Amazon gives Apple TV and Google Chromecast the finger

The most popular online retailer in the world, Amazon, is using its e-commerce powers to put the hurt on Apple and Google’s streaming devices in order to prop-up the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV stick. In an email sent to marketplace sellers, Amazon told employees it will stop selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast. […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Amazon offers a big discount on Prime to celebrate the Emmys

If you still haven’t succumb to Amazon Prime, then now is the time, because Amazon’s offering a generous discount that’ll save you a bunch of dimes (to celebrate the Emmys). For one day only on Friday, September 25, Amazon is offering Prime to new subscribers for just $67 for the first year. That’s $32 off its […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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New app tracks the movies you haven’t seen (yet)

Have you ever found yourself staring at the Netflix or Amazon Prime Video screen on your TV, or drooling a bit while you page through the Redbox screens at a red kiosk near you? It’s frustrating, especially when you’re always hearing about movies that you must see right now, but can’t seem to remember when […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Amazon Prime Video Introduces Offline Viewing for iPhone and iPad

Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service today announced the ability for its users to download television shows and movies to an iPhone, iPad, or Android device (via Re/code). The service had previously supported such a feature, but it was exclusively available for Amazon’s own Fire tablets, with today marking the first expansion onto Apple’s smartphones.

The feature will let Prime users download video content for later viewing when not in direct proximity of a trustworthy Wi-Fi connection, but won’t be available for every single show and film currently offered on Amazon Prime Video. The company still claims to have „thousands“ of videos ready to support the new service.

The feature isn’t available for every video Amazon streams, since Amazon needs to work out deals with individual content owners (that is – pay them more money). Amazon says it has “thousands” of titles available for download.

And it looks like those titles include a pretty diverse lineup: There are Amazon’s own home-grown shows, like “Transparent”, of course. But also offerings from CBS (“The Good Wife”), Fox (“Sons of Anarchy”), MGM (“The Hunger Games”) and Paramount (“Star Trek Into Darkness”).

Re/code reports that „in most cases,“ users will have 15 to 30 days to view the content once it has been downloaded. Today’s announcement aims to bolster Amazon Prime Video – which is bundled into Amazon’s $99/year Prime service – with a feature most other streaming services have yet to support.

Users can download the updated app – now called „Amazon Video“ – from the App Store for free [Direct Link].



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Amazon Prime bests Netflix by adding offline video

Amazon Prime Video today took a massive step toward beating Netflix by adding offline video to its growing list of advantages. The feature allows users to download movies and TV shows and enjoy them without a data connection while they’re on the go. Offline video is a feature Netflix subscribers have been longing for for years, but […]

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