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#270559 - 2017-12-08 00:24 Apple TV now carries Amazon Prime
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The Amazon Prime app popped up for me this evening on an Apple TV3

Had a quick play.

At first glance the picture quality is inferior to Netflix via the Apple TV3 and Prime via an Amazon Fire TV with noticeable softness, almost SD-like. This could be due to the bandwidth getting up to speed but both devices are running off the same switch, router and modem/internet connection.

Prime via Apple TV3 only offers stereo PCM sound, apparently DD5.1 is a "future upgrade". I never got DD working properly on my Amazon Fire TV and eventually the DD-carrying content was downgraded to PCM anyway. Checked today and DD-carrying content is back on the Amazon Fire TV with the same spitty glitches as before, so it looks like Amazon are still having trouble getting to grips with the technology.


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#270561 - 2017-12-08 07:24 Re: Apple TV now carries Amazon Prime [Re: Gianni]
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Originally Posted By Gianni
Checked today and DD-carrying content is back on the Amazon Fire TV with the same spitty glitches as before, so it looks like Amazon are still having trouble getting to grips with the technology.

I can get DD and DD+ (as bitstream) from my Amazon Fires (latest and previous gen) with no issues.


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#270562 - 2017-12-08 08:48 Re: Apple TV now carries Amazon Prime [Re: Cliff.]
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My specific issue re the old (original) Amazon Fire TV is with DD over optical. Restarting after a pause causes a loud cracking noise through all speakers but it is equipment-damagingly loud through my rears which are analogue. It seems that the Fire does not maintain the DD flag when paused (unlike the AppleTV) so there is a glitch in the SSP as the lock is reacquired.

I guess you use DD over HDMI since you also mention DD+?


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#270564 - 2017-12-08 09:58 Re: Apple TV now carries Amazon Prime [Re: Gianni]
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HDMI, yes. That's the only output the latest FireTv has got (silly design as well). In your case, I wonder if an optical to coax converter would help smooth things


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