Amazon Unbox Video is a video player and download manager that lets users make the most of Amazon's Video On Demand services. Although it's not required for viewing videos rented or purchased from Amazon, it can help make the service easier to use, especially if you plan to download the files to your computer.
The program's interface is sleek and intuitive, with its major features organized in four tabs. The My Videos tab lets users view their libraries of downloaded videos, while the Player lets users play those files. The Devices tab helps users load portable video files onto devices like smartphones, while the Shop tab gives users access to the Amazon VOD store and plays movie and TV previews. The program's download manager displays recently downloaded files, the download queue, and rentals that are nearing their expiration date. Overall, we found the program to be well designed and easy to use, although we found it a little odd and awkward that purchasing or renting from the store requires the user to access Amazon in a browser window. With the rest of the store's features so well integrated into Amazon Unbox Video, we're not sure why the purchasing part of the process requires users to go elsewhere. Still, we found that rented and purchased videos were immediately available within Unbox, so this wasn't too much of a problem. The program's built-in Help file is adequate but could be more thorough. Overall, we thought Unbox worked just fine, but nothing about it really impressed us.
Amazon Unbox Video is free. The program installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.