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Initial post: Oct 22, 2011 10:56:46 AM PDT
I ordered a kindle fire last night, and I plan to get Amazon Prime when I receive the kindle. So I have a couple of questions regarding how Amazon Prime will work with the kindle.
I undesrtand that I can stream movies when in range of wifi, but will I be able to download a movie to the hard drive and watch it ouside of wifi (say, in the car)? Specifically, without purchasing the movie, but a short-term rental through Amazon Prime?
If so, how many movies can I "rent" through Amazon Prime? Would I have to watch the movie, and replace it when in wifi range, or can I have multiple movies preloaded through Amazon Prime?
I know that Amazon is making a big push to expand their instant library (I believe they recently added PBS and Fox)...are there any other big expansions in the work? I know about Pixar's connection to Apple and all, but will Disney and Pixar movies conceivably be available through Amazon Prime? After all, they are available on netflix, I believe.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2011 11:06:43 AM PDT
Dittie says:
When you rent a movie you'll download it to whatever device while in range of wi-fi so you won't need to be connected to watch it. You can do that with more than one movie at a time, limited only by the capacity of the device. When it expires, you'll no longer be able to open it so you if it's a long car trip, for example, you don't want to rent more at once than you can watch in the time frame before they expire.

I have no idea what Amazon's future plans are for streaming. It's a matter of licensing so it's largely up to each source.

Posted on Oct 22, 2011 11:45:27 AM PDT
Thanks Boo, that makes my purchase sound much more attractive! Makes roadtrips with the two-year-old much more manageable...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2011 11:51:05 AM PDT
Dittie says:
You're welcome. Enjoy your new Fire!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2011 11:53:58 AM PDT
CLS10 says:
Prime movies are for streaming only--thus, you'd have to be a wifi range. If you want to download for off wifi viewing, then you'd have to buy it or rent it for cost.

Posted on Oct 22, 2011 11:54:06 AM PDT
Amy R. Bell says:
Does anyone know if I will be able to transfer my books from my standard Kindle to a new Fire? I don't want to "lose" my library plus then I can give the kindle to someone else. Thanks! Amy

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2011 11:55:33 AM PDT
E. Yasi says:
Amy, that won't be a problem. You can share all your books between any kindles you own (and also on kindle software running on a PC, Mac, or elsewhere) and it'll even keep the last page read in sync between devices.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2011 11:56:22 AM PDT
Dittie says:
You're right. I was just thinking "Instant" video in general rather than specifically Prime.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2011 12:05:13 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
I think Prime streaming and rental are unrelated. I also have a Fire on preorder and intend to try Prime then. However, there is a video rental program going here
Ip Man
The link goes to a video that can be streamed for free if you have Prime, but rented or bought for a straight price. There is a 'learn more about renting/buying' pop up under the one-click button. Currently, it says rentals can't go to a portable device--they're for watching on PC or TV. Here's hoping that will change once the Fire is out among us.

I REALLY think Prime streaming is only for while you remain connected in the hotspot. My wi-fi at home is pretty choppy, so I'll need to experiment to see if it's worth the annual fee, and if rental direct to the Fire is even an option.

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 9:32:14 AM PDT
OK, here's a question that just came to me (must be the caffeine). I preordered the Fire for my husband to give me for Christmas (or my birthday, which is a week earlier). Nothing like surprises. It's already registered to my account and it will stay in my account. Will the free prime start right up or will I need to do something else first? I saw you have to activate and register. I'm not sure if it automatically activates. I looked at deregistering, but I wasn't sure if I could then reregister. I don't want to miss out on my free month of prime and one of three months of free magazines. But if it starts right away, I guess I get my present early. Which I'm fine with. LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 9:46:44 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I find a couple of shots of whiskey works pretty good also. Puts em right out. :)

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 12:17:30 PM PDT
After chatting some CS I found out that the Prime will start right away. So Christmas in November for me! I'm not sure about the Prime though since my BluRay player is not compatible and I don't want to watch everything on a 7" screen. But I probably will rent or buy movies for camping and travelling. Is it possible to convert some of the DVDs I own to Kindle format or is that called piracy?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2011 12:34:40 PM PDT
You convert DVD's to mpeg4s (or whatever), then load them on your device via the
USB cable. You can upload them to the cloud, but don't know how the streaming would work. There is no Kindle format for movies.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 2:31:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 31, 2011 2:31:53 PM PDT
Thanks. I'd probably just save it on my computer. That 5G would fill up pretty quickly. Besides, if I had the wifi to get to the cloud, I could just stream something.

Oh, I like your name. We used to be Cold In Olympia, but now we're Warm in Tucson.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2011 2:35:13 PM PDT
L. Leverton says:
You have to strip the drm which is illegal, but there are many free programs out there that do it. I don't feel it's wrong to copy your own movies for your own use. DVD fab is one. My son's psp uses video9 to convert dvd's to mpeg4 which is what the fire uses also. You don't convert them to kindle, that's book form. Someone on here told me a few other converting softwares they use, DVD Catalyst was one, there are tons of free ones out there. It's pretty much one step, it removes drm and converts all at once.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 2:44:25 PM PDT
Thanks. I saw several websites that mentioned Pavtube. But that one costs. But it also edits your personal camcorder stuff and we don't have anything useful for that. I love your first sentence. It's illegal but easy to find ways to do it. Haha. We'll see how streaming through AP works for my free month before I know if I even want to watch a movie on a 7" screen.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 7:04:35 AM PDT
If I am currently a Amazon Prime member, loving the two-day shipping for mostly books, will the value of my Amazon Prime membership be significantly reduced by having my books downloaded to a new Kindle Fire? I'm trying to see if I am missing something in this equation in my head.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2011 8:37:13 AM PDT
I would think the value would go up. Not only can you get the "free" two-day shipping but you also get streaming videos.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 9:18:08 AM PDT
D. Andersen says:
However, if you are thinking about buying the Kindle Fire to replace purchasing physical books (great choice btw!) then it would depend on other factors. Right now with your current Prime membership, do you use the instant stream movies and tv shows on your computer? If not, do you find yourself using that feature on the Fire? If you mostly buy books and enjoy Prime for the two-day shipping, will you continue to buy enough items on Amazon to make it worth it if you don't use the other features like the instant stream when you are buying e-books?

I personally don't buy enough items to pay the $79 a year for Prime because I have a Kindle Keyboard and all my books get sent to that for free. However, once I get my Fire, I plan on becoming a Prime member so I can stream shows to the Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2011 9:22:35 AM PDT
I think you have hit the nail on the head -

I think I will see how much I enjoy the streaming movies and shows (I currently do not use this feature) and let that decide whether it is a value for me.

Thanks, D.A.!

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 9:44:35 AM PDT
I think that if I were at home, within range of my wi-fi, I would rather watch videos on the TV, rather than on a 7" screen. I would get a Roku box, or similar, to stream the Amazon videos to the TV.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 9:55:45 AM PDT
D. Andersen says:
The nice thing about it though is that I can be in bed and watching a TV show or movie using a headset without having anybody else hearing it so they can sleep. The Kindle Fire of course will not replace my computer or tv when it comes to watching shows and movies, but it will allow me to watch tv before bed without feeling bad that the other people have to listen to it.

Also, I travel a lot and a lot of the planes I have been in lately offer wifi. I can just pay the small fee and watch shows and movies on the Fire without having to get out the laptop to watch a DVD which I rarely do. There are so many places now that offer wifi were I go, that I will be able to take advantage of the instant streaming on the Fire enough to make it worth it.

Glad I could help Kevin!

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 10:26:47 AM PDT
Does anyone know whether it will be possible to print from a Kindle Fire either by USB or by using wireless?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2011 11:09:51 AM PDT
Marc -

You might be better off posting this as it's own thread, instead of buried in mine.

I think more people will see it if it was it's own topic.


Posted on Nov 2, 2011 11:27:58 AM PDT
I think there already is a print discussion. Last I knew, we didn't know the answer. I sure hope the Fire ships from Phoenix - then I can say, "Only two more weeks and all our questions will be answered."
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