Amazon announced that starting Thursday, is now available for download to Amazon Fire TV devices, namely the newest and the . Amazon says the app is coming soon to more Fire TV devices, including older Fire TV streamers, the , and the .
The app is the exclusive home for the, due to go live on Nov. 1. The service is a Netflix rival that will launch with nine confirmed titles, including a drama called , starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, the , and a . It costs $4.99 (£4.99, AU$7.99) a month, but buyers of new and refurbished Apple devices will .
Amazon joins Apple TV media streamers, iPhones, iPads and Mac computers, in offering the Apple TV app. The app is also available on Samsung smart TVs, and is coming "in the future" to TVs from Vizio, Sony and LG, according to Apple., and Apple's own
Beyond access to Apple TV Plus, the app also lets Fire TV owners watch iTunes TV shows and movies they already purchased. Unlike with Roku and other devices, however, Fire TV doesn't offer the ability to buy or rent iTunes content from directly within the Apple TV app; you have to make iTunes purchases elsewhere.
The Apple TV app on Fire TV does offer, which lets you subscribe to and watch services like HBO, Showtime and Starz from within the TV app, without having to download those individual apps. Apple TV Channels is very similar to Amazon's own feature.
Apple's app works with Fire TV's built-in Alexa voice assistant to allow voice searches for particular shows, for example, "Alexa, play Dickinson." Alexa commands can also find and open the TV app, but don't work for finding iTunes content.
Similar to the Roku version, the Fire TV offers nofor streaming content off of iPhones, iPads and Macs. Smart TVs from Samsung, Vizio, Sony and LG, as well as the Apple TV box itself, do work with AirPlay.
Amazon's representative also confirmed to CNET that "Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos will not be supported at launch, but we're working with Apple to add additional support for this type of content in the future."
Originally published Oct. 24, 6 a.m. PT.
Update, 9:00 a.m. PT: Adds more information from Amazon, including confirmation of the inclusion of Apple TV Channels, the inability to purchase iTunes content directly from the Apple TV app for Fire TV and lack of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support. Also corrects an earlier statement that Alexa voice commands can be used to find iTunes content. According to Amazon, Alexa commands cannot be used to find iTunes content.