Amazon releases video streaming app for iPad

By , Aug 1, 2012

Online retailer Amazon has stepped up its game on the iOS platform. Just as it updated its Cloud Player with a new scan-and-match service akin to iTunes Match and featuring high-quality 256Kbps song downloads for both music purchases and ripped CDs, the company today released a brand new video app which enables streaming of video content available through the company’s Prime service and Instant Video store.

It supports offline viewing, automatic syncing of your play state across various devices and platforms and more. More screenies right after the break…

The new Amazon Instant Video app lets you either stream or mark for download and later offline viewing any previously purchased video.

It also works with Amazon’s Prime membership, which costs $79 a year in exchange for unlimited access to over 120,000 videos.

A selection of top Prime Instant Video titles is included in the app so you have something to boot from. Tapping Amazon’s Whispersync tech, the program syncs your play state across a bunch of devices such as the Kindle Fire, PS3, PC, Mac or hundreds of models of connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

Amazon Instant Video is a free download. Unfortunately, it only supports the iPad so perhaps the program will get updated at a later stage with the native iPhone / iPod touch support.

Amazon’s move follows yesterday’s release of the Hulu Plus service for the Apple TV set-top box, along with a free one-week trial.

Here, your release notes.

• Stream thousands of titles available from Prime Instant Video at no additional cost with a Prime membership, or watch over 120,000 videos available from the Amazon Instant Video store
• Download purchased and rented videos from Your Video Library
• Shop over 120,000 videos available from the Amazon Instant Video store by visiting Amazon
• Add videos to your Watchlist from a PC, Mac, or Kindle Fire for later viewing on your iPad
• Subscribe to a TV Season Pass by visiting Amazon and episodes will automatically be available on your iPad the day after they air
• Start watching on your iPad, and resume watching right where you left off on a Kindle Fire, PS3, PC, Mac, or hundreds of models of connected TVs and Blu-ray players with Amazon Whispersync.

Two more screenies right below.

Where do you get your entertainment these days, from Amazon or iTunes?

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/phil.osman.3 Phil Osman

    Just tried this. Got a message saying I “couldn’t watch with this device” after I signed in with my Amazon Prime account.

  • notewar

    Is this available for non-us customer?

    • No more Obama

      i watch netflix, hulu, HBOGo, Comcast’s Xfinity all here in korea because i use a VPN. if you want to stream in HD then you will need to pay for your VPN. there are free VPN services but the quality is terrible.
      i have my comuter hooked up to my 42inch tv so i watch all these videos on my 1080p tv and they look awesome! Netflix has the best stream of all of them.

      • notewar

        Which vpn ur using?

      • No more Obama

        whats your email addy? ill send you the info~

      • notewar
      • No more Obama

        sent…don’t forget to change this post with your email address to something else

  • swooshme13

    Looks like it does not work ok Jailbroken iPads. I keep getting “playback not allowed on this device”. Have seen multiple reports on the same, only on Jailbroken devices.

  • http://localhost/ Trubbel

    Jailbroken devices are known not to be working with streaming services.

    • No more Obama

      there is a tweak to make the app no know you are jailbroken, but i don’t remember the name of the tweak

  • http://twitter.com/Barack0drama Yo mama

    Install xCon from Cydia, guys.

  • http://www.3sixtydegreescouting.com/ Greg Braddock

    AirPlay?

  • http://twitter.com/unbeliever008 Jae. Just J.

    I am getting “playback not allowed” and my iPad is not jailbroken. Help anybody.

  • http://twitter.com/pcmedman AM

    Bummer, my assumption that it is only valid in the U.S. was correct. Although I have a U.S. Amazon Prime account, I cannot play any of the videos while outside the U.S.

    • No more Obama

      you should do what i do, get a paid VPN service. the free ones don’t stream well so you can’t stream in HD. my computer is hooked up to my 1080p tv which is 42in and looks awesome when watch Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo, Xfinity, etc i pay 7 dollars a month for my service. but the quality is really good

  • TomasHunter

    Amazon is a great service with a ton of content to pick
    through, but what happens when you run out of things to watch? That is the main
    problem I have with most of these on demand video services, I quickly run out
    of interesting things to watch. I found a better alternative by connecting a
    Sling Adapter to my DISH DVR, giving me the ability to watch live TV as well as
    recorded programming on a multitude of devices. I have a very hectic work
    schedule at DISH and having the ability to relax with a show whenever I actually
    get a break has been a godsend.