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Download videos from Amazon!


Amazon just got even better today with the launch of its Amazon Unbox Video Store and companion Windows-only video player. In addition to offering episodes of top TV shows such as Prison Break, Numb3rs, Laguna Beach, 24, and CSI (each for $1.99), Unbox also sells and rents out full-length feature films by huge studios like Universal, Fox Searchlight, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and Warner Bros. Rentals start at $3.99 apiece and download-to-own movies are about $14, with new releases topping out at a not-too-friendly $20 and older movies selling for a more-reasonable-but-still-not-great $10. There are thousands of titles to choose from, so now might be the time to sign up for the Visa that offers Amazon gift certificate rewards.

For a limited time, Amazon will take $1.99 off the cost of your first rental or purchase. Since most TV shows are priced at $1.99 each, they’re basically giving away a free episode just for trying out their new service. Earlier, they were also offering $20 worth of free videos with the purchase of a 30GB Creative Zen Vision:M, which implies that video playback on compatible portable devices should be pretty painless, but the promotion isn’t on the site anymore (at least not right now). In any case, I’ll try it out and report back soon.

In the meantime, check out the FAQ for more information and give Unbox a whirl here.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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3 thoughts on “Download videos from Amazon!

  • Avatar of Anonymous

    As usual, and umentioned on every post I’ve seen about this, the 90% of the world that isn’t the USA misses out yet again…..

  • Ah, you’re right! Thanks for pointing that out. I think all the sites who would post about this are U.S.-based, though, so they would typically only mention when something is not available here (and not vice versa). Maybe Amazon’s international sites are working on their own version of Unbox with country-specific content…


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