Amazon.com starts video download service

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  1. Peel macrumors 6502a

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    This just posted in the Seattle PI

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/1700AP_Amazoncom_Online_Video.html
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    :(

    http://unbox.amazon.com

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  4. balamw Moderator

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    More info from the site:

    The Media Library bit is a nice feature since it saves you from having to back up and it has been a complaint about iTMS.

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  5. Manzana macrumors 6502a

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    screw 'em. we get ours next week, and i predict the ipod video integration will be much tighter, and hopefully also a solution to stream easily to tv; these guys don't stand a chance!
     
  6. Bibulous macrumors 6502a

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    No Mac Support

    Minimum System Requirements

    OPERATING SYSTEM: The Amazon Unbox video player application is only compatible with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2, or Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2. The Amazon Unbox video player is not compatible with Apple/Macintosh operating systems.

    COMPUTER HARDWARE: A PC with a 1.5-gigahertz (GHz) processor or faster, at least 512MB of memory, and a DirectX 9.0 complaint Video (64 MB Memory) and Sound Card.

    INTERNET CONNECTION: Broadband internet connection capable of 800 kbps sustained transfer speeds.

    Recommended System Specifications


    COMPUTER HARDWARE: A PC with a 2.4-gigahertz (GHz) processor or faster, at least 1024MB of memory, and a DirectX 9.0 complaint Video (128 MB Memory) and a Multi Channel 5.1 Capable Sound Card.

    INTERNET CONNECTION: Broadband internet connection capable of 1.5+ mbps of sustained transfer speeds.
     
  7. Manzana macrumors 6502a

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    damn, that is gonna be one huge download!

    i guess if i really wanted it i would use parallels or bootcamp on an mac.
     
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  9. balamw Moderator

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    Uh. No. See the portable device list I posted.

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    Without iPod support I smell failure. If the rumors are true how did Amazon swing 30 networks and studios while Apple only has a few?

    UNBOX
     
  12. balamw Moderator

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    What's more interesting to me short term is that the TV Shows Amazon is offering overlap a lot with iTunes, but each have some items the other doesn't. Weird. Amazon also doesn't seem to have season passes... So iTMS can be much cheaper, even if the resolution may not be as good.

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  13. hyperpasta macrumors 6502a

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    Well, i hope Apple follows the same buy or rent model.
     
  14. technocoy macrumors 6502a

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    dude...

    when will people get it...

    It doesn't work with the portable with like 70 percent marketshare.... FAIL. FAIL. FAIL.
     
  15. balamw Moderator

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    Have you browsed the store? It doesn't seem to be up to you if you rent or buy, and the terms of the rental are pretty harsh, I mean DIVX harsh. 30 days and 24 hours to complete viewing.

    The restrictions on the Amazon files are also pretty harsh compared to iTMS. 2 PCs and 2 portables as compared to Apple's 5 computers and unlimited portables.

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  16. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    Nice, renting + DVD quality. Apple, are you listening?

    Apple better include these features to stay competitive. The fact that it's not iPod compatible won't be a deal breaker for most, like it is for music stores.
     
  17. zwida macrumors 6502a

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    If those are the terms the studios are requiring of Amazon, it's easy to see why Apple is going with Disney only at first.

    I'll be pretty surprised if this model is successful, but who knows...
     
  18. hyperpasta macrumors 6502a

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    I wasn't saying I liked Unbox. I said I hoped Apple offered both purchasing and rental options.
     
  19. hagjohn macrumors 6502

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    I would figure... they are "not in a box".
     
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    Unbox? WTF. Wouldnt it make more sense (and sound better) as NoBox?

    Anyhoo... no ipod support and strangely high minimum specs seems to me it might not do too well.

    I might of tested it out if it was mac compatible but oh well. :rolleyes:
     
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    Except, according to most recent news, it will only include Disney movies, at least initially. Also, I like Amazon's way of accessing everything through the browser rather than a seperate app such as iTunes.
     
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    Wow, so I find this to be an incredibly intriguing step, but there is no Mac support nor much to find! They have many publishing houses but lack much support from any of them. Obviously, they're going to take a huge hit since a large chunk of the movies coming out these days are through Sony and their Lions Gate subsidiary. This is just a wretched program when it comes down to it. I searched for a few things: Fight Club, The Boondocks, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Office, Lord of War, and Nuremburg and found NONE of these titles. Guess they're missing out on a demographic or something, oh that's right, EVERYONE. Good try Amazon, but you'll need to capture the portable market by including the iPod if you want it to really sell, and you'll also have to get many more publishing homes.
     
  23. syklee26 macrumors 6502

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    um...on a sidenote, the ship time for Airport Extreme Base Station has been pushed to 1-3 weeks.

    hopefully this means something.
     
  24. balamw Moderator

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    I wasn't saying you liked it, but I wish if Apple offers both it would be for all content the store offers and with more NetFlix like terms. (i.e. 1-2 movies at a time, unlimited views.)

    This model seems weak, yet I wish them luck. I'm one of the few who really likes Amazon for most things.

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  25. bryanc macrumors 6502

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    I'd definately try it out if they had a Mac or Linux version

    However, as a windows-only product, it is of no interest to me.

    Their loss.
     

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