Amazon telling Mac owners to buzz off

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by robertweller99, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. robertweller99 macrumors newbie

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    I couldn't believe my eyes but I recently saw Amazon answering a question about using Macs for Amazon video content. It said they weren't making it work for Macs because they can use iTunes. By this I mean consumers cannot download video content to Macs, only stream it. This sounds awfully stupid. Has anyone been able to download Amazon videos?
     
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    Do you have an article to reference this to?
     
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  4. robertweller99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    amazon videos mac

    http://askville.amazon.com/download...-computers/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=89571877

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    I find this unbelieveable. I guess you can stream it off a Mac using airplay
     
  5. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    FWIW, that wasn't Amazon that answered that question. That was a random community member.
     
  6. Robisan macrumors 6502

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    No expert on this and happy to be corrected if I'm wrong, but I believe this applies only to Amazon Prime Instant Video, not video for purchase to own. Any download of Prime video would need to be highly controlled (hence only through Amazon's proprietary player) because the user hasn't purchased ownership rights. Amazon's player is Windows only.

    Streaming of Amazon Prime video (really its core business model) is available on any platform (ATV only through Airplay).
     
  7. robertweller99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have emailed Amazon directly and ask them point blank.
     
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    As mentioned in this link--no Amazon videos can be downloaded and played on a Mac--only Windows.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=3773
     
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    Maybe you can't do it on Macs, but you can do it on iOS devices just fine. My daughter's iPad is loaded with videos I have downloaded from Amazon into their App.

    So some company has chosen not to support Macs, guess what? This isn't the first piece of software not to support Mac.
     
  10. robertweller99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    downloading amazon videos to mac

    Amazon has told me that they are working on making it possible for customers to be able to download movies to their Macs.
     
  11. Robisan macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I see. In fact, HD movies cannot be downloaded to any computer - PC or Mac - so this isn't just an anti-Mac thing. And as noted above, they can be downloaded to iPads, so it's not simply an anti-Apple thing either. In any event, I would not pay for "unlimited viewing" rights without the ability to download a file to "own" offline in any location of my choosing.
     
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    Yeah--I feel the same way. I usually buy Blu Rays of movies I want mostly for the added video--and more importantly--the added audio quality. But the ones I do buy as downloads, I buy through iTunes. Always look for iTunes downloads on the Blu Rays I buy too--such as the recent release of Catching Fire.
     

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