Amazon lets iPhone, iPad users download some TV shows and movies for later viewing

“Amazon’s Prime Video is a lot like Netflix: Both of the video streaming services have a lot of old TV shows, some old movies and some new stuff the companies make themselves,” Peter Kafka reports for Re/code.

“Now Amazon gets to boast that it has something Netflix doesn’t have: The ability to let users download some TV shows and movies to their phones and tablets so they can watch them later, without an Internet connection,” Kafka reports. “Amazon has already offered that feature for a couple of years, but only for its own Fire tablets. Now it’s making a big leap forward by offering the capability for iPhones, iPads and Android devices.”

“The feature isn’t available for every video Amazon streams, since Amazon needs to work out deals with individual content owners (that is, pay them more money),” Kafka reports. “Amazon says it has ‘thousands’ of titles available for download; in most cases, subscribers will have 15 to 30 days to watch them.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, it’ll work with Amazon’s upcoming Clarkson-Hammond-May project.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. If third parties allow Mac, iPhone, and iPad to download films at a price less than what Apple charges Apple will have to match or lower prices. That’s a bargain for consumers.

  2. About damn time. If I purchase movies I do so through iTunes because I like the idea of actually downloading videos that I purchase, as opposed to Amazon’s model–up to this point, apparently–in which I would purchase a video, and be able to view it only via Amazon’s website.

    I like to own music and video, not–essentially–borrow them (that’s also why streaming music just doesn’t interest me).

    1. That’s not what this is. This is referring to the *Prime* free streaming movies/TV shows.. some of which can now be downloaded for offline use.

      You have been able to buy and download separate Amazon Video (not PRIME video) items on different devices (e.g. Tivos) for years… Though I think currently Tivos don’t do it, I think because Amazon has de-emphasized it.. (you can still download/watch your purchased items.)

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