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Amazon streaming on Nook Tablet?


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Initial post: Mar 9, 2013 2:00:07 AM PST
Rose says:
Can the nook tablet stream movies frim amazon.com?

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 11:57:14 AM PST
JC says:
Which Nook are you referring to? There are several different ones. Do you mean the original Nook tablets, or the newer HD ones?

I have a Nook HD+ . I can stream amazon videos in the browser. But my Nook HD+ does a lot of things that people claim the Nook HD+ can't do:

It runs Flash.
It uses Go Launcher.
It uses dolph browser and firefox.
It downloads apps from Amazon and Google Play.
It runs most of the Google apps package.

It is not rooted, and the apos aren't sideloaded (aside from google), but it did take a little work to get it to do this.
I'm not sure whether the device in its stock form will stream amazon videos, and I'm not sure about whether it is possible on other Nook tablets.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 11:00:52 AM PDT
T Weaver says:
JC - do you have a link on how to go about this without rooting?

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 3:58:10 PM PDT
JC says:
If you go to the XDA developers forum, there are several threads about different ways to modify the Nook HD+. If you read the instructions carefully, you will see that the extras like gapps, installing apps from other sources, etc. can all be flashed without having to flash the root file.

Should you decide you want root or custom rom or anything like that, all of that is listed there as well.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 6:14:13 PM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
Another method is to use any app like Splashtop (assuming it's available for Nook) to access your PC and have the movie stream there and watch it on the Nook.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2013 11:05:17 AM PDT
J. Bernal says:
JC,

Can you provide a link to the pages you used to modify your Nook HD+?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2013 11:15:59 AM PDT
If you do not want to go through the process of learning how to do it yourself, there are other solutions. You can also turn the nook HD+ into a full Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet, by purchasing a sdcard from n2acards.com. They will mail you a card ready to go. They include free 1st class shipping in their prices. They also offer the downloadable version for $19.99 and the instructions for installing it to a Sandisk class 4 SD card are included and straightforward. Everything will run from and be installed to the card, and by removing it, your Nook HD+ will still be completely stock. So, I would buy at least a 16GB. If you like to tinker read the links provided. Otherwise, if your time is valuable to you, $40 for a 16GB card ready to go is a winner. Particularly given that the HD+ 16GB is only $149.99 now.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 6:17:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 28, 2013 6:18:16 AM PDT
dan long says:
I can watch online with my Nook HD+ through a browser, but cannot download a movie for later viewing. There is a hack for the downloading, but it looked iffy to me and I didn't do it.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 6:47:50 PM PDT
Me says:
Dont buy the Nook HD+!

They are actively trying to block the ability to play amazon video through limiting flash installs.

Solutions that worked two months ago have been disabled. Flash plug in is no longer in Google Play. Dolphin browser no longer includes flash plug-in, nor do other browsers. The device settings are sandboxed so you can't do a side install.

$150 seems like a good deal until you realize you can't view 90% of your video sources without rooting. Thats why I bought this device .. to watch videos.

This goes back tomorrow.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2013 10:36:46 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
That's simply not true. I have a Nook HD+ and I have MX Player installed on it and MX Player plays virtually everything and my device is not rooted. I got it from Google Play. Give that a try before you send it back. There's a free ad-supported version and if you like it there's the Pro version with no ads.

If you don't like MX Player for some reason you can also use VPlayer, Mobo Player and a dozen others on the Nook HD+. Google Play has them all.

Barry

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 8:41:25 PM PDT
R Lynette says:
So when you download the app how do you go about watching prime video? Thanks!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2013 5:36:03 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
Ooops. I replied to a post about watching videos, or I thought I did. I see that in the context of the whole thread it was really about Amazon Prime videos. I don't think you can watch them, at least not easily, on anything but a Kindle Fire or an Ipad.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2013 10:13:38 AM PDT
aaron says:
I have a asus tf 101 I simply go into amazon push amazon prime movies and they play!I believe this will work on any android tablet!Install flash player.I have heard it can be done without root on hdplus

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 11:13:12 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
I guess technically another "oops" from me is in order, only this time not so much of an oops. I knew you could use Flash with some browsers on Android tablets. I had tried it at one time but I really didn't see much use for it and I don't even remember which tablet I installed it on. I have several tablets.

Anyway I do have an Asus TF101, which Aaron mentioned, so I installed Puffin browser, which comes with Flash, and tried it. Sure enough I can get Prime videos just fine. If this was my only way to watch those videos I'd probably be happy enough with it. It's not bad at all if I stream standard def videos in a small portion of the screen. I tried zooming the picture and it got grainy. I'd probably watch the small image if I was going to watch it. I think it just sends the small image and then zooms that instead of sending a larger image when I zoom. Of course I'm just speculating. I have no real idea what's going on internally. Enough to say that it works satisfactorily but far less than perfectly. No rooting was needed, of course. None of my tablets are rooted.

I also tried watching the same show in HD but the audio couldn't sync correctly when I did that. I might have found some setting to help with that but the picture wasn't noticeably improved over the standard def and zoomed the same way so I didn't pursue this further. I have a 12 mbps connection and I ran a speed test so I'm sure it wasn't my connection. I had full speed and little latency.

I then installed Puffin browser on my Nook HD+ and went through the same procedures and got identical results. It did the job just as well. Again, it's satisfactory. I could enjoy watching shows that way but I'd prefer more flexibility and a better picture.

Then I tried watching the same show on my Fire HD and there's a big difference. I just tried the standard def but it was fine. The picture was a bit sharper and a lot more stable and better contrast. No question this would be my preferred way to watch.

So I guess the answer is yes, you can use a Nook HD+ for Amazon streaming videos. You still can't download videos that you buy or rent but streaming is okay. If I was buying something mainly for Amazon streaming videos I'd sure get the Fire HD. If Amazon Prime videos were just something I wanted to do now and then any tablet would seem to work.

One nice thing that came out of all this was that I bought Puffin Browser. I've been hearing all kinds of good things about it and I've been meaning to try it and sure enough, it's as nice as I've heard. Very friendly and fast and lots of features. I'll wait till I've used it more to decide if it'll be my main browser but that might happen.

Barry

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 3:23:00 PM PDT
I am using the N2A software on a 16GB SDC as I posted about before. Amazon prime video works perfectly using firefox. When I boot it stock as a HD+ even the pay version of Puffin does not work correctly for me. I encounter audio and video synch issues and poor playback performance in general. Particularly if switching between window and full screen mode. Here are the directions for installing flash on android using firefox as the browser http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-install-flash-on-your-android-jelly-bean-tablet-or-phone/

In my case the $20 for the software to run on a sd card was money well spent. BTW Netflix works even with the stock config, so if you intend to stream primarily with it, you are good to go. No way I would invest in another tablet just for prime streaming. The HD+ has been an excellent value for me. Easy and inexpensive to convert to full android, and being able to switch back to stock just by turning off and rebooting without the card in is win.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2013 3:47:26 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
Have you tried Firefox for Amazon Prime videos using the standard Nook HD+ OS. I have an N2A card for mine but I prefer keeping the 64gb micro SD installed with all my videos. N2A works fine for me but it's easier to use my Kindle Fire or Ipad for Prime videos than to swap cards in the Nook.

But if Firefox will do the job that might very well interest me. I really don't have any other use for flash so I'll wait and see what you say about this before I try it.

Barry

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 5:37:12 AM PDT
It worked well as long as it was windowed. Swapped to full screen and had multiple issues. Among them loss of controls for the player. You will need the flash browser plug-in from the Nook store (free) since it blocks you from installing flash for Android from other sources. Which is the main reason I went with the N2A; Nook nanny ware. They don't exactly advertise the flash plug-in which is why some are worried it is useless for streaming flash based content. Here is the link to the plug-in http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/browser-plugin-barnes-and-noble/1113914386?ean=2940043651563

Once downloaded and installed, I go to Amazon instant with Firefox and pick a prime vid. Then you just have to click on activate plug-in and it works. I had to do that for each vid tested.

On a side note: Battery life seems better in Android mode. And recently the power saving mode while HD+ is borked. It will suddenly drop to critical battery warning from over 50 percent power. I can turn it off, swap to Android and the battery is back to the correct charge. I have disabled the power saving mode and it seems to work properly thus far. I will have to hunt play and Nook store to see if there is a updated or better app for controlling it.

Hope this helps, and happy to assist with any questions I am able to. Take care.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2013 7:20:28 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
Thanks for the answers.

I have N2A but I don't really use it much. I normally have a 64gb card in the device and I prefer having the room. But N2A is installed on a 32gb card when I want to use it.

I may give Firefox a try, but maybe not. I have a Fire HD and an Ipad Mini for Prime videos and that's probably enough. I have other uses for the Nook.

Barry

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 9:33:58 PM PDT
Is there a reason why they aren't allowing the Amazon Instant Video app for Google play? They have the Kindle ebooks app so hopefully they will have the app available in the future :(

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 1:39:39 PM PDT
Get incompatible device for Nook HD+ on Play Store. Tested Flash browsers. Only one that I use now for streaming only of my Amazon Instant Video Library is Flash Fox since it plays Flash Content Videos in Full Screen. Others only play in browser with no full screen. Hope Amazon will soon make it compatible for all devices since I will never ever buy an apple product again due to its lack of screen format 4:3.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2014 10:52:38 PM PDT
Rex R Rodney says:
I am having the same problem with music . purchased over. 400 songs from Amazon and now can't play them. At all. I've written amazon and they say not our
Problem. I think Amazon has to take responsibility and work to get this resolved
Amazon should send my $430+ dollars. But I'd like to have access to my music
Amazons nook HD plus has no way to play purchased music. They use to have a great music player app on android nook HD plus... The wimp on the market is here.
Rex Rodney. Rex00@aol.com
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