Amazon has finally beat Netflix in one area. The online retail giant has launched an app that will allow Prime users to watch some Amazon Prime Instant Video shows and movies offline.
Amazon announced the new app today, which comes as part of your Prime membership at no additional charge. This makes it the only online streaming video service with offline viewing.
While you won’t be able to download everything that’s available on Instant Video to watch without Internet access, most content will be available. That includes Amazon originals like Bosch, Transparent and Mozart In The Jungle. Other shows like Justified, 24, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife and The Americans will be available. Even HBO shows, including Veep, Girls and Boardwalk Empire will be available.
Amazon also secured deals to get movies available to download for offline viewing. These include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Spectacular Now and Star Trek Into Darkness.
“There’s no doubt that the way people watch entertainment is changing—anytime, anywhere viewing is important and we are excited to provide our Prime members with offline viewing capabilities on iOS and Android platforms starting today,” Michael Paull, Vice President of Digital Video at Amazon, said in a statement. “We are proud to be the first and only online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing—on vacation, in a car, at the beach, on a plane, wherever our Prime members want to watch they can, regardless of internet connection.”
The app is available for iPads, iPhones and Android devices. Here’s the directions on how to get the app.
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