Like I noted in my review of the NVIDIA Shield TV, it remains the only Android TV box in the market that is certified for Amazon Prime Video.
So, for anyone who doesn’t have one – and those should be many given the Shield’s steep pricing and limited availability especially for those of us who don’t live in the northern hemisphere – that means their best chance of enjoying content on Amazon Prime Video like The Grand Tour is limited to the few TV platforms that have the app. Like Samsung. And LG.
What if you don’t have either as well?
Now, you can rest easy.
Google and Amazon appear to have settled their long-running beef and things are back to normal. As such, all that you need in order to enjoy Prime Video content on your big screen is just the Prime Video app that can be found on the Play Store. This is because the app now has casting functionality allowing users to cast whatever it is that they are watching on the app to compatible Chromecast-enabled devices – TVs, TV boxes, etc.
For this to be possible, however, one’s device will need to be running on Android 5.0 Lollipop or a more recent version of Android.
Even better, those casting to a Chromecast Ultra dongle will be able to access 4K content at no extra cost.
Prime Video joins a number of media content apps that allow Android device users to do so. DSTV Now, VLC, YouTube, among others are some of the popular apps that allow users, especially those in Kenya, to cast content from their smartphones to the big screen.
In addition to that, soon, the Prime Video app will be showing up in more Android TV boxes and, well, smart TV sets.
In reciprocation, the YouTube app is now available for use on Amazon’s Fire TV devices.