Amazon Prime Users Can Now Access Shows And Movies Offline

By Jennifer BootonMarketWatch Pulse

Amazon.com Inc. began allowing Prime Video users to download movies and TV shows to phones and tablets operating Apple Inc.'s iOS and Google Inc.'s Android operating systems on Tuesday. The company said it is the only subscription streaming service to offer this feature, which, available at no extra fee, enables Prime subscribers to download shows and movies to their mobile devices for offline listening, such as when on planes or in subways. The feature is currently only available to Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Austria. The announcement comes as the streaming TV battle and race to offer original programming heats up between sector leaders Amazon, Netflix Inc. , Hulu and Apple Inc. . Shares of Amazon fell 2.7% in premarket trade, following a broader market selloff. Those of Netflix slumped 5.2%, while Apple's slid 2.5%.

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