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Initial post: Apr 6, 2012 5:50:33 AM PDT
MBS says:
I want to buy a Kindle Fire but wanted to know if anyone could give some advice about how the watching movies works. If I buy a movie through Amazon and buy the instant stream. can I download it then keep it on my fire? basically it would be something like a Dora movie, etc for my toddler so that she can watch it on a plane ride, long car ride, etc. but I didn't know how much space they take up and how it works? How does the streaming work? I bought a nook but didn't realize that you can't have a movie saved on the device and that's a big selling point for me. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 5:54:53 AM PDT
J. Gatie says:
Purchased and rented movies can be downloaded and played without WiFi access. The free movies from the Amazon Prime Instant Video program are streaming only, and can only be watched over WiFi.

See here for details on Amazon Prime Instant Videos:

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 5:59:40 AM PDT
MBS says:
J.Gatie, thank you! Question, if you buy or rent a movie does it take up a ton of space on your fire?

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 6:09:03 AM PDT
T. E. Maddox says:
According to the Kindle specs you can get about 10 movies on it if you don't have any large amount of music or books. The more music and books you have the less space you have for movies.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 6:09:21 AM PDT
J. Gatie says:
From the Fire information:

"8GB internal (approximately 6GB available for user content). That's enough for 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books."

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 6:11:18 AM PDT
SeaLevel274 says:
I don't think you will notice any weight difference after loading movies on your Fire. Certainly not a ton. ;)

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 6:35:01 AM PDT
Mary Ellen says:
I generally keep eight to ten television episodes on my Fire as well as over 300 books and about 20 apps. I still have about a gig of space left. I really enjoy being able to watch TV whenever I want to. I think you could watch about five or six hours before the battery dies...if the WiFi is turned off.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 6:37:44 AM PDT
MBS says:
Thank you, another question! How do you watch tv if the wi-fi is off?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 6:51:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2012 6:52:49 AM PDT
Tinker-bella says:
I believe Mary Ellen is referring to television episodes which have been downloaded to her Fire.

If you are streaming television episodes from a streaming service, you would have to do so with the wifi on.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 6:53:21 AM PDT
They were downloaded programs, Mary E said. :0)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 7:26:56 AM PDT
MBS says:
I understand they are downloaded, I am wondering how you download them? Do you buy them or something?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 7:27:02 AM PDT
Mary Ellen says:
To explain... I have a freeware program that lets me convert my DVDs into MP4 format. I've been working on this project with the help of a good friend who has the same DVDs since I got the Fire for Christmas. I store these files on an external hard drive and load them to my Fire as I want/need to. Since I always have a netbook with me I can do this pretty much any time.
I plan to convert all of my favorite shows/movies as I have time. It's nice to be able to watch pretty much whenever and wherever I want.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 8:32:43 AM PDT
MBS says:
Ok got it, so you have SW that converts them. you don't buy them from Amazon and save them that way. I was wondering how that works. I have the nook and was going to return it but liked the idea it had the expandable drive with more storage than the Fire. You can save MP4 files to the nook too but you can't buy movies like you can from Amazon.

Has anyone bought movies from Amazon and saved them to the Fire and watched them without having to use Wi_fi?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 8:40:04 AM PDT
J. Donahue says:
Check out some of the earlier posts in this thread about buying/renting and viewing on a Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2012 10:03:08 AM PDT
L. Housley says:
I have. I have a couple of tv episodes and 1 movie downloaded to the fire. But mostly, I stream movies/tv through netflix on my fire.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 10:22:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 6, 2012 10:22:29 AM PDT
Shabuboy says:
You can stream as follows from your local networks shares. Or even copy the file for those road warriors.

For those of you who DO NOT want to convert your videos to MP4 or stream to the kindle your own videos... Use these apps: , ES File Manager, MoboPlayer and/or MX Video Player. You will be able to play anything, even movies with subtitles!

To Install:
- Sideload or get the Apps (APK files) via dropbox/sugaysync/Box to the KF
- Allow Apps to be installed from unknown sources
- Select files and install

ES File Manager has a "LAN" option, from it select the server and video or file you would like to open/stream/copy/etc.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 10:36:29 AM PDT
Avid Reader says:
I have purchased a couple of movies from Amazon and downloaded them to my kindle fire. I can watch them anywhere, not needing wi-fi. I love how well they play.
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