Looks like Apple is starting to change their stance on allowing 3rd party content providers access to the Apple product universe. Fresh off the heels of yesterday’s news that Apple is now allowing Hulu Plus on Apple TV, we got news today that Amazon has launched the Amazon Instant Video app for the iPad.
The app will allow Amazon Prime subscribers to stream thousands of TV shows and films available from Prime Instant Video for free over a Wi-Fi network. Users can also download purchased or rented titles from their Amazon Video Library for offline viewing in areas without connectivity like airplanes, subways or your grandmother’s house.
Also included in the iPad app is Amazon’s Whispersync technology which automatically syncs your place between devices, allowing videos to be resumed from where you left off on a Kindle Fire, Sony PS3, Xbox 360, Macintosh or PC computers, or hundreds of models of connected TVs and Blu-ray players.
Other features enable users to:
- Stream thousands of titles available from Prime Instant Video at no additional cost with a Prime membership, or watch over 120,000 videos available from the Amazon Instant Video store
- New episodes from your TV Season Pass will automatically be available on the iPad the day after they air
- Download purchased and rented videos from Your Video Library
- Shop over 120,000 videos available from the Amazon Instant Video store by visiting Amazon
- Add videos to your Watchlist from a PC, Mac, or Kindle Fire for later viewing on your iPad
- Subscribe to a TV Season Pass by visiting Amazon and episodes will automatically be available on your iPad the day after they air
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.