Amazon Instant Video

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  1. josjor

    josjor Long timer

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    I use the Prime streaming a LOT. Lots of good BBC content on there, especially if you like mysteries (Poirot, Prime Suspect, etc).

    Another big benny, if you read a lot, is the free Kindle book every month. That alone pays for the membership. The only drawback is that the free book is only good on a Kindle device (can't be read on iPad, etc.)

    Actual goods? Don't order much at all, maybe 6 times a year.
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  2. PMC

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    I've got a few different options
    Roku 3 - I actually like the interface
    PS3 in the basement - again not bad interface
    Sony google TV - horrid interface
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  3. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    I don't.

    I have Chromecast and it doesn't work with Amazon vids at all - when I do get it to cast the tab and I actually have vid (rarely do), I don't get audio.
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  4. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    My new smart TV turns out to have a Amazon link. My only concern is that I can't tell if a movie is free or not (I have Prime.)
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  5. josjor

    josjor Long timer

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    If it works anything like ours, you have to go to your computer and get a code from Amazon to play a movie that you have to pay for. For Prime (free) movies, look for the Prime banner across the top left corner of the movie's icon.

    I've found the TV's interface for searching movies to be clumsy at best. If I want to watch something I'll go to my computer or iPad and surf Amazon's site, adding what I want to my Watchlist. When I go to the TV, I select Amazon and the my Watchlist.
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  6. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Thanks. I went through the sign-up process. I guess I'll just click on one and see.
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  7. Tweaker

    Tweaker ...

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    An email I got today from Amazon, who I have to say has been providing good support from India...

    "A recent update to the Flash Player plug-in in Chrome removed support for Digital Rights Management (DRM) in Linux, which is required to stream Amazon Instant Video titles. To resolve this issue, try using a different browser. "

    Maybe this why i can't get the Amazon addon to work on the media player too.
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  8. Klay

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    I watched the first season of Vikings on Amazon Prime the last few days. It was awesome.
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  9. CA_Strom

    CA_Strom Cunning Linguist

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    You gotta love the Customer Service at Amazon.. Just got an email saying "we noticed you experienced poor video playback while watching your recent video rental on Amazon. We're sorry for this and have credited your account the $4.99 purchase price for this movie....."

    Yes, the movie hung up once, but I figured it was my marginal Roku and router.....
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  10. Jonnylotto

    Jonnylotto All out of care

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    Of course, if they noticed that... :evil
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  11. Me and my monkee

    Me and my monkee Out makin' Monkee Maps

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    I cut the cable about 9 months ago, and have a Roku, and Amazon Prime.
    Been watching full runs of various TV shows, to date...
    Battlestar Galactica
    Red Dwarf
    Torchwood (Season 4 not on prime)
    My name is Earl (Taken off prime halfway through watching :waysad)
    X Files (On season 7 now)

    About time to start planning the next show
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  12. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    We had Netflix for many years and the content just got worse and worse. Initially, they gave you the DVD ship and online streaming for the same, low price. Then they split them and the DVD content just got worse and worse so we shut off the DVD and used streaming only. Then that got pretty bad so we switched to Amazon. The education price is $39 a year and I've easily saved more than that on shipping this month alone. The content is pretty good, but they are constantly changing what's free and what isn't. They'll give you all the seasons of a show like Justified for free...then the last season is $2 an episode. If you wait long enough it eventually comes up for free. I watched Dr. Who for the first time on Amazon, Justified, Heros and am currently watching Vikings. I can't find any way to see all the content you've watched (Netflix makes this easy) so I can't recommend anything else to you.

    I won't go back to Netflix after they pulled the price hike BS. I bought a Roku, put Plex on my Freenas box and download open content when I can find it.
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  13. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    Another bitch....I hate that M$ requires you to purchase a Live Gold subscription to watch content that you've already paid a subscription for. Stopped using the Xbox as a TV device for that reason about 2 years ago.

    Roku or similar or an App if you have a smart TV.

    Chromecast will cast audio with Prime. You just have to set up the plugin correctly

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/chromebook-central/rtH0i3AMSZo
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  14. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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  15. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    New Jack City is on here for free :clap:clap:clap
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  16. Superhawk

    Superhawk Been here awhile

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    "So how is everybody getting on to their tv? "

    smart dvd player - thinkI payed around $100 for it
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  17. mdouglas71

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    I really don't feel that Amazon prime is that worth it. However, the 2 day shipping upgrade is actually worth it a lot more than anything else. Netflix has a much bigger and better selection. However, we need to seriously get both of these companies to make a nice big push for us. We want more content! We want more content! :freaky
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  18. ~DC~

    ~DC~ An Internet Legend

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    I just recently bought a new Panasonic HDTV. Being the first television I've owned in 10 years, I'm really out of the loop on the best approach for streaming video. This is a low end TV (Not a SmartTV). I've been using a laptop with a Display Port to HDMI cable, but would prefer to have something that can be controlled from the couch with a remote.

    What are the worthwhile options. Roku seems popular, but would a DVD player with Netflix, Hulu, and etc, be a better choice?
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  19. Jonnylotto

    Jonnylotto All out of care

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    Roku for the Win. :clap Roku 3 for the championship.

    Skip the DVD player and go to Blu Ray.
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  20. rob feature

    rob feature Domain Ranger

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    I just had my last day with Netflix, but not because of the content. It's because of the new streaming interface. Across both my Roku and Playstation, browsing genres is no longer possible. They've gone over to a 'new & improved' interface which is a predictive thing - shitty one I might add. Now all I can browse is suggestions. Instead of browsing the 'comedy' category, I now get categories like "because you watched breaking bad". They took away the ability to watch what you wanna watch and only steer you to what the computer thinks you wanna watch. Good luck with that Netflix. And sayonara motherfuckers.

    :fyyff

    Still loves me some Prime though
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