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Old 01-29-2011, 08:38 PM   #1
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Free Amazon Video On Demand With Amazon Prime!!!

Interesting-Competition with Netflix. Sign up with Amazon Prime for $79 that gives you free 2 day shipping and get Video On Demand for Free.
Sweet Deal!!!

http://www.webtvwire.com/amazon-prim...vies-tv-shows/
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:00 PM   #2
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Yay this is awesome, now I cant wait to get this feature on my tivo in 2014!
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:12 PM   #3
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Yay this is awesome, now I cant wait to get this feature on my tivo in 2014!
Amazon Video On Demand is already available on all of the TiVo platforms, and has been for years.

Free streaming for Prime users is an interesting offering. I poked around but wasn't able to find any free content, so if this is being tested I'm not in the test group.
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Old 01-29-2011, 10:25 PM   #4
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Amazon Video On Demand is already available on all of the TiVo platforms, and has been for years.

Free streaming for Prime users is an interesting offering. I poked around but wasn't able to find any free content, so if this is being tested I'm not in the test group.
Yeah, well we will see if the free streaming applies to the TiVo, my guess will be that it will at the very least require an update from TiVo, and that's being if Amazon's licenses allow it to be streamed to devices at all. (Especially considering the TiVo would need to download it not stream it). But obviously I would be ecstatic to be proven wrong, I am a huge Amazon Prime fan, so adding functionality can only be a good thing.
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:25 AM   #5
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The TiVo doesn't have to download it; it could work like Netflix (Series 3+ only).
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:42 AM   #6
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The TiVo doesn't have to download it; it could work like Netflix (Series 3+ only).
Oh thats totally true. But that still would require an update because none of the Amazon digital purchases work like that currently.
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Old 01-30-2011, 05:35 AM   #7
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It costs $79 per year for a prime membership. It's hardly free. The Netflix streaming only option is $86 per year. Maybe they could just treat these free streaming titles like a free rental for Tivo, and download the movie and delete it after a period of time.
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:40 AM   #8
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read the engadget article - this is not an officially released feature yet.

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Update: We weren't able to pull up the option on any of our Prime-enabled accounts and from the comments it doesn't appear any of you were either. According to our tipster, the option has disappeared from his page as well. One other interesting note came from commenter vfiz, who found that several variations of the primeinstantvideos.com domain name were registered by Amazon-owned DPReview January 5.
or just go to the thread already started on this
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Old 01-30-2011, 09:34 AM   #9
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Oh thats totally true. But that still would require an update because none of the Amazon digital purchases work like that currently.
It would require a new HME app, but probably not a TiVo software update. (It's an important distinction, because they can update HME apps a lot more easily, without the tedious roll-out process they use for the software on the box.)
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:02 AM   #10
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There doesn't seem to be a high correlation between the potential for a feature to be integrated on Tivos and it actually being integrated. Device-to-device streaming of copy-protected TV is much more of a core function and that doesn't appear to be on the horizon. Vudu has been out for years and we can't get that.

This isn't a complaint or a rant. The situation is what it is. And I think that it's neat that amazon may be doing this. But I wouldn't really expect it to be made available any time soon on your Tivo.
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:05 PM   #11
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It would most likely be no different than Netflix streaming so it would probably be pretty easy to add.
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:45 PM   #12
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It costs $79 per year for a prime membership. It's hardly free. The Netflix streaming only option is $86 per year. Maybe they could just treat these free streaming titles like a free rental for Tivo, and download the movie and delete it after a period of time.

Anyone with a .edu email address or Mom's can get a free Prime account.
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It costs $79 per year for a prime membership. It's hardly free. The Netflix streaming only option is $86 per year. Maybe they could just treat these free streaming titles like a free rental for Tivo, and download the movie and delete it after a period of time.
It's "free" in the sense that many of us find the 2-day "free" shipping and 1-day discounted shipping from Amazon Prime membership of sufficient value to already warrant the $79 annual expense. This then becomes something of an extra bonus.
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:12 PM   #14
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I have never paid a penny for Prime. Mine currently ends in July 2011.

It helps to have family who are moms and use subscribe and save since it extends the free promotion.
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:55 PM   #15
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fyodor, what you say is true, but I'm optimistic about this one -- only because Amazon has an established relationship with TiVo.
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Old 01-30-2011, 04:00 PM   #16
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:45 AM   #17
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So now that Amazon Prime Instant Video is out (http://www.amazon.com/Video-On-Deman...&node=16261631) I was about to sign up to try it out, but then I decided to look at the support page first.

TiVo has an * beside it indicating it is not currently supported for the Amazon Prime Instant Streaming Service. Now, assuming streaming is required due to whatever contracts are in place, this makes sense based on the fact the TiVo downloads and does not stream Amazon content.

My question is, whose problem is this to solve (Beyond being mine if I want to use the service). Do we need to rely on TiVo to turn on streaming for Amazon or Amazon to suddenly allow downloads for the prime service?

Also does anyone have any additional info on this from TiVo or Amazon?
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:04 AM   #18
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Yeah, this will be of little use to me unless it is integrated with Tivo.

Do you have a link to the support page on Amazon that states it isn't currently supported by the Tivo?

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Old 02-22-2011, 08:42 AM   #19
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If this doesn't work on your Tivo now, it probably isn't going to (and I would guess if it ever does it's only going to work on the new boxes).
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:07 AM   #20
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Link with * indicating not currently on TiVo

http://www.amazon.com/gp/video/ontv/..._rd_i=16261631
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:16 AM   #21
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So now that Amazon Prime Instant Video is out (http://www.amazon.com/Video-On-Deman...&node=16261631) I was about to sign up to try it out, but then I decided to look at the support page first.

TiVo has an * beside it indicating it is not currently supported for the Amazon Prime Instant Streaming Service. Now, assuming streaming is required due to whatever contracts are in place, this makes sense based on the fact the TiVo downloads and does not stream Amazon content.

My question is, whose problem is this to solve (Beyond being mine if I want to use the service). Do we need to rely on TiVo to turn on streaming for Amazon or Amazon to suddenly allow downloads for the prime service?

Also does anyone have any additional info on this from TiVo or Amazon?
We still haven't seen Hulu Plus released for the TiVo Premiere, I am not holding my breath for Amazon any time soon.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:34 AM   #22
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Link with * indicating not currently on TiVo

http://www.amazon.com/gp/video/ontv/..._rd_i=16261631
Thanks. I was on there earlier but missed the * under the picture.
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If you could use the current app and have the video download at best quality rather than stream I'd subscribe.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:01 AM   #24
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I can see it on my Prime account. Lots of movies I'm interested in and can stream to my DirecTV HR21.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:15 AM   #25
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Note: Note for 'free' prime members

I like the idea of Amazon expanding prime benefits (they've been working on giving a kindle to Prime members for a while now) ... but this is for 1) US and 2) paid PRIME members only.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/22/a...eaming-for-pr/
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I can see it on my Prime account. Lots of movies I'm interested in and can stream to my DirecTV HR21.
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:02 AM   #28
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My question is, whose problem is this to solve (Beyond being mine if I want to use the service). Do we need to rely on TiVo to turn on streaming for Amazon or Amazon to suddenly allow downloads for the prime service?
Either one would do. However, Amazon may (or may not) be contractually obligated to offer the service only by streaming, in which case it could only be solved by TiVo.

Personally, I prefer downloading so if there's no contractual obligation then I'd love for Amazon to simply allow downloads (treat them just like rentals, but free).
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:11 PM   #29
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I've read that the streaming will not be available to people who have one of these free Prime accounts - only those who paid for it.
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:48 PM   #30
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Smile amazon streaming is still free on free prime accounts

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I've read that the streaming will not be available to people who have one of these free Prime accounts - only those who paid for it.
Actually it shows up fine for me on amazon's website, and I do have one of those free .edu Prime accounts.

It stinks that TiVo doesn't already support it... I guess we'll see when I get home tonight whether it works already on my Sony Blu-ray player.
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