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Primecast, the app that brought unofficial Amazon Instant Video support to Chromecast, shuts down after two days

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 08 Nov 2014 22:30

Primecast, the app that brought unofficial Amazon Instant Video support to Chromecast, shuts down after two days Primecast, the Android app developed to bring unofficial support of Amazon Instant Video to Chromecast, has already been shut down just two days after launching.
Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video are services that allow users to buy and rent movies and TV shows, or stream from the Prime catalog (if oyu are a subscriber) and the Google Chromecast is a popular HDMI dongle that allows users to stream content by "casting" it from their phone or PC to the TV. Amazon does not offer official support for the Chromecast unlike other popular services like Hulu, Netflix and HBO.

The team behind the app did not give a reason why the app was pulled from the store, but likely Amazon was not a fan.

Reads the post:

Dear Primecast users,
a few months ago, we set out to bring together two great products that seemed like a natural fit: Amazon Instant Video and Google Chromecast.

We spent most of our free time trying to come up with the best solution we could, while also safeguarding your privacy, honoring digital rights management and copyright mechanisms, and making the app as useful as possible.

Two days ago, we felt we were ready for an announcement, so we posted a single link on Reddit...and waited.

The feedback was amazing. In a matter of hours, we received dozens of great reviews and encouraging comments. 89% of reviewers on Google Play (many of whom are reading this) gave us 5 or 4 stars.

Since we were on track to cover our costs much earlier than expected, we started planning for the next steps like eventually quitting our day-to-day jobs and starting to serve end users directly, giving them great products they enjoyed using.

Unfortunately, the journey came to an end after 36 hours, and we decided to pull the Primecast app from the Google Play Store. We are very sorry.

At this time, we do not know if Primecast will return. What we do know however is that we would love to continue providing you with great software and a great experience. Thank you for your support!

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