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AMAZON INSTANT VIDEO MEETS XBOX 360

Amazon instant video on Xbox 360

Add the zing to your gaming console, now that you have earned the authority of streaming your favorite videos on it.

As if the gaming experience on Xbox 360 wasn't enough, now the loving owners of the Microsoft product also got access to streaming their favorite videos as well.

Love was in the air when Amazon announced, on Tuesday(29 May, 2012), that its Prime Instant Video service and access to “Your Video Library” would now be available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The streaming service, which is available as a part of Amazon Prime for $79 a year and offers users free two-day shipping, features more than 17,000 movies and TV episodes, including hundreds of Paramount films.

“Working with Amazon.com marks a significant milestone in our mission to make the entertainment you love more amazing on Xbox,” says Ross Honey, general manager of Xbox LIVE Entertainment and Advertising, Microsoft Corp. “By bringing the Amazon Instant Video app to Xbox LIVE and adding voice search and voice control through the magic of Kinect, we’re transforming the way people discover and experience entertainment.”

According to Anthony Bay, Amazon.com vice president for video, Amazon Instant Video on the Xbox 360 console is among one of the most requested video features from Amazon's customers. “With Amazon Instant Video on Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE Gold members can start enjoying new release movies, current TV episodes and Prime Instant Video right away".

He also adds, "Our integration with Kinect for Xbox 360 lets customers play and search for videos with the wave of a hand or the sound of their voice, and our Whispersync technology allows customers to seamlessly switch between watching on Kindle Fire and their Xbox 360 console, without losing their place. Also, Watchlist is a great new feature that lets customers keep a running queue of videos they want to see in the future".

Customers can visit the Amazon Website to shop for any of the more than 120,000 movies and TV episodes. Purchased or rented movies and TV episodes appear automatically in Your Video Library on the Amazon Instant Video app for Xbox 360.

The new Amazon Instant Video app for Xbox 360 includes:

- The ability to browse and play videos with the Xbox 360 remote control or Kinect voice and gesture commands.
- Instant streaming of thousands of high-definition movies and TV episodes that start and resume with the speed of light.
- Watchlist for Amazon Instant Video – allows users to create a list of things they want to watch, and find those movies and TV episodes easily.
- Whispersync – lets users seamlessly switch from one device to another. Customers can start streaming a movie on Kindle Fire, then pick up right where they left off, Xbox 360 console and avoid the frustration of having to find their spot.
- Your Video Library – customers can access their purchases from Amazon Instant Video on the Xbox 360 or any of the hundreds of other devices enabled for Amazon Instant Video. You can visit Amazon's official webpage for a list of compatible devices.