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You Can Now Host Watch Parties on Amazon Prime Video

Amazon has launched Watch Party. This is a new feature that lets you watch movies and TV shows with family and friends online. Amazon describes Watch Parties as “a fun new way to enjoy your favorite shows with your favorite people, wherever you are.”

Helping People Carry on Watching TV Together

With much of the world having spent the last few months locked down due to COVID-19, streaming services have had to react. First, they lowered bitrates to conserve bandwidth. Then, in an effort to help people socialize from home, some have launched new features.

Netflix has Netflix Party, Plex has Watch Together, and now Amazon has Watch Party. Which, as the name suggests, lets you watch movies and TV shows together online with up to 100 friends. You can even chat about what you’re watching together.

How to Host a Watch Party on Amazon Prime Video

To host a Watch Party on Prime Video, first, sign into Amazon on a desktop browser and head to the Prime Video section of the website. Then, find the movie or (individual episode of a) TV show you want to watch and click the Watch Party icon.

Next, enter the name you would like to use in the chat, and click Create Watch Party. Copy the link to your Watch Party and share it with family and friends. Then, once everyone has joined, start your Watch Party. NB: Only the host can control playback.

How to Fix Amazon Prime Video If It Isn’t Working

Watch Parties are currently only available in the US, with no plans to launch the feature elsewhere. As well as being in the US you’ll need to be an Amazon Prime member. Watch Parties are also only available on desktop browsers, with no mobile support.

If you run into any trouble while hosting (or participating in) a Watch Party, here’s how to fix Amazon Prime Video when it isn’t working. We can’t guarantee to fix the problem, but our troubleshooting guide should at least point you in the right direction.

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Amazon Sued For Copyright Infringement on Movies Including Austin Powers

When Amazon is mentioned in connection with copyright infringement lawsuits, it’s usually due to its involvement in the global anti-piracy coalition, Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment.

In those cases, Amazon is always on the offensive but in a lawsuit filed in a New York court, the company itself is being targeted for distributing copyrighted works for which it doesn’t hold a license.

The complaint was filed by Ralf Hartmann (RH), who previously acted as CEO for German film investor CP Medien. Around ten years ago, when CP Medien was being wound up, it was reported that Hartmann would continue working in the film industry through the CP Medien subsidiary Capella Films.

How that venture panned out isn’t clear but according to the lawsuit, Capella Films “assigned, transferred and sold” all of its interests in several films to Hartmann. The rights acquired by Hartmann included copyrights and exclusive reproduction and distribution rights. It’s alleged that these rights have been breached by Amazon after the company distributed copies of several movies to the public via its streaming service.

Amazon Streamed Unlicensed Movies in the US and Overseas

“Beginning in July 2017, Defendants, without obtaining either license or authorization from RH, made the motion pictures “Commander Hamilton” and “After the Rain” available for digital distribution either via streaming on demand, and/or for rent or sale on its Prime Video service in the United States,” the complaint reads.

It’s alleged that these two titles were rented and/or purchased at least hundreds of times by Prime Video subscribers.

Noting the worldwide reach of Amazon’s streaming service, the lawsuit claims that from July 2017, Amazon made the movies After the Rain, Commander Hamilton, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and Drop Dead Gorgeous available for digital distribution (either via streaming and/or rent from Prime Video) in overseas countries including the UK, Germany and Australia. These are estimated to have been sold or streamed “thousands of times”.

Hartmann says that since these titles were stored on Amazon’s servers in the United States and streamed to both local and overseas customers without a proper license, this constitutes breaches of the US Copyright Act. There appears to be a lack of clarity when it comes to the scale of the alleged infringement so Hartmann hopes to learn the scale of the alleged infringement through discovery.

Direct and Contributory Infringement in the United States

Alleging direct infringement in the United States, the lawsuit claims that “Commander Hamilton” and “After the Rain” were distributed willfully and intentionally in the country and as a result, Hartmann is entitled to statutory damages of $150,000 per infringed work or actual damages and Amazon’s profits from infringement to be determined at trial.

Claiming acts of contributory copyright infringement in the United States, the lawsuit says that by “facilitating, managing or directing unauthorized distributions” of these two unlicensed movies, Amazon materially contributed to copyright infringements carried out by Prime Video subscribers via the Amazon.com website or the company’s streaming app.

“Each unlawful distribution of the Motion Pictures Commander Hamilton and After the Rain — whether by on demand stream, rental and/or sale — constitutes a separate act of contributory infringement for which Plaintiff is entitled to actual damages,” the lawsuit adds, noting that for each work it can claim maximum statutory damages of $150,000.

Infringement in the United States and Overseas

Hartmann’s third claim details alleged contributory copyright infringement in respect of movies streamed to foreign users from Amazon’s servers in the United States, for which $150,000 per work infringed is again claimed.

“Because copies of these four Motion Pictures – Commander Hamilton, After the Rain, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Drop Dead Gorgeous – were without RH’s license or authorization, hosted on Defendants’ servers based in the United States and then distributed from these servers to Prime Video subscribers in Foreign Countries, each such distribution…was a violation of the Copyright Act,” the claims states.

Vicarious Infringement in the US and Infringement Overseas

Claim four asserts that by failing to control the conduct of Amazon Digital, Amazon is vicariously liable for the direct copyright infringement of Amazon Digital by streaming the two movies in the US via the Prime Video service.

Noting that all of the movies listed in the third claim were hosted in the United States and streamed to customers overseas, Hartmann says he is also entitled to damages under the copyright laws of foreign countries.

Request For Judgment Against Amazon.com and Amazon Digital

In conclusion, the lawsuit seeks an order from the court that the defendants infringed the plaintiff’s copyrights and that since that infringement was willful, damages should be “increased and trebled”. Amazon is yet to file its response.

The complaint and can be found here (pdf)

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When Is Amazon Prime Day? And 9 More Things to Know About It

The next Amazon Prime Day is never far away. It feels like Christmas, doesn’t it? We just need Jeff Bezos to turn up in a red suit.

2019’s Prime Day saw sales in excess of $7 billion, up from $4 billion in 2018 and $2.4 billion in 2017. Ordinarily, we’d expect this year’s event to be bigger yet again, but fears of an economic downturn might curb people’s spending appetites.

Nonetheless, Amazon is primed to offer more discounts than ever before. Keeping reading to learn about Amazon Prime Day 2020 and how to get the best Amazon Prime Day deals.

When Is Amazon Prime Day 2020?

There’s still no official word about when Amazon Prime Day 2020 will take place. Although the event typically takes place in mid-July, the effects of the pandemic on businesses and supply lines has thrown the date into doubt.

In late May, the Wall Street Journal said the retailer was now targeting a date in Fall, with September looking the most likely. Amazon hoped that by delaying, it would allow more time for its warehouses to boost stocks and for a greater sense of normality to return.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 is expected to run for 48-hours. If confirmed, it will follow in the footsteps of the 2019 Prime Day—the company’s first-ever two-day event.

How Will Coronavirus Affect Amazon Prime Day?

Coronavirus has placed a huge strain on Amazon’s business processes. As the virus forces people to shop online more regularly, Amazon has picked up much of the regular demand from the closed stores.

Amazon has had to dramatically invest across all areas of its business to keep up with demand. That includes up to 150,000 new staff and the expansion of delivery capabilities.

But while Amazon might be able to ride out the storm, the companies that manufacture many of the goods you buy are coping less well. The longer businesses remain closed, the more likely it is that the diversity of products available on Prime Day will suffer.

1. What Is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day launched in 2015 as part of the company’s 20th birthday celebration. The first edition was beset with issues. Demand outstripped supply, the website slowed to a crawl, and the discounts were often on non-alluring items.

For Amazon, however, Prime Day 2015 was a resounding success. It sold 398 products per second and saw the company make higher revenues than on Black Friday.

By the 2017 event, Amazon had smoothed out the customer issues and the day went off without a hitch. The company saw a 60 percent rise in sales compared to the previous year, and revenues eclipsed 2016’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.

In 2018, Prime Day was extended to local Whole Foods Market stores for the first time, allowing customers to save on their groceries and earn cashback rewards for the site.

2. Who Can Take Advantage of Amazon Prime Day?

Only Amazon Prime members can take advantage of the massive discounts on offer. Participating countries include the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, India, France, and Italy. In total, sales are available in 18 countries.

However, if you’ve never been a Prime member before, you can cheat the system and sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial. Of course, you’d need to remember to cancel your trial before Amazon sends you a bill.

A new membership to Amazon Prime costs $12.99/mo or $119/year. In addition to Prime Day deals, you receive access to Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Prime Music, free 2-day shipping, and many more Amazon Prime benefits.

3. What Deals Can You Expect on Amazon Prime Day?

In past years, Amazon’s own products have often enjoyed the most significant discounts. In 2019, the Echo speaker dropped by 50 percent, while 2018 saw Amazon knock $60 off its Cloud Cams and $100 off the Echo Show and Echo Look. You could also find considerable discounts on Amazon Fire TV Sticks, Kindle ereaders, and items in the Amazon Basics range.

But it’s not just Amazon products that see bargain prices. In 2019, buyers could snag massive discounts on everything from a Roomba 690 for $230 (a $145 discount) to an unlocked Galaxy S10+ $950 ($300 discount).

How to Stay on Top of Prime Day’s Best Deals

Head to Amazon’s How to Shop Prime Day guide for tips like how to access deals up to one week in advance, how to get notified when deals strike, and how to save money on Prime Day orders with special promos and codes.

4. Watch for Lightning Deals

Lightning Deals are a standard part of the Amazon shopping experience for Prime members. Every day, Amazon offers a limited number of products at a massive discount. The quantity of any item is limited, and deals are only available for a short amount of time.

On Amazon Prime Day, Lightning Deals are more common, with often hundreds of deals running at any moment. If you keep your eyes open, you might find a saving above and beyond the standard Prime Day discount.

And if the Lightning Deal you want sells out before you get a chance to buy it, you can join a waiting list. If the people with the item in their cart fail to complete the purchase, it will automatically be offered to you.

5. Use Amazon Alexa for a Head Start on Deals

To beat the crowds to the best deals on Prime Day, you need to shop using your voice with Amazon Alexa.

In 2017 and 2018, Amazon gave voice shoppers a two-hour head start on new deals. During the last Black Friday, that increased to seven hours.

We’d expect Amazon to offer the same benefits during this year’s Prime Day. You just need to say “Alexa, what are your deals?” to enjoy the advanced notice. If you hear something you want, say “Alexa, add [item] to my cart.”

6. Use Amazon Assistant for Deal Notifications

Unbeknownst to many, Amazon offers a browser extension. It’s available on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

The extension—called Amazon Assistant—offers lots of benefits, including order tracking, product comparisons, and access to your various lists.

However, from an Amazon Prime Day perspective, its best feature is the watch lists. You can receive desktop notifications when any deals you’re watching go live, meaning you’ll never miss out on a purchase you want.

Download: Amazon Assistant (Free)

7. Check CamelCamelCamel for Price Histories

How do you know if the price you see on Amazon represents a good deal? We all know high street shops artificially bump up prices ahead of a big sale, and some Amazon vendors are no different.

To make sure you’re not being conned, check the item’s price history on CamelCamelCamel.com. You can enter the Amazon item’s URL or search for keywords and see how the price has changed over time.

If you see a steady rise in the weeks building up to Prime Day, you should probably give it a wide berth.

8. Check Forums for Even More Prime Day Deals

For more top offers, it’s worth hanging out in some dedicated Amazon Prime Day forums. The best subreddit is usually /r/PrimeDay, but don’t expect to see much activity until the day itself. There’s also the dedicated /r/Amazon subreddit, which is worth keeping an eye on.

You should also check threads on the SlickDeals forums. It’s consistently one of the best sites for finding bargains on the web, and on Prime Day it goes into overdrive.

9. Singles’ Day Is Bigger Than Amazon Prime Day

Despite its impressive performances when compared to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Amazon Prime Day is not the web’s biggest day of online shopping.

That award goes to Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sales. In 2019, it saw sales of $38.4 billion—a growth of nearly 30 percent compared to 2018. That’s more than five times the amount of money spent on Prime Day.

Alibaba is yet to become a true giant in Europe and the United States. But if you’re looking for cheap, unbranded electronics, it might be better to wait until Singles’ Day 2019 on November 11. Alibaba even offers free shipping on some of its cheap electronics.

10. You Could Shop Elsewhere

Other stores have been looking enviously at Amazon piling up sales records and have started running their own concurrent sales to cash in on the buzz. Recently, we’ve seen Google, Macy’s, Newegg, Kohl’s, Office Depot, Best Buy, Nordstrom, and Dell provide discounts—many of which also offered free shipping.

The list of stores is expected to grow in 2020, so before committing to a purchase on Amazon, make sure you can’t find it cheaper on a competitor’s site.

Start Planning Your Amazon Prime Day Budget

Shopping responsibly is important. Events like this can be full of temptation with all the awesome Prime Day deals. Many people overspend and wake up full of buyer’s remorse. To make sure you don’t overindulge, you should set a budget limit before the big day arrives.

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9 Essential Amazon Kindle Tips: Key Benefits to Take Advantage Of

Despite what fans of physical books may say, the Amazon Kindle has modernized the reading experience. It has offered people new ways to read books, and being able to carry hundreds of novels on a device you can keep in your bag is a Godsend.

However, most people don’t realize that there are benefits to owning a Kindle beyond the ability to buy an ebook on Amazon. So, in this article, we list some of the many Kindle benefits that let you take full advantage of your Amazon ereader.

1. The Benefits of Kindle Unlimited

Benefits of Kindle Unlimited

While Kindle Unlimited can have its ups and down in terms of quantity over quality, this program is a heavyweight in terms of reading options. It’s also one of the overwhelming benefits of owning a Kindle device.

For a nominal subscription fee, you’re granted access to Amazon’s massive digital library, which contains over 1 million ebooks. Its cheap price and huge library put it on a par with streaming services like Netflix, and Kindle Unlimited is basically a Netflix for ebooks.

So long as you’re subscribed, you can read as many novels as you want every month.

Still think that Kindle Unlimited is too expensive? Consider the fact that most bestselling ebooks sell for $10 a pop. This means that Kindle Unlimited is a steal even if you only enjoy one book per month.

When it comes to Kindle advantages and disadvantages, this is definitely the former.

2. Join the Amazon First Reads Program

Advantages of Kindle First Reads

Most people subscribe to Amazon Prime for the free two-day shipping and access to Prime Video. However, there are other Amazon Prime benefits you’ve probably overlooked.

One of those benefits is the Amazon First Reads program (formerly known as Kindle First).

With Amazon First Reads, Prime members get early access to one free Kindle book each month. You can pick a book of your choice from a pre-selected showcase of soon-to-be-released novels. In other words, you get one-month early access to one book every month of the year!

While most people can be picky over what they read, each month’s offerings are spread across multiple genres and categories. As such, there’s a good chance that something will catch your eye.

As an added bonus, you can also buy one of six pre-selected hardcover novels for a discounted price. Specific details can be found on the Amazon Prime benefits page.

Overall, Amazon First Reads is definitely one of the benefits of owning a Kindle.

3. Use the Kindle Owners Lending Library

Kindle Owners Lending Library KOLL

The Kindle Owners Lending Library (KOLL) is another one of the benefits of owning an Amazon Kindle. It’s accessible to anyone who has a full Amazon Prime membership connected to Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, or an Amazon.co.jp account.

With KOLL, you can borrow one book per month from Amazon’s vast library. You must return that book in order to borrow a new one the month after that. Once you borrow a book, however, you can read a particular book as many times as you’d like before returning it. Think of it like a modified library.

Note: KOLL is different from the Lending for Kindle feature, which we will detail next.

4. Lend Books With the Lending for Kindle Feature

Lend Your Kindle Ebook

Did you know that you can also lend books you’ve bought to family and friends?

The ability to lend books through Kindle was a feature that was advertised when Amazon released the first device. However, the Kindle Book Lending feature has seemingly been forgotten.

While this program does have its benefits, there are some major limitations. The biggest being that you can only lend a book once.

Once your ebook is loaned, the borrower has 14 days to read the ebook before it must be returned. While loaned, the ebook cannot be read by the lender.

Note: This feature is only available to Kindle books purchased directly from Amazon.com.

5. Use the Kindle Public Library

Benefits of a Kindle Public Library

You may be asking yourself, “Why should I get a Kindle when I have access to the library?”

Because you can use your Kindle as a literal library, too.

One of our favorite Kindle features is the ability to check out eligible ebooks from public libraries. This lending service becomes invaluable if you’re too busy to go into a library to grab a new book.

How does this Kindle Public Library service work?

  • This feature is only available in the US. Everyone else is out of luck.
  • The ebooks are offered through a service called OverDrive.
  • Through OverDrive, you can search for your library to see if it’s part of the program.
  • If it is, all you have to do is get a free library membership card at your library to start borrowing ebooks.

Specific instructions on how to borrow a library book can be found on the Kindle Public Library page.

Note: Not all public libraries participate in the Kindle Public Library program. For those that do, every library will have its own unique selection of books to offer. Once borrowed, you will need to return those books within a specific time period.

6. Read Kindle Newspapers and Magazines

Kindle Newsstand

If you like monthly nonfiction updates, Amazon Kindle also offers a unique service where you can subscribe to periodicals like newspapers and magazines.

This feature, called Kindle Newsstand, is somewhat niche but surprisingly convenient. Essentially, you can subscribe to individual newspapers through Amazon. Each periodical will have its own price tag attached, and each issue will be delivered to your Kindle when made available to the public.

7. Add Your Device to a Kindle Family Library

How to Share Books Amazon Household

One of the lesser-known advantages of Kindle is the fact that Kindle users can benefit from a Kindle Family Library.

Basically—when two Amazon accounts are linked—they can share their media using a feature called Amazon Household. Each account can designate whether they want to share all of their media, or only select items.

So what can be shared through the Kindle Family Library?

  • Audiobooks.
  • Kindle books with Amazon First Reads.
  • Kindle books with Prime Reading.

And what can’t be shared through the Family Library?

  • Kindle newspapers.
  • Kindle magazines.

If you have a close-knit family and you share the same tastes in books, then this might be a good option for you.

8. Try a Kindle Book Sample Before You Buy It

Kindle Book Samples

One of the best built-in features found in Kindle devices is the ability to download and read “samples” of ebooks prior to buying them.

There is no deadline for reading this sample, nor any payment up front. The samples are 100 percent free and can be easily deleted from your Kindle once you have read them. This allows you to dramatically decrease the risk of buying something that you don’t like.

How does it work?

  • When you browse the Kindle store through your device and click on a book’s info page, you should see a button beneath the book cover and price that says Try a Sample.
  • When you click on that button, the sample will be downloaded to your device, free of charge.

Samples are typically very short, usually no more than the first chapter (or two) of a book. Essentially, they’re long enough that you can decide whether the writing style within the book will be something that you’ll enjoy.

If you buy the book directly through your Kindle device, the sample will automatically convert itself into the full version of the novel.

9. Use Tools to Keep Your Kindle Books Organized

Create a Book Collection on Kindle

Lastly, one of the best ways that you can take advantage of your Kindle is not through some lending service, but through the organizational tools located on your Kindle itself.

While it’s great that each individual Kindle can carry tons of books, this collection can become unmanageable once you buy your first hundred or so novels.

To make it easier to browse through your books, you can organize your Kindle downloads into custom folders, which Amazon calls Collections. These folders can be named according to your personal tastes.

For example: I have two folders on my Kindle called “Complete” and “Currently Reading.” I use these two folders to sort through the books I’ve paid for and read, versus those books I’ve paid for but haven’t finished.

Additionally, you can organize the way that your Kindle Library displays these collections by clicking on Your Library > Filter through the Kindle homepage.

Basically, if you manually adjust how your Kindle organizes your files, it will make buying, finding, and reading those books a breeze.

Take Full Advantage of Your Amazon Kindle

All of these features are a great way to take advantage of your Kindle, even if you prefer printed books over digital ebooks. If you don’t have a Kindle, we also think these are great reasons to buy a Kindle, too.

And if you’ve already decided to buy a Kindle, be sure to check out our guide detailing how to choose the right Kindle for you.

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Amazon Prime Video now supports in-app purchases and rentals on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

Amazon will now let iOS and tvOS users buy and/or rent TV shows and films directly from the app via in-app purchases on the iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.
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Lockdown Entertainment for Families

Engaging in self-isolation or national lockdown is not easy. If you have children, things are even tougher. Fortunately various tech companies are here to help. Christian Cawley and Gavin Philips look at the latest developments, from free Amazon Prime and Audible to top YouTube channels for 24/7 entertainment.

We also have some thoughts on enforced home schooling (as opposed to the planned variety).

Really Useful Podcast Season 5 Episode 8 Shownotes

We start off this week looking at how Big Tech is helping families deal with the unscheduled school holidays happening across the Northern Hemisphere

We’ve got some personal ideas on how to cope with lockdown as a family and as individuals, too.

This week, MakeUseOf is giving away an awesome customizable electronic pixel art backpack

You can leave a review on Apple Podcasts to help us reach more listeners. You’ll find us on:

See you next week for the final show of the current run.

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The Best Stephen King Movies on Netflix and Amazon

Most people would agree that renowned author Stephen King knows how to tell a story. So when his gripping tales began being turned into movies several decades ago, fans rushed to theaters to see if the films could live up to the books.

Since 1976, there have been countless adaptations of King’s short stories and novels. And if you’re a fan of the master of horror, you probably enjoy watching the films produced from his source material. Yes, even the bad ones.

Dim the lights and grab the popcorn. We have a list of the best Stephen King movies on Netflix and Amazon you can stream right now, in chronological order.

Carrie (1976)

The first adaptation and one of the most memorable movies is Carrie. This supernatural horror film stars Sissy Spacek as the overly shy Carrie White. Abused by her mother, played by Piper Laurie, Carrie discovers she has telekinetic powers which become dangerous when she feels threatened. And when her classmates play a cruel joke on her at the prom, those who bullied her wind up paying a high price.

Stream Carrie on Amazon

Cujo (1983)

Dog lovers beware, Cujo is not a nice puppy. In this classic film, a woman and her son are trapped inside a hot car as the St. Bernard terrorizes them. Unbeknownst to them, Cujo was bitten by a rabid bat that leads to his frightening and dangerous behavior. Then, when they take their car in for repairs, they run into the rabid beast with an engine that won’t start and no help in sight.

Stream Cujo on Amazon

The Dead Zone (1983)

Starring Christopher Walken, The Dead Zone is the story of a man with a gift. Walken plays the main character Johnny, who awakens after a car accident to realize he has been in a coma for five years. As life has moved on without him, he starts over and discovers he now has psychic abilities. With one touch, he can learn a person’s secrets, however scary they may be.

Stream The Dead Zone on Amazon

Christine (1983)

When Arnie, a nerdy high school kid, decides to buy an old car with a personality, he ends up with Christine. The car has powers of its own that not only turn it from a broken heap into a gorgeous ride, but turn its owner from a shy geek into a not-so-nice guy. The bullies that tormented Arnie and vandalized Christine soon learn a lesson the hard way.

Stream Christine on Amazon

Children of the Corn (1984)

What happens when kids take over a small, quiet town in the center of cornfields? This is Children of the Corn, a Stephen King story you won’t soon forget. When a couple traveling through the area gets stranded, they struggle to stay alive as they learn of the power behind those disturbing children and where they draw their strength.

Stream Children of the Corn on Amazon

Pet Sematary (1989)

It’s hard to lose something or someone you love. But, do you really want them to come back to life as a horrifying zombie? In Pet Sematary, the dead do come back. As a place where children buried their deceased pets, the ground carries something evil beneath the gravestones. And, when a man becomes desperate to bring back his son, he learns just how wicked that land is.

Stream Pet Sematary on Amazon

Misery (1990)

When a famed author crashes in the middle of nowhere, it becomes nothing but Misery. James Caan and Kathy Bates star in this story of a crazed fan who won’t let go of her favorite writer. She holds him hostage in her remote home as he heals from his accident, but insists that he write another book in his well-known series… her way.

Stream Misery on Amazon

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Most people think of Stephen King stories as horror or supernatural tales. But The Shawshank Redemption is neither. In this riveting drama, characters played by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are cellmates in prison who become unlikely friends. And, what happens from there is utterly riveting.

The movie was adapted from King’s novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, and received seven Academy Award nominations.

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Dolores Claiborne (1995)

Four years after starring in Misery, Kathy Bates starred in another adaptation called Dolores Claiborne. Co-starring Jennifer Jason Leigh (Selena St. George), this is a mystery with interesting twists.

When a daughter travels home after her mother is arrested for murder, the flashbacks begin and so does the drama. St. George is not so sure her mother is innocent and also believes she had a hand in her father’s death. If you’re a Stephen King fan and enjoy psychological thrillers, this is a must-see.

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The Green Mile (1999)

Another fantastic drama, The Green Mile is based on a King novel of the same name. Starring Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb, the story looks back on incidents from 1935. Edgecomb overseas a man on death row at a penitentiary.

The inmate is no ordinary man, however, and Edgecomb soon witnesses the powers he holds. This amazing movie was nominated for four Academy Awards.

Stream The Green Mile on Amazon

Dreamcatcher (2003)

If aliens are your thing, then Dreamcatcher is your kind of film. Starring Morgan Freeman, this Stephen King movie takes you to remote Maine with four friends who share a common bond. Their telepathic powers brought them together as children and as adults it will help them in a battle against parasitic aliens.

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Mercy (2014)

For a supernatural thriller and horror movie combo, take a look at Mercy. Based on Stephen King’s story Gramma, the grandma in this film is more than your ordinary cookie-baking sweetheart. When a single mother takes herself and two young boys to care for their grandmother, they soon discover the mysterious powers she holds.

Stream Mercy on Amazon

1922 (2017)

Go back to the year 1922 with this film based on the Stephen King novella. With the help of his teenage son, a proud farmer murders his wife when she tries to sell the house and move the family. As suspicions rise about his wife’s whereabouts, a curse rises, and the farmer soon realizes that the error of his ways has dangerous and malevolent consequences.

Stream 1922 on Netflix

There Are Stephen King Miniseries Too

There are also a handful of Stephen King miniseries available on Netflix and Amazon. Here are some you can check out:

If you’re interested in more scary series, this collection of the best zombie shows on Netflix is for you.

What Is Your Favorite Stephen King Adaptation?

Hopefully one or more of these Stephen King movies on Netflix or Amazon is just what you’re looking for. Some of them are so scary even Stephen King himself watches them through his fingers.

And when you’ve watched them all, check out the best scary movies on Netflix and the best horror movies on Netflix.

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The Best Stephen King Movies on Netflix and Amazon

Most people would agree that renowned author Stephen King knows how to tell a story. So when his gripping tales began being turned into movies several decades ago, fans rushed to theaters to see if the films could live up to the books.

Since 1976, there have been countless adaptations of King’s short stories and novels. And if you’re a fan of the master of horror, you probably enjoy watching the films produced from his source material. Yes, even the bad ones.

Dim the lights and grab the popcorn. We have a list of the best Stephen King movies on Netflix and Amazon you can stream right now, in chronological order.

Carrie (1976)

The first adaptation and one of the most memorable movies is Carrie. This supernatural horror film stars Sissy Spacek as the overly shy Carrie White. Abused by her mother, played by Piper Laurie, Carrie discovers she has telekinetic powers which become dangerous when she feels threatened. And when her classmates play a cruel joke on her at the prom, those who bullied her wind up paying a high price.

Stream Carrie on Amazon

Cujo (1983)

Dog lovers beware, Cujo is not a nice puppy. In this classic film, a woman and her son are trapped inside a hot car as the St. Bernard terrorizes them. Unbeknownst to them, Cujo was bitten by a rabid bat that leads to his frightening and dangerous behavior. Then, when they take their car in for repairs, they run into the rabid beast with an engine that won’t start and no help in sight.

Stream Cujo on Amazon

The Dead Zone (1983)

Starring Christopher Walken, The Dead Zone is the story of a man with a gift. Walken plays the main character Johnny, who awakens after a car accident to realize he has been in a coma for five years. As life has moved on without him, he starts over and discovers he now has psychic abilities. With one touch, he can learn a person’s secrets, however scary they may be.

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Christine (1983)

When Arnie, a nerdy high school kid, decides to buy an old car with a personality, he ends up with Christine. The car has powers of its own that not only turn it from a broken heap into a gorgeous ride, but turn its owner from a shy geek into a not-so-nice guy. The bullies that tormented Arnie and vandalized Christine soon learn a lesson the hard way.

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Children of the Corn (1984)

What happens when kids take over a small, quiet town in the center of cornfields? This is Children of the Corn, a Stephen King story you won’t soon forget. When a couple traveling through the area gets stranded, they struggle to stay alive as they learn of the power behind those disturbing children and where they draw their strength.

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Pet Sematary (1989)

It’s hard to lose something or someone you love. But, do you really want them to come back to life as a horrifying zombie? In Pet Sematary, the dead do come back. As a place where children buried their deceased pets, the ground carries something evil beneath the gravestones. And, when a man becomes desperate to bring back his son, he learns just how wicked that land is.

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Misery (1990)

When a famed author crashes in the middle of nowhere, it becomes nothing but Misery. James Caan and Kathy Bates star in this story of a crazed fan who won’t let go of her favorite writer. She holds him hostage in her remote home as he heals from his accident, but insists that he write another book in his well-known series… her way.

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Most people think of Stephen King stories as horror or supernatural tales. But The Shawshank Redemption is neither. In this riveting drama, characters played by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are cellmates in prison who become unlikely friends. And, what happens from there is utterly riveting.

The movie was adapted from King’s novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, and received seven Academy Award nominations.

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Dolores Claiborne (1995)

Four years after starring in Misery, Kathy Bates starred in another adaptation called Dolores Claiborne. Co-starring Jennifer Jason Leigh (Selena St. George), this is a mystery with interesting twists.

When a daughter travels home after her mother is arrested for murder, the flashbacks begin and so does the drama. St. George is not so sure her mother is innocent and also believes she had a hand in her father’s death. If you’re a Stephen King fan and enjoy psychological thrillers, this is a must-see.

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The Green Mile (1999)

Another fantastic drama, The Green Mile is based on a King novel of the same name. Starring Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb, the story looks back on incidents from 1935. Edgecomb overseas a man on death row at a penitentiary.

The inmate is no ordinary man, however, and Edgecomb soon witnesses the powers he holds. This amazing movie was nominated for four Academy Awards.

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Dreamcatcher (2003)

If aliens are your thing, then Dreamcatcher is your kind of film. Starring Morgan Freeman, this Stephen King movie takes you to remote Maine with four friends who share a common bond. Their telepathic powers brought them together as children and as adults it will help them in a battle against parasitic aliens.

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Mercy (2014)

For a supernatural thriller and horror movie combo, take a look at Mercy. Based on Stephen King’s story Gramma, the grandma in this film is more than your ordinary cookie-baking sweetheart. When a single mother takes herself and two young boys to care for their grandmother, they soon discover the mysterious powers she holds.

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1922 (2017)

Go back to the year 1922 with this film based on the Stephen King novella. With the help of his teenage son, a proud farmer murders his wife when she tries to sell the house and move the family. As suspicions rise about his wife’s whereabouts, a curse rises, and the farmer soon realizes that the error of his ways has dangerous and malevolent consequences.

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There Are Stephen King Miniseries Too

There are also a handful of Stephen King miniseries available on Netflix and Amazon. Here are some you can check out:

If you’re interested in more scary series, this collection of the best zombie shows on Netflix is for you.

What Is Your Favorite Stephen King Adaptation?

Hopefully one or more of these Stephen King movies on Netflix or Amazon is just what you’re looking for. Some of them are so scary even Stephen King himself watches them through his fingers.

And when you’ve watched them all, check out the best scary movies on Netflix and the best horror movies on Netflix.

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The Ultimate Online Shopping Guide: 50+ Essential Tips, Tricks, and Secrets

We have all the tips, tricks, tutorials, and guides you’ll need to become a master of shopping online. Find better deals, avoid tricky scams, and save money!

Online shopping has exploded so much in the past decade that brick-and-mortar stores are closing in response. And in America, over half of all online shopping is done through Amazon. With free two-day shipping via Amazon Prime, it’s no wonder that people are coming to rely on the e-commerce giant for nearly everything.

But online shopping can be a huge money sink if you aren’t careful. On the one hand, it’s incredibly easy to overspend if you’re careless; on the other hand, you can save a LOT of money if you’re patient and know how to snag deals and bargains as they come.

Here’s what you need to know about being a better, smarter, and faster online shopper.

The Best Sites for Online Shopping

Amazon is the king of all online retailers, and that won’t be changing anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean you always have to shop at Amazon. Indeed, you might want to shop elsewhere for any number of reasons:

Where to Shop Online for Specific Items

At the end of the day, there are dozens of excellent online retailers out there. Many of them are niche and specialized in a certain category of items, so don’t expect to find a full-blown replacement for Amazon. Rather, when you’re in the market for something specific, consider these sites instead:

Tips When Shopping on Amazon

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It’s hard not to shop on Amazon these days. The next time you find yourself browsing the available wares, make sure you employ these tips and tricks to make sure you’re always getting the best deals and making the most of what Amazon offers:

Every so often, you’ll run into issues when shopping on Amazon. Don’t get too hung up on it as that’s to be expected with an operation as monolithic as Amazon. Just take the necessary steps to avoid scams and rectify issues:

If you find yourself ordering from Amazon often, you may want to consider upgrading to Amazon Prime. It’s not too expensive and comes with all kinds of benefits beyond free two-day shipping:

Tips When Shopping on eBay

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Want to buy something used or unusual? You’ll probably find it on eBay. As one of the world’s largest online marketplaces, you’ll find all kinds of stuff that you won’t elsewhere. Just be careful and always triple-check listings before committing to a purchase:

Tips When Shopping on AliExpress

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AliExpress offers some of the cheapest prices you’ll find anywhere on the internet, but it comes at a price: slow shipping speeds and higher risk of fraudulent goods. Here’s what you need to know before ordering anything on AliExpress:

How to Effortlessly Find Bargains, Deals, and Coupons

Hunting deals and coupons can be mentally exhausting. Fortunately, there are all kinds of websites, apps, and tools out there that will handle it for you. For very little effort, you can save tons of money with every purchase:

When Online Shopping Goes Wrong

Have you been scammed by an online retailer? Is a company refusing to honor their refund policy? Want to put an online shop on blast for terrible customer service? Check out these handy sites that let you do just that:

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Streaming Services Lower Bitrates to Conserve Bandwidth

Companies including YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon are all reducing the quality of their video streams to ease internet congestion. This is a response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to an increase in the number of people working from home.

More People Are Working From Home

With the number of cases of COVID-19 on the rise, many countries around the world are enacting lockdowns. This means that businesses are closed and people are asked to work from home. Which is putting an incredible strain on internet services providers.

The big problem is not the people working from home, but the people who cannot work from home. As, without the option to leave the house, they’re binge-watching YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. Which is understandable, but isn’t helpful for remote workers.

Streaming Services Conserve Bandwidth

This led the European Commission to ask Netflix et al to reduce the quality of video streams across Europe to help free up bandwidth for telecommuters. And YouTube, Amazon, and Netflix have all agreed to do so, at least on a temporary basis.

Netflix was the first to act, committing to “reducing bitrates across all of its streams in Europe for 30 days”. The company expects this to reduce its traffic on European networks by around 25 percent without making its streams unwatchable.

YouTube followed suit, promising to “temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default.” Again, this is initially for a period of 30 days, but with no sign of the pandemic ending anytime soon, this is bound to be extended.

Amazon then came on board, declaring that it had “already begun the effort to reduce streaming bitrates whilst maintaining a quality streaming experience for our customers.” And we suspect other streaming services will take similar measures.

Helpful Advice for New Remote Workers

This is currently only affecting Europe, where countries are being locked down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, the US is heading the same way, and so the streaming services are likely to take similar measures there as and when needed.

If you’re one of the lucky ones able to work from home then be sure to check out our remote working hub. It’s packed full of helpful advice and resources for telecommuters everywhere. And it’s especially useful for people new to working from home.

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