Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Amazon Prime Video, first impressions: a bargain or not being Premium, but with reduced catalog


Amazon Prime Video, first impressions: a bargain or not being Premium, but with reduced catalog

As with Netflix and HBO, Amazon Video internationalization was also expected, although it has befallen us something by surprise and globally. After the tracks and gave mid-November, today finally Amazon Video is available in Spain, Latin America and more than 200 countries, and we have tried what you have.

By the time the apps are available in the Play Store and the App American Store (but we can download the same even if we have the account of another country) as well as some smart TV, but can also be accessed from the browser by the website . Let 's see how it works and what benefits has the service of multimedia content Amazon.

A small but varied catalog
Amazon, like other multimedia content services, has its own assortment of original content, with series like 'Hand of God', 'Mozart in the Jungle', 'Bosch' and 'Red Oaks'. Products are an important claim for exclusivity, as 'The Path' (unpublished in Spain), blockbusters like 'Jurassic Park' or lifelong titles like 'Grease' or the saga of 'The Godfather'. The app has four sections and we see it classified in different ways.

Amazon Prime Video, first impressions: a bargain or not being Premium, but with reduced catalog

Thus, this content is displayed similar to Netflix way and other services, with a first section of ads that are changing the titles in promotion and then a series of rows according to gender and language audio and video (if for example we have Spanish account we propose Spanish subtitled content or audio in this language). All this is seen in the section Browse if we are in the app (which at the moment are in English), divided into three sections:
  • Home : The home page, in which the structure remains ad + sections and between which we find first a personalized, Watch next , which has the series we have begun to see and other suggestions.
  • TV Series : here filtered showing only series, also with the Watch next and titles Amazon first of the suggestions.
  • Movies : it only appear in films. In the section Watch next movie we have not finished viewing, showing first among the suggestions which have subtitles available in the user 's language appear.

The catalog moment is reduced if we consider that they have other previous services, but from Amazon have told us that the idea is to gradually expanding (and, as in Netflix, the location will depend on our availabilities). To begin with, these are some of the titles that we can find in addition to those we have discussed:
  • Series (seasons available as appropriate): 'Transparent', 'The Man in the High Castle', 'Fear the Walking Dead' 'Seinfeld' 'Startup' 'Flesh and Bone', 'The Shield', 'The Night Shift ',' Into the Badlans', 'Community', 'Justified', 'Man of God', 'Bosch', 'Red Oaks',' Just add magic ',' Wishenpoof ',' Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street ' , selection of Anime, etc.
  • Movies : 'Pulp Fiction', 'Forrest Gump', 'Ace Ventrua', 'Scareface', 'The Good Shepherd', 'Cloverfield', 'Transformers',' Jurassic Park ', the' American Pie ', saga of' Mission: Impossible ',' Disturbia ',' American Beauty ',' Footloose ',' Vanilla Sky ',' Watchmen ',' The Truman show ', etc.

Reproduction: qualities to choose from , but no mirroring
The experience of viewing time has been somewhat truncated because the international opening there is a great demand and may have trouble playing streaming: cuts, closures, the sound later to activate and / or especially the playback begins at a very low quality.

To solve this at the moment of collapse of service we can resort to some tricks: download content, change the audio language (if you do not hear anything, then we can return the we had and will continue to operate) or pull patience and wait if we see a completely pixelated image (in seconds it will change to better quality without doing anything).

Amazon Prime Video, first impressions: a bargain or not being Premium, but with reduced catalog

Thus, according to the content will be available quality or more to choose from. To do this we must go to the tab Settings ( Settings ) and go to the section Streaming & Downloading. Here we can determine if we want only download / issued in wifi and quality of both, having three levels in each case (from highest to lowest quality, Best, Better and Good ), but influence our connection (automatically be the app will estimate the most appropriate).

Amazon Prime Video, first impressions: a bargain or not being Premium, but with reduced catalog

As for options on display, we can move forward or backward ten seconds for it to pause, go to the next episode, and configure playback devices (up to three simultaneously) and change the language of audio and video. Has no choice to send CC or similar devices, but what if you have provided is the function X-ray, which (if available in content) appear if reproduced from mobile and reports some information about the film or series (trivia, songs that sound, cast, etc.).

Amazon Prime Video, first impressions: a bargain or not being Premium, but with reduced catalog

An example of what we can see in X-Ray, in this case the navigation between the different scenes.
We default audio will appear in English (for now is the only language in many audio content) without subtitles. We can configure both languages ​​from the icon on the playback screen, where we appear all available. These appear in white font on a dark background transparent, looking very well and smoothly.

Amazon Prime Video, first impressions: a bargain or not being Premium, but with reduced catalog

If we decide to interrupt viewing , either download or streaming, we can start from that point later in the option that appears in this series we film / Resume , or re-start it from scratch. In some cases, moreover, it is available the trailer and have the option to add it to our Watchlist (ie, a list of favorite content to go pointing earrings).

Amazon Prime Video, first impressions: a bargain or not being Premium, but with reduced catalog

Both this content and downloads have their own tab, as we have seen. We can go to Watchlist at any time to see the list or Downloads if we see something we've downloaded (where it ranks in series and movies separately). In the case of download something, progress is observed both on page Series / film as in the download section, and if we are Premium will always tell you what content is included in our subscription.

What you have expiration downloads? In this case it depends on the title, appearing one notification when the availability period is about to end (not specify how advance). Notifications can also be activated to warn of the discharge, but in iOS have not worked for us. Thus, the maximum is 25 downloads titles in total devices that have registered in the account.

Amazon Prime Video, first impressions: a bargain or not being Premium, but with reduced catalog

So far the experience has been fairly good to be a service that is just starting a global scale, but we miss that can be played via CC or more content. For this we have to wait (do not know when expanded with more titles) and to have more languages available as both my own and the web in other languages. And with prices are not bad, considering that for Premium users is included in the subscription, and if they are not about 3 euros per month.

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