This week saw some very interesting news in respect of Android TV coming down the wire. The news came in the form of a multiple number of Android TV apps which were made public thanks to a member of the XDA community. The apps were taken directly from a Sony TV which was powered by Android TV. The highlight of the app offerings was an Amazon Instant Video app and an updated form of the Netflix app. The updated Netflix app allowed for users to employ Dolby Digital as a sound settings preference. However, of the two apps, the one which was really catching all the headlines was the Amazon Instant Video.
The reason for the high degree of interest in the Amazon Instant Video app, was that there is no actual and official Android TV app for Amazon's Instant Video service. This lack of an android app is largely believed to be a result of Amazon trying to ensure Fire products remain the preference for their Instant Video service. As such, the news that a widely usable Android TV compatible app for Amazon Instant video had become available, was big news for Android TV device owners. Those using the Nexus Player, could literally grab the APK and sideload to their device. Enter their Amazon account details and watch their content as they would normally on any other compatible TV device.
That was the plan anyway. However, it now seems that Amazon has been fairly quick in responding to the fact that the app had become widely available. It now seems that the app is no longer working on devices such as the Nexus Player. If you own an Android TV device and had sideloaded the app, then you should now see the ability to use the app restricted. To be clear, the app will still load and you can still view the content on offer. You can even go through the content and pick a movie or TV show to watch. However, once you try to play the content, you will be presented with a warning screen as shown above. The warning clearly states the reason for the error as a 'licence error', which essentially seems to be confirming the access to the app has been removed. That is unless you are watching on an Android Powered Sony TV.