Actually, Tivo already downloads content from Amazon through Video-On-Demand. I don't think there's any reason the free content would work any differently. I agree with Jersey Jeff. I think it's just about waiting until Tivo gets around to rolling out the software update for this.
It does work with Roku and with PlayOn, but not directly on Tivo as far as I've been able to find. I have PlayOn on my iPad and can directly watch the streams there. From Amazon: "TiVo and Unbox Player: Prime instant videos are only available for streaming and cannot be downloaded to a TiVo box or the Unbox Player. Prime instant videos can be watched on a Mac, PC and nearly 200 models of Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top-boxes." But this isn't about downloading - it's about streaming through the Tivo. But Amazon adds, more clearly, "Prime instant videos are not currently available on Tivo devices." They can go direct to internet-networked Sony and Samsung TVs, or to any TV through a Roku.
I am wondering if Tivo owners are now able to view Amazon Prime videos on their Tivos? There are several Tivo boxes listed as being compatable with the service now, but I wanted to make sure it was true. Thanks
You might want to read the immediately previous post. I watch the Amazon Prime streaming videos on my TV via my Roku box, bypassing my Tivo. Tivo does say that its players can connect to Amazon and you can watch your downloaded content, or download directly to the Tivo. That works great. No Tivo player is compatible with the Prime streaming service. My previous post has the current status quoted from Amazon. Here's the status as per Tivo today: "Prime instant videos are only available for streaming and cannot be downloaded to a TiVo DVR. For more information please visit the Prime Instant Videos help pages at Amazon."
It's telling that this thread has been around for 4 months and we still can't stream Amazon to a TiVo. It seems to me that TiVo is just getting itself farther behind the competition by not issuing and update.
Is there anything worth watching on Amazon Streaming Video anyway? Last time I checked they were the ones way behind the times as far as quantity and quality of videos available. Maybe I'm spoiled with other sources available to me but I'm not getting too upset that I can't get a meager selection from Amazon on my TiVo. TiVo will eventually get it together and maybe by then Amazon will have a better product to offer, too.
It's not a necessary thing, the prime streaming videos; but we're finding fun things to watch. We've been watching Good Neighbors, and tonight we watched a few Dr. Whos from 75, 85, and 2005. There are some pretty recent series/shows available. I noticed that some of the most popular ones are shows not available on Hulu. We get Hulu on our big screen through our Playon channel on Roku. Meanwhile, back at Amazon streaming: we also browsed movies and found some we wanted to see but had missed, like March of the Penguins, and others we'd like to see again. I do wish they had more selection. The price of Prime is similar to the price for Netflix; but in either case, the selection of streamable titles is pretty limited. I don't really think Prime is worth it for shipping; it's easy to get to $25 and get free standard shipping, which is usually plenty fast. I don't think it's worth it, either, for the available video streams, especially with Hulu available. For shipping and streams together, it's closer to being reasonable. Amazon just added a bunch of titles today, so perhaps it will get better. Not a must-have.
Regarding streaming video with Amazon Prime in conjunction with TiVo, the website states, "not available yet." The word "yet" seems to indicate that someday this feature will be available. I like the TiVo user interface but I guess for now we'll have to use a computer hooked up to the cable box to get streaming video from Amazon Prime.
Would like it if Amazon gave more information about this to its Prime customers. How about it Amazon?
'Not Yet' probably means 'never' for the Tivo Series 3. I doubt Tivo has any reason to spend the time required to add this to a discontinued box.. they'd rather work on selling their Premier units... I prefer our 'classic' Tivo 3 but ended up buying a Roku, which works pretty well and fills the gap. No plans to use any of the pay features, mostly Amazon Prime free video.
Still no go for amazon instant video streaming on tivo. I have a Tivo HD. I found this thread via search engine, and see that this is known problem for many months. Makes me think that this is never going to be allowed on tivo <sigh>. The website statement now is: "At this time, Prime Instant Videos are only available for streaming and cannot be viewed on a TiVo box." On a different note: I now have two TVs and need to have one box which will record and display two different programs on each TV. Only way with Tivo is to have two of them with duplicated content (pain) - I guess it is time to start looking into uverse dvr which can.
Well, I just cancelled my Prime membership. Get it together if you want customers. I like TiVo and am not getting something new, and even if my Samsung is supported, I am not going to hassle with the funky widgets associated with the TV. My TV is one year older than the newer stuff that works a lot better. So, TiVo it is, or I'll just "limit" myself to NetFlix.