It's been a long time coming, but Apple and Amazon are finally playing nice — and sci-fi fans look to benefit. Amazon Prime programming such as The Man in the High Castle and The Tick (both of which have new episodes coming next year) are now available on Apple TV. Apple hosted Hulu, Netflix, and basically every other streaming service under the sun, so Amazon’s absence was glaring -- but not entirely surprising.
In a media landscape where companies seem just as likely to buy each other as to work together, it’s not out of the ordinary for exclusivity to segment your viewing activity by which device you own. Google and Amazon, for example, are always at each other’s throats, pulling apps from their competitor’s services. Apple and Amazon had a similarly tumultuous relationship, so it’s unsurprising that getting Prime on the Apple TV took a long time to pull off.
In fact, as reported by Engadget, watching Prime on Apple TV “was already long overdue when [Apple CEO Tim] Cook announced it was coming in May of 2017.” Delaying it until December certainly raised anticipation among Prime fans, but has thus far had no further explanation other than corporate stonewalling. The good news is that, thanks to the nature of streaming, fans can now catch up on Catastrophe or Red Oaks and prepare for the upcoming Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, which drops on January 12, as long as they have a newer Apple TV (3rd generation or later).
Do you plan on bingeing some Prime shows and movies this weekend?