Amazon Prime now available as a $7.99/month plan

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    Amazon Prime now available as a $7.99/month plan



    Amazon on Wednesday launched its new Instant Video application for iPad, giving Prime subscribers access to more than 20,000 titles from Prime Instant video.

    The new application gives those with Amazon Prime access to TV shows like "Glee," "Downton Abbey" and "Fringe, and movies such as "Mission: Impossible 3," "Mean Girls," and "Ocean's Eleven."

    “We want to give customers the convenience of being able to watch all of their movies and TV episodes, wherever they are, on their iPad,” said Anthony Bay, Amazon.com vice president for video. “Today we’re excited to extend our ‘buy once, enjoy everywhere’ approach to iPad, giving customers the chance to enjoy more than 120,000 titles from Amazon Instant Video and more than 20,000 titles from Prime Instant Video anytime, anywhere.”

    All Amazon customers can also view any content they've already rented or purchased from Amazon Instant Video, including new movies like "21 Jump Street," "Mirror Mirror," and "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows."

    The new iPad-only application includes a "Your Watchlist" feature that lets customers make a list of all the movies and TV episodes they want to watch in the future, regardless of whether they own the video or not. And "Your Video Library" gives iPad customers access to purchases and rentals from Amazon Instant Video on the Web.

    To circumvent Apple's requirements for in-app purchases, new content must be bought from Amazon via the iPad's Safari Web browser. Purchases made on Amazon.com through the browser will appear in the Your Video Library section of the iPad application.

    Amazon Instant Video for iPad is the second major product launch from the online retailer this week. On Tuesday, the company announced a new scan and match feature for its Cloud Player service, competing directly with Apple's own iTunes Match subscription service.


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    How To Use Amazon’s Instant Video App On A Jailbroken iPad [Jailbreak]


    It was recently revealed that jailbroken iPads are not able to use Amazon’s new Instant Video app. The issue is a common one that similar apps, like HBO GO and DirectTV, have dealt with in the past. The reason jailbroken iPads couldn’t access Amazon’s video streams seemed to be related to DRM. Amazon may or may update the Instant Video iPad app with a fix, but in the meantime, there’s an easy way for jailbroken iPad users to get around the restriction right now.

    After posting about the app blocking jailbreakers this morning, I was pointed towards a Cydia tweak called xCon:

    xCon is a project aimed to be a one-stop solution to bypassing jailbreak detection in App Store Apps.

    xCon supports an extensive list of applications, and while some are not yet supported, the project is constantly being worked on to add support for more and more applications all the time.However, don’t get too excited just yet. Although the tweak is pretty useful, it is by no means universal. As of now, the tweak only supports a few apps, all of which are listed.

    I remember the tweak from back when Time Warner Cable was blocking jailbreakers from using its iOS app as well. The tweak’s description says that it will bypass jailbreak detection for the following apps: Bloomberg Anywhere, Cablevision, Cisco M-Learning, DirecTV for iPad, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Time Warner Cable, Skype, McAfee EMM, Verizon On Demand, and a host of others. I’ve also heard that it works with SkyGo, and I can confirm that it fixes Amazon Instant Video for iPad as well. This is due to a series of universal hooks the tweak’s developer tied in to fool jailbreak detection in iOS apps across the board.

    So there you have it: download “xCon” for free in Cydia on your jailbroken iPad, open Amazon Instant Video, and you’ll be right as rain!

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    Amazon Prime now available as a $7.99/month plan



    It appears Amazon is joining Hulu and Netflix with a monthly subscription plan for its Prime video streaming service, according to a new pricing scheme found by Hacking Netflix. Some users are seeing the new pricing scheme come up, while others see only the $79/year options (compare right and above).

    Amazon also offers a one-month free trial (Hulu free trial, Netflix free trial).

    In addition to the free streaming video service, users of Amazon’s Prime get access to free two-day shipping on product orders (amazing to have for the holidays—especially on a month-to-month basis), as well as access to the Kindle lending library.

    While Amazon’s streaming player isn’t yet available on Apple TV like Netflix/Hulu, its recent iPad app has impressed us. The $7.99/month price comes out to $95.88 per year. So, if you aren’t timid about joining Prime, it is probably better to jump on the $79/year plan.

    With more and more first rate content, according to a recent Changwave/451 Group study, Amazon’s Prime streaming service is said to be gaining on industry heavyweight Netflix (graphed below):




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    Amazon Instant Video comes to iPhone and iPod touch



    You can now watch all of those free Amazon Prime videos on your iPhone or iPod touch. Amazon updated its Instant Video App today to support Apple’s smaller screens. The app also lets you watch any of your Amazon collection of paid videos, buy videos, and allows you to store for offline viewing as well. Great for the holidays! More info here.

    Amazon Instant Video is now playing on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Videos you’ve purchased or rented with Amazon Instant Video will show up instantly on your Apple device once you download and sign into the app. Amazon Prime members can stream titles from the entire Prime Instant Video library.

    Next stop for Amazon: Apple TV?


    Amazon Prime: Amazon Prime members have unlimited access to over 30,000 Prime Instant Videos at no additional cost. Learn about the benefits of an Amazon Prime Membership

    Your Video Library: Your video purchases and rentals are available in Your Video Library on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch so you can watch when and where you want even without an internet connection.

    Shop from your mobile device: You can now shop Amazon’s library of more than 140,000 movies and TV episodes from your Safari web browser on your Apple device. Once you purchase or rent a video it will show up in Your Video Library on your Apple device in seconds.

    Your Watchlist: Your Watchlist helps you keep track of the movies and TV episodes you want to view later. You can add favorites and new discoveries to your list – then come back anytime to watch instantly. See Frequently Asked Questions

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    Amazon adds tv episodes from a&e networks to its prime instant video service



    Amazon has spent the better part of 2012 beefing up its Prime Instant Video service. During the past year, the company brought the streaming service to the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and a number of gaming consoles such as the Wii U, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Amazon also announced new licensing deals with Warner Brothers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures and EPIX, among other, to help it further compete with Netflix and Hulu+. The company announced on Friday that it has come to an agreement with A&E Networks to bring popular shows such as Pawn Stars, Storage Wars and Dance Moms to the service.

    “In a year we have more than doubled the Prime Instant Video selection for our Prime members,” said Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon. “We remain focused on adding TV episodes and movies to Prime Instant Video that we think our customers will enjoy. A+E Networks has some of the most popular shows on television and we know our customers will love streaming the A+E content with Prime Instant Video.”

    Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service is now home to more than 33,000 movies and TV episodes that can be streamed instantly to hundreds of compatible devices. Amazon Prime is available for $79 per year and also offers customers free two-day shipping.

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    Amazon Instant Video For iOS Gets Updated With Improved UI



    Amazon has just update its Instant Video app for the iPhone and iPad today. The bad news is there’s still no AirPlay video support, but there is a new interface that makes it a lot easier for you to discover movies and television shows you want to watch.

    New in the Amazon Instant Video 1.4.3 update is a new UI which allows for faster navigation through a drop-down menu on the app home screen, as well as a new navigation bar that makes it easier to switch between different movie and television show collections.

    You also get a new personalized carousel, which recommends movies and TV shows you might enjoy based upon your past viewing history.

    You can download Amazon Instant Video for free here.


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    Amazon Surges Past Apple In Streaming Video Stats



    Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service is on fire in the United States — and that growth happened before Amazon even introduced its $99 Fire TV set-top box.

    According to a new report from online-video delivery and caching solutions provider Qwilt, streams on Prime Instant Video have almost tripled over the past year — and in the process have passed both Apple and Hulu in terms of volume of video streaming traffic. The data was gathered from MSO broadband providers that use the Qwilt systems.

    Currently Amazon stands in third place — with only Netflix and YouTube producing more total online video traffic in the U.S.

    What does this all mean for Apple? Well, most importantly it cements that they have another major rival on their hands when it comes to streaming video.

    Amazon Instant Video arrived on iPad in August 2012, before expanding to other iOS devices that December. Along the way the service has added a number of exclusive popular shows, such as psychological thriller Hannibal and legal drama Suits.

    Amazon also officially unveiled its Fire TV box last week, offering voice-powered search and full support for games.

    As we wrote in our recent comparison between Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku:

    “It’s hard to recommend an Apple TV at this point — even if you are an iOS user — because the latest model is well over a year old now, and rumor has it a new one is right around the corner.”





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