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Unlikely Champion – Amazon Unbox

I’ve complained a number of times before about not being able to get the television show Heroes on iTunes anymore. When I got the Tivo up and rolling last week one of the things I was looking forward to was trying out Amazon Unbox. I wasn’t expecting much from the service, I thought it was more of a media player that may have some commercials running prior to the show.

Instead, it’s a full featured media store. I downloaded a bunch of episodes to the Tivo and was surprised to see I had the rights to also download the episodes to my laptop. Even more impressive, they run without any trouble on my work laptop (it has a crummy graphics card and it cannot play an iTunes video, or a DVD without stuttering when running only on battery power). The good news is that it worked, the bad news is I then proceeded to watch 6 episodes of Heroes straight on a recent flight to San Jose. (For those who care, Season 2 is not as good as season 1 but is still a lot of fun).

It also says I have rights to download to a media player, such as iPod, which I should test but probably won’t get around to. The other good news – while on the road the connection at the Fairmont was good enough that I was able to pick up some episodes of Battlestar Galactica that I haven’t been able to get to.