1. Check out our companion app, Forums for Android! Download from Google Play

Where to get TV and Movies (other than iTunes)

Discussion in 'Android Media' started by austink, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. austink

    austink Member
    Thread Starter
    15

    Nov 6, 2009
    22
    0
    15
    Is there any site where you can BUY and download TV shows or movies and load them on your android device? I am not talking about pirated video.

    I know we can download from iTunes and then run it through a conversion process, but is there another way to do it without using Apple? Is there a way to get videos from Amazon on? Where do people get video for non-iPod devices?

    I would love to buy some TV shows and load them, but it is a pain to go through the conversion process. Any thoughts?
     

    Advertisement

  2. ohgeez

    ohgeez Member
    25

    Dec 2, 2009
    5
    0
    25
    Well, I also have a BlackBerry and on the crackberry forums there's a "movie thread" and there must be about 100+ movies. All popular movies and FREE.

    I must have downloaded about a dozen to my hard drive and just move them into my phone.
     
  3. austink

    austink Member
    Thread Starter
    15

    Nov 6, 2009
    22
    0
    15
    I am sure there are a lot of ways to get bootlegged stuff, but I still think it is easier to follow the straight path and purchase something. Rather than hunting for something, it would be awesome to be able to browse a selection like you can in iTunes and download video that can just be loaded onto the Droid. There are enough non-iPhones out there, that I still can't understand how no company has introduced a competing service.

    I guess until then, the only option is to download on iTunes and run through a conversion process.
     
  4. vikingisson

    vikingisson Well-Known Member
    83

    Do you have a PVR? I'm using a pc based pvr built on SageTV. I have tuners and bits for over the air HD, cable tv, component capture, internet content, DVD, and others. I can save any shows from the tuners, sat dish, online content, etc. There is a builtin conversion system to create copies suitable for other devices. I haven't played with it much on my Android, the first one I tried worked but was too large to play smoothly so I need to adjust things down to size.

    If you're already paying for content then don't buy it again. And there is lots of free content.
     
  5. apontepower

    apontepower Member
    35

    Sep 10, 2009
    11
    0
    35
    on the market it called luk luk.... very good app has movies shows and cartoons
     
  6. milrtime83

    milrtime83 Well-Known Member
    78

    Nov 4, 2009
    668
    74
    78
    Though, they aren't legal.
     
  7. gmermel

    gmermel Well-Known Member
    36

    Nov 15, 2009
    138
    5
    36
    How do you make the conversion?

    Also, if you rent an itunes movie they have a 24 hour limit after you start viewing and then it deletes automatically. Can the movies with this limit even be converted?
     
  8. dima1109

    dima1109 Active Member
    15

    Dec 9, 2009
    36
    0
    15
    iTunes has videos in their proprietary format (mp4 I believe). I would go with Amazon Video service. TV shows are two bucks normally. I was watching season 1 of "24" a few weeks ago, and I wanted to get a couple episodes to watch until the DVDs came in the mail. I bought one off of iTunes and one off of Amazon just to see if there was much difference. The iTunes version had muddy and washed-out colors and was a little more grainy compared to the Amazon version; plus, it wasn't widescreen like Amazon's. The biggest plus though was that Amazon's videos came in WMV format which I could play with almost any video player. iTunes movies on the other hand can ONLY be watched in iTunes, and it actually has to be the same copy that it was purchased in (or another copy authorized to access your iTunes account). Of course, you can't convert it because of DRM restrictions.

    http://www.amazon.com/Video-On-Demand/b?ie=UTF8&node=16261631
     
  9. gmermel

    gmermel Well-Known Member
    36

    Nov 15, 2009
    138
    5
    36
    Looks promising. But since you cannot transfer from a Mac to a portable device can you download directly to the Droid?

    I appreciate the tip, and am going to look into this option very seriously. If I find the answer/procedure, I'll post it....
     
  10. dima1109

    dima1109 Active Member
    15

    Dec 9, 2009
    36
    0
    15
    You can't? I don't own or use a Mac regularly, but I'm pretty sure you can mount a removable storage device with no problems. Droid in USB transfer mode is just a flash drive, so you should be able to transfer videos just fine.

    As for conversions and file formats, I will try to transfer and watch some Amazon-purchased TV show episodes on my Droid later today and let you know how that works.
     
  11. Vzard

    Vzard Member
    16

    Dec 10, 2009
    19
    1
    16
    Isn't it that WMV files rented or purchased from Amazon Video on Demond have DRM copyright protection either?
     
  12. Crude

    Crude Well-Known Member
    143

    Nov 26, 2009
    1,152
    129
    143
    Nexusville
    I know I use amazon mp3 because they don't DRM them.
     
  13. Vzard

    Vzard Member
    16

    Dec 10, 2009
    19
    1
    16
    You're right, mp3 tracks dont have DRM shackle, only the new released .wma album DRM-wrapped.
     
  14. iPhone2Droid

    iPhone2Droid Well-Known Member
    38

    Dec 7, 2009
    201
    12
    38
    I use AnyDVD to convert dvd's in my possession to whichever mobile format I want at the moment. Pricey, but it's updated frequently, and prmptly(!), to keep up with the varying shades of DRM as they appear. Been using it for a year or two, and it has yet to choke on any movie/tv show I toss at it. Very easy to use as well. Note: I've never been charged for an upgrade, but I'm told they've since changed that policy for newer buyers. So, be sure to read carefully before purchasing to prevent nasty surprises.

    I rush to add: there are freebies which handle the de-DRM chore. But they drove me nuts (short drive, admittedly). I decided I'd rather pay up front to avoid aggravation every time I wanted to do a conversion.

    No affiliation with the company. Just a super happy customer.
    SlySoft AnyDVD | any dvd, region free, dvd copy, copy dvd movies, dvd decoder, dvd ripper, macrovision, dvd copying software
     
  15. gmermel

    gmermel Well-Known Member
    36

    Nov 15, 2009
    138
    5
    36
    Sorry, you are correct. I am able to use the droid as I would any mounted disc. I meant to discuss iTunes itself, where accessing the store/downloading is easy, but you can't watch it anywhere but your computer/iphone/itouch....
     
  16. kingdeeray

    kingdeeray Well-Known Member
    36

    Dec 3, 2009
    69
    5
    36
    Student
    Any luck with this?

    I am trying to download tv shows/movies directly from a provider(Paid) without using a pc and cable
     
  17. shadybuckeye

    shadybuckeye Member
    15

    Jan 25, 2010
    10
    0
    15
    Laborer
    Ohio
    try jetflicks, its 9.99 a month or if you pay for a year its 50 bucks. The video quality is very good and there is quite a selection. Plus they are adding more by request.
     
  18. CriticalCritic

    CriticalCritic Well-Known Member
    213

    Nov 9, 2009
    1,872
    556
    213
    Cary, NC
    Time to revive a VERY old thread. I too am looking for an answer to the question posed in the OP.

    I'm looking for a LEGAL place to BUY individual TV shows (NOT just movies!) that I can DOWNLOAD (NOT stream!) to my device WITHOUT going through a DRM stripping and conversion process.

    Thanks and Likes to any helpful responses!
     
  19. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven -.. --- - / -.. .- ... ....
    Moderator
    4,238

    Jun 23, 2010
    33,316
    32,847
    4,238
    Male
    Douglas, MA
    I think this was added to the play store. I haven't tried yet as I am waiting for my nexus 7 and the $25 play store credit
     
    CriticalCritic likes this.
  20. CriticalCritic

    CriticalCritic Well-Known Member
    213

    Nov 9, 2009
    1,872
    556
    213
    Cary, NC
    Strange, when I looked on my phone all I could find was movies. But shows do show up on my tablet. S
     
  21. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven -.. --- - / -.. .- ... ....
    Moderator
    4,238

    Jun 23, 2010
    33,316
    32,847
    4,238
    Male
    Douglas, MA
    TBH, I haven't looked yet. I ordered 2 N7s so I have $50 of credit, but not until I activate them. I will figure out how it works when I get the tablets.
     
  22. ebusinesstutor

    ebusinesstutor Well-Known Member
    38

    Apr 3, 2011
    90
    12
    38
    speaker, trainer
    Nanaimo, BC Canada
    You could always try Netflix. I use it on my Android phone.
     
  23. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven -.. --- - / -.. .- ... ....
    Moderator
    4,238

    Jun 23, 2010
    33,316
    32,847
    4,238
    Male
    Douglas, MA
    That doesn't allow for purchase or offline viewing though.
     

Share This Page

Loading...