Amazon’s on-demand movie and TV streaming service, Prime Instant Video, is finally supported on Android devices. Well, sort of.
As Android Police notes, the existing Amazon app in the Google Play store was updated today for US users, allowing them to browse and buy digital content. While this includes purchases and rentals, handled under Amazon Instant Video, of greater interest is the support for Prime Instant Video streaming.
To access this content though, you’ll need the new Prime Instant Video player, which is available exclusively through the Amazon Appstore. Once subscribers have both the player and Amazon app installed, they can stream video on-demand using an active Prime subscription.
Keeping up? Good.
The revamped Amazon app in the Google Play store appears, for now, to only affect users in the US. Today’s changelog emphasises this on multiple points and at the time of writing, Amazon hasn’t updated its Android app in other regions.
Yet, here in the UK I downloaded the Amazon app from the Amazon Appstore, in addition to the Prime Instant Video player. Under the ‘Amazon Instant Video’ sub-header, located in the navigation menu, I was then able to stream movies and TV shows using a Prime account.
So there you go. Prime Instant Video is now available on Android devices, both inside and outside the US. Provided you’re happy to jump through some elaborate and overly complicated hoops.