I snap about 200 photos per month. Everyday I get a message from Amazon Prime Photos of the photos I have stored from that date last year, 2015, 2014.
Today it was a special announcement since last year on this date we had friends from Oregon visit and I invited my Spanish teacher and her cousin’s family.
Can you find a photo you snapped on this day last year?
Last year at this time I wrote on article on this subject. So what has changed in a year? There are now 4 main legal streaming boxes:
- Apple TV – Now in its 4th edition with voice control
- Roku – Now in its 4th edition also with voice control
- Amazon Fire TV – Now in its second edition with Alexa voice control
- Android TV – The Google version with limited apps
There is a 5th alternative and its called KODI . First let me say that I don’t object to the non legal status of KODI since I often purchase bootleg DVD’s in Cuenca. Let me also state that I have limited knowledge of KODI. I do know in Cuenca there are KODI groups and some individuals that will handle the installation and support. There are some safety concerns using KODI and this article does a good job of explaining it
The following are some paid subscriptions that are available to stream on the above boxes.
- Netflix – Note the North American version is not longer available
- Amazon Prime – No available on Apple TV
- HBO Now
There is also DirecTV. 5 years ago I tried the service for 6 months. My experience was that it was expensive $40 + per month was limited in the quality of English programming.
- Puntonet 50 mb fiber optic service $60 per month +
- Amazon Prime – $8 per month *
- HBO – $15 per month
- Strong VPN $7 per month*
Note: * denotes other uses besides watching TV
Can you do it? If you have your Smartphone and your Flickr app than you probably can accomplish that request. I average about 200 photos shot on my smartphone a month. Now that I have no limits on storage I sometimes edit a photo and keep 5 versions of that photo.
Google will soon announce that you will have unlimited free storage ( in your original format ) for all your photos and videos. Amazon Prime Photo already offers unlimited storage for your photos.
I’m old enough to remember shooting photos on a film camera. Storing the prints in a shoebox and then never able to retrieve a photo that was more than 3 years old.
Run, don’t walk and get one of the 3 unlimited photo storage program/apps.
- Flickr – 1 tb (500,000 photos) free
- Google Photos – unlimited storage free
- Amazon Prime Photos – unlimited storage ( $99 per year but includes other valuable services)
Oregon Flowers 2001
Sherwood Oregon 2006
Olivia at Rockaway Beach 2004
It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Amazon Prime. I’m a bigger fan living in Ecuador and here is why.
- Most expats depend on streaming TV services and Amazon Prime is one of the best with award winning original TV series like Transparent
- Prime video offers thousands of videos and tv programs including almost all of the HBO first season series
- Amazon Photo- I take a photo on my smartphone or iPad and it is automatically uploaded to Amazon Photo which offers unlimited storage.
- Amazon Music- thousands of songs and albums for instant streaming when you have a wifi connection.
- Two day free shipping on most products purchased from Amazon. Although they don’t ship to Ecuador I always have a friend I can ship to so when they are in the United States they can bring it back to me.
- Kindle Lending Library. One Kindle book free each month.
Now for less than $5.60 a month you can have a great service.
Sale starts at midnight 9/25 for 24 hours. Only open to new members (Damn)
I love my Amazon Prime Subscription. It’s a bargain at $99 a year. Great article below showing all he benefits. I guess for me the best two benefits are:
- Unlimited photo storage
- Free two day shipping
This article talks about the other benefits:
Presently, in Cuenca I am using the following hardware
- Apple TV
- Roku 3
- Cisco E 2500 Router with Sabai firmware
And the following software subscriptions
- Amazon Prime
- Hula Plus(Free Trial)
- Strong VPN
My total subscriptions cost per year =$265 which comes out to $22 per month. With these services I don’t ever run out of movies and TV to watch. When I need to watch a movie or TV program that is not provided with these services then I rent it from iTunes or Amazon.
Below is a good summary of the available streaming services with a winner that I agree with.
And The Winner Is…