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Amazon Instant Video

Well, I feel that I have finally triumphed over the idiocy of Amazon over the last couple of days, which is nice. I am hesitant to post this here because of the ridiculous behaviour of Amazon in trying to push Kindle Fire/Fire TV, but I can't really see how they can stop this, so I'm going to post it anyway.

How to watch Amazon Instant Video/Amazon Prime Video on your tablet.
Install Flashfox. I used the Pro version because I was so pleased this worked but you don't need to, the free one works fine. Tick the "request desktop site" box then visit the Amazon website and browse to your videos - voila, you can play your videos on your tablet.

How to watch Amazon Instant Video/Amazon Prime Video on your Chromecast from your phone or tablet.
Somewhat to my surprise, there is a very simple way to do this - I've been googling it frequently but somehow this has never come up so I figure I'll put it out there. If you go in to the Chromecast app on your device, there is an option to cast screen. On my phone it warns you it's not designed for this screensize but just ignore this. On my phone I can then watch via the Instant Video app or Flashfox and the picture and sound are chromecast to my TV with very good quality. I noticed a couple of stutters which I think was from the Amazon app rather than the chromecasting.

So, having finally managed to get to watch my programmes the way I want again, the next season of Lewis is apparently not available on Prime or elsewhere. I don't really want to buy the DVDs so I guess I'll just bittorrent it and wait for an electronic version to become available. Sigh. It really shouldn't be this hard to pay for what I want to watch. Still, definite progress

Comments

Yeah, I cancelled my Amazon instant video trial when I discovered it wasn't supported on my Roku box. I had thought to try it out instead of Netflix, but I guess Netflix won that one before they even started. That Amazon deliberately break it on non-Amazon tablets just adds insult.

However, your post prompted me to try another workaround. As you mention, Amazon do provide an Android phone app, which seemed to work OK (even if you can't get it from the Google play store, which makes one a little suspicious). You need both the Amazon store and video apps. I thought I might try transferring the apps from my phone to tablet (Nexus 7 2012), but found them on the web: http://the-digital-reader.com/nates-reviews/stream-amazon-instant-videos-android-tablet/#toc-0 . I used "the official way", where their unofficial way is a more clumsy way to do what you did with flashfox.

That seemed to work fine, and now I can stream Amazon videos to my tablet, at least as long as my trial lasts (it seems even if you cancel, you still have access until the end of the trial). I guess that's rather easier to use than the browser+Flash method you use, but maybe this doesn't work on your tablet? Still, this won't work for my Roku, and I don't really want to watch much on my tablet, so this isn't really a long-term solution for me.

An interesting moral/economic question is whether watching the video on Amazon prime (paid or as a trial) can legitimise (morally, certainly not legally) getting the torrent to watch on my Roku? Does it depend on how Amazon pays the movie producers?