The rumors were true: Amazon’s video app is finally coming to Apple’s TV streaming box. Today at WWDC, it was announced that Amazon Prime Video will soon be available for Apple TV. The app will let users stream original hits like Transparent, Bosch, Mozart in the Jungle, Catastrophe, and more. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Amazon Video for Apple TV will be released “later this year.”
That’s also when Apple plans to release more details about what’s next for tvOS; the Amazon announcement was the platform’s only mention on stage today. That’s an unusual departure, as Apple usually reveals at least a few new tvOS software features at its developer conference. In its own tweet announcing the news, Amazon said that it plans to integrate with the TV app on Apple TV.
Prime Video’s arrival on Apple TV signals the end of a years-long squabble between Apple and Amazon. Jeff Bezos has previously said that the two sides couldn’t find “acceptable business terms” for Amazon to put a video app on Apple’s living room device. Amazon stopped selling the Apple TV in 2015 because of its lack of any Prime Video app and convenient access to the company’s content. Amazon has not yet revealed whether the Apple TV will return to its online store as a result of this deal. Recode reported last month that Apple and Amazon were nearing a deal, with BuzzFeed News later confirming that one had been reached.