Apple TV App Comes to FireTV Stick

Posted on October 24, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Apple TV+, Music + Videos with 15 Comments

One week after arriving on Roku, the Apple TV app is now available on Amazon’s Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K.

“Starting today, Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) and Fire TV Stick 4K customers all around the world can download and begin using the all-new Apple TV app,” Amazon’s Delaney Simmons writes. “Inside the Apple TV app, you’ll have access to your entire iTunes library, including all of [the] TV shows and movies that you’ve already purchased or rented from Apple, and soon Apple TV+ (more on that below).”

What you won’t get, based on my experience on Roku is any iTunes Extras (or whatever they’re called) that accompany many Apple movie purchases. But other than that, it’s pretty great. And if I’m reading the Amazon post correctly, it looks like FireTV users will be missing out on another feature, one that is available on Roku: The ability to buy or rent content from their device.

“To buy or rent something, you can simply do so on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and it will instantly appear within the Apple TV app on Fire TV,” Amazon notes. Curious.

Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) and Fire TV Stick 4K customers in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and India can get the Apple TV app today. Fire TV Basic Edition customers in over 50 countries will also find the Apple TV app in the Amazon Appstore on their Fire TV.

The app is “coming soon” to Fire TV Cube (1st and 2nd Gen), Fire TV (3rd Gen pendant design), Toshiba and Insignia Fire TV Edition smart TVs, and Nebula soundbar. But the Apple TV app is not compatible with Fire TV (1st and 2nd Gen) and Fire TV Stick (1st Gen).

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