Amazon’s popular X-Ray feature for movies is now compatible with TV shows, the e-commerce giant announced today.
Amazon launched its X-Ray for Movies feature six months ago to allow viewers to access information about the actors appearing on screen with a single tap to their Kindle Fire HD tablets.
Now, Kindle users can access the same information for “the most popular” television shows courtesy of Amazon holding IMDb, a movie, TV and celebrity content information website.
“X-Ray has been one of the most loved features on Kindle Fire HD since it launched last September,” said Amazon Kindle vice-president Peter Larsen. “For people who are passionate about movies and TV, there is no better way to watch than on Kindle Fire HD, which combines an exceptional viewing experience with the unbelievable power of the over 100 million pieces of data in IMDb’s catalog.”
X-Ray for TV is compatible with the “most popular TV shows from Amazon Instant Video,” many of which are also available as part of Prime Instant Video. They include: Justified, Downton Abbey, The West Wing, Sons of Anarchy, Falling Skies, American Horror Story, Grey’s Anatomy, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Lost, Glee, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.
Amazon said it is working to expand X-Ray for more television shows, adding viewers can expect compatibility to increase each week.
To Use X-Ray:
• Browse the videos section on Kindle and choose a movie or TV show that has the ‘Includes X-Ray’ icon.
• Tap the screen to access X-Ray while the chosen video is playing.
• X-Ray will show the cast members in the current scene. Tap on individual cast members for further information.
• Tapping on a cast member pauses playback and shows the person’s biography and filmography. Tap the play button on lower left to resume playback.
IMDb founder and CEO Col Needham said the company plans, eventually, to make make X-Ray available on every movie and TV show.
“For over 20 years we have been cultivating a vast database of movie, TV and celebrity content,” said Needham. “Can’t remember where you’ve seen the actor playing Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey? No problem. Simply tap on the screen and you’ll see a full filmography, where you’ll realize that Hugh Bonneville was also in Notting Hill. We’re excited to make another big step forward today, and we are working hard to add X-Ray to more TV shows and movies in the future.”
X-Ray is available on the latest generation Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD or with the Amazon Instant Video app on Wii U.
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