Streaming versus Downloading Video to Your Kindle Fire HD - dummies

Streaming versus Downloading Video to Your Kindle Fire HD

By Nancy C. Muir

When you tap the Video button on the Kindle Fire HD Home screen, you’re immediately taken to the Amazon Videos Store, rather than to a library of video titles. That makes sense because, by design, Kindle Fire HD is best used to stream videos from the Cloud rather than play them from a library on the device.


The device’s relatively small memory (16 or 32GB depending on the model you own) can’t accommodate a large number of video files, so instead, Amazon makes it easy for you to stream video to the device without ever downloading it. To go to your Videos library, all you have to do is tap the Library button in the top-right corner.

Video content in the Videos Store might include Prime Instant Videos, a feature that offers thousands of titles for free with an Amazon Prime account. (If you don’t already have an Amazon Prime account you get one free month of Amazon Prime with your Kindle Fire HD, after which you can purchase a membership for $79 a year.)

You can also purchase or rent other video programs and stream them from the Cloud.


Amazon’s Whispersync technology keeps track of the spot in a video where you stopped watching on any device. You can later resume watching that video at that exact location on Kindle Fire HD, a PC or Mac, or one of over 300 compatible TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, or other devices.

You can download videos you purchase (you can’t download Prime Instant Videos, however), which is useful if you want to watch them away from a Wi-Fi connection. It’s a good idea to remove them from the device when you’re done to save space. To delete a video from your device, open the Videos library and tap the Device tab.

Press and hold your finger on the video, and then tap Remove from Device in the menu that appears.