Frustrated trying to view your free Amazon Instant Videos with Prime on an iPad? Or, don’t have a Prime membership but you just want to view the occassional Amazon Video on your iPad? Or any other flash video? Of course, the reason that you can’t view Amazon videos on your iPad is because the iPad’s native browser, Safari, doesn’t support flash (in fact, the iPad doesn’t support flash at all). BUT! There is an easy way around this, that will allow you to view all Amazon Instant Videos, and it doesn’t require jailbreaking your iPad, or anything devious or underhanded! Read on!
First, to demonstrate that we really mean that it’s possible (and easy), here is a screen shot of one of our favourite Amazon Instant Video offerings, Glee, showing on our iPad. You
So, how are we doing it?
The secret is a different browser, available as an app through the app store, called Photon.
(You can buy Photon here at the App Store.)
The way that Photon achieves this magic is that it is running a system that translates Flash-based media to non-Flash up in the cloud. So, as you are watching the video on your iPad, Photon is actually intercepting the Flash-based stream, and then streaming a non-Flash version back to your iPad.
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And all that for only $5.99 (the cost of Photon through the app store).
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When you install Photon, you use it just like any other browser, so you can use it instead of Safari on your iPad, or you can use it only to watch Flash videos and continue using Safari for everything else.
In order to watch a Flash video, such as the Amazon Prime videos, with Photon, all you need to do is go to the page with what you want to watch, and then click the lightening bold icon in the upper right corner:
If you are already in Flash mode, then the icon will be a window with a globe instead:
Just go into Flash mode, and that’s all there is to it. Click ‘play’ and Photon does it’s magic.
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