The majority of the big media companies have created apps for Android TV, allowing us to watch TV shows and movies with a high quality user interface and features such as voice search and recommendations. The most noticeable hold out is Amazon, with Amazon Prime Instant Video. One reason is to sell their own competing hardware for the TV: the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Amazon’s attempt to be both a hardware and a services company has caused them to do some unpopular business practices.
However, it seems like an inspired developer Will Blaschko, MA has figured out a solution to the problem. As he explains, by reverse engineering the mobile Amazon Prime app, he found several intents that can be used to open a video. An app he wrote lets users search for available videos using JustWatch.
Next you have to install the Amazon VOD app.
Finally, install Will’s app. After all three are installed, launched the Prime Launcher and then log into Amazon.
Does this work for you? Do you even use Amazon Prime for video? Let us know in the comments below. There are still some bugs, but Will is eager to fix them. JustWatch provides a great service, although it’s not without a few small issues. However, this is a great app and it will continue to get better. Hopefully Amazon doesn’t shut down this solution as well.