I think it's safe to say that streaming video is here to stay. I personally prefer the convenience of streaming over owning hundreds of discs. Though, when a special movie comes out, I will buy it on blu-ray for the higher bitrates. Seeing the way of the future, Amazon chose to start it's own streaming service, Amazon Instant Video, in order to compete with the likes of Netflix. It offers Amazon Prime subscribers a pretty beefy catalog of movies and TV shows they can stream for free as part of the service. They even created an app for their Kindle devices, Android and iOS. It wasn't perfect, but it got the job done.
There's just one problem with the whole streaming platform. You need to be connected to the internet in order to enjoy those vast collections of videos. Netflix has made it clear that offline video was "never going to happen" to the dismay of many.
That's where Amazon saw a chance and offered offline viewing. You just needed a Kindle tablet or phone in order to take advantage of the convenient feature. This all was changed on Tuesday when Amazon relaunched their Amazon Video app for iOS and Android devices. There are a few exceptions that remain. For one, there isn't a download option for PC or Mac. Another is the fact that not every single Prime Instant Video can be downloaded. There isn't any word on a list that tells us which videos are part of this new feature, but a pretty large number seems to be present.
Android users will need to go through Amazon Underground and then download the Amazon Video App through there. No, it's not listed on the Google Play Store for some reason, but those extra steps are worth the effort if you're in need of this feature for travel or areas where wifi isn't an option.
Launch the app and you can start browsing the titles offered through Amazon. From there, you can select to download the video in one of three quality settings. Downloaded videos will stop working 7 hours after the first time you start viewing them. These timers will reset after you relaunch the app in an area with an internet connection. A cool feature is IMDB's (Internet Movie Database) X-Ray feature which overlays information about the actors on screen to make looking them up even easier.
If you haven't already downloaded the app and you have Amazon Prime, then do yourself a favor and take a look at what the app has to offer.