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Posted on Oct 13, 2011 9:03:36 PM PDT
K. Curtis says:
I guess since kindle is in competition with the iPad, we probably won't see an iPad app for VOD??? Bummer, didn't realize before I subscribed to amazon prime.

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 12:23:15 PM PDT
agreed, all they need to do is convert videos to h264

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 12:15:38 AM PDT
spookiewon says:
Ah, but the Kindle app for iOS predates iBooks by more than a year. Apple wouldn't be likely to okay that now.

It's not in either Apple's or Amazon's best interests, and I don't see it happening.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 12:19:17 AM PDT
spookiewon says:
YouTube is Flash. iOS has had YouTube support since day 1. They could get around this with an app. But it won't happen.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 2:22:18 AM PDT
epb says:
Actually, it is in Amazon's interest now. The chief advantage Amazon had over iTunes, for me, was I could stream the content wherever I was rather than store it - in short, it was cloud-based. Now Apple has switched to the same for ther tv content AND I can watch said content on my iPad. As of this season, I have switched to iTunes for media.

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 11:56:21 AM PDT
M. Goodman says:
If there were an I-phone app for Amazon VOD, I would unsubscribe from Netflix in a heartbeat.

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 1:42:19 PM PDT
Fireflies says:
I'd also drop Netflix if there were an iPad app for Amazon VOD..thankfully I have Playon & can stream from home. But an app would allow me to stream from anywhere there was wireless internet access. I'd jump on that in an instant ! Come on Amazon, can you say "more revenue" !

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 6:42:42 AM PST
Brianzig says:
I use the software Playon to access my Amazon VOD with my iPhone. Not as ideal as a dedicated app, but it works like a champ.

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 6:35:47 AM PST
Erick Grau says:
I would love to drop Netflix but if I can't stream via my iPad then I guess it's a no. I already stopped buying books for my kindle and started to purchase on iBooks for the convienance. when they released a Kindle app for all devices I thought that was very smart of them - get it very where. But they started to lock features out like purchasing, and now with Prime it will be only Kindle Fire - bad move. If they try to NOT compete with an iPad, they'll make money on content and even a mark on tablet space. They lock it down to only their product - it will stay around relatively small. Fire is not an iPad and I don't feel like buying yet another electronic device - quite happy with my iPhone/ iPad streaming wirelessly to my Apple TV.

As for flash - Adobe even abandoned it on mobile because it's a CPU/battery killer.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011 1:58:32 AM PST
Ryan says:
The issues are twofold:
1) Apple may or may not frown upon this. My guess is they likely would, which nixes the whole project right there. Short of an anti-trust investigation by the Federal government, there's really nothing that can force Apple to let them in the app store.

2) Their deals with the studios may limit or restrict how Amazon can distribute their videos. It may seem silly, but media companies want to separate mobile from other forms of video watching and use different payment models and plans. Who knows what kind of arrangement Amazon has or what they are allowed to do with it.

The real bottom line though, is that if Amazon could do this, they likely would--for all the reasons you've just mentioned. Therefore, the fact that they haven't suggests that they can't. If its an issue with the studios, they'll likely try to fix that when it comes time to renegotiate those deals--and so someday, once they're able, they might have an iPhone/iPad app. But if it's Apple holding them up, well, don't hold your breath.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011 2:01:14 AM PST
Ryan says:
Doubt it. HTML 5 doesn't support DRM. Having no DRM on a book is one thing, because they only send you one page at a time, but on a video you could very easily just download the whole thing and save it it to your hard drive. Without Flash, there's literally nothing to prevent you from keeping it and rewatching it as many times as you wanted. I doubt Amazon's deals with the movie studios will let them do this.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2011 3:11:07 PM PST
Dusty Hogg says:
Mattgriffin--does this still work for you? It
worked for me for a while, then stopped. I had
To re-download Skyfire. And it would only work once and I would have to download skyfire again. Amazon is being tricky!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2011 7:10:14 PM PST
JB says:
I doubt they are developing an App for iPhones or I pads for VOD because they would have to pay Apple for each sale.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 9:57:14 AM PST
I would dump Netflix Yesterday if Prime was available for iPhone and iPad.
I don't care who, what or why this hasn't happened yet, its still a bad move on Amazons part

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2012 9:52:55 AM PST
DaxRunner says:
I've had no problem at all with Honeycomb and ICS on Motorola Xoom. My HTC Thunderbolt running 2.2.1 (not sure if that's Froyo or Gingerbread) couldn't do it with the native browser, but works with the Dolphin browser. My Galaxy Tab is Gingerbread 2.3.3 and can't seem to do it, but the Tab isn't a US model so that might be the problem.

Give Dolphin a shot, it seems to be better equipped to handle video of all sorts.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2012 12:18:07 PM PST
How about simply putting an HTML5 player on their site behind a Prime paywall? No need to pay Apple for anything, and they'd get my money.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 7:58:01 AM PST
If Prime had an iOS app, the decision would be MADE for me. the Kindle Fire may be Amazon's answer to the iPad, but we all know it falls short. offering solely wifi connectivity and zero outputs makes the fire essentially a toy. Sure, I could buy (or rent) and download content before going on a trip, but if I had the option to stream it from my phone as well, i wouldn't ever need Netflix or Hulu Plus again.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012 12:12:05 PM PST
Marcus Allen says:
They let Netflix show videos. I think they'd have to let Amazon's app run if it met their requirements. Plus, it would be another benefit to owning an iphone.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2012 5:45:52 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 4, 2012 5:47:58 PM PST
Lara says:
Hulu is available on the iphone/ipad when sighing up for HULU+. Amazon wants you to buy the kindle fire, which I did. Apple, Amazon, Hulu and Netflix are all evil but they are a bit less evil than TV.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 6:12:01 PM PST
Sandra says:
Okay, at 66 year old, I am too ancient to advise about this subject. Yeah, sure. A long time Amazon Prime member, I am watching VOD on our Sony HD TV via the Roku box (that I bought for $49 - free shipping, 2 day delivery), iMacs, MacBook Pro and as of today on our iPad and iPad 2. How, you ask? Is it dementia? No, it is OnLive Desktop, a free app for the iPad that also allows me to run Word, Excel, Powerpoint, access my Dropbox account. Yes, it does cost $4.99 a month for the Microsoft subscription to also get full use of the I. E. browser with (gulp) Adobe Flash Player. It just works. Even with my under 3mbps AT&T DSL service. Okay, I am not a typical grandmother as I don't have any grandchildren, am a website admin and do Desktop Publishing for a local charity. And I may have babysat for Leo LaPorte in Providence, RI. But you don't need to trust my credentials. Just download the app, pay for one month's subscription and stop whining about the lack of Flash on your iPad.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 8:39:04 AM PDT
A. Conforti says:
I could understand no iPad app, since they make the Kindle, but there is no Amazon phone! At least give us something here! I love the amazon services, don't need an Amazon tablet though..

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 2:28:26 PM PDT
J. Goosby says:
I'm less concerned about viewing, via my iPod, a _rented_ Amazon movie, or a TV show or movie rented "free" via Amazon prime, than I am viewing, again, via the iPod, the movies and TV shows I ostensibly "bought" through Amazon. Here's the disconnect. Hands down the simplest, best. cheapest set-top box solution is the Roku. Even with it's inherent limitations, it's price point against feature list makes it the king. Downside is the disconnect between iTunes and Amazon, who would have you buy the same season of "whatever" from each of them, at full price in order to watch it on my flatscreen if I decide to use my iPod dock on one hand and my Roku or PS3 on the other. I don't want to download to my computer and "convert". If I wanted to do that, I'd buy the DVD! I just want to download into iTunes, which is my media manager of choice at this point., dump it into whichever i"device" I'm carrying today, and go about my merry way. My Amazon Video Library SAYS I "own" season seven episode 1 of Top Gear. How do I get it onto my viewing device? Answer...I don't really own a copy of it. I just paid too much to rent it unlimited. Owning denotes the ability to "fair use". Using "owned" media on my media devices seems like fair use to me, especially one as ubiquitous as the freaking iPod.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 2:10:53 PM PDT
ChadN says:
Droids cant steam Amazon video without a hacked install of some type right?

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 2:32:11 AM PDT
Kevin Jensen says:
There is a way. Read of an application for a win7 workstation called PLAYON

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 4:47:37 PM PDT
redlorie says:
Will the game Temple Run: Brave work on the Kindle Fire?
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