Don’t feel you should be forced to buy another streaming device when you’re already paying in full for Amazon Prime Video? Here’s how you can Chromecast Amazon Prime Video using your computer or directly from your Android device itself.
In the age of media streaming services, Amazon holds a strong place with its Prime Video service. Not only does Amazon Prime Video offer a wide range of shows and movies, it is available for free to Amazon Prime subscribers. Unfortunately, Amazon has not released an app to Chromecast Amazon Prime Video, compelling many to buy Amazon Fire TV Stick.
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You’re paying a hefty price for the Amazon Prime service and already own a media streaming device like Chromecast. Hence, it seems unfair that you have to be forced into buying the Amazon-sponsored streaming device. But what option do you have to stream the best movies and TV shows from Amazon Prime Video on the big screen without Chromecast support?
If you are a Google Chromecast user, don’t abandon all hopes to watch Amazon Prime Video on your TV just yet. With the help of this guide on how to watch Amazon Prime Video on Chromecast, you will also be able to enjoy thousands of TV shows and movies on your TV without Amazon Fire TV Stick.
After sifting through the internet for all possible solutions on how to Chromecast Amazon Prime Video, we have come up with definitive working methods. Since one method never works as you’d hope for, the guide comes with two different tried and tested ways by which you can put your Amazon Prime Video membership and Chromecast to use.
How to Chromecast Amazon Prime Video to the big screen
Since Amazon Prime Video app is only available for Android devices and Amazon’s very own Fire TV, the methods of watching it on your home TV are quite limited. However, since Chromecast and Android are intertwined, this opens up two different ways by which you can Chromecast Amazon Prime Video and bypass all the restrictions.
Method 1: Chromecast Amazon Prime Video via computer
Google has been working on the Google Chrome browser Chromecast extension for a while now. Despite being in its beta mode, Chromecast extension for Google Chrome browser allows you to cast any tab from your computer to your Chromecast-connected TV.
Apart from having a Chromecast setup with your TV and Amazon Prime Video subscription, you need a computer with Google Chrome as well.
Step 1: Download and install the Google Cast extension to Chrome browser
Open Google Chrome on your computer and install the Google Cast extension to it. Once the Chrome extension is installed, you can see the Google Cast icon on the browser bar.
Step 2: Cast the current Chrome browser tab to Chromecast
Click on the Google Cast icon and select the name of your Chromecast from the list. Press on “Cast this tab” to mirror your computer screen onto your TV screen and you will be able to see your current tab mirrored onto the display of your Chromecast-connected TV.
Use the computer tab that you have recently caster to open Amazon Prime Video website, and the page will be mirrored to your TV. While you don’t get the freedom of independently controlling the media from your TV, you can use your computer or laptop to navigate and find the content you wish to watch with Amazon Prime Video.
Step 3: Enjoy Amazon Prime with Chromecast
Now that you have Amazon Prime Video on Chromecast, simply play your favorite video from the library and press the full-screen button to enjoy the best experience. You can search for the trending movies available, enjoy your favorite TV shows, and even access the delightfully refreshing Amazon Original content.
Note: This method to watch Amazon Prime Video on Chromecast is far from being perfect, but it gets the job done. You will have to keep your computer turned on to watch Amazon Prime Video on your TV, and the cast tab will allow you to pause, rewind, fast forward the video stream.
The only major drawback of Amazon Prime Video on Chromecast is that you cannot enjoy Full-HD 1080p quality videos. However, you can enjoy high-bitrate 720p videos which leave very little to be desired.
Method 2: Chromecast Amazon Prime Video via Android
The ability to cast videos from apps such as YouTube and Netflix come from the Chromecast icon that these apps offer. Since Amazon has not included this feature in the Prime Video app for Android yet, there’s no way to Chromecast Amazon Prime Video with Android – or at least it seemed so.
Thanks to the Google Home app, you can easily use the Amazon Prime Video app installed on your Android device to enjoy entertainment on the big screen. By using the screen casting feature of Google Home, you can mirror the display of your Android device to your TV. So here’s how you can cast Amazon Prime Video to your Chromecast-connected TV even without the ability to do so from the app.
Apart from your Chromecast connected to the TV and set up with the Google Home app installed on your device, you will also need the Amazon Prime Video installed on the same device. Once you have these peripherals sorted out, begin with the steps below to cast Amazon Prime Video from Android.
Step 1: Cast Android screen to Chromecast
Start off by opening the Google Home app on your device and press the three-line menu button on the top-left corner of the screen for a slide-out menu to appear. Tap on Cast screen/audio button and you will be asked to select the Chromecast device that you wish to cast to.
Select your Chromecast name from the list and it will immediately begin mirror your Android device display on the TV. You can now go ahead and hit the home button on your Android and every action of yours will be mimicked on the TV screen.
Step 2: Cast Amazon Prime Video app on the TV
Now that you are mirroring your Android device screen on the TV, navigate and open the Amazon Prime Video app installed on your device. You will notice that the Amazon Prime Video app is scaled ideally on the TV display as well, so you can simply use the Android device as a remote control to watch content on the big screen.
Make sure that you enable auto screen rotation on your Android device to enjoy a fully immersive video streaming experience on your Android device. However, the catch here is that the quality of the video again is set at 720p at a high bitrate.
Step 3: Watching Amazon Prime content on the big screen
While you may be able to make the most of the 1080p Full-HD capability of your HDTV, this bypass method for getting Amazon Prime Video is still pretty effective. Although you will need the Android device’s screen to play the video while it is being cast to the TV, the audio will be redirected only from the TV so you don’t have to worry about sound distortion.
Similar to how you independently use the Amazon Prime Video app, you can use it with Chromecast. While you don’t have control over the video quality, you do get playback features such as fast forward, rewind, zoom in, and the regular play/pause button on your Android screen for easy control.
Best Amazon Prime Video Originals
If you’re a new subscriber of the Amazon Prime service or simply never seriously used the video streaming service ever, going through all this trouble may seem irrelevant. However, every Prime Video fan begs to differ, and the reason you should join the bandwagon right away is for one simple reason – Amazon Original.
For the uninformed, Amazon Originals are a series of TV shows that have been produced by Amazon only for its Prime Video service subscribers. Unless you’re willing to give up morality and use possibly illegal torrents, the only way to view Amazon Original content is through Prime Video.
Here is a collection of some of the most beloved and popular Amazon Prime Original series you need to start watching right now:
An Emmy award winning TV show that has been loved and adored by the critical jury as well, Transparent takes a twist on the way perceive the transgender community. Collectively building a family narrative that revolves around the deep story full of humor and multifaceted characters, Transgender is the story of a transgender woman’s transition into her new life.
Based on a 1997 novella by Chris Kraus, the show highlights big names such as Kathryn Hahn and Griffin Dunne as a married couple with their fair share of issues. This sexual drama revolves around a couple that has inexplicitly fallen for the same man, Dick (Kevin Bacon) who works as a professor in Marfa, Texas.
Set in a dystopian reality where the Axis powers defeated the Allies and changed the course of history over the world, this series highlights the American land ruled by two foreign powers. With the Western coast governed by Japan and Germany to the East, Philip K. Dick’s 1960 novel builds up an alternate timeline full of complex and immersive characters, political controversies, satisfying storylines and more.
Created by Amazon in combination with BBC, Fleabag can be thinly described as the story of a young woman in London attempting to keep up with life after a recent tragedy. However, the story of Fleabag, as explained in just a single season TV show explains the hysterical, sexually devious and meditational story on the grief and loneliness that the main character lives through every single day.
A lovely story set in the 1980s where David (Craig Roberts), a college-aged tennis instructor spends the last days before adulthood at the country club. Torn apart between the wishes of his father and what his girlfriend’s dad expects him to do, Red Oaks is a pure blend of some craft comical scenes, invigorating storyline, and an overall inspiring message that forbids you from settling for anything less than what you truly wish for.
Starring Lola Kirke as an oboist and a protégé to Gael Garcia Bernal, who is an orchestra conductor, Mozart in the Jungle comes with a blend of familiar faces such as Safron Burrows and Malcolm McDowell. You won’t see too many deaths and betrayals on this show, as it manages to celebrate the joyous and triumphant moments of life.
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