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Old 08-22-2010, 10:04 PM   #1
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Question about my first Amazon VOD download

I wanted to try my first ever download on Amazon VOD. I chose an old racing movie "The Last American Hero." The registration process was straightforward and worked on the first try. I started the download after midnight and was pleasantly surprised in the morning to see the movie appeared to have successfully downloaded overnight. When I ordered it from the Amazon I did notice that it stated that TiVo downloads would be in fullscreen. It was an old movie, and since it was a test download (in SD), I had no problem with fullscreen instead of widescreen. However when I played the movie it turned out that although the movie was in fullscreen, it was the widescreen version compressed into a fullscreen format. Translation: squished faces.

Amazon was great and immediately credited me back the $5.99. When I went back to the movie's website on Amazon, I noticed that had I opted to download the movie directly to my PC, I would have received the widescreen version.

Why the difference in formats based on the destination device? Is this common with Amazon? Am I better off with Netflix?

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Old 08-23-2010, 07:15 AM   #2
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I've only downloaded HD movies from Amazon's VOD so it's always been widescreen. I like Amazon because the picture and sound is much better than Netflix's streaming movies but the cost is much higher. I had credit on my VOD account so that's why I used it but I would never pay full price for these movies. I would rather wait and get the disk from Netflix.

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Old 08-23-2010, 05:30 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by michael1248 View Post
Why the difference in formats based on the destination device? Is this common with Amazon? Am I better off with Netflix?
Netflix streaming still has a lot of aspect ratio issues, in my experience.

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