Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Amazon Streaming

Most of you know Netflix's streaming service is unavailable to PowerPC users as it uses Silverlight, but there are alternatives that are flash-based like Hulu, although Hulu users have to use the Flash hack to fool your browser it's using Flash 11. But I wanted to talk about a new kid on the block, Amazon Instant Video.

Like Hulu, it uses Flash, but it still recognizes Flash 10.1. The bad news is that it's Flash, so performance isn't that great, but they have a good selection of videos. The prices for one-time rentals are a bit high in my opinion, but Amazon Prime members get free unlimited streaming to a separate library of movies and TV shows that don't include new releases.

The fastest G4 I tried this on was a 1.5 GHz AlBook and it was watchable, though there was noticeable frame-skipping. Performance and picture quality were roughly on par with Hulu. So if you have a fast G4 or G5 and were considering signing up to Amazon Prime for its free shipping and Kindle perks, the free streaming might be something to consider.

Though they could always drop Flash and switch to Silverlight and brag on their homepage that they support both Windows and Mac!

2 comments:

  1. I got a dual 867 mhz g4 with a radeon 9000 pro 64mb gpu running mac osx 10.5.8 and the amazon videos play just fine! i just use to manual zooming key via control key and mouse wheel. I think it is a deal to get amazon prime.

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  2. I just bought a G4 because I wanted to supplement my Kindle Fire. I have Amazon Prime and it works great on the Kindle but not at all on the IBook. But I read about workarounds that I will try. If Prime video works that would be great

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