A new Amazon Prime Video app has appeared in the Google Play Store. The app, which was first spotted by AndroidPolice, is marked as an Andorid TV app, making it the first time Amazon has hinted at releasing a video app for all devices running Google’s television and set-top box operating system. Read more ›
If you’re a Prime member and are looking for a new film to watch, consider the newly added Sundance selection. As part of Amazon’s Video Direct platform, they’ve added 15 films from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Amazon the included films are festival award winners Marjorie Prime and Free and Easy. Amazon has been enticing the festival circuit to participate in Amazon Video Direct, which lets film makers make their productions available on Amazon Video, by offering double royalties and cash bonuses. They’ve secured the rights to 76 festival films this year, so you can probably expect to see additional releases in the months to come.
Amazon has made their Prime video app in the Google Play Store available to US users for the first time. Before this change, the app was only available to non-US users and US customers had to sideload the Amazon Underground app to watch Amazon Video on Android phones and tablets. This change now allows all Android users to easily install the app from the official Google Play Store. Read more ›
Amazon now offers alternative audio tracks for select movies and TV shows on Amazon Video that include detailed narration of the video being viewed. The alternate audio contains the full regular audio plus descriptions of the actions, characters, scene changes, on-screen text, and other visual content. Currently, there are a little over 100 movies and TV shows that include descriptive audio tracks. Descriptive audio can be accessed on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, through the subtitle menu while playing content, as well as various other players. Read more ›
Amazon is having one of their rental sales for Amazon Video. There are 22 movies that can be rented for just $0.10 each. When renting a movie, you have 30 days to start watching it and 48 hours to complete it once you’ve started, so you can rent these now for cheap and enjoy them over the next few weeks. This is a great way to maximize your No-Rush shipping credit if you have digital content credit. You can check to see if you have digital content credit here. Read on for the full list of movies on sale. Hugo, Galaxy Quest, and Warm Bodies are among my favorites on the list. Read more ›
Amazon is currently working on an upcoming global expansion of Prime Video, which at the very least will bring The Grand Tour to 200 countries in December, but it looks like some of those changes have already gone into effect. It appears that customers not living in the US can now sign up for Amazon Prime through Amazon.com without any of the warnings and restirctions that were previously present. These non-US customers can use their actual non-US addresses and credit cards without any issues. Once signed up, non-US residents can then stream Amazon’s original shows without any geographic restrictions, and without needing DNS/VPN masking services. There is confirmation of this working with Canadian residents and Australian residents, but it likely works with other countries as well, if not globally. Read more ›
Amazon has reportedly been in talks with the NBA, the NFL, MLB, and some smaller leauges for the rights to stream live games, according to The Wall Street Journal. They’ve specifically discussed creating a sports package with the NBA, which could possibly be teamed up with a “skinny bundle” of other live channels. Other leagues they’ve been in talks with include the World Surf League, Indian Premier Cricket League, Liga MX, and the Kontinental Hockey League. Amazon has been building out their live streaming capabilities recently, with their own live fashion show and live Showtime and Starz through Prime Video, so it sounds like more live programming is likely in the near future.
Currently, Amazon Video is only available in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan. That poses a problem for Amazon’s new show The Grand Tour, which premieres tomorrow November 18th. That’s because Top Gear, the show that The Grand Tour’s hosts are coming from, was a global hit and was available in over 200 territories. If The Grand Tour was only watchable in countries where Amazon Video was available, then millions of fans would be upset. To make things right, Amazon will be making The Grand Touravailable in 200 countries, starting in December.
It’s unclear if Amazon Video in its entirety will be expanding globally come December, or if it’s just this one show that will be made available. We know India will be getting a full Amazon Video library soon, so we’ll have to wait and see if the rest of the world follows in December.