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So, I thought I'd post this, because I haven't seen it really talked about and it really has be excited.

Clicker.com analyzes Amazon Prime Instant Video offerings vs the competition -- Engadget

I'm sure all have heard about Amazon Prime's Instant Streaming service being released recently as a value add to their $79/year membership. Well, looks like it works on Android phones, in a browser window. Yeah, the quantity is no where near the Netflix streaming service, but I'd assume it grows. I would also guess that it might be included in the Amazon app at some point.

Yeah, $79/year is just another cost we have to consider, especially if you already have Netflix. The way I look at it is, I've always been on the fence regarding the Amazon Prime. I love the fact that I'd get free shipping, and now free unlimited streaming for times I'd need to kill a few minutes.
 

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Hmm... that is something to consider. Playon is $79.99 for a lifetime memership or $39.99/$19.99 a year.

Same one time cost as Amazon's yearly membership, but don't get free shipping on Amazon obviously.

Correct me if I am wrong though, doesn't PlayOn require software to be installed on a PC, and for that PC to be running for the video to work on your mobile device? That wouldn't be practical for me at all.
 
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Just so ya'll know, Amazon offers a program called Amazon Mom that gives you Prime membership for free for 3 months, along with 30% off baby stuff. After that 3 months, you can get another month for every $25 you spend in the baby store up to a year.

Amazon Mom
 

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free VOD on demand is supposedly only for paid Prime memberships. So Mom and Student (.edu) memberships which are free do not get the free VOD.
 

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Yeah, good point.

This Amazon thing really isn't that bad... assuming we ever get a confirmation that Netflix will or won't come to the TB. If it doesn't, I see this as being a great deal. I buy enough stuff from Amazon to make this worth while.
 

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So, I thought I'd post this, because I haven't seen it really talked about and it really has be excited.

Clicker.com analyzes Amazon Prime Instant Video offerings vs the competition -- Engadget

I'm sure all have heard about Amazon Prime's Instant Streaming service being released recently as a value add to their $79/year membership. Well, looks like it works on Android phones, in a browser window. Yeah, the quantity is no where near the Netflix streaming service, but I'd assume it grows. I would also guess that it might be included in the Amazon app at some point.

Yeah, $79/year is just another cost we have to consider, especially if you already have Netflix. The way I look at it is, I've always been on the fence regarding the Amazon Prime. I love the fact that I'd get free shipping, and now free unlimited streaming for times I'd need to kill a few minutes.

Amazon already streams VOD for titles that you purchased, but they do not have an android app for that. I would steams for purchased titles well before they do an subscription based app.
 

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Netflix supposedly will only allow their service to be available to dual core mobile devices... The TB is not one of them. Until the guys over at XDA get a hold of the app and change the permissions for us, we're SOL...
 

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Netflix supposedly will only allow their service to be available to dual core mobile devices... The TB is not one of them. Until the guys over at XDA get a hold of the app and change the permissions for us, we're SOL...

I am pretty sure you are wrong about dual core mobile devices. They said they were only streaming to newer generation Snapdragon processors.
 

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I am pretty sure you are wrong about dual core mobile devices. They said they were only streaming to newer generation Snapdragon processors.

You're right, Snapdragons CAN push Netflix, but...

"Netflix ?will only come pre-installed on devices with hardware that meets security standards? and it will not appear in the Android Market. This could eventually change some day, but given that the chips that support Netflix for Android mobile devices aren?t even out yet, that could be a long time from now." Feb 15, 2011

Its one thing to be able to do it, and another to have permission.
 

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Just got off the phone with Netflix after asking if they had any insight on HTC ThunderBolt having their software on board. Statement from supervisor that I spoke with is they're are having hard time with the efforts to get things on Android devices due to fact it's very open source software that would make their current security features obsolete so don't expect it anytime soon.
 

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^^^ interesting.

So which other apps could android be missing out on due to it being "too open sourced"??

Can Xoom utilize netflix?
 

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I asked on new Samsung Galaxy Tablet and Motorola Xoom (Was planning on getting a tablet finally) and they said no same issues Xoom is running Andriod 3.0 and Galaxy is running Andriod 2.2, so as of now only tablet they support is the iPad.
 

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You're right, Snapdragons CAN push Netflix, but...

"Netflix ?will only come pre-installed on devices with hardware that meets security standards? and it will not appear in the Android Market. This could eventually change some day, but given that the chips that support Netflix for Android mobile devices aren?t even out yet, that could be a long time from now." Feb 15, 2011

Its one thing to be able to do it, and another to have permission.

Netflix was shown running on an LG Revolution. Qualcomm stated that the processor that the Revolution is running on is the first to be certified with the DRM to run netflix and all future snapdragons will have that security. The Thunderbolt has the same exact process (MSM8655) as the Revolution, so the Thunderbolt is capable of running netflix, its just a matter of whether or not the Thunderbolt comes with netflix on it, or if it comes out later as an update.

Could someone please correct me if I am wrong, but there have been two system dumps for the Thunderbolt. The first one had the same stuff as the pre-production units at CES. I thought that in the second system dump, there was a netflix folder/app in there.
 

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^^^ interesting.

So which other apps could android be missing out on due to it being "too open sourced"??

Can Xoom utilize netflix?

Netflix needs to have the DRM baked into the chip. As of right now, the only chips that are certified are the new Qualcomm Snapdragon that comes in the Revolution/Thunderbolt, and all future Snapdragon chips will have DRM built in. If the DRM isn't currently in the chip there isn't a way to add it in. If Tegra 2 had the DRM built in, they would have announce it.
 

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Wouldn't you be able to just watch Netflix through the website as if you were on your PC? Or does it use something other than flash that isn't compatible. I agree that an app would make it nicer. But if you can access the website like normal I would imagine it would work. I could be totally wrong though.

Later,
Brandon
 

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Wouldn't you be able to just watch Netflix through the website as if you were on your PC? Or does it use something other than flash that isn't compatible. I agree that an app would make it nicer. But if you can access the website like normal I would imagine it would work. I could be totally wrong though.

Later,
Brandon

Netflix doesn't use flash, it uses Microsoft's Silverlight. Windows Phone 7 was able to get netflix without a problem since their entire operating system is based in Silverlight. Currently there is not version of Silvelight for android and I don't think Microsoft is planning on making one.
 

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While I'd love to hear that there was a Netflix folder in an early TB system dump... I'd assume if there was, it would be a big story.
 

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