With this app, you can add a worthy pre-departure task to your to-do list.
Name: Amazon Video app
Available: On iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, Fire devices
Cost: Free app. Amazon Prime membership $ 49-$ 299
What it does: Download the free app in your preferred app store, sign into your Amazon Prime account, select movies and TV episodes to download free, rent or purchase, and then watch offline on your iPhone, iPad, Android device or tablet.
What’s hot: Your hotel TV doesn’t have channels you want to watch, and you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to rent a movie. If you’re an Amazon Prime member (or want to become one), you can watch its movies and TV episodes through its app. This opens up a new world for travelers who like to have their entertainment with them at all times. Simultaneous downloads are a plus. My favorite feature was in Settings. Go to “Download Quality” and select from “Good, Better or Best” default download qualities to save time and storage. You can watch your downloaded movies on international soil, but if you forget to download them before your trip, you can add content (over the Internet) in countries where the app is available (currently the U.S., Britain, Germany and Austria).
What’s not: Make sure you have plenty of space on your device to store the movies. I did not. Although it was great that I could simultaneously download one adult drama and one kid-friendly movie, my iPhone would periodically stop when it ran out of room. I had to delete some apps so I could continue downloading. I hope future versions will include a page where I can monitor the progress of my downloads in one place instead of opening each individually.
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