The past two decades have seen Amazon’s rise in dominance, from an online book retailer attempting to revolutionize the industry, to a tech giant that seemingly has their hands in every possible tech product category they could. From free two-day shipping on almost any product in the world, to their lineup of eReaders and cheap tablets for watching videos and playing games, Amazon is one of the four or five tech companies that shape our lives every day. One of their earlier pursuits in tech products, however, was their Amazon Prime Video service, a competitor to Netflix and Hulu that allows Prime subscribers to access a wide variety of streaming films and television shows. Amazon Prime Video has a wide variety of content, including a ton of recent Blockbusters, some of the best HBO series, and a great collection of original series and movies. Amazon’s original products have been nominated for Oscars, Golden Globes, and Emmys, finding critical acclaim, making it an ideal streaming service to keep paying for.
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In fact, there’s only one major complaint we can think of about Amazon’s Prime Video service. When two tech giants go head to head in competition, it can hurt the consumer, and that’s exactly what we’ve seen with the feud between Amazon and Google. One of Amazon’s most popular products is their Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, two streaming boxes that are capable of showing Amazon content, in addition to a number of third-party apps and services like Netflix, Hulu, Plex, and so much more. Unfortunately, Google also happens to sell products that compete directly with Amazon’s Fire TV. The Google Chromecast line is just as affordable as what we’ve seen from Amazon, but instead of including an interface and a dedicated remote, allows you to control what’s streaming directly from your phone. This makes it incredibly easy to pick up and start playing what you’re watching on your phone back on your television, without having to fiddle around with a remote control or a poor interface. Not everyone prefers the Chromecast experience, and it certainly isn’t without flaws, but it does offer some advantages over Amazon’s Fire Stick.
Google and Amazon have been feuding for quite some time, and this fight has really started to hurt consumers. Amazon has refused to add proper Cast support to Amazon’s Prime Video player or application on both iOS and Android, leaving most users without a choice for watching their favorite Amazon shows and movies on their television without purchasing an Amazon Fire TV or other streaming stick (like a Roku device, which supports both Google and Amazon content). Without official support, it’s difficult to suggest a perfect workar
Casting From Your PC or Mac
Casting from your PC or Mac seems to be the easiest way to stream content from Amazon Prime Video to your television, since it manages to supersede any limitations placed on the app by Amazon.
Casting From Your Android Device
Casting From Your iPhone or iPad
Will Amazon Ever Add Proper Cast Support?
To be honest, it’s hard to say at the moment. The two companies seem to be trying to be friendlier on some level. Amazon has made a commitment to add the Chromecast back to their storefront, and though the listing now exists, the device is still marked as “Unavailable” through both Amazon and third-party sellers. Amazon made the same promise about the Apple TV, which has since become available, although those companies do seem to be on better terms than Google and Amazon. Though Amazon has placed their Prime Video app back on the Google Play Store, it seems to be more about getting users onboard the streaming service rather than as an easing of arms between the two. The biggest red flag for Cast support comes from the recent war over YouTube support on the Fire TV. In many ways, it’s just hard to imagine things improving between the two companies at this time, even as Amazon announces their ready to sell Chromecast products on Amazon.
Amazon Prime has an excellent selection of movies, TV shows, and Web series you can watch. (We’ve been keeping track of some of the best shows and movies they have on offer.) If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you should absolutely take advantage of Amazon Prime video streaming.
If you have a Google Chromecast you probably want to take advantage and watch Amazon Prime video on it. Let’s see what you need to do to make this happen. First we’ll look at how to do it with a laptop or PC; then we’ll look at doing it with an Android smartphone or tablet.
Amazon Prime Membership
As an Amazon Prime subscriber, you have access to more than just two-day Prime shipping. The other perks that come with an Amazon Prime subscription include unlimited streaming of Prime music, notification of deals before regular Amazon customers, and a pass to stream Amazon Prime video content.
Right now we’re talking about how you can stream Amazon Prime video, though, so let’s move on to that. Getting back on track, we were talking about how you can stream Amazon Prime video content to your Google Chromecast.
Chromecast Amazon Prime Video from Your Laptop or PC
A majority of internet and web users already use the Google Chrome browser. If you’re using a laptop or PC, you’ll need it to watch Amazon Prime video through your Google Chromecast device.
After you’ve downloaded the Google Chrome browser and installed it on your Mac, PC, or tablet, get ready to elevate your viewing pleasure. You’ll have even more streaming video choices as long as you also hold an Amazon Prime membership.
All right: so you’ve got the Google Chrome browser and you’ve got an Amazon Prime subscription. Here are the steps to stream Amazon video to your Chromecast device.
- Open your Chrome browser and navigate to your Amazon Prime account at Amazon.com.
- Click on the “Prime” drop-down arrow and go down to “Watch.”
- Unless you’ve already created a “watch list,” browse the shows and movies until you find something you’d like to watch. Then, select it. (We’ll be watching Orphan Black here, because I’m writing the article so I get to choose.)
- The video you’ve selected will start playing in your Chrome browser. Go ahead and pause it for a minute. Now we need to get it cast through your Chromecast device.
- In the upper right-hand side of the Chrome browser, you’ll see the Chromecast icon.
- Click on the Chromecast icon and select your Google Chromecast device from the list. Then choose “Cast tab” from the “Cast to” drop-down menu.
- Now you should see your Amazon Prime video displayed on your TV screen (or whatever screen you chose for your Chromecast device).
In the most recent releases of the Google Chrome browser, Google Chromecast castability has been built into the browser. That means you no longer need to download the Google Cast extension in order to use Chromecast. Just download or update to the most current version of the Google Chrome browser and you’ll be set to go.
You can mirror your desktop or the Chrome browser tab as well. In the walkthrough above, we’re only casting the tab. That way the Amazon Prime video is output to our entire TV screen. It also allows us to minimize the Chrome browser window and keep doing work on our computer while we watch Orphan Black on the TV, cast from Amazon Prime video on our computer through Google Chromecast.
Chromecast Amazon Prime Video from an Android Device
You’ll need the Google Home/Chromecast app and the Amazon Prime Instant Video app to stream Amazon Prime video onto an Android device. It’s not as convenient as streaming from a laptop or PC, but it will get the job done.
You can download and install the Google Home app from the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, the Google Play Store doesn’t have the Amazon Prime Instant Video app–Google and Amazon aren’t getting along so they want to make life difficult for us. You’ll need the Amazon Appstore.
Installing the Amazon Appstore
To get the Amazon App Store, open a web browser on your Android device and search for “Amazon Appstore”. This should bring you to a page on Amazon.com called “Install Amazon Appstore for Android”.
On that page you’ll find two links: one to download the Amazon Underground App if you have an Android phone, and one to download the Amazon Appstore if you have an Android tablet.
To install either of these apps you will need to have Unknown Sources enabled for your device. To access this option, go to the Home Screen and open Settings. From there, open Security or Applications (it has a different name depending on the version of Android OS you’re running). From there, scroll down until you see the Unknown Sources option, and tap the box so it is checked. This will allow you to download apps from places other than the Google Play Store–places like Amazon.com.
Installing Amazon Prime Instant Video
Once you have the Amazon Appstore or Amazon Underground installed, use it to download and install the Amazon Prime Instant Video app.
Casting from Your Android Device
Once you have both Google Home and Amazon Prime Instant Video installed on your device, open the Google Home app. Tap the three-line “hamburger” icon to open a menu and select “Cast Screen”. It will bring up a list of available Chromecast devices; select the device you want to cast to, and Google Home should begin casting your device’s screen to your TV or other Chromecast device.
Now open the Amazon Prime Instant Video app. You can use this to select and watch the video you want to cast.
You’ll have to keep your phone screen on for this to work, so it can be hard on your battery, but this is how you can cast Amazon video from your Android device to a big screen using Chromecast.
There you have it. Whether you’re using a laptop, PC, or Android device, you can now enjoy streaming your Amazon Prime videos by casting them directly to your Google Chromecast device. Enjoy!