Traveling with Amazon Prime: Watch Prime Videos offline on iOS and Android devices

Amazon just announced support for something Netflix doesn't offer, offline video content for iOS and Android devices. Take movies and TV shows with you on that next business trip, for free.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer

Many of us travel by plane for business trips and watching movies is a great way to pass the time on long flights. Google Play Movies has proven to be the best way for me to rent and download video content to my iOS and Android devices in the past, but Amazon just announced Prime Video offline content support.

While wireless data continues to speed up and WiFi connectivity expands around the world, streaming video content is data intensive and there are still many situations in which offline content is a better option. While some airlines offer in-flight entertainment, I prefer to rent my own movies and view them on my devices.

iTunes severely limits what devices you can play movies on and in my experience Google Play Movies offers the best option for renting or purchasing movies and then watching them offline. Amazon currently offers offline movie and TV content to Amazon Fire device owners, but is now expanding to support iPhones, iPads, Android phones, and Android tablets.

While you can purchase or rent content to watch on these devices with Amazon Prime Video, you can also now download movies and TV shows for free with a Prime subscription. This support just bumped Amazon to the top of my list for video content when I travel for work.

People often talk about binge viewing on Netflix, but with this new support from Amazon you can take that binge viewing on your commute or next flight. Not every movie or TV show on Amazon is available for offline viewing, but the list is quite extensive and even includes Amazon Original Series, HBO content, and more.

I've been an Amazon Prime subscriber for several years, primarily enjoying the fast shipping benefit when I shop. A few months ago, I dropped my other music subscriptions when Amazon Prime Music was updated with better mobile software. Prime Music is also an additional free service included with a Prime subscription.

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