Amazon Instant Video Error 1002: what you can do

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Amazon launched its Instant Video feature a couple of days ago for Prime members in Germany. Existing Prime members can use Instant Video without additional costs or signing up for the service before it becomes available.

When I tried to test the services however, I was first notified that I needed to install the Microsoft Silverlight plugin as it was required to play any Amazon Instant videos.

I went to the Microsoft Silverlight website and installed the latest version of the plugin. All browsers were restarted afterwards, and I made sure that Silverlight was installed properly in each of them.

I fired up the Firefox web browser, went to the Amazon website and picked the first video that was offered to me on the site.

The Amazon Instant Video logo and a loading animation were displayed at first, but after a few seconds, an error message was displayed on the screen instead.

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It stated that there was a problem with the service, and displayed the error code 1002:1. The message reads Network Error 1002 if you are on Amazon.com. The suggestion given was to use Microsoft's Internet Explorer instead to play the video.

There is also a related error that may be shown:

Service Error (1002)
We're experiencing a problem playing this video.

If this problem continues, please contact Amazon Customer Service and refer to error 1002.

I tried Chrome first, and then Opera, and they all displayed the same error message.

If you call Amazon customer support about the issue, you are asked to run the following tasks on your computer:

  1. Clear browser cache of the browser that is being used.
  2. Clear the cookies of the browser.
  3. Reboot the operating system.
  4. Uninstall and re-install Microsoft Silverlight.
  5. Reboot the router.

As you can imagine, none of the suggested tasks helped resolve the issue.

I tried a couple of other things, like downgrading the Silverlight plugin to an earlier version, or changing the user agent of the Firefox web browser to Internet Explorer.

Solution

Microsoft's Internet Explorer on the other hand worked just fine. When I opened the Amazon website in Internet Explorer, all videos that I tried on it played just fine right away.

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Amazon Instant Video was not displaying error 1002 or any other error for that matter anymore.

While that is reassuring, it does not solve the initial issue that I had when trying to view videos on Amazon using other web browsers.

Closing Words

Up to this day, I was not able to come up with a solution for the issue. While I can use Internet Explorer to watch Amazon Instant Video streams on my PC, I'd prefer not to use the browser.

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Responses to Amazon Instant Video Error 1002: what you can do

  1. sr March 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    Same here...but I have that only on one machine. My notebook gets the error and on my PC it works fine with Chrome. Still looking for a solution.

  2. Pants March 4, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    I don't use Amazon Instant Video or whatever, and can't test, but I did read somewhere that Amazon Instant supports several plugins - disable Silverlight and Flash will take over. I know its not a real solution .. but try it, humour me :)

    • Martin Brinkmann March 4, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

      I cannot get it to work with Flash, tried that. When I disable Silverlight, it displays a reminder that I need Silverlight to play videos.

      • Pants March 4, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

        I can't test .. but I'm going to go out on a limb and say 32bit vs 64bit - I assume your IE is 64bit, whilst FF, Chrome are 32bit

        Grab a portable Palemoon and test

      • Martin Brinkmann March 4, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

        Good tip but unfortunately not working either.

  3. Anonymous March 4, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    I run my firefox with administrator right only once!
    Play video and stop it (some seconds later)
    Restart firefox without adminsitrator.
    Issue solved permanently ;)

  4. Pants March 4, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    Two other options for someone to test

    A) Run FF in private mode - or File>New Private Window

    or

    b) On Win 7 (most likely the same for Win8), delete or rename %programdata%/Microsoft/PlayReady/mspr.hds which has become corrupted

    Martin - interested to know if you were already running FF/Chrome etc as Admin

    • Martin Brinkmann March 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

      I tried that, but do not run as admin by default.

      As far as b goes, the directory is empty on my system.

      Update: a) does not work either.

      • Pants March 4, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

        I was too fast .. I meant to say that option a was to force flash (with silverlight disabled) - but I assume that'll probably fail as well since the delivery service is always being tweaked.changed.

        Maybe MS paid Amazon an obscene amount of money :P

  5. sr March 4, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    Lovefilm was Silverlight, now it's silverlight too, no flash option possible. You can't mix that with the amazon.com-Content

  6. Arrrrrghhh March 5, 2014 at 3:08 am #

    Don't know if this is helpful but;

    Google says this:
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/silverlight/en-US/a8c74e71-f9b8-4754-bc99-04812d476e87/major-issue-with-amazoncom-streaming-vs-silverlight?forum=silverlightgen which says:
    1. Click on the start button
    2. In the search box type this: %programdata%\Microsoft\PlayReady and hit enter
    3. In the window that opens, delete the file named "mspr.hds"
    4. Go back and try to play your movie

    If that doesn't work you might want to try using a user agent switcher. See if it works as a temporary solution or maybe help narrow down the problem

    I don't know why Amazon is using Silverlight. MS abandoned it as a platform over a year ago I think. Now it's legacy crapware that's just maintained - no future in it.

    • Wakey May 1, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

      They use Silverlight because its still the best option out there. Flash is bloated and is also on its last legs (and the studios aren't in favour of it) and HTML5 while great white hope isn't commercially viable until the companies can get together and agree on a DRM standard rather than fighting to get their own accepted as the standard. The studios simply won't allow it to be provided without DRM

  7. Joe March 8, 2014 at 12:33 am #

    You can set your Amazon streaming video account to always use Flash. In your screenshot, you can get to the setting through the "Einstellungen" ("settings") link, just above the video pane, third from the right.

    I can't get it to work with Silverlight in Firefox, myself, though it works in Chrome. Changing to Flash allowed me to watch videos using Firefox.

    You're warned that this setting will take affect for any browser that you use to access streaming video with your account, not just the one you're using.

    • Martin Brinkmann March 8, 2014 at 8:03 am #

      Joe, I do not have an option to change the streaming method to Flash there.

      • Joe March 8, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

        Interesting - I guess that's only an option in the U.S. (or at least it's not an option on Amazon.de). Hopefully my comment will help some folks that come here looking for they're own solutions.

  8. sr March 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    Kam eben per Mail: ungetestet
    ------------------------------------

    Guten Tag,

    wir melden uns nochmals bezüglich Ihres Problems beim Abspielen von Amazon Instant Video Titeln über Firefox oder Chrome.

    Es freut uns Ihnen mitteilen zu können, dass die technischen Probleme mittlerweile behoben sind.

    Sie haben nun wieder die Möglichkeit, die Videos über einen Browser Ihrer Wahl abzuspielen.

    Wir entschuldigen uns für eventuell entstandene Unannehmlichkeiten und bedanken uns für Ihre Geduld.

    (Dies ist eine automatisch versendete E-Mail. Bitte antworten Sie nicht auf dieses Schreiben, da die E-Mail-Adresse nur zum Versenden, nicht aber zum Empfang von E-Mails eingerichtet ist.)

    Freundliche Grüße

    Kundenservice Amazon.de

    • Martin Brinkmann March 8, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

      Just tested, not working for me ;)

      • sr March 8, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

        So much for that...

  9. Jessica March 11, 2014 at 4:47 am #

    Fixed it, thanks! :)

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