Amazon as just apparently released a brand new app for the iPad for their Instant Video “Netflix-like” services, allowing anyone to rent or buy services, making them a new Netflix competitor, which their service is fully named Amazon Prime Instant Video.
This new application gives users the option to download and bought or rented movies and also TV shows for offline viewing, which also includes Prime Instant Video titles when it’s connected to the Internet. Amazon has also been keeping track of their user’s place in videos, which allows it to be resumed right at the same point on other devices that are supported like a TV, Mac or even the Kindle Fire.
With Amazon Instant Video, you can:
- Stream thousands of titles available from Prime Instant Video at no additional cost with a Prime membership, or watch over 120,000 videos available from the Amazon Instant Video store
– Download purchased and rented videos from Your Video Library
– Shop over 120,000 videos available from the Amazon Instant Video store by visiting Amazon
– Add videos to your Watchlist from a PC, Mac, or Kindle Fire for later viewing on your iPad
– Subscribe to a TV Season Pass by visiting Amazon and episodes will automatically be available on your iPad the day after they air
– Start watching on your iPad, and resume watching right where you left off on a Kindle Fire, PS3, PC, Mac, or hundreds of models of connected TVs and Blu-ray players with Amazon Whispersync.
A mini-review has been made by Engadget, while saying “Amazon is coming really close to Netflix with this one”, and also the app is polished and runs very smoothly, as said in the review.
$79/year is what Amazon Prime will cost, which they offer overnight shipping that is discounted and also free two-day shipping on almost every title that Amazon is selling, and they includes thousands of other streaming movies on-demand, TV shows, and last but not least Kindle Books.
Just yesterday Amazon had updated it’s Cloud Player service with an iTunes Match-alike matching feature, which I am guessing is web based like Google Music. There is a huge upgrade, as Amazon’s own cloud music was offering users to previously upload all of their music which takes hours or days which depends on the size of the user’s music library.