Amazon has updated it Amazon Video app for Apple iPhones and iPads, and now it allows you to download full movies and TV episodes for free.
This offer is applicable only for Amazon Prime members. If you haven’t joined yet, this is the right time as Amazon is offering a free 30 day trial for a limited period of time.
What’s New in Amazon Video app
When you download the latest version – Amazon Video 3.2 – from the App Store, every video has a download (down arrow) icon. Click on it to start downloading the video for offline viewing.
At this point, Amazon has around 40,000 titles – movies and episodes – in HD available for offline viewing.
Expect those numbers to grow as Amazon is aggressively in talks with content providers and movie producers to include old and new videos for download.
All the video you are going to download will be saved within the Amazon Video app. It cannot be transferred or send to other devices or your computer. It’s just like YouTube, which is now offering the option to download videos legally.
Why It’s Worth It
As Techcrunch points out:
The company this morning announced a broad selection of offline-enabled titles, spanning genres including drama, comedy, kids’ shows, and blockbuster movies.
Of course, Amazon’s own Originals like Bosch, Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Wishenpoof!, Tumble Leaf and Creative Galaxy, are included, but the company says that other series and movies are also available including a ton of popular shows like 24, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, Extant, Grimm, Hannibal, Justified, Mr. Selfridge, Orphan Black, Sons of Anarchy, Teen Wolf, The Americans, The Good Wife, Suits, Under the Dome, Veronica Mars, and Vikings, as well as HBO series like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Girls, Veep, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, and True Blood.
There are also several popular movies offered for download, such as Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Captive, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Wolf of Wall Street, Life After Beth, Palo Alto, Starred Up, The Bling Ring, If I Stay, and The Spectacular Now.
Plus, offline viewing is rare, as PC Mag author explains:
The feature won’t cost you anything extra, but it’s only available to those in the U.S., U.K., and Germany for now.
This makes Prime Video the only subscription streaming video service that lets you download titles for offline access, Amazon said.
“Unlike other subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Prime members can enjoy movies and TV shows as part of their membership even when they don’t have an Internet connection available,” the Web giant added.
And this is just the start. Amazon plans to spread this feature to many more countries in the coming months.
For all we know, this is a big step towards easy content consumption – and the fact that movies and TV shows can be legally downloaded by paying a fixed amount every month makes Amazon’s download feature a total game-changer.