Amazon has not highlighted DroidTV Primetime but it is pretty big on Android sites when software is recommended. It may be that it's a soft competitor to HuluPlus especially and to Netflix also.
While DroidTV Primetime is listed for $8.99, a price already high enough to deter purchase by most who prefer free or very inexpensive apps, it's actually $8.99 for 3 months now. It's essentially a subscription of course, but it doesn't clearly say so.
Furthermore, the history is that it started out as $1/mo. not long ago and then recently had become $8.99 for 6 months, which seemed okay for those who had signed up for it, at $1.50 per month then.
In July, the price quietly changed, from $8.99 for 6 months, to $8.99 for 3 months.
And nevertheless, people on the whole seem to feel it's still worth it at $3/mo., essentially. Why?
Netflix and HuluPlus each costs $8.99 per month but
1. HuluPlus has us watch ads even though we pay Hulu $9/mo. because, it's said (and I believe it) that CURRENT TV shows are expensive to rent and distribute.
2. Netflix does not, for the most part, present current TV shows except for some educational PBS shows like Frontline, distributed not long after being shown.
With Netflix and HuluPlus (I subscribe to each), you subscribe directly with those companies and the Android app itself is 'free' to use on the Kindle Fire for accessing of the subscriptions you've paid for outside Amazon.
With both you can watch only when connected online via WiFi or 3G/4G.
DroidTVPrimetime, though, is equivalent to a subscription VIA the Android app itself. For this, you can, they say (and users confirm) watch some of your favored TV Shows offline when you're not connected to WiFi, and the product info on Amazon reads:
- Watch full HD TV episodes
- Record episodes to watch later
- Store videos on your device for anytime viewing
Watch TV on your mobile device in full HD-480p resolution with DroidTV. Choose from hundreds of episodes of the most popular shows from the major TV networks. Watch whenever you want, wherever you want.
With DroidTV, you can record and watch individual episodes or automatically record every episode for a show as they become available. Episodes are recorded from the Internet, stored on your own dedicated virtual DVR in our data center, and then transferred to your mobile device for viewing.
Recorded episodes are played from your phone or tablet’s memory card, not streamed, so they are available anytime, even when you don’t have Internet access. Episodes play immediately, without buffering delays or reduced quality.
You can store any number of episodes on the virtual DVR. The number of episodes on your mobile device is limited only by available memory on your [built-in] SD card.
Because PVRCom LLC has raised prices on this app rather quietly, I'm linking to the customer reviews by NEWEST review first, so that you can get a sense of what the viewer response is, most recently (at the time you access the reviews).
On forums (Kindle and Android-general ones) I've seen mentions made of HBO shows such as True Blood, Mad Men and Game of Thrones even if you're not subscribed to HBO. Some of us are hoping for NewsRoom but we have no idea whether they'll make a deal for that.
There are also CBS shows that aren't found on Hulu.
After you select shows you want to 'record' and DroidTV creates a virtual DVR [virtual video recorder] on their servers for your choices, it may take a couple of hours to set it in place and then you can start to download them. Be aware that there is NOT that much space on Kindle Fire storage and just don't select 'too much' at one time. They won't deliver more than you have space for but it's best never to get to maximum on space storage.
You'll see a short description for each show and the original air date. While the resolution is set to 480p, you'll get a somewhat lower-quality image than on the other services in order to keep the file sizes small enough to keep on your device rather than stream via WiFi.
As for me, I've so far only downloaded its TV shows guide (not much time lately to explore), and the initial download takes a while, so I just set it aside for awhile. I also kept it plugged in, in case, while it was downloading the TV Guide. Looks fairly enticing.
Let me know, if you use it, what your experiences with this are. From what I've seen in my wanderings through the Android appmosphere, most people are quite happy with what it can do.
Current Kindle Models for reference, plus free-ebook search links
Kindle Fire 7" tablet - $199
Kindle NoTouch ("Kindle") - $79/$109
Kindle Touch, WiFi
Kindle Touch, 3G/WiFi - $149/$189
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189, Free, slow web
Kindle DX - $379, Free, slow web
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - £89
Kindle Touch WiFi, UK - £109
Kindle Touch 3G/WiFi, UK - £169
Kindle Keyboard 3G, UK - £149
Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Kindle NoTouch Basic - $109
Kindle Touch WiFi - $139
Kindle Touch 3G/WiFi - $189
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189
Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
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