Streaming works perfectly via my Roku. Was going to cancel my Netflix. But - while the selection is really pretty decent, there are some glaring problems. When I tried to go back to a movie I started watching (didn't remember the name), I couldn't find it. Netflix has a section of recently watched. Makes it easy to find movies. It's really a slow process trying to find movies or TV shows on Amazom Prime-free. Even with search, you type in a name, and then find the movies are not available. So while this has great potential, it's not ready for Prime time. I'll keep my Netflix for now. Hoping these problems will be fixed soon.
I just got finished watching Amadeus. At no extra cost. I couldn't do without my Amazon Prime since I don't drive at all. Heavy things, on sale, coming to my porch in 2 days. What could be better? Apparently, all of the above PLUS free streaming videos whenever I like could be better. Terrific, Amazon. Thanks.
If you already subscribe to Amazon Prime it's a good freebie to add to your instant video choices. I have Netflix and a free trial of HuluPlus (that I do not plan on keeping-I refuse to pay to watch commerials). I reviewed the Amazon Instant Videos selections and the choices are extremely limited. All plus thousands more movies and TV shows are available on Netflix instant play including several movies/TV sitcoms Amazon charges fees for that are not included in the Amazon Instant Video but are free on Netflix Instant Play.
I would not invest $80 per year for Amazon Prime just for the movie feature alone but if you want the two day prime shipping anyway then it's not a bad deal although most of my stuff is delivered within 3-5 days using the free shipping option which is plenty fast for me. I have a Roku XDS, a bluray player and the Sony Dash that all stream really well with great HD video quality.
I haven't tried the new Amazon Prime free streaming yet, but I have purchased one of the pay for view. Wanted to watch the Doctor Who Christmas episode and didn't want to wait for it to come out on Blu-Ray so rented it from Amazon streaming. I actually found it a bit more seamless and faster than what I typically experience on Netflix. Of course that was only one example, but it was a good first impression. On my Sony Blu-Ray wi-fi player it will show me what I have purchased on Amazon in a seperate que, not sure if these new Prime free streaming items will go there as well though.
***EDIT ADDITION*** I did try it out this weekend, watched A Clockwork Orange and Red Planet. Picture and audio quality was great, still need to figure out how to broadcast in 5.1 along with HD, but Netflix or Comcast can't do both either on their streaming video. I had no delays in loading, no pauses and this was on Saturday night when I'm sure the bandwith was being used pretty heavily.
I was hoping to hear someone discuss the pause factor. I watched a movie on Friday afternoon and had a few pauses...but nothing that prevented me from finishing the movie. I tried again on Saturday and couldn't make it through the film. Pauses were popping up every minute or so. So I switched over to Netflix and watched the same title with no pauses.
Guess I need to give it another chance since I know others aren't experiencing the same issue.
It's been a mystery ! Signal strength? New hot wireless modem-no difference; weather? Great when it storms, lousy when it's clear? Broadband allocation? Distance to signal origin? Some days no pausing, sometimes only at beginning-4-5 pauses then runs hot to end? Our limit is 6 then we go to the other screening room and use the Roku which is always perfect. Our Dongle goes through the BluRay to TV via HDMI by the way. Can anyone provide a tech help # for Netflix? We never have issues with pausing on Amazon pay-per-view. UPDATE-Evidently a hard reboot of the BluRay player was all that was needed to insert the new firmware for Prime-now works fine; thanks to Amazon tech. support!
I just received my order of my TV and Roku 2 last night, and set everything up. I bought the season pass for How I Met Your Mother season 7 HD. Setting up the Roku was a breeze. For some of the channels on the Roku (roku account, netflix, AmazonInstant, and facebook (to name a few)) require you to link you roku to your accounts, which is understandable. The process of connecting my Roku took about 10 minutes, due to my poor internet connection and the updates/channel installs. Along with that there was setting up an account on Roku.com, and setting up the 1-click purchasing. The process of connecting my AmazonInstantVideo account with my Roku took about 2 minutes, most of which was setting up the 1-click pay option.
I found actually using Amazon Instant Video to be a much more pleasurable experience than Netflix. While streaming videos via Netflix, my video quality is getting adjusted constantly (3-4 times per movie in some cases). While watching the 3 episodes of How I Met Your Mother through Amazon Instant Video, my video quality was never adjusted and stayed at the HD version the entire time.
While reviews of Amazon Instant Video say that Amazon Prime streaming titles are lackluster (which is possible, depending on your tastes), I find the service to be much more useful than Netflix. There are so many old/obscure titles in Netflix' 50,000 titles (or whatever the current number is) and there is no option to "Rent" new releases, which is one of the best options for Amazon Instant Video. A few of my favorite series on Netflix (before my purchase of the Roku) would have episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 as Watch Instant, it is infuriating when getting into a show that you have to order the DVD switch mediums to view a few random episodes of a season. I haven't found any seasons on Amazon Prime that are similar to this, but I imagine if there were, you could rent the couple episodes that aren't available to Amazon Prime streaming and continue watching them on the same device you are accustomed to.
I too wish that the interface was as easy as Netflix. I cancelled TWO weeks into my Netflix trial due to the fact that their streaming is AWEFUL. And I have a great connection. Amazon Prime kicks Netflix streaming to the curb! But their interface could DEFINITELY use a severe over haul. Amazon should use Netflix as an example of what TO do with user accessibility and ease of operation. I am but merely TOLERATING Amazon right now due to their high quality streaming of films and television shows. That end....far exceeds what Netflix offers.
I just pulled up my netflix queue and went down the list searching for each movie on amazon to see if it would be worth canceling netflix and just using amazon streaming. It was not at all what I expected. I couldn't find one single movie or show out of the 30+ that I looked for that I didn't have to pay extra for!! I wasn't expecting amazon to have the same selection as netflix but I really was not expecting the selection to be as narrow as what I just saw. We have four children under 12 so I was mostly looking at family movies and older tv shows, maybe it's just that category that they don't have much of. I don't use a kindle so that obviously impacts my view of this. Just comparing the streaming, the monthly price is only a few dollars less per month which now doesn't mean a thing because I'd have to pay for every single thing I want to watch!! Because I don't have a kindle and I can get the shipping for the same price with super saver shipping (and a little more patience) it's really disappointing, not at all worth it.
amazon isn't working on android tablet. kindle fire is not worth buying just to watch amazon prime. the selection isn't that good, mostly old movies. the soft is really bad comparing with Netflix. books on prime are the ones i donate.. buying from amazon is buying directly from China and India, all in all subscribing to Prime isn't a good deal. plus, very poor customer service comparing with Netflix which has the best.
It works fine on my android tablet. All in all it's an added extra benefit if you do a lot of buying here and want to save on shipping with fast delivery. I've only had to call amazon a couple times on purchases and they took care of the problems very satisfactorly - quick and easy. I had one setup problem when i first started the prime videos and a 5 minute call had it fixed.
I rent from Netflix DVD's and Redbox as well. I tried to send feedback to Amazon, it's not working. I use a very powerful tablet Asus Tf. i wouldn't buy a kindle which is good for nothing else but prime which it's not working. Amazon tricked me paying for the whole year but never again and i will limit my purchases as well as their stuff is not authentic, mostly counterfeit from China and India.
what great selection? is it different than what I have? old movies and not the best. and their so called customer service is in India. never again... i fired all my companies with "support" in India, including banks..