Posts Tagged ‘download’

Amazon Prime-arily For TV

July 29, 2016

Amazon-prime-discount_thumb800A couple of years ago my wife and I took the plunge by joining Amazon Prime, my wife for the unlimited Prime next day delivery and myself for the Amazon Prime Video.

After being a subscriber to Sky Movies via Virgin Media we had become bored with the high cost with only a couple of new movies being added each week after month’s exhausting the existing library.  Upon joining Prime there were a couple of films we hadn’t seen but it quickly became an obsolete subscription in our house and we cancelled it at the end of the year due to the lack of films.

Amazon comes in at approximately £79 p/a which is no small cost, we do certainly got our money’s worth from the next day deliveries which made things very convenient, however with the poor movie selection we just couldn’t justify the cost for a few quick deliveries.  Perhaps if the cost could have been spread across the year it would be more appealing, however with it being an annual cost it just wasn’t viable.

In the last couple of years however Amazon along with Netflix have started to produce their own TV series, which with a recent advertising campaign peaked my interest.

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My wife and I recently agreed to renew our subscription and with some Twitter followers recommendations I started to download some of the more popular series.  These series are a dream for a person who commutes to London daily, watching multiple episodes of a series across a week helps to pass the tedious travel time.  With various series available within the subscription you are hard pressed not to find something you would enjoy.  I myself have so far enjoyed “The Man in the High Castle”, “Bosch”, “Mr. Robot” and I have just started to watch “Preacher”.  Each of these series I found to be better than the programs you find on your normal TV stations and “almost” made me look forward to my next journey to see the progression of the stories I had been watching.

However, despite this new-found love of Amazon Prime there are still a few issues anyone should be aware of before forking out the substantial subscription.

Offline viewing is only available on mobile devices, such as a tablet or mobile phones.  Streaming is allowed on laptops, PCs and even gaming consoles but you cannot download the programmes to your laptop to watch on a train/plane journey.  This feature was available at some point but despite many posts complaining of this service removal, it is still not possible to download onto a Laptop for offline viewing using the normal methods.  This seems a strange decision by Amazon but I can only assume this is perhapsdue to the ability to record the programs on a laptop. mr-robot

There are however ways to get around this and I have been enjoying viewing these series on my laptop on my daily commute without the need to break the law by illegally downloading and breaching any DRM implemented by Amazon.  I simply have an android emulator called “Bluestack” (http://www.bluestacks.com/) .  By using this emulator, which whilst not perfect (slight sound buzzing), is a good enough platform I can now enjoy the many series on my daily commute.  Why Amazon cannot make this easier for customers is beyond me.

So if you are looking for some great TV series to watch I can highly recommend Amazon Prime as an alternative to buying expensive box sets, etc.

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DLC The Good, The Bad & The Downright Ugly!

August 29, 2013

Further to my post a couple of months back regarding DLC (downloadable content) I thought I’d revisit the subject after the latest Call of Duty DLC “Apolcalypse”.

DLC is thriving and is an obvious way for companies to wring even more money from gamers.  There are many differing opinions of DLC and I thought I’d share my updated thoughts on the subject.

The Good

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The DLC for Call of Duty has always been good in my opinion, yes there have been times I wished they would have more maps instead of Zombies but it has always had a positive affect on my gaming.  The reason I feel the Call of Duty DLC is such a positive thing is due to it’s staggered release schedule it constantly rejuvenates my love of the game.  If you’d asked me just last week about the game I would have told you that I had tired of the game and was no longer playing it that often and so much so I wasn’t even considering buying the new version “Ghosts” being released in November.

However the final DLC dropped including 4 maps and a Zombies game and my love of the game has been resurrected.  The 12 maps released over the past nine months have been a bit hit and miss with fans but I feel the final four are extremely good and I have really enjoyed playing them.

This type of DLC released sometime after the initial game release I feel is perfectly acceptable, time has been spent by the developer creating the new content and it injects a new lease of life into a flagging game.

Many developers use this staggered release to keep the excitement about their game going, which in turn benefits them as it keeps the excitement for the next full game release in a continuing series.

The Bad

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Now some DLC I find particularly hard to swallow, to show I am not biased towards Call of Duty I refer to the camo DLC that is released fairly regularly.  All these releases are just different designs to put on your weapons when playing multi-player online.  Yes these are very cheap and it is purely down to the buyer whether they want them or not however I feel these should be included in season passes which entitles the gamer to all map releases for that year.  Season passes often can cost as much as the original game so bunging extra DLC on that is not included just seems greedy.

Another example of this is Forza and Need for Speed, you can pay to have extra cars.  Firstly these can give the player an advantage over people not able to afford to purchase these cars but also, should this not been included in the original game.  It seems that items that would normally have been included with the original game in the past are now purposely being held back to rake in a few more pounds/dollars!Forza_Horizon_boxart

Any DLC which give the gamer an advantage over other players should be banned in mu opinion, or at least make them a segregated, walled pool of players.  If little rich kids can pay to power up their avatar making them over power their opponents then this just isn’t fair to the gamers struggling to afford the game in the first place.

The Downright Ugly
I mentioned this in my previous post but it still continues and therefore must prove that people are still willing to purchase.  Day 1 DLC.  This is a pure money grab from the companies.  Content which should have been included on the original disc held back to cost the gamer more.  Now pre-order bonuses are ok, they encourage people to put their orders in early which is just good business sense, but to have content available on day 1 can be nothing more than greed.

With the introduction of day 1 game downloads coming on the next generation of consoles, will this mean a dilution of day 1 DLC or will it continue as it has done on the current generation of disc based games?  We will have to wait and see!