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can't buy/download Amazon Instant Video movies

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by cwoody222, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Active Member

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    Is anyone else having a problem downloading Amazon Instant Video movies?

    When I try to purchase a title on my TiVo Premiere in the HD menus, I get to the page that's SUPPOSED to have a link to purchase the movie and ask me for my PIN but that link is not present. The bottom of the screen is empty where that link usually is.

    If I try the same movie on the SD menus it will tell me "sorry, that move must be purchased on the Amazon website".

    But, when I try to purchase the movie on Amazon.com there's no longer a "download to your device" option. Instead, there's just a "Watch Now" button that brings up a popup that tells me "This HD movie cannot be viewed on Amazon's website. Would you like to download the HD version to your device? Or watch the SD version on Amazon.com". But there's no way to download the HD version!

    I've done this a million times before so something's either broken or changed and I certainly can't figure it out!

    HELP!


    I should say I just pre-ordered a download movie and that one DID let me schedule the download to my TiVo. Also, while trying to figure things out I un-synced all my devices from Amazon.com (I still had an old TiVo the account to get rid of anyway) and then re-added the new one. So maybe that screwed stuff up somehow?

    PS I googled some stuff and found stuff about an "V301 error" which is supposed to be fixed perhaps by switching to and from the HD and SD menus so that's why I tried that but it didn't work.
     
  2. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    I still have the option to download to my TiVos on the website. That is typically the only place I purchase the Amazon videos from. I very rarely do it from my TiVos.
     
  3. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Active Member

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    I was able to buy a different movie from my TiVo last night. So it looks like SOME movies can only be purchased on amazon.com but I still couldn't find where to download it from there.
     
  4. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    It's not real intuitive. Once you purchase the movie, it will be available in the 'Your video library' section under 'Your Account'.

    Go there and select the movie you just purchased and you should get a pop up like this:

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    Click on the 'Download' link after you select which device you want it to download to.
     

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  5. cherry ghost

    cherry ghost Well-Known Member

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    I just went through this with Amazon customer service because the download option was not there on the pop up for a rental. He had no idea why and had to initiate it himself. He then had me rent another movie and I got the same result, no download option.
     
  6. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Active Member

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    I get the popup but no Download link.

    I bought this movie on the TiVo last night and downloaded it there. So I know it CAN be downloaded. But I can't do it from Amazon.com.

    I also just added my Wii U to see if a new device would trigger things to work themselves out. Nope. I have three devices registered and no download link.

    I can stream this movie from my Wii U, though.
     

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  7. bryan4980

    bryan4980 New Member

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    This is sort of related but I was told by Amazon that rentals need to be done through the Tivo but if you call them they can push it to your box. Purchases should be able to be either website or box. I usually purchase from the website and not my box also.
     
  8. wmotdf

    wmotdf New Member

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    I have been having this same issue for at least two weeks now.

    I noticed the Most Popular HD section from the Amazon app has not updated for quite some time. My Tivos still have Men in Black 3, Lawless, Brave, Lord of the Rings and The Expendables as the first five selections. I check this listing every week because it's where the new movies usually show up and they are easier to order since you do not have to search for the HD version.

    Last Friday, I wanted to download Ted since I knew by the Amazon web page that it was avilable for rental. The Popular HD list on the Amazon app had still not updated so I did a search. Ted was there including the different versions and prices. I chose the HD non-rated rental optiion, went through the download selections and when I clicked the download option on the HD menu Tivo screen, I was taken to the Amazon SD screen with the movie info as always, but as others have mentioned, there was no selection to download and input my pin. I called both Tivo and Amazon and the most I received in advice was to reboot my Tivo (even though I told them the same was happening on all my Tivos). Amazon suggested I purchse the movie on the web site and, since the download option was not there on the web page as well, they forced the download to my Tivo.

    I just sent an email to Amazon to ask them to research the issue.
     
  9. cmshep222

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    +1, same issue here. Can't Rent any Amazon movies. Had to use my Roku to rent Dark Knight rises.

    Tivo customer service told me it's a known issue and there is no ETA for a fix.
     
  10. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Active Member

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    FYI: The movie that I discovered the problem with was also "Ted". I just had them issue me a refund; I didn't bother to have them force a download. I'm not paying for that hassle. They gave me a $2 credit too.

    And my "Most Popular" also seems old too.

    I pre-ordered "Total Recall" and selected for it to download to my TiVo (from Amazon.com) before it was released today. Today it DID download properly.

    What a disaster. Guess I'll use my Wii U. :(


    PS I almost always RENT, not BUY. I've never had trouble with Rentals before.
     
  11. wmotdf

    wmotdf New Member

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    I received an email from Amazon Customer Support in regards to my email on this issue. They said they are aware of the issue and their technical team is working on a resolution. They will send me an email when they have fixed the issue.

    I will post again when I hear back.
     
  12. wintermute2_0

    wintermute2_0 New Member

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    I've also had this issue with rentals in the last couple weeks. It's a real hassle to ask Amazon to push the download. I'm using a TiVo HD XL. I hope they fix it soon.
     
  13. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    This must be why I don't have issues. I use amazon to watch Tv shows and with Tv shows you purchase the content. So I 'm always able to download it to my Premieres.

    The last time I watched a movie from Amazon I watched an Amazon prime movie and used one of my Rokus for that.
     
  14. Heimdol

    Heimdol New Member

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    Glad to hear it's not just me having these issues and that they are working on getting it fixed. I've been noticing it for a couple of weeks now and have been hoping they would have it fixed by now. I was just getting ready to shoot out an email to Amazon and Tivo and ask them what the heck was up cause I want to rent The Dark Knight Rises but cannot do it from my Tivo box or on the website with these current issues and I'm not calling for them to push movies to my Tivo every time I want to rent something.

    I hope they fix it soon though cause we use our Tivo boxes and Amazon as our primary movie rental service so this puts a real cramp in our movie watching nights.
     
  15. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Active Member

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    "Ted" was downloadable for me from the TiVo the other day so... is this fixed now?
     
  16. wmotdf

    wmotdf New Member

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    Thanks, Chris!

    It's like getting a present!

    I never did get an email from Amazon but I just downloaded "Hope Springs HD" from my Tivo using Search with no issue. In addition, the Most Popular HD list has updated.

    I had checked on Saturday morning with no luck but I did not get a chance to check yesterday. Looks like it is fixed for me as well.

    This is great news for a Merry Christmas and the start a Happy New Year!
     
  17. macjeepster

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    Was "Ted" worth watching?
     
  18. malayphred

    malayphred Underpowered User

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    Oh yes!!
     
  19. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Active Member

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    Watched "Ted" tonight. I'm not a Family Guy or Seth McFarlane fan *at all* but I loved this movie! It was great!
     
  20. larrs

    larrs Movie Fan-Addict

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    FYI, this is still not fixed as of today and Amazon has no timeframe on when it will. We'll have to keep ordering directly from the Tivo (I always preferred to buy on the web site and send it to the Tivo so I can start watching immediately, but you don't have to wait long anyway).
     

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