Amazon Prime Video - ask Amazon for scheduled downloads

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I enjoy Amazon Prime Video, but obviously don't enjoy burning through gigs of data for a season of whatever. I almost exclusively  download Prime video when I'm in town on unmetered internet, then watch later at home. If I wanted to stay up to 3AM to start the download I could get the download here at home. A better solution would be for Amazon to add a scheduled download feature to the app
I recently made this suggestion to Amazon and got a response that basically said "we understand your request". I encourage all your Prime Video subscribers to send the same feature request to Amazon. The more times they hear it, the more likely they are to implement it.
In a similar vein, you might let Netflix know you'd like to be able to download to your device and watch on you TV. I can download Netflix to my iPad, but it is blocked from playing on my TV, either via a wired connection or Apple TV. Very odd choice, if you ask me. Presumably it's a DRM thing, but I can stream to my iPad and watch it on my TV, so it's not like they're really stopping piracy.
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I use Playon. You have to pay for the program but it works. You can schedule the time and it saves the movie as an MP4 file on your computer so you can put it on a thumb drive and play it on your tv.

Andy
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Redbox is fine, but there is so much tremendous content now available streaming only, streaming is a necessity if you want to watch some of the best shows out there.
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You miss my point... at what price? We're not all rich like you and have a hotspot for backup ;)

My decisions are based solely on finances and perceived value.
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In terms of value, a Netflix online sub blows Redbox away. You could watch hours and hours of content for the price of about 10 Redbox rentals a month..
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And of course, when the nearest Redbox is 1.5 hours roundtrip ...Even Netflix DVDs are a hassle with the mailbox 40 minutes roundtrip (when the road is in good shape).
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Only if had the bandwidth to support it - total cost of ownership comes into play not just the Netflix subscription.

We all l don't have that Freedom plan you have and some of us never had it.

What works for you doesn't work for me and vice versa - it's all a matter of perspective and everyone can work out what's best for themselves. There are no absolutes that apply equally to everyone.

I suppose I could bump up to the Unlimited Gold 12 Plan offered in my area for $200 plus a lease fee (that I currently don;t have) and of course a 65 GB data usage threshold and new 2 year commit... but even that pales in comparison to Freedom and I suspect you would think so to - I see no real value there.

Truth be told, I rarely hit RedBox more than 4 times a month and more recently have taken to going to our well-stocked public library where prices don't get any better and can keep them for 7-14 days - I'm cheap which governs my choices more than anything else ;)   
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This is a good point. I'm probably going to work on something for here and maybe future self help stuff on our website covering internet of things device such as the Fire Stick. I haven't tested it on mine personally but I think there's an option to limit your streaming to a certain amount. Might be helpful for a few folks that use the service. That's one potential setting option.

I've heard good things about Playon and I think a few users on here said they use Plex as a media server. That's all outside of our range of assistance as official company workers for Viasat so I can't really suggest any 3rd party devices but one thing I've learned about this forum is that a bunch of users have figured out how to get this sort of stuff to work for them so I'd expect to see a few more replies weigh in.