FYI: You have until the 29th of March to download your Amazon Instant videos before Amazon shuts down their Unbox service.


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amazonunboxlogoIf you use Amazon Unbox to download your Amazon Instant videos, sadly you have only 3 more days to download them before Amazon shuts down their Unbox service. A few weeks ago Amazon announced that they plan to shut down the service after March 29th 2015.

You will still be able to download Amazon Instant Videos to Kindle devices like the Kindle Tablets after the March 29th date. You just will not be able to download them to a PC after they shut down the service. If you have a large library of Amazon Instant movies and TV shows, you will need to get a Fire Tablet if you want to watch them on the plane when you travel.

Here is the official announcement from Amazon:

Hello,

As someone who has used Amazon Unbox, we want to let you know about important upcoming changes to the application.

Amazon Unbox will no longer be available after March 29, 2015. This means you won’t be able to use Unbox to view or download videos after this date. You can however continue to watch the movies and TV episodes you’ve purchased and previously downloaded on your PC after this date by following the steps below.

Important: The following two-step process will give you access to your purchased and downloaded videos through Windows Media Player, a standard media player included with most PCs. If you need to download or re-install Windows Media Player please go to Microsoft Support (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/download-windows-media-player).

  1. Update the Amazon Unbox application to the latest version. This version includes a one-time license conversion that will make your videos available within Windows Media Player. Open the Unbox application and there will be an “Upgrade” notification you can use to do this. You can also click the “Settings” option in the Unbox menu and select “Check for Amazon Unbox Upgrades.”
  2. Use Unbox to download all purchased videos you wish to view offline on your PC byMarch 29, 2015.

Once you’ve completed these two steps, your downloaded videos will be available through Windows Media Player on your PC, and you can uninstall Amazon Unbox without losing access to them. If you don’t download your purchased videos onto your PC and install the latest version of Unbox by this date, you won’t be able to watch your purchased videos offline on your PC.

As always, you can also stream your purchased movies and TV episodes on your PC through your web browser as well as on hundreds of compatible devices, including Smart TV’s, game consoles, iOS, Android, and Fire OS devices.

For more information about ways to watch, go to:

https://www.amazon.com/watchnow

Sincerely,

Customer Service
Amazon.com

Other services like iTunes and Google Play still allow you to download videos you have purchased or rented. Recently, Google Play even expanded the download service to Chromebooks. There are still options for future purchases, but if you have a large library on Amazon you better download them quickly if you want them available for off line viewing on a PC.

If you still need the download link to the Unbox player (Currently well hidden on the Amazon site) it can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/cs/unbox/download/104

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