Amazon just enabled video download for iOS and Android devices for offline viewing.
So you don't want to pay for the inflight Wi-fi watching your favorite TV show on your tablet? Amazon has a solution for that. Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Austria will now be able to download movies and TV episodes, including award-winning Amazon Original Series, to iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets for offline viewing, at no additional charge.
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Amazon Video is the only online subscription streaming video service that enables downloads. Amazon makes an extra point in the announcement that Netflix does not offer downloads.
“There’s no doubt that the way people watch entertainment is changing—anytime, anywhere viewing is important and we are excited to provide our Prime members with offline viewing capabilities on iOS and Android platforms starting today,” stated Michael Paull, Vice President of Digital Video at Amazon. “We are proud to be the first and only online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing—on vacation, in a car, at the beach, on a plane, wherever our Prime members want to watch they can, regardless of internet connection.”
The download video feature does not work on all movies and TV shows because of rights limitations.
Prime Videos to download include Amazon's original programming like Bosch and Transparent. Other note worthy titles include 24, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, Extant, Grimm, Hannibal, Justified, Mr. Selfridge, Orphan Black, Sons of Anarchy, Teen Wolf, The Americans, The Good Wife, Suits, Under the Dome, Veronica Mars and Vikings.
The download feature in Amazon Prime Video was already available on Amazon's Fire tablets.
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The Amazon Video app for iOS has been updated to include Prime Video downloads and is available in the app store. The Amazon Video App for Android is available in the new Amazon Underground app store.