After launching its thinnest and lightest Kindle ever, Amazon announced it will offer its own standalone video streaming service for $8.99/per month. Previously Amazon customers had to subscribe to Amazon Prime for $99 a year to access Amazon Prime Video, which includes movies, television shows and original Amazon programming. The new service will pit Amazon against Netflix, who is raising its monthly prices to $9.99 in May.
After announcing a blockbuster deal to bring HBO content to Amazon Prime, Amazon updated its IMDb app to version 4.2. The update adds the ability to tell if a title is available on Amazon's streaming service. Anyone with an Amazon Prime, or even a Netflix subscription, knows how annoying it can be to find content on both services, making this a smart move on Amazon's part.
Version 4.2 also brings U.S. TV listings and U.S. movie showtimes to the app. Users can now see when and where their favorite television shows are airing in their timezone right from the program's title page. The IMDb app also now displays showtimes and release dates for upcoming movies or movies currently in theaters. Other improvements to the app include new showtimes page design for the iPhone version and bug fixes.
iPad owners with jailbroken devices are finding themselves blocked from using Amazon's newly launched Instant Video app. A Verge reader discovered they could not access the app while using a jailbroken iPad running iOS 5.1.1. A customer service representative told the reader to contact the jailbreak provider for a solution.
I'm sorry that the Amazon Instant Video service isn't yet working on your iPad.
The service is absolutely available to you. What we're finding is that this specific error is popping up for folks whose iPads have any kind of jailbreak installed. A jailbreak is a program installed on your device that lets you do stuff not necessarily supported by the manufacturer. For example, if Apple blocks access to fictional service provider Orange you can add a thing that gets around that block.
If you do not believe their device to be jailbroken, please see if you have any of the following apps installed on your iPad:
"Installer" ("Installer App" is okay, but just "Installer" is another version of the first, "APT".)
The presence of any of these indicates a jailbreak, and our service won't work. From the error message that you provided, it appears your device has been jail-broken. We are unable to provide any troubleshooting for your device.
You will need to contact the site or person where you received the jail-break for your device.
Amazon has released an Amazon Instant Video app for the iPad. The app features access to thousands of titles available from Prime Instant Video. It comes preloaded with a selection of top video titles, and you can add other titles directly from Amazon. Users can download purchased or rented movies to watch offline, and will have access to Amazon's Watchlist queue.
The Instant Video app also allows you sync movies so you can finish watching on a different device. For example, if you start watching The Avengers on your iPad, you can pause and pick up where you left off on a Kindle Fire, PS3, PC, Mac, or hundreds of models of connected TVs and Blu-ray players.
No one said the Kindle Fire would dethrone the iPad (okay maybe some did), but it's living up to expectations as the first Android tablet to actually compete with Apple. Amazon announced that it moved 95,000 units on its first day, a far cry from the iPad's 300,000 units, but an impressive number. Head-to-head the iPad 2 may be laughing, but the Kindle Fire created a roadmap for future tablets to follow. If others catch on, Apple could see a chunk taken out of its tablet market share lead.
The HP TouchPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and HTC Flyer tried to compete with the iPad on its own terms, and we all know how well that worked out. Unlike smartphones, a lot of people view a tablet as a privilege not a necessity. The Kindle Fire offers a better entertainment experience at an affordable price. Yes it's cool that you can watch a movie, play games and read a book on your phone, but it's so much better on a tablet. The Kindle Fire offers 16,000 apps, a ton of movies, books and music for $200. Even if you shell out the $79 for Amazon Prime, their movie and TV streaming service, it's still cheaper than RIM's BlackBerry Playbook. Yes everyone wants an iPad, but not everyone is going to spend $500 so they can watch a movie at the airport.