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What does it mean to buy an Amazon instant video?


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Initial post: Jan 30, 2012 3:01:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 30, 2012 3:04:06 PM PST
Bill says:
A movie that I would really like to own is only available for purchase as an instant video. I am not really sure what I get for my 15 bucks in this case. It says I can stream it and/or download it to two devices. If I wanted to watch it, say, on someone else's computer, could I simply log in with a password and do so? Would I have to download some special software onto that computer? I am assuming it will not let me simply burn it onto a DVD, which would give me the easiest and safest portability. I have read the Amazon Instant Video fine print and it sounds to me like they reserve the right to simply stop making a video I purchase available to me by streaming if they so desire, and would owe me nothing in that case. Which, if I am reading it correctly, means that I would only have access to the film for as long as the two devices they allowed me to download it to (let's say the hard drive of my five year old desktop and my wife's Kindle Fire, which is likely to have a four years or less lifespan) are still functioning. Am I correct here?

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 3:03:15 PM PST
Fud53 says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 3:26:56 PM PST
Bill - you're close. Yes, you have to use Amazon software to download and view a video that you've purchased - that's how they manage your rights. You can have it downloaded to two devices at a time. If you remove it from one device (still using their software) you can then download it to an additional device - just only two simultaneously. You can also stream it to up to two devices simultaneously. That I believe you can do over the web without installing software, although I haven't tried it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 3:27:34 PM PST
Bill, if you look at the video you are interested in, there will usually be 3 choices, sometimes 2.
You can stream the movie instantly, sometimes for free, sometimes for a charge.
You can rent the video.
You can buy the video. If you buy the video, you will own it forever.

All movies are not available for purchase.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 3:34:36 PM PST
Bill says:
Thanks, Bruce. Your explanation is much clearer than Amazon's.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 3:45:22 PM PST
Carbonbased says:
But wouldn't that mean a buyer could access it to unlimited devices in perpetuity? This time I think Fud has it right. Bill should call Amazon...or an attorney. Is Christine around?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 4:44:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 30, 2012 4:44:51 PM PST
A. Dietz says:
That's correct, you can't just have it on more than two devices at the same time. Kind of like your DVD works in your old DVD player and in that new one you just got. You don't have to go buy a new DVD just because you got a new player.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2012 4:52:56 PM PST
Carbonbased: That's exactly how it works. Any number of devices, only two at at time.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2013 1:27:24 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2013 1:27:55 PM PST
EMERALD COAST: LOL You did not answer his question AT ALL. Sorry, but this is one of the more moronic answers I've read!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2013 1:30:21 PM PST
K. A. Stevenson, did you look at the dates of the posts in this thread? The one you replied to is almost 2 years old.
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