Though it’s not listed yet on various lists of compatible devices, you can watch any PlaysForSure DRM video, including Disney Digital Copies and Amazon VOD portable copies, on some recent Android devices, such as Droid X. (Not every Android device supports PlaysForSure, so check your documentation or try googling around.)
However, if you look around for instructions, Disney and Amazon point you to Microsoft, and Microsoft doesn’t really give very much info on how to do this with non-Windows portable devices. So, I’m adding the instructions to the internet for anyone who needs them. Please note that these instructions are written for Win7 using Windows Media Player 11 and a Droid X and that I can’t promise they’ll work on your particular device or configuration…but they probably will.
Edited to add: Verified from various forums that this works on the Droid 2 and Droid Pro. Does not seem to work on Atrix. Please comment if you’ve verified that this works or doesn’t work on any other devices. Thanks!
- Download the video. (If it’s a Disney Digital Copy, you need to insert your digital copy disc in your computer’s DVD reader, enter your activation code, and choose “Windows Media Player” as the medium (vs. iTunes). You only get one choice here. If you choose WM, you can’t go back and choose iTunes or vice versa, so consider carefully before you make the choice.)
- Use your microUSB data cable to plug your DROID X into the computer. (The Media Share app might pop up. Hit the back key to back out of it if it does.) Pull down the bar at the top and tap the USB connection symbol/notification. Choose “Windows Media Sync” as your USB connection type. (If you’ve never done this before, Windows might take a few minutes to install drivers.) You should see/get a screen like this:
- Click to Manage Media On Your Device. WMP 11 will launch and show you a directory of your media. Navigate to your videos library and select the portable copy (the smaller file size of the two files, generally). You can also transfer the full HD copy, if you want to use HDMI-out to play it on a larger screen, but the HD copies are usually 1-2GB vs. less than a gig for portable resolution.
- Drag the video(s) to the SYNC tab on the right and click Sync. Wait for sync to complete and then disconnect your device.
- On your device, navigate to the video and tap to play it. (On Droid X, click Files, then choose the Videos folder.)
- A notification will pop up that your license has expired and offer you the option to BUY or CANCEL. Tap BUY. (This is the most confusing part of this process. You’re not buying anything. It just needs to renew the license on the server. You already bought the license, and it just needs to verify that using the key that Windows transferred along with the file.)
- In a few seconds, your video should begin to play.
If the above doesn’t work for you, I probably can’t help you. There’s too many variables. But, it worked for me. 🙂 Happy watching!
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