Amazon Video now available offline

No Internet connection? No problem. The SVOD service now lets users download shows so they can be watched later in offline mode.
September 2, 2015

Amazon Prime customers who take advantage of the company’s SVOD service can now watch that content without being connected to the Internet.

The e-commerce giant announced on September 1 that Prime members in the U.S., UK, Germany and Austria now have the option to download any of the service’s movies and TV episodes from the Amazon Video app to their mobile phones and tablets at no extra charge.

That way, users can save content for times when Internet is scarce, like on a road trip or flight. The entire library, including originals, is available.

Competing SVOD services such as Netflix¬†and Hulu do not yet have such an option, and have not announced any plans to explore the offering. The model is not unlike music streamer Spotify’s premium option, which allows its paid customers to make any songs, albums or playlists “available offline.”

Downloads are limited only by the user’s own available storage. Amazon’s upgrade is already available in the newest app updates on iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices.

Michael Paull, VP of digital video at Amazon, said in a statement that Amazon’s goal is to¬†reach customers in as many ways as possible, and that includes when they’re offline.

(From StreamDaily)

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.