Can I buy a TV show from Amazon Instant Video and download it to my Mac? The FAQ file is very confusing. It makes it seem like if you want to watch from a computer, you must stream it. Amazon's Prime Video streaming service today announced the ability for its users to download television shows and movies to an iPhone, iPad,. 5 days ago We show how to download any video on your Mac, whether it's on Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, iPlayer or Amazon Video.
At one time the idea of watching movies on a Mac seemed both quaint and inconvenient. After all, you already had a TV and its accouterments in the rumpus room.
Why gather friends and family around the desk in the corner of the living room to watch movies on a 17-inch iMac? But times are changing. A home media center is no longer a crazy idea. Nor would anyone look askance if you moved into that same rumpus room and devoted some of its time to entertainment. Once you accept the notion of a Mac as a home media player, your next thoughts naturally turn to movies and, likely, the iTunes Store. But the Store isn’t the end-all-and-be all of online movie sources. Although outfits such as and demand that their content be watched on devices that don’t bear the Apple brand, there are a handful of other sources for movies that you can play on your Mac.
Step up to the ticket booth and check out these options. The iTunes Store We can hardly begin without mentioning what the iTunes Store provides. Of any source, the iTunes Store is the most Mac friendly. Offering thousands of movies for purchase or rental, the Store’s movies are playable on a Mac, Windows PC, Apple TV, iPod, and iPhone. You can transfer them to and play them on any computer authorized with the Apple ID used to purchase or rent the movie.
The Store sells and rents both standard definition and HD movies. There are currently more than 280 HD movies, available in the 720p (1280 by 720) format. Many feature 5.1 surround-sound soundtracks as well. Apple's prices are based on a movie's age and format. Apple characterizes movies as being library (meaning older) or new.
Prices generally shake out as follow: standard-definition library titles cost $10 to purchase; new standard-definition titles are $15; all HD titles cost $20; iTunes Extras movies, which contain bonus DVD-like material, cost $15 in SD format or $20 in HD (there are some exceptions to iTunes Extras pricing, however). ITunes StoreAs for rentals, standard-definition library titles cost $3, and new library titles in standard definition cost $4. Library HD rentals cost $4, and new HD rentals cost $5 (iTunes Extras content is not available for rentals). After you download a rental movie, you have 30 days to watch it. After you start watching it, you have 24 hours to finish it; the movie is automatically removed from you Mac after that period.
During those 24 hours, you can watch the movie as many times as you like. Like all videos sold at the Store, you can't burn movies in a form playable on a DVD player. You can, however, burn purchased movies as data for backup purposes. Amazon Video On Demand is one of the few movie services other than the iTunes Store that’s not actively hostile to the Mac. It can afford to be magnanimous because it streams movies via a Web browser, even one that sits on your Mac. You can also watch the service’s movies on TiVo, Roku players, compatible Sony Bravia devices, Panasonic TVs that support Viera Cast, and compatible Samsung HDTVs.
You’re allowed to download videos to up to two compatible devices—a TiVo and Windows PC, for example. Regrettably a Mac isn’t one of those compatible devices. Clearly, Amazon Video On Demand is not the ideal service for Mac users, but it does offer a couple of advantages over the iTunes Store. For one, if you purchase a movie it's accessible to stream on any Internet-connected computer, so can watch it on your laptop while visiting the in-laws without having to remember to copy it to that Mac's hard drive. Another—particularly if you're willing to broaden your video diet to include TV shows—is price.
Amazon, like the iTunes Store, sells individual TV episodes for $2 (SD) and $3 (HD). But purchase a season and you’ll save money at Amazon. Amazon Video On DemandFor example, the first season of Mad Men costs $20 (SD) and $35 at the iTunes Store. Amazon charges $18 (SD) and $28 (HD).
Dexter Season 2 at the Store is $24 (SD) and $36 (HD). Mozilla Mac Os Download. The same season costs $19 (SD) and $29 (HD) at Amazon. Even if you're interested in movies only, Amazon also offers deals on current movie rentals. For example, recently you could rent. The Store’s rental price that day was $4. One could very reasonably argue that the iTunes Store provides more value—you actually have the content on your hard drive rather than in the cloud, and you can play them on an iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV.
But if your intention is to watch the video only on a TV connected to a computer or on the Mac's screen itself, Amazon could be the better deal, provided that you have fast and reliable broadband. (To stream HD content you should have a broadband connection of 5mbps or better.) Also, those Amazon videos are available to you wherever you have a computer and fast Internet connection.