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Amazon Unbox Service

Today, Amazon has announced their video download service, called Amazon Unbox. They will have TV shows and movies available for downloading, raning in price from $1.99 to $14.99. As a special promotion, Amazon is offering an instant $1.99 rebate. Who not download an episode of your favorite science fiction show? They have some good stuff in there.

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2 Comments on Amazon Unbox Service

  1. Well, before you rush out and buy something from this Amazon service…

    For example:

    “I left work after that and rebooted my laptop at home. That’s when the real trouble began. I noticed that the Amazon player had launched itself. Annoying. I looked in the program for a preference to stop it from launching itself, and there was none. Typical. So I went to msconfig and unchecked Amazon Unbox so that it would definitely not launch itself at start-up. When I rebooted, it was no longer there. However, my firewall warned me that a Windows service (ADVWindowsClientService.exe) was trying to connect to the Net. I clicked More Info in the firewall alert and found it was Amazon Unbox. Downright offensive. It still was launching a Net-connection process that even msconfig apparently couldn’t stop. Forget it. That’s not the behavior of good software. I went to uninstall it.

    “After the Install Shield launched and I chose uninstall, I got a login screen for my Amazon account. I just wanted to uninstall it. I shouldn’t have to log in to my account to do that. So I canceled the login, and the uninstall failed. I tried that three times, and it failed each time. Finally I gave up and logged in and the uninstall finished.

    “So, in summary, to be allowed the privilege of purchasing a video that I can’t burn to DVD and can’t watch on my iPod, I have to allow a program to hijack my start-up and force me to login to uninstall it? No way. Sorry, Amazon. I love a lot of what you do, but I will absolutely not recommend this service.”

    Hey, anybody learn from the Sony experience yet how NOT to screw up your customers? I guess not!


  2. Tell me about it. I installed it, noticed the same annoying problem.

    Plus I went ahead and rented parts 1 – 4 of Dr. Who The Three Doctors. Parts 1 & 2 played fine. Part 3 wouldn’t play at all. Part 4 seemed to work, but I only started it to see if it worked (I wanted to watch part 3 first.) I e-mailed them.

    Of course once you start to watch something you rent, you have only 24 hours to finish watching it. So by the program’s counter I’ve “started” to watch parts 3 & 4. So they have less then 24 to resolve it. Not a promising start.

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