Amazon expands Instant Video app to iPhone, intros music app for Samsung TVs

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Amazon has updated its Instant Video app with support for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch, while releasing a Cloud Player app for Samsung TVs.

The content distribution market is getting increasingly competitive, as vendors expand the number of devices that can access movies, books and music, and Amazon wants a piece.

The Instant Video streaming app lets users stream or download movies and TV episodes from their video library directly to their iOS device, the online retailer said Thursday. Amazon Instant Video had previously been available for the iPad.

Content available in Amazon’s Instant Video store includes movies like The Dark Knight Rises, Brave, and The Amazing Spiderman, as well as the latest episodes from TV series like The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, and The Vampire Diaries, according to Amazon.

Amazon Instant Video for iOS

The app also makes more than 30,000 titles from Amazon’s Prime Instant Video available to members, including TV shows like American Horror Story, Downton Abbey and Fringe, as well as movies such as Hugo, Thor, and Goodfellas.

But Amazon’s content push isn’t just about movies and TV shows. On Thursday, Amazon also announced Cloud Player apps for Samsung TVs from 2012 in the U.S and Roku streaming players.

The Cloud Player allows users to access music they store in Amazon’s cloud.

The app for Samsung TVs lets users browse, search or playback music from their libraries directly on their TV sets, and the app is available on Samsung’s Smart Hub, according to Amazon. While Roku users can download the Amazon Cloud Player channel from the Featured or Music category in the Channel Store, it said.

Cloud Players are already for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets, Macs, PCs, Sonos Music Players, Android-based devices as well as the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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