The Amazon Prime Video App is now on Apple TV. Just go into your Apple TV and click on the Apps icon and search for Prime Video. Do not type in Amazon. Go figure, eh?
You will need an Apple TV 3rd Generation or newer, and you will need an Amazon prime account and then just sign in and the shows are at your finger-tips.
For Audio Description you will have to pause the show you are watching and then swipe down to media controls and then swipe to Audio and in the audio section you will find Language and then swipe down to English US and swipe down again to the next English US and single finger double tap and Audio description is on.
I put the new Prime Video App in the top row of my apps right next to Netflix. It may be cold here in Minnesota but having this new addition to my Apple TV warmed things up a bit especially with Audio Description working as well as it does.
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Amazon Prime Video App Now on Apple TV with Audio Descriptions! #ThatBlindTechShow. (Transcription Provided)
Let’s do this
Welcome back to a very special episode of that Blind tech show.
We’re very excited for two reasons one we’re scooping New Zealand on this,
at least we think we are because we’re hoping we’ll get this out before New Zealand does.
They’re used to unboxing everything first, and two it’s funny, Jeff it’s only 60 degrees in New York
but it’s freezing outside, because the Amazon Prime video app hit the Apple TV.
Yeah I knew something happened if I woke up today with zero degrees in Minnesota,
[laughing] so I knew something happened for it to be this cold.
Yeah I just I was the one who said it’ll be uh I don’t know if hell will freeze over first or the app will come out and
[laughing] Not once. You said that more than once.
Well I’ve been- I’ve been wanting it for so long, because you know,
the only other way I personally had to play Amazon Prime video was on my iPhone,
and the speaker’s weren’t great. So I’ve been waiting to watch all the great described content they have on Amazon Prime video,
until I had something that I would play with great speakers.
So I was very excited when I-I- you called me to let me know that it’s a cold day out
because the Amazon Prime video app is finally here.
Jeff: I’m glad you said I called and didn’t just give you a nudge.
No, no you called me. But we didn’t bother to nudge Alison because you know,
she’s got a day job and she actually does something, so we’re recording this without Alison but we’re thinking of you
Wouldn’t that be nice? Not to have to do anything.
But when you get into your Apple TV go to the App Store and search for a prime video.
Do not type in Amazon, it will not give you anything, that was quite confusing at first.
Well it’s funny, because when you told me you know to look for prime video;
I, I went to my Apple TV, and I went to the App Store, and I when I had to use the handy-dandy
Siri and say prime video and you know what it put in “prime prime.”
Jeff: Prime Prime…?
Yeah there’s Siri understanding what I said.
So luckily the handy-dandy keyboard had popped up on my iPhone and I went old-school,
deleted the second prime, then typed video, it came right up, I downloaded it.
But the funny thing was, I must have forgotten that months ago, I downloaded an Amazon app that appeared on the Apple TV. Because I got logged into that, then I pulled it up, and I’m like wait a minute why is it telling me about dog biscuits? That’s not a television show.
Mmhmm, that’s the Amazon shopping app you gotta watch out for that one.
Yeah, yeah. I forgot about that I’m looking all over I’m like where’s Prime?
And then I remembered you said it’s called Prime video again, so I closed that of the Amazon app
and sure enough two apps over was the all-new prime video app, and…
Now did you have any difficulties logging into the app
No, not really. It pretty much does it itself until it told me I needed to get the code.
Then I had to go back to my phone log in to amazon.com/myTV
get into there, and then it said punch in these numbers and I did that and there I was.
Well that’s interesting. We had two different experiences logging in because
I didn’t have to use any codes or anything. I hit ‘sign in’ to my Amazon account,
and what was funny it was it pulled up other email addresses, I guess associated with just my-
I’m assuming Apple ID. Because it had like every email address,
except the one I used for my Amazon Prime account. But the keyboard was pulled up
on the iPhone which makes the typing experience on the Apple TV much nicer.
I typed in my- I guess Amazon email address, then my password, logged in.
And then I was prompted to create a code, in case I want to buy anything;
and one thing I did notice about creating that code there is zero tactic-feedback of any kind.
So I would type in a number, you have to enter a four-digit code, and I wasn’t even sure the codes were typing.
So I went, and I cleared everything and then I just typed the four-digit code,
sure enough it was typing because it popped up re-enter your code. And I did that again and then I was good to go.
Then I got the next message which was “Would you like to link?”
And this was really nice, because he can’t do it with Netflix.
And said “Would you like to link the Amazon Prime video app to your Apple TV app?”
and of course I hit continue and then I was off and running with Amazon app.
Mine was just a little bit different. It said that I had to do like do duel-verification or something.
So I got sent to my phone and then I had to go to the website and-
but it was easy enough because once it punched in it just lit up, you know, it’s just- I was there.
Then I started wondering about audio description; did that transfer over? Because by default on my Apple TV
I have it turned on and so I was curious about that, that’s when we got on the phone.
Yeah, just because the app was here, we didn’t know. Because, for example, on the TiVo
I could get all the great Amazon Prime content, but I can’t get the described video feed.
So that was something that I was curious about, as well.
Robert Kingett was the first person I saw who wrote a blog entry about this.
And I’m glad he did because things aren’t exactly labeled very well. That’s something I’m sure they’ll fix.
This is a 1.0 release. Do you want to run through the directions that we read?
Jeff: I just turned on Bosch because I know it has audio description, and then I paused it as Kingett’s letter said;
and then I swiped down, and I came to audio.
Do a one finger double-tap on that, and then that’s when the fun comes.
Luckily, like I said thanks to Robert, he discovered this; you actually have to flick down twice,
there’s a second US audio. And it doesn’t mention anything about describe video
Jeff: Yeah it says English US, and then if you swipe down it says: English US, again.
So the second one I did that and *poof*
Jeff: Alright, I’m Jeff Thompson, and I’m live at the scene of the installation here. Let’s see what we got.
[TV Automated Voice] TV, Netflix, Prime Video.
Jeff: There we are.
[TV Automated Voice]
Search 1 of 9; Home 2 of 9; Originals 3 of 9; Movies 4 of 9; TV 5 of 9;
Kids 6 of 9; Video Library 7 of 9; Watchlist 8 of 9; Settings 9 of 9
Settings. Prime Video, tab- Use the direct pad to move between options. Press Select to choose.
Buying, tab; To register your device, tab; Parental controls tab; Legal notice, tab; Feedback, tab; Renting, tab
Main menu; Setting- banner revert; Watch Next; Spare parts; Age ra-; Bosch, Season 3. Inc-
Loading: Bosch, Season 3; Episode 10. The sea-.. Bosch Season 3; Resume, button
Play from beginning, button; Episodes, tab; Customers also watched… tab; Cast, tab; Bosch; Bosch 3 in-progress.
Use left and right, to navigate video controls
Paused; Media Controls
So Now I’m just going to swipe down.
[TV Automated Voice]
Hot Menu, Selected; Info, tab
One of- Subtitles, tab; 2 of 3 Audio, Selected, tab; 3 of 3 Language, Selected.
TV: English US ….. 1 of 2
Jeff: “Now, I go one down”
Jeff: Go one down more…
TV: English US, button. 2 of 2
Jeff: And I hit that.
TV: Select, Media Controls. Playing.
[DESCRIPTIVE AUDIO NARRATION: “Later they approach the house. The Christmas tree stands in the living room where Eleanor lies on the sofa.”]
Harry: “Ho, ho ho.”
Maddie: “Mom.” [Maddie hugs Eleanor] “You weren’t supposed to be here until Christmas.
Eleanor: “You want me to go back?”
Jeff: And there you have it.
TV: Media Controls
Jeff: Now if I hit-
Jeff: Pause, and swipe down once…
TV: Menu, selected. Audio, tab. 3 of 3
Jeff: …swipe down again..
TV: Sound; full dynamic range. Language; English US… 1 of-Jeff: …down one more..
TV: selected English US button 2 of 2
“So there you have it.
Well that wraps it up for me, Brain. Back to the show.”
[brief TV static sound]
You know the next question was: Does this transfer across to another show? And you gave that a try.
Yeah, because that I was like- I was concerned that “Oh don’t tell me
I’m gonna have to do this for every single show I watched.” And like I said well I’ve just tested this out once,
and so don’t be surprised if maybe this didn’t work. Because what I did was I tested it out with one show
that I knew had audio description; of course, I’m blanking on the title already of the show.
Then, what I did was I to Bosch secondly, because I started watching the very first episode of Bosch
while I was down in Florida, on my iPhone. And I started it playing, and of course
it was a scene where I’m like “you gotta be kidding me.. there’s no audio?”
But it was a scene where there had yet to be any audio description; sure enough in a few seconds it started playing.
But, interestingly enough, the show started playing where I had left off watching the show two weeks ago on my iPhone.
So that was nice to see that your shows, and your content will sync-up across devices as well
Really like that, when it goes to all your devices because there’s certain situations,
like you’re watching something and while you’re traveling or something;
then you get home and you want to watch something you come to and it says resume, and you go
“Oh yeah I left off right here.” So that’s really nice feature.
A good buddy of mine, a sighted-person, had told me that I need to watch Sneaky Pete.
Unfortunately Sneaky Pete doesn’t have any described video. You know?
So what’s going on Amazon, you know? You’re doing a good job, but you got start to release all of your original content with described video.
So it looks like you have to really pick and choose; and that was one thing I noticed.
When I was going through my list of shows. Everything would say “closed caption, closed caption;”
But there is no mention whether or not a show has described video so it really looks like it’s hit-or-miss.
You might have to start playing a show just to learn if it has described video.
Or I think the ADP project does have a website, where they do have a section of all of Amazon shows that do air.
That’s the ADP project; if you go ahead and do a Google search for that. They do have a list of all Netflix shows with describe video.
And I know they have a section for Amazon, and they do list all of Amazon shows with that do have describe video.
On Netflix, that’s really nice, because when I open that app on my iPhone I can go all the way down at the bottom and there’s audio description right there you know populate with about 50 videos whatever they got going there
But the great thing is you know if Netflix has an original program, then it-
I’ve yet to find an original program on Netflix that doesn’t have described video.
Where with the Amazon Prime video it’s really hit-or-miss which programs.
The Man in the High Castle! That was the program I couldn’t remember.
I know Alison told me she was very upset, because the first season the Man in the High Castle
has described video, and this may have changed since then but she did tell me the second season
of the Man in the High Castle did not have audio description.
Which that would infuriate me, because you get through a show and you want to move to the next season..
So that’s something Amazon really has to improve on; your go-to thing: Audio Description Project.
That’s a website, like I said, that they update monthly.
And I don’t even look at Netflix anymore to see what has described video I just look at that website,
to learn if something has described video; because it’s kind of an all-in-one shop, right there.
When I was down in Florida I wanted to see if the Star Wars movie, Rogue One, had described video.
So I pulled up the website, went to Netflix, and that’s in alphabetical order. So everything is very easy to find.
The great news was Rogue One did have describe video. I watched the movie with my mom and dad.
Possibly the worst movie I’ve ever seen.
Brian: [laighing] It’s out of this world, huh?
Just because something as described video, doesn’t make it good.
I say- I’ll tell you what. If somebody out there likes the movie Rogue One;
hit us up at ThatBlindTechShow@gmail.com
Tell us why you liked it, or Tweet us in @BlindTechShow.
My dad and I were like “Do we have to keep watching this?” And my mom, she kept making us watch it.
So we ended up seeing the whole thing. And I think in the movie there may have been twelve lines of dialogue?
And everything else was just described video. Well this is very exciting you know we’re gonna keep this short.
I’m very excited that the Amazon Prime video app has finally hit the Apple TV
because we just mentioned even on the last show that: “is it ever gonna come out?”
And they’re you know there was no notice, no- no mention of this or anything. It’s just ‘wham, bam, thank you ma’am.”
Was all of a sudden there.
Well if you think back Downcast actually beat it, because they did have an upgrade.
That’s true. We did pose that question on the show. What will happen first?
But the home-pod is not even on the map yet.
Jeff: No, no. And the funny thing was I saw an article yesterday that said:
“Apple actually created the home-pod before the Amazon echo.” and I’m like well that’s great, but..
the Amazon echo physically exists, and the home-pod doesn’t, so who cares?
Jeff: I have a dream
I have an idea for a giant dinosaur, that’ll sit outside your window and read audio description to you.
So if anybody comes up with that I thought of it first.
Jeff: Yeah the ‘Read-Rex’
The read- …
I’m- as soon as we stop recording I am calling up the Patent Office, and patenting the ‘Read-Rex.’
And we should mention you do have to have an Amazon Prime membership to get this content. I don’t know..
Do they have a subscription where you could just get Amazon Prime video? And not be an amazon prime subscriber?
I doubt it there’s a catch to all this. They’ll get you. I got Prime, and I have had Prime.
And I use it enough that I really benefit and I really would suggest people to get it,
because it works really well. Especially when you want to listen to music, like on your Amazon device,
or something like that. But I found one thing out that kind of irritates me:
I’ll ask for a specific song, and they’ll say “Here’s a sample.”
And they’ll play a little snippet of it, and they say “If you wanted the entire library, you can pay like $3.99 or more a month.
On top of Prime! So that goes along with their “Prime-Prime.” For $3.99
Brian: I do that-
So, I’m just wondering about these videos. I just wonder if these videos that we’re watching now,
if they’re gonna start a new layer, you know, like:
“Mmm, if you want ALL the prime videos, you got to pay an extra a $3.99/month. Prime-prime…videos.”
Yeah I don’t think they’re gonna do that. One thing I what I love about the music is,
I was an Apple Music subscriber for $9.99/month. Problem was, I never listened to music
So the only time I really listened to music is when I have some people over, and we’re having a few cocktails -adult beverages.
It’s great because the Echo’s in my living room, and for a $3.99/month I could play anything.
So we would just sit here and play the great music like; the Rocky IV soundtrack,
or Never Surrender from the 80’s, or the theme from The Karate Kid..
Mr. Miyagi: Wax-on, Wax-off
Anyway we’re gonna keep this kind of short. We are That Blind Tech Show
giving you the first un-boxing, scooping New Zealand, for the Amazon Prime Video app on the Apple TV.
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