Free Amazon Video On Demand With Amazon Prime!!!

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by amark, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. Feb 22, 2011 #21 of 567
    shorties

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    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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    kb7oeb

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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.
     
  4. Feb 22, 2011 #24 of 567
    stevel

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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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    ? HR21 ?
     
  7. Feb 22, 2011 #27 of 567
    MikeAndrews

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    One more in the endless, endless parade of TiVo/MPAA near misses AKA "Soon...but...almost...Not YOU!."
     
  8. Feb 22, 2011 #28 of 567
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    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).
     
  9. Feb 22, 2011 #29 of 567
    TerpBE

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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.
     
  10. Feb 22, 2011 #30 of 567
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    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.
     
  11. Feb 22, 2011 #31 of 567
    windracer

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    Huh. Why bother even putting the logo there? I can see if the * said "coming soon" or something like that. But "currently not available" is pretty non-committal.
     
  12. Feb 22, 2011 #32 of 567
    mask2343

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    Confirmed that it DOES NOT work for Amazon Mom Free Prime members. It asks me to upgrade for $79.
     
  13. Feb 22, 2011 #33 of 567
    morac

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    Basically the shows and movies available for streaming are the same ones that are available for streaming on Netflix. Amazon Prime ends up being cheaper than Netflix's streaming only service; more-so when you add in the "free" 2 day shipping. Netflix streaming looks better though according to Engadget.

    From what I can tell, no current shows are available as part of the "free" streaming so Amazon Prime won't replace Hulu Plus.


    Since I don't see TiVo adding Amazon streaming capabilities any time soon (or ever) it's basically a way of telling people it doesn't work on TiVo without saying it will never work on TiVo (in case TiVo decides to update their old apps some day).
     
  14. Feb 22, 2011 #34 of 567
    MichaelK

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    also of note- seems you aren't allowed the HD versions for free. SD only- no soup for you.
     
  15. Feb 22, 2011 #35 of 567
    Fofer

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    You've tested the new free content and it works on an HR21?
     
  16. Feb 22, 2011 #36 of 567
    morac

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    There are some free HD shows, for example the Dr. Who Tennant specials in HD are free.
     
  17. Feb 22, 2011 #37 of 567
    Fofer

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    Not entirely true. What device did you try from?

    Because I just connected to Amazon Video On Demand via my Sony Blu-Ray (it's a BDP-S570) and there's a new section for "Prime Instant Videos." I'm browsing them now, and each movie I've selected thus far shows an SD version and an HD version. (Clockwork Orange, Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest, and a few others.)

    I select the HD version, confirm that the rental price is $0.00, it checks my connection, and a few seconds later, it starts to play the video on my 53" TV. Looks great.

    Some titles don't have an HD version.

    Only one title in my quick test showed a price for the HD version, and that was Dirty Harry.
     
  18. Feb 22, 2011 #38 of 567
    Fofer

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    It'll be nice when this free content does eventually make it's way to TiVos. I don't like seeing that asterisk there. I am ASSUMING it'll work on all TiVos that already have access to Amazon Video on Demand.

    Tie all that content into the Premiere's Universal Search feature... that'll be very nice indeed.

    I'm not holding my breath waiting for it to reach iPads, though. :D
     
  19. Feb 22, 2011 #39 of 567
    Dan203

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    I bet that if this does come to TiVo it's going to be limited to S3/HD/Premiere units. The current Amazon method works with S2 units because all SD content is recoded to MPEG-2. However MPEG-2 is really inefficient for streaming which means the streaming stuff will most likely use H.264 or VC-1 like Netflix, which can only be played on S3 or newer units.

    Dan

    P.S. My wife recently switched our Prime from the $79/year plan to the free student plan, since she still has an .edu email address. Apparently these free prime accounts do not get access to this streaming service because it says I need to upgrade to a "paid" prime account to watch any of the free shows. I already have Netflix, so it's not big loss to me, but it would have been nice to have a second option in case something was available on Amazon that is not available via Netflix.
     
  20. Feb 22, 2011 #40 of 567
    stevel

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    Grumble. While I CAN watch Amazon Video on my HR21 (via PlayOn), the free-for-Prime is for immediate streaming only, which requires that you initiate the viewing through the playing device. Still I may find it handy at times.
     

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