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Kindle Fire - Download movies and watch without Wi-fi?

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Initial post: Jan 2, 2012 2:04:28 PM PST
C. Wright says:
I'm interested in the Kindle Fire, but I'm curious about one thing... Can I download a movie from home where I have wi-fi to watch somewhere that doesn't have wi-fi? Or, is it instant streaming only?

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 2:05:43 PM PST
You can download movies that you rent or buy and watch them later. You can't download free video you get with Prime, those are only streaming. One caveat - your 24 or 48 hour period to watch a rental starts as soon as you start downloading it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 2:35:46 PM PST
Crystal - Just to add to what Bruce said - movies can take a long time to download (45 minutes to over an hour depending on your wi-fi). Make sure that they're fully downloaded before disconnecting wi-fi or they will not play.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 2:36:11 PM PST
C. Wright says:
Thank you very much for clearing that up! Have a great day!

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 2:42:53 PM PST
plainsong76 says:
i have a question- can you download a movie on your own computer to the kindle? does it go into the cloud thing (sorry for my ignorance). i received a nook tablet for christmas and i like the feel and look of the fire better. the only thing holding me up from deciding which to keep is whether or not i can download my own content (say movies on my computer in mpg format) onto the kindle. how much space does kindle give you for doing this, if any? is this where the cloud comes in (if so, how much space does amazon give you to store personal stuff on your cloud--vs. stuff purchased from amazon? if someone could answer this more specifically, with what you know about the kindle and the cloud thing (if this even comes into play here), how many of my own mpg movies could i possibly download onto the kindle fire? thanks so much.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 2:49:33 PM PST
You don't use the cloud with your own videos, you copy them from your computer to the Kindle. There are about 6GB of space for music, video and books on the Fire. You'll have to convert the format, though - the Fire doesn't play mpg format.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 2:49:55 PM PST
plainsong76 - You can sideload personal videos from your PC via USB cable onto the Fire as long as they are in the correct format. The formats are listed in the tech specs at the bottom of the product page for the Fire.

The Cloud does not come into play with personal videos. They have to be sideloaded. You have 5.37 GB of space for your content on the Fire which includes books, music, photos and other documents besides videos. Apps have their own storage space of 1.17 GB.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 3:17:52 PM PST
plainsong76 says:
sorry again for my ignorance, but i'm still a bit unclear on this.

bruce- so i have 6GB of PERSONAL space to download my own stuff to the fire? what formats of video does the kindle play? you said it doesn't support mpg files; does it play avi files? how many movies could i fit onto 6GB?

so the cloud is strictly amazon stuff (stuff you purchased from amazon)? how much space do they give you in your cloud?

pineapple- what does sideloading mean? i have a mac, by the way. you said i have 5.37GB of space to download my own person stuff (mostly talking about videos/movies here), but bruce is saying 6GB(?).

all i want to know is...

* if i have movies on my computer, can i download them onto the kindle?

*what file format do they have to be in?

*how many can i fit onto the kindle with the allotted amount of space they give me?

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 3:22:10 PM PST
The Fire supports MP4 and VP8 formats for video. How many movies? That depends on too many things. Amazon says 10, but there's a lot of assumptions in that number.

Amazon gives you unlimited cloud space for books, music and video purchased through Amazon, and 5GB free for your own stuff. But the Fire can only access music directly from the cloud, not videos.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 3:25:24 PM PST
C. Wright says:
Thank you much.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 3:30:52 PM PST
joeandjoan says:
I don't mind streaming movies (whatever that is) but can I stop and then go back to them, and how do I get to the free (Prime) ones.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 3:37:08 PM PST
On the Amazon web, under Shop All Departments, click the first entry which is Amazon Instant Video, then "Prime Instant Video".

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 3:52:13 PM PST
Yes, you can pause a movie and then restart it later.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 4:03:11 PM PST
plainsong - I am not a Fire expert (so don't take this as gospel) but I thought the *6 GB of personal space* can only be used with movies, music, etc. that you buy/download from Amazon. So this would *not* include movies or personal videos currently on your computer.

Anyone - please correct me if I'm wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 4:08:30 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2012 4:20:14 PM PST
LiterateWalrus - (Love your name!) No, the Fire comes with 8GB total space. Some of that is used by the operating system. The rest, 6.54GB is for content. That is further broken down into 1.17GB reserved for apps and the rest, 5.37GB, can be used for whatever content you want to put on it whether it is purchased from Amazon or not.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2012 4:10:58 PM PST
~nospin says:
Incorrect Literate Walrus. The personal space at under 6GB is for anything user wants to put on it.

For additional space for the Fire, people have had success using wifi drives
Kingston Wi-Drive 16 GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive WID/16GBZ

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 5:00:09 AM PST
Bee Girl says:
sorry, I am not very computer literate...can someone tell me the steps to add a movie (already on my personal computer) to the kindle fire??

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 5:23:25 AM PST
Gustoff says:
@Bee Girl
So long the movies on your PC are compatible with the Fire (mp4 for instance), just hook up your Fire to the PC using a usb cable. You should get a No Name drive on your desktop. Open the drive. Then open on a seperate window, the folder that contains your movies on your PC. Drag and drop the movie in to the Video folder of the Fire's No Name drive. After you eject and disconnect your Fire, go to the Gallery app and your movie should be there.

This works, I put in The Book of Eli this past weekend using the steps above. The movie took up about 470MB of space on my Fire. You might want to check that first before you put in movies, just to make sure you'll have enough space.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012 5:52:12 AM PST
Bjeans says: It's under the third heading, complete with photos. (The first two headings are only a couple of lines each.)

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 10:42:21 AM PST
Is it possible to stream video stored on a GoFlex wifi drive to the Kindle fire?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012 10:44:23 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 6, 2012 2:15:21 PM PST
plainsong76 says:
so someone said the kindle fire DOES play mp4 videos and someone else said it doesn't. who's right? i burn copies of my dvds onto my computer and they usually end up first in avi format and then in mp4 format (which i heard is a more compressed version of avi, so the better to store on the kindle (or whatever) since they take up less space.

i have a scenario: say i have 2 books on the kindle (from the library, so they wouldn't be stored in cloud...from what i understand), and no music. how many of my mp4 videos can be stored on the kindle (for trips and whatnot) at once? the only thing really getting me caught up in making a decision between the kindle and nook is the nook's extra 32GB storage capacity via SD card. any answers to the above would be greatly appreciated!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 6:38:44 AM PST
How? I use my Ipad for this but so far no luck playing any stored videos on the Kindle Fire.....

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 2:11:43 PM PST
plainsong76 says:
that's odd...i know people who have watched stored videos (their own) on the fire.

now i'm thinking about the blackberry playbook. see, i want the extended memory available in the nook, but i also want to large selection of content that amazon has over b&n (also the fact that b&n may be selling the nook over to another company has me a bit concerned with choosing the nook over the kindle).

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 2:17:27 PM PST
The trick to playing stored video from Amazon on the Fire is to: 1) Make sure you wait until it has COMPLETELY downloaded (this can take awhile, depending on your network); and, 2) Start playing the movie briefly before disconnecting. I don't know why you have to do that, although I suspect that when you start the movie it contacts Amazon to verify you have the right to do so. Then shut off WiFi and verify that it still plays. If it does (and it should), you should be set to take it on the road.
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