Can I purchase Amazon Instant Videos with Gift Card balance?

You probably know that you can purchase all sorts of content at with your VISA or MasterCard, not matter where the card is issued in the world. But, if you try to purchase an Instant Video or maybe rent a movie, you will quickly get into trouble.

Just a few minutes, I wanted to check whether or not I can use my Amazon Gift Card balance to rent a movie on Well, the truth is – I cannot! That is really a pity, not only for me, but for Amazon as well. Imagine this, you get this present from someone, an Amazon Gift Card with the value of 20 USD and now you want to spend it watching a movie online. But, only then you discover that you cannot do so. And why? Because you cannot use your Amazon Gift Card for purchasing and renting Instant movies. You can buy DVD’s and so on, but you cannot watch the instant content. Isn’t that kind of unfair?

What can you do about this?

The truth is, you can pay for your Amazon Prime subscription with any sort of payment card online. That is neat. It doesn’t need to be issued in the United States, but it can origin from almost anywhere in the world (as far as I know). This will give you access to all the content available with your Amazon Prime subscription (you will still need a VPN that will let you stream Amazon Prime content abroad), but your payment card will work well. You will still have access to Prime Music, Prime Reading, and other great stuff on Amazon – but, you will not be able to purchase Instant content that isn’t included with your Prime subscription.

But now, what is the solution if you are desperate to buy or rent an Amazon Instant Video right away? To be honest, I don’t know what is the solution at the moment. You will need an American Payment Card of some kind, but the solutions that worked with this for some years, are not working anymore.

What would I do in this case?

I would, without a doubt, say bye bye Amazon, and rather go to Google Play Movies instead to find a solution there. It is quite easy to get an American Google Play account, and with this, you can easily purchase content and watch movies instantly on your Android device.

It is so much easier to rent and buy movies in the Google Play Store in the USA
It is so much easier to rent and buy movies in the Google Play Store in the USA

As a matter of fact, I just tried this – You can purchase a Google Play Store Gift Card on Amazon, which you can later use to get an valid US Google Play Store account, which can be used easily. Doesn’t that sound great?

You can read more about how you can get an American Google Play Store account in this article.

So, forget about renting and buying Instant Movies on Amazon, but instead, visit Google Play Store and watch the same content there. They also have great discounts available from time to time, so you might even save some money doing so!

Are you ready to get started?

If you have any comments or questions, please write a comment and I will do my best to help you out!

Can I pay for Amazon Instant Video’s with a Transfer Wise card?

It can often be hard to pay for American services if you do not have an American issued bank card. Recently, TransferWise launched their first payment cards, but can those be used to pay for American services?

I just got my hands on a TransferWise payment card, meaning that I have tried this in real life and it is based on my very own experience. There is no surprise in this, because the payment card from TransferWise still isn’t available to people in the USA. It can only be ordered in certain countries in the EU, and the MastarCard you receive at the moment is issued in the UK.

TransferWise has promised that an American issued card will be available later, but at the moment, it isn’t.

Can I pay with TransferWise card on
Can I pay with TransferWise card on

Can I pay for services with my TransferWise card?

The answer to that question is both yes and no. You can easily use it to pay for services for which you could also use any other VISA or MasterCard, issued wherever in the world. As a result, you can buy books, clothes, jewellery, and similar products with your TransferWise card issued in the UK on

What you cannot purchase on with your TransferWise card is products that require you to have an American issued payment card. This is first of all true about movies and TV series, and also with some other products. In the same way, you cannot pay for your Hulu subscription with the TransferWise card, you cannot pay for CBS All Access, and neither can you pay for HBO Now.

This will for sure change when the American card will be issued, but since TransferWise requires you to have proof-of-address and so much more to actually get the card, we will probably not be able to get an American issued TransferWise card in the future (as long as we do not live in the USA), so we can probably forget about that.

Can I watch Prime videos with AstrillVPN?

AstrillVPN is a famous VPN provider, but can they help you if you want to watch Amazon Prime videos and other Amazon Instant videos abroad?

It is very annoying to sign up and purchase a VPN subscription, only to find out that it is blocked by Amazon. So, instead of doing that, why not find out before signing up about whether it will work or not? That is why I have created this article and the following YouTube video to let you know and give you advice before signing up.

But, instead of writing it all down, take a look at the short YouTube video beneath to see how if it works to watch Amazon Prime videos using the VPN services of AstrillVPN.

I have not tested all the servers of AstrillVPN in the United States, but based on the servers I have tested, I can clearly say that AstrillVPN does the job and works very well if you want to unblock Amazon Prime from abroad.

If you want to read more about Amazon Prime related news and tools working that will help you unblock Amazon Prime, visit


Does PureVPN work with Amazon Prime?

Maybe you have heard about PureVPN, one of the leading VPN providers on the market. But, can you use PureVPN with Amazon Prime? Does PureVPN work with Amazon Prime?

If you have an Amazon Prime subscription in the United States, then you will for sure be eager to take advantage of that, also when abroad. Maybe you are out on a work trip to Europe, or maybe on a beach holiday in Brazil. It is evening, you are tired, and you want to watch a new episode of Jack Ryan, Mozart in the Jungle, or maybe Bosch. The only problem is that you get an error message as you try to stream Amazon Prime abroad, telling you that it cannot be done.

can i use purevpn to watch amazon prime

Now you are out there looking for a VPN provider that will work with Amazon Prime, and the question is whether PureVPN might be the right provider to pick! Well, this is the case!

PureVPN and Amazon Prime

PureVPN has servers in lots of nations worldwide, and it is quite obvious, that you need to connect to a server in the USA to stream Amazon Prime abroad. But, even if you connect to a server in the USA, you are very likely to get an error message on Amazon Prime using PureVPN. How come? Most of the PureVPN servers in the USA are blocked by But, there is a very easy way to fix this, and it is done this way.

How to use VPN to unblock Amazon Prime
How to use VPN to unblock Amazon Prime

Now, this is very easy. First, you need to make sure that you enter Streaming Mode on PureVPN. Then you need to select Channels, and from the list of channels, click Amazon Prime US. Once you click the Amazon Prime US text, you will connect to a US PureVPN server working with Amazon Prime, and once connected, your browser will automatically open the website of Amazon Prime. You are now ready to watch Amazon Prime content all across the world using PureVPN.

You got to agree, it wasn’t that hard. But, if you just try to connect to any server in the USA, you are likely to get an error message. That is why you need to follow these instructions, and you can watch Amazon Prime in a couple of minutes from now.

Want to see how it works in practice?

Would you like to see how I unblock Amazon Prime with PureVPN? Check the video beneath!

Have you given it a try? Did it work? Of course, it will work, but I am just asking to be polite. Should you have a comment or a question related to streaming Amazon Prime abroad using PureVPN, write a comment. I will do my best to answer any questions you might have as quickly as possible.


Can I watch the BBC series Bodyguard on Amazon?

The BBC series Bodyguard from 2018 has been a real hit, and it was really popular in the UK. But, is it possible to watch the Bodyguard series from 2018 on Amazon?

First of all, there is a difference between the different Amazon stores. You might know that Netflix has gotten the rights to stream Bodyguard internationally. What will this mean for you as an end-user? You can only stream Bodyguard on Netflix if you live outside the United Kingdom. In other words, you will not find Bodyguard included with your Amazon Prime subscription, and even worse, you can not even buy it as an instant video on or on

The solution is, therefore, to use your Netflix subscription and watch it there instead.

You can watch Bodyguard on Amazon in England, but nowhere else!
You can watch Bodyguard on Amazon in England, but nowhere else!

If you live in the UK and want to stream Bodyguard

If you live in the UK, things are luckily easier. Not only can you buy the rights to watch Bodyguard on, but you can also stream Bodyguard on the BBC website. There are plenty of options, and watching it on BBC is for sure the cheapest (as it lets you stream Bodyguard for free).

If you want to watch Bodyguard on BBC from abroad, visit to find out how it can be done.

If you search for Bodyguard, you will only find lots of other stuff, including the legendary Bodyguard movie with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. It is worth watching as well, even though I enjoyed the BBC series more than the movie.

Have you seen Bodyguard? How did you like it?

HTTP proxies and VPN connections not allowed – Amazon error!

Yesterday I wanted to stream some content on, but I got the following error message: “HTTP proxies and VPN connections not allowed.

Here you can see the full error message.

video error amazon
Your device is connected to the Internet using an HTTP proxy or a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. Please close or disable any proxy programs or VPN connections and try again. For more details, please refer to

I am not a big fan of such messages, and especially not if you just want to watch a video on Amazon, but you do not want to jeopardize the safety of your computer or Internet device. After all, hackers can easily find passwords and confidential information on your device if you surf using an unprotected WiFi network.

What to do about the HTTP proxies and VPN connections not allowed message?

It all depends on if you want to access German Amazon content, English Amazon content, or American Amazon content. If you want to get access to and watch videos on Amazon Prime (or Amazon Instant videos) in the USA, follow the instructions at

If your goal is to watch content on German Amazon, it is way harder. I tried lots of different VPN providers yesterday, but all of them were blocked and I didn’t find a way of fixing it at once. But, today I found a solution, and it was using a brand new service from IPSX, the IP Exchange. It is a cryptocurrency based service in which you can rent an IP address for a while. You can read more about IPSX right here. If you want to give it a try at once, visit

You might also see the following error message if you try to watch Amazon videos using a VPN, or from abroad.

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Thanks a lot for reading, and I hope this article will help you get rid of the HTTP proxy and VPN error on Amazon.

You can also use IPSX to access English Prime videos. It might be that not all proxies provided by IPSX will work, but some of them do. And do not forget that you can also use these to access Netflix in other nations at times.

Do you also get the error messages mentioned earlier in this article? Do you need help to find a solution that will help you watch the videos on Amazon without the error messages? Write a comment, and I will do my best to help you out!

Node error 202099750 on Amazon

Recently, as I wanted to watch Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video, I got an error message. It said “We’re experiencing a problem playing this video. For assistance, please go to

So, I did as I was told, and visited the article. In the article, I was told that it is probably an old version of my browser or some sort of plugin/extension that makes this error come forth. I follow the instructions, I updated my browser, and I silenced the extensions of my browser. But, even if I did, I still got the error message. I even tried opening Amazon Prime Video in so-called private mode/incognito mode, but it didn’t help me either.

Maybe you follow these steps, and you will be able to stream at once, but I wasn’t.

Do you get the following node error message on Prime Video?
Do you get the following node error message on Prime Video?

What did I do to fix the node ID error?

This was probably just a problem for me, but I use a so-called SmartDNS service on my network called Unlocator. This is perfect for streaming content online, and I use it frequently. But, right now I had a feeling that might have caused the trouble for me. So, I used another WiFi network I have available (not using any VPN service, nor SmartDNS service), and that fixed the error for me.

  • Are you using a SmartDNS or a VPN service? That might cause the trouble!

If you don’t know what’s happening, but it still doesn’t work, you might actually consider using a VPN service to get rid of the problem. Connect to a server in another nation in Europe (or around the world), and give it a try. If it doesn’t work at first, try a server somewhere completely elsewhere in the world.

There are lots of ways to solve this problem, and most importantly, it is possible to fix!

I hope these instructions will help you get rid of the node ID error 202099750!

How long between buy-only and the chance to rent a movie on Amazon?

Would you like to watch a movie on Amazon, but you don’t want to pay the full price for purchase the movie? Does renting the movie sound like a better option? How long time does it take for a movie to change from “buy-only” to “available for rent” on Amazon?

How long time do I have to wait before a movie turns available for rent on Amazon?
How long time do I have to wait before a movie turns available for rent on Amazon?

This is a question lots of people ask themselves (and others), and even though there is no absolute answer, the majority of people agree on the fact that it takes about 2 weeks from a movie release on DVD until it is made available for rent to the general audience. How come? Why do we have to wait to rent the movie? It is probably to make sure that the biggest fanatics purchase the movie instead of renting it. If you are a big-time Star Wars fan who have waited for months for your new favorite to arrive, you do not want to wait two more weeks to rent the movie. No, you purchase the movie at the first possible moment.

Or, maybe you forgot to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the cinema. Now you have been waiting for it to come on DVD so that you can finally watch it. You will, of course, buy the movie instead of waiting for two more weeks. At least, that is my theory on why you have to wait approximately two weeks for a movie to turn available for rent and not for purchasing only at

Are you ready to rent or purchase a movie?

Would you like to know more about how to watch Amazon movies outside the USA? Visit to find detailed instructions on how it can be done.

What is Amazon Prime Twitch?

I am not much of a gamer, but I once was. I am, however, a big fan of Amazon Prime and I always want to use my Amazon Prime subscription to the max. So, what is Amazon Twitch?

I have to admit that I really haven’t heard much about Amazon Twitch before. But, that is probably because I do not play games anymore. And, since I do not play games myself, I spend even less time watching other people play. But, if you are a gamer, you are about to discover that Amazon Twitch might be exactly for you.

What is Amazon Twitch?

Amazon Twitch will give you access to two types of discounts. This comes with your Amazon Prime subscription, making it a free bonus if you already have prime. And, with access to Amazon Twitch you can as follows:

  • With your Twitch subscription, you will get access to cheaper games. Not all games are cheaper, but quite a lot of them, so if you purchase one such game a month, that will, in fact, save you the amount you pay for your Prime subscription alone.
  • You can buy cheaper Twitch accessories.
  • Twitch subscribers will often get free plugins, add-ons, gears, weapons and so for popular games. Beneath you can see an example of such a reward.

amazon twitch

  • With Amazon Twitch you get access to the most popular video-gaming streaming portal online. You can watch the streams without ads, and you can even subscribe for free to your favorite gamer online. This is a service that is used by almost 10,000,000 gamers every day as they watch about 2,000,000 people streaming their online gaming activity.

Does this sound cool? It is time to discover Amazon Twitch if you haven’t done it already?

Does Amazon Twitch work abroad?

I haven’t tried it myself, but based on what I have read, Amazon Twitch is available in US, Mexico, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Japan, Singapore, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

But, what will happen if you try to use your Amazon Prime subscription and Amazon Twitch in some other nation? I have no clue, but I do believe it will work if you follow the instructions here on how to watch and use your Amazon Prime subscription from abroad.

If you have tried using Amazon Twitch abroad and bumped into trouble, please write a comment and let me know. I might check this out in the future if I get questions, but until then, I will just keep the article in the way it is currently.

I look forward to hearing from you, and I hope this article helped to answer your question concerning what Amazon Twitch really is.

Up-2-date: How to stream Amazon videos from abroad!

Are you fed up with outdated articles on how to stream Amazon videos from abroad? There are lots of articles out there that was written years ago, and unfortunately, the methods described in those articles don’t work anymore.

This article will be “old” in a couple of years from now as well, and for that simple reason, I will not write a working method on how to stream Amazon videos abroad in this article. Instead, visit the front page of this blog, and there you will find an article that I regularly update (at least every single week). I do frequent tests on the VPN providers recommended in the article, making sure that the VPN providers I recommend, really do work with Amazon videoes, no matter where you might be in the world.

How does this work?

I have working VPN subscriptions to several VPN providers. Regularly I use the connections recommended at the front page of this blog and connect to servers I know work with Amazon videos in the USA. Once I connect, I visit and stream different content. If it works, I keep recommending it on the front page of this blog, but if it doesn’t work, I remove it and recommend something that works instead.

Amazon videos from abroad

It is worth noticing that the VPN providers I recommend work with Amazon videos, but not all their servers. At the time I am writing this article ExpressVPN is a VPN provider that can be used to stream Amazon videos. But, that doesn’t mean that all their servers can be used for the purpose. The truth is in fact that only 10% of their servers (at most) can be used with Amazon videos. You, therefore, have to find out which servers work. That can be done either by asking here in a comment or by contacting the ExpressVPN customer support.

BUT, do not forget that the fact that ExpressVPN works with Amazon videos as I write this article does not mean that it will work by the time you read this article. Check my instructions on how to watch Amazon videos from abroad, and use one of the up-2-date solutions described there.

Do you have any questions or comments? Use the comment field beneath!