November 10, 2017
Amazon is introducing a new feature to its subscription children’s service this week that enables users to download and watch FreeTime Unlimited content without an Internet connection. The new Offline Mode will roll out for free as an over-the-air software update for Fire and Fire Kids Edition tablets. Parents can create Kindle Fire profiles for their kids through FreeTime and specify age, gender, time limits, filters and appropriate content. FreeTime Unlimited features a range of children’s offerings from the likes of Amazon Originals for Kids, DC Comics, Disney, Nickelodeon and PBS.
“You won’t have to worry about your kids racking up the bill either since any unapproved purchases or in-app payments are blocked through the subscription service,” notes Digital Trends.
Similar to the process of downloading other content to the tablet, users simply hold down a video title to add to offline viewing, while another long-press will remove the downloaded video.
“Whenever you’re disconnected from Wi-Fi or if you’re in Airplane Mode, your device will automatically be in Offline Mode,” DT explains. “You will be notified with a banner on the display that reads ‘Your Device is Offline’ and only the downloaded content will appear in FreeTime. The full FreeTime Unlimited catalog will then return once you’re connected to Wi-Fi again.”
According to the service’s website, “Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is an all-in-one subscription for kids that offers unlimited access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games.”