility as the reason why.
Rumors were circulating last week that Apple and Amazon were working on a potential deal to bring Amazon Prime Video to the Apple TV, and now it appears those discussions have been fruitful.
The deal finally brings the one major streaming service that was missing to the Apple TV.