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Amazon Video Expands Downloading Options

Allows users to download video to SD Cards on Android devices
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Amazon has expanded the ways Amazon Video and Prime Video customers can download content, announcing Friday that it now allows Android device users to download TV shows and movies to SD Cards.

That option is available starting today for Amazon customers in the U.S., the U.K., Austria, Germany and Japan, the company said, noting that the use of SD Cards allows “for more downloads without sacrificing quality storage on the phone itself.”

Amazon said customers have the option to auto-set the SD Card as the default location for downloaded content, but also have the ability to toggle to between the options.

Amazon began to offer a download option for iOS and Android devices in the fall of 2015.

Rival OTT-SVOD service Netflix has yet to introduce a downloading option, but appears to be warming to the idea. More details on that front might be revealed Monday (July 18) when Netflix reports Q2 results.

Comcast lets its subs download a portion of its TV Everywhere library and allows for downloads of shows recorded to its cloud DVR system for X1.  EPIX added downloading options last fall. The new Starz app (for its OTT service and TVE offering) allows subs to download most of its library. Meanwhile,  Dish’s new $99 portable video device, HopperGO, lets subs take DVR-recorded TV shows and movies on the road for offline viewing.