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Kindle Fire: Video downloads

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Initial post: Nov 1, 2011 8:13:59 AM PDT
jefe says:
I had a question about how the video downloads work with the new Kindle Fire. Since I'd have 1 free month of Amazon Prime, could I download a ton of the 10,000 free movies to my Cloud and continue to watch them after my Prime membership expires? Or can I only stream these free videos?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2011 8:18:05 AM PDT
Basically, Video on Demand is to download and Prime is streaming. Any freebies available for download are most likely trailers or clips, not full-length movies.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2011 8:20:26 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
The free movies you get on Prime can only be streamed not downloaded. The only videos that can be downloaded are the ones you buy or rent. The rented ones will expire after a certain amount of time.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 8:21:11 AM PDT
 Ann says:
The free Prime videos are streaming only - you can watch as many as you like during your 1-month free trial, but you won't be able to download them to view later.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 5:54:53 AM PST
WVBill says:
I live in a rural area. I have Verizon Wireless for my internet connection. I have a 5GB monthly cap and currently average use is about half that. I typically get ~ 400Kbps to 1Mbps download speeds, sometimes less when my cell tower gets loaded up with other traffic. Videos like you-tube sometimes "hang".
I have a home wireless network set up.

Will I be able to use this internet connection for downloading rented or purchased movies to a Kindle Fire? (I don't really expect to stream them). How large are downloaded movies for Kindle Fire? How many will I be able to download per month and not bust my 5GB monthly cap on Verizon?

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 6:05:35 AM PST
M42 says:
Verizon 3G isn't fast enough to stream movies and downloading may eat up your quota fast. You should try and find a coffee shop or somewhere with free wifi like McDonald's and download your movies there.

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 7:13:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2011 7:17:53 AM PST
My kindle fire doesn't say rent for free when I try to rent movies, but I have prime. What should I do?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2011 10:10:52 PM PST
Just select what you want to watch. When you get to the purchase page, if you have Prime, it will say 0.00. Purchase and watch for free.

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 10:24:22 PM PST
D. Freeman says:
You can't rent or purchase movies for free with Prime, you can only "watch" (i.e., stream) them. And it's only movies marked as Prime (look for the blue check mark out to the right if you're in a list view on the Fire). If the movie doesn't say it's free on the main movie page, then it's not.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 7:18:51 PM PST
Jam Xavi says:
hey guys...i am interested in buying a Kindle Fire, please explain how n where i would be able to get free downloads (apps, games, movies, etc) and could i upload movies from an external hard drive?

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 3:07:01 PM PST
Jaci Vawter says:
Ok so I just got my fire yesterday I'm trying to download a couple of movies for my kids...that they can watch anytime but there isn't a download button option just a watch how do I download movies???

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 3:40:57 PM PST
FranB says:
You buy them Jaci. The free "Prime" content is streaming only.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 3:30:39 PM PST
I have a Kindle Fire and Amazon Prime. I rented a movie and downloaded it. I then boarded an airplane and found that I couldn't watch it. Looking at the 'videos' page and choosing 'device', I could see a rectangle with the name of the movie but not the 'cover image' of the movie. Why couldn't I watch it? Now that I've returned home the rental has expired.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 2:18:37 AM PST
Whenever I try to rent a movie it says " there may have been an error and your download may not have been processed. If the problem persists, check your help and feedback area in setting for more info." I live overseas. Can you only rent movies in the US? What do I do?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2011 2:31:54 AM PST
@Terri: You can access the movies only in the USA.

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 9:47:24 PM PST
Gene says:
Can you download movies from a PC to kindle fire? That is- if I have DVDs, can I copy them to my PC then transfer them to Kindle fire to watch later? (and how?)

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 4:58:10 PM PST
D. Wyman says:
There are some free movies for download, "the damned United" being one of them

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 3:19:13 PM PST
Can you still buy movies after prime expires?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2012 3:30:15 PM PST
Yes, you can still buy or rent movies even if your Prime trial has ended.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 5:52:31 AM PST
Ranger17 says:
New dvd's can include a free copy to download for your pc. Can that copy be transfered into the fire to be viewed say while traveling when wifi is not an option? Knowing the storage space is minimal we're not looking at using this device to store multiple movies but would be nice to store a copy of one we already own. Any suggestions are appreciated, thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 2:27:31 PM PST
Corythacker says:
And that is exactly why I hate Amazon prime and my kindle fire. I wish I had an iPad. I'll probably buy one eventually.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 3:02:21 PM PST
Ranger-S2K - The copy must be in the formal that the Kindle Fire can read, which is MP4.

What I have done to be able to store multiple movies for viewing when there is no Wi Fi is to buy a 32 GB Wi Drive. The Wi Drive stores your video and creates a wi-fi signal that is picked up by the KF. (You need the free Wi Drive app as well). Additionally, I sideloaded MoboPlayer onto my KF. This player can play almost ANY video format, which gives much bigger flexibility over the KF's native player, which will only play MP4s.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 4:36:56 AM PDT
Jenny says:
I rented some movies to watch on a two week overseas trip but realized afgerward there is a 48 hour time limit after downloading. I downloaded one before the trip started (while still in the US) and hoped to download another at the end of the trip for the flight home but got a download error. Is this because movies cant be accessed when not in the US, even though already purchased? If so, the Kindle fire is not a great tool for travel.

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 1:49:56 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 10, 2012 2:05:25 PM PDT
I am planning to go abroad for more than 4 months this year, mostly at sea. I was hoping to purchase a KF for my video/book/music needs. However, after reading the above posts, I think I'll look elsewhere.
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