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The Next Web

These two deals on prime VPN services will make the rest of 2020 a safer year indeed


TLDR: These two VPN deals will assure your 4th of July — not to mention the coming year are completely safe and secure online.

Is there anything more obvious than writing a post about some huge VPN deals on July 4th and drawing the line about independence? Independence from online terrorists?  Independence from governmental oversight? Independence from throttled bandwidth and streaming service edicts? 

Yeah, we thought so too. Anyway, none of that changes the fact that it is July 4th…and there is a big sale on two of the top VPN services around. And since they’re all over $50, you can enter the code JULYFOURTH15 during checkout and save yourself an additional 15 percent. Go forth and free yourself. Read More

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Tech Radar

Hanna season 2 brings spy drama thrills to Amazon Prime Video this weekend


Some spoilers for Hanna season 1 follow.

Our first sighting of Hanna was on the big screen. This genetically enhanced teen assassin – living off the grid with the man she believed to be her father – was the central character in Atonement director Joe Wright’s 2011 spy thriller. But the movie’s co-screenwriter, David Farr, always felt there was plenty more story to tell – enough to carry Hanna’s TV incarnation into its upcoming second season.

“I always had in my head that I wanted to tell the story of where Hanna really came from,” David Farr, creator and showrunner of the Amazon Prime show, tells us. “[I wanted to look at] the fact there were these other young girls who hadn’t been rescued, that had been left behind. They were being trained in this facility to go and do assassinations. The film didn’t have enough time to get there, but they left this huge opportunity where you could retell the story and go way further with the character.” Read More

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Engadget

Amazon’s Windows 10 Prime Video app brings offline viewing to PCs


It’s also possible to use the app to watch any movies and shows you bought through Amazon. Movies Anywhere subscribers can do the same as well. In some countries, the software also allows you to rent content, as well as subscribe to Prime Video Channels like HBO and Showtime. For the most part, those are all features you can access on Prime Videos web client, but they’re nice to have inside of an app.

While the app has a four-and-a-half star rating on 29 reviews, it’s not perfect. For one, you can’t pick where it stores any content you download. Playback is also limited to 1080p. Still, this seems like a good start for Amazon and brings it up to par with Netflix and Hulu. Head over to the Microsoft Store to download the Prime Video app.  Read More

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The Verge

Amazon Prime Video launches Windows 10 desktop app


Amazon Prime Video’s dedicated app for Windows 10 is now live in the Microsoft Store, the company announced Thursday. It allows you to stream videos and download them for offline viewing. While it’s always been possible to stream Prime Video content through a browser like Chrome, there was no way to download videos on a Windows device to view offline until now.

Amazon has lately beefed up its original streaming content to compete with rivals like Netflix and Hulu. That includes critically acclaimed shows like Fleabag, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,and Homecoming. A recent report found that the company is “actively pursuing” licensing deals for live TV, and earlier this week, it introduced a Watch Party feature in the US so up to 100 people can stream with friends. Read More

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The Verge

Amazon is bringing virtual viewing parties to Prime subscribers with Watch Party


Amazon is giving its Prime members the ability to watch TV shows and movies on Prime Video with friends using its new Watch Party feature.

The feature is slowly rolling out, according to the company, and is only available in the US right now. Watch Parties will accommodate up to 100 viewers in one group, but each person must have a US-based Prime subscription. Once inside the Watch Party, people can choose from thousands of titles, according to Amazon, including originals and licensed shows and movies. Read More

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Engadget

Amazon will let you co-watch Prime videos with friends in the US


Amazon’s new Prime Video feature could help you stay connected with friends even while social distancing. If you’re in the US, you can now host and attend a Prime Video Watch Party, a new option for desktop that lets you co-watch with friends and fellow Prime members. As the host, you’ll be in charge of controls, providing all attendees with a cinema-like synchronized viewing experience. And yes, you can choose what to watch from Prime Video’s TV and movie lineup, which currently includes Captain America: The First Avenger and Amazon Originals like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and The Boys. Read More

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The Next Web

Amazon Prime Video rolls out Watch Party feature for movies with friends


Just a month after Hulu began testing an official ‘watch party’ feature, Amazon has decided to join the bandwagon.

The company today began rolling out a beta of the feature (US-only, for now) that allows up to 100 viewers to participate in synchronized playback of a TV show or movie. Playback is controlled by the host, and there’s a chat window that participants can communicate with. And because it’s 2020 and all, you can communicate in stickers too.

To start a watch party, simply head on over to the content you’d like to watch; you’ll see the watch party button right on the show or movie’s title. Read More

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TechCrunch

Amazon Prime Video introduces ‘Watch Party,’ a social co-viewing experience included with Prime – TechCrunch


Amazon Prime Video is beginning to roll out a co-viewing feature to Amazon Prime members in the U.S., the company announced today. The “Watch Party” feature, which is included at no extra cost with a Prime membership, allows participants to watch video content together at the same time with the playback synchronized to the host’s account.

The host of the co-watching session will be able to start, stop and pause the Watch Party as needed throughout the session, and those changes will also be synced to all participants’ devices instantly. Read More

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Mashable

Everything coming to Amazon Prime Video in July 2020


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The Verge

Amazon is reportedly considering adding live TV to its Prime Video service 


Amazon could be planning to bolster its Prime Video service, which is mostly known for its on-demand video offerings, with live TV, according to a report from Protocol and publicly available job listings. Details are light about what the new live TV services might entail, though the efforts appear to be in their early stages.

One job listing says Amazon is looking for someone who can “redefine how customers watch 24/7 linear broadcast TV content.” That person will also be tasked with “designing the end-to-end customer experience for how customers discover and watch Linear TV content.” (Linear TV is another way to describe live TV, like what you might watch on a broadcast channel.) The Prime Video team is also apparently “building next gen linear catalog systems to provide best-in-class Linear TV experience to Prime Video customers,” says another job listing. Read More