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Amazon Instant Video for Media Center Now Uses Silverlight

Amazon Instant Video for Media Center Now Uses SilverlightThis is one of those good news/bad news situations. In December we reported on a massive update to the Amazon Instant Video for Windows Media Center plugin. The plugin is now being worked on by a new developer, and he was able to get it working again and add some new features. Unfortunately, last week Amazon removed a feature of the service that is now making the playback of video via Flash non-functional. As of Friday, thousands of Windows Media Center fans were left with a plugin that wasn’t working. That’s the bad news. The good news is that this new developer, Marc Davis, got busy fixing it right away.

Today a new version of Amazon Instant Video for Windows Media Center was released, and it fixes the video playback issues. It does this by using Silverlight, yes really, instead of Flash. As if fixing this issue in less than a single weekend (remember, this is being developed by a single person who isn’t charging for his work) wasn’t enough good news, he also threw in a new feature: You can now watch movies in HD!

So if you’ve noticed the plugin stopped working, or you haven’t even tried it yet, head on over to his website to download the new version.


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Josh Pollard

Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.