So you’ve got an airplane trip coming up and you want to load some videos on your phone or tablet to make the flight a bit more bearable. You could rip a DVD or two or rent or purchase a title form Google Play or iTunes and save it to your device.
But now there’s another option: If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can download some videos from the company’s subscription-based service for offline viewing.
Up until now the only devices that supported downloads of Amazon Prime Video were Amazon Fire products. Now you can download movies and TV shows on iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.
Not all videos are available for download, but thousands of titles including Amazon exclusives such as Transparent and Bosch are obviously included, as are other popular shows including Downton Abbey, Hannibal, Grimm, and Orphan Black. Movies including Anchorman 2, Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are also available for download.
If you’re wondering how much storage space videos are going to take up on your device, I downloaded a 30 minute episode of Veep, which used about 162 MB of space. Movies and longer TV shows will eat up more storage.
Amazon is the first major internet video subscription service to offer downloads for iOS and Android. It’s not something offered by rivals Netflix or Hulu.