Amazon Instant Video Usage Rules

As described in the Amazon Instant Video Terms of Use, due to restrictions placed on us by our content suppliers, the videos we make available to you on Amazon Instant Video are subject to restrictions for viewing (for example, through online streaming or through download) and for the duration of time we make them available to you. The specific restrictions applicable to each of your videos will depend on whether you purchase the video, rent the video, access the video through a Prime membership or a Prime free trial, or access the video through First Episode Free. These restrictions may change over time as we add new features, devices and content to our service. The following are restrictions for accessing Amazon Instant Video through your Web browser and compatible Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes and Kindle Fire.

Purchased Videos

  • Ways to Watch: When you purchase a video, we'll make it available to you to stream and to download as follows:
    • Streaming: You may stream purchased videos online through your Web browser and through Kindle Fire, compatible Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players, set-top-boxes that are compatible with Amazon Instant Video. Click here for a list of devices compatible with our service. You may stream up to two videos at the same time using the same Amazon.com account. You may stream the same video to no more than one device at a time.
    • Downloading: You may download videos you purchase to two compatible download devices, such as Kindle Fire devices, PCs or TiVo boxes.* After downloading a purchased video, you retain the ability to stream that video as described above. Click here for more information on how to download to PCs using the Unbox video player. Click here for more information on how to download to TiVo boxes.
  • Viewing Period: Indefinite -- you may watch and re-watch your purchased videos as often as you want and as long as you want (subject to the limitations described in the Amazon Instant Video Terms of Use).

Rental Videos

  • Ways To Watch: When you rent a video, we will make it available to you for streaming and downloading as follows:
    • Streaming: You may stream rental videos online through your Web browser and through Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players, set-top-boxes and Kindle Fire devices that are compatible with Amazon Instant Video. Click here for a list of devices compatible with our service. You may stream up to two videos at the same time using the same Amazon.com account. You may stream the same video to no more than one device at a time.
    • Downloading: You may download videos you rent to one compatible download device, such as Kindle Fire, PC or TiVo box.* Once you have downloaded a rental video to a PC or TiVo, you may not watch it on any other device using the same Amazon.com account. Once you have downloaded a rental video to Kindle Fire, you may not download that video to another device or simultaneously watch it on more than one device using the same Amazon.com account. However, you may start watching a downloaded video on your Kindle Fire and later stream that video on another compatible device (as long as it isn't playing simultaneously on more than once device). Click here for more information on how to download to PCs using the Unbox video player. Click here for more information on how to download to TiVo boxes.
  • Viewing Period: When you rent a video, your viewing rights are contained within two periods:
    • You must complete watching rental videos within a window (typically 30 days) from your payment of the rental fee. The length of this window can be found on the detail page or on a link from the detail page, such as the "Learn more about renting and buying" link on website detail pages.
    • You'll typically have 15 to 30 days to begin watching the video, and once you start watching it, you'll typically have 48 hours to finish watching it. We'll usually notify you when the viewing period for a title is close to expiring.

Prime Instant Video

  • Ways to Watch: Prime Instant Video titles are available for online streaming. You can stream Prime Instant Video titles to your Kindle Fire devices through your web browser and through Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top-boxes that are compatible with Amazon Instant Video. For a list of compatible devices, go to Amazon Instant Video Compatible Devices. You can stream up to two titles at the same time using the same Amazon.com account. You can stream the same title to no more than one device at a time.
  • Many Prime Instant Video titles are also available for download on Kindle Fire HD 2nd Generation and Kindle Fire HDX devices. The detail page for each Prime Instant Video title indicates whether the title is available for download. You can download available titles to only two separate devices at one time. If you have already downloaded a title to two devices, you need to delete it from one of them before downloading it to another device. You can have a maximum of 25 total Prime Instant Video titles downloaded at a time across all devices associated with your Amazon.com account. While not all Prime Instant Video titles are available for download, the same videos may be available for rental or purchase from Amazon Instant Video, and rented or purchased titles can be downloaded to compatible devices.
  • If you have a Prime membership or Prime free trial, you can stream any video that is currently designated as a Prime Instant Video title on its detail page. You can watch Prime Instant Video titles that you've downloaded within a limited viewing period, which varies by title.
  • You'll typically have 15 to 30 days to begin watching the video and once you start watching it, you'll typically have 48 hours to finish watching it. We'll usually notify you when the viewing period for a title is close to expiring.
  • After your Prime membership or Prime free trial expires or is cancelled, you cannot watch any Prime Instant Video titles unless you've also rented or purchased that title.

First Episode Free

  • Ways to Watch: First Episode Free videos are only available for online streaming on Kindle Fire HD 2nd Generation and Kindle Fire HDX devices. First Episode Free videos are not available for download. You may stream up to two videos at the same time using the same Amazon.com account. You may stream the same video to no more than one device at a time. While First Episode Free videos are not available for download, the same videos may be available for purchase or rental through Amazon Instant Video, or viewing through a Prime membership or Prime free trial. Purchased and rented titles, as well as many Prime Instant Video titles, can be downloaded to compatible devices.
  • Viewing Period: You may watch the video at any time the video is designated as a First Episode Free video on its detail page if you have an Amazon.com account.

*Portable Media Players: There are a limited number of compatible portable media player devices that enable you to load a video to the device through the Unbox video player using a USB transfer cable. In addition to downloading your purchased videos to two compatible download devices, such as Kindle Fire devices, PCs, or TiVo boxes, you may also transfer your purchased videos from your PC to two portable media player devices, for availability on up to four total devices. You may download videos you rent to only one compatible device, such as a Kindle Fire, PC, TiVo box, or portable media player device.

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