The West Wing – one of my favorite TV shows of all time – is now part of Amazon’s Prime Instant Video library, meaning Prime members can now watch all seven seasons free. Like all Amazon Instant Video, you can watch on your computer, the Kindle Fire, or any number of compatible Smart TVs and set-top boxes. The XBox and PS3 game consoles are also compatible with the service.
If you’re not a Prime Member you can join, of course, pay to watch The West Wing on Amazon Instant Video, or purchase the DVDs.
Irrespective of your political leanings, it’s a great show.
A clip from The West Wing
I’ve waited a very long time for this day: Amazon Instant Video is now available on the PS3.
That means if you have a PS3 and are an Amazon Prime Member, you now have access to thousands and thousands of TV shows and movies for free, right from your television. If you’re not a Prime member, you can still buy or rent movies and TV episodes for a fee.
Here’s how to get started. On your PS3, go to the TV/Video Services menu and select the new Amazon Instant Video icon; this will install the required software. Once installed, the new application will run. Select Register Device from the main screen. This will display an alphanumeric code unique to your PS3.
Now, head over to Amazon.com and click the Begin Registration button. Enter the code. After a few moments, you’ll be asked to update your One Click payment settings (for rentals and purchases). Next, you’ll choose a purchase PIN so that you can prevent unauthorized purchases from guests, children, etc.
That’s it! You’re done and ready go roll. Enjoy!
Don’t have a PS3? Want Amazon Instant Video on your TV? Either nab a PS3 or a Roku box to get started.
One of the things I received for Christmas – although it didn’t arrive until the week after – was a new TV, the Samsung U55D8000 LED 3D HDTV. The TV is amazing on many levels (I’ll post a quick review in the coming days), including its QWERTY keyboard remote. On one side the remote is a standard up-down-left-right-numbers affair; on the other it’s a QWERTY keyboard that allows you to use the TV’s SmartHub for searches, to send IMs via Skype, etc.:
But as handy as the keyboard remote is, getting it paired with the TV was a real pain. The instructions inside the box – and on the keyboard’s LED display – say to press and hold the SYM and TAB keys to pair (the keyboard uses Bluetooth technology for wireless connectivity). Try as I might, though, I couldn’t get the remote to pair with the TV, or worse I’d see a message on the TV screen saying that the devices were paired, but I’d get no response from the remote when I tried to type something into a search field.
Happily, after many attempts and frustrating failure, I finally found the solution.
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If the world ends in December 2012, at least we’ll be able to enjoy some good ol’ STTNG in Hi-Def before calling it quits.
CBS is now in the process of using the original masters to bring the TV series to Blu-ray, which involves not just re-cutting the thousands of feet of film, but also creating new, HD special effects to provide the full Blu-ray experience.
This will begin in January with a set of selected Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes on a sampler disc entitled Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Next Level (shown above). These will include Encounter at Farpoint, Sins of the Father and Inner Light. The full re-mastered first season will follow later in the year, and eventually – though CBS is being somewhat mum on this point – all seven seasons will be available on Blu-ray disc.
Star Trek: The Next Generation is currently available on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video (for free if you’re a Prime Member), and DVD.