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Can I Buy a Rental Movie on Amazon Prime Video? — May 18, 2020

Can I Buy a Rental Movie on Amazon Prime Video?

The question: “I rented a movie yesterday and like it a lot. Can I pay the difference to buy it, i.e. I rented it for $2.99 and it sells for $14.99, can I pay $12 to buy it?”

Answer: No. [here’s the exact wording from customer service]


RLW asked: “If we rented a movie can we go ahead and purchase? Will we be charged for rental and purchase?!!! Or just the additional amount?!”

Got answered: “You’ll be charged the full price, there is no discount for having rented the movie, they are two separate transactions.”

Another One Asked

ML asked @ Rent To Buy

I wonder if it is possible to apply the rental price if after watching you decide you want to purchase the title? I have wanted to buy some movies but have not because I already paid the rental price and couldn't bring myself to spending THAT much more for a movie. This would be a great idea.

And got answered with: “Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback about renting and buying Prime Video titles. At this time you can’t purchase Prime Video titles applying the rental price.”

Here’s an Idea for Amazon Prime Video

How hard can it be to update the code to support this rent-to-buy feature for Amazon Prime Video movies and TV shows? Like most leading-edge tech companies, make a data-informed decision and see what people will do and if revenues will increase. I’m thinking it will, but the proof is in the pudding.

Suppose it is difficult to change the code to discount the purchase price of a previously rented video, then use a customer service request form that applies an credit that can be used for a future purchase. Test this for a period of time, and see if it increases sales to the satisfaction of the decision-makers.

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Why Amazon Can’t Credit Rental Fee Towards Buying the Video

Thanks for JP, got the answer for why (or anyone) can’t apply the rental fee as a credit towards buying a movie or TV show. It’s because of the licensing fee that is charged by the movie-maker, producer, owner, or whatever that entity is called. Here’s how it was explained to me:

About the prime rental vs buying… It’s a licensing issue by the content owner, not a technical limitation.

Same reason buying a digital copy of a movie is the same price as the DVD even though there is not printing/manufacturing cost for digital.

Pastor Rick’s News and Views – Saturday May 9, 2020 — May 9, 2020

Pastor Rick’s News and Views – Saturday May 9, 2020


Saturday Afternoon

May 9, 2020

Dear Saddleback Family,

I MISS YOU ALL SO MUCH!!! I pray for you all the time. I pray that God will give you the strength to adjust to all of the many changes COVID-19 has caused.

As your pastor – someone who loves you very much – my goal during this season is to provide you with calm, competent, and reassuring direction that will help you survive and even thrive in all the chaos. Each week, I’m seeking to assist you in managing the “dis-ease” (stress) being caused by the disease of the coronavirus.

This is NOT the first crisis (or even pandemic) that I’ve led our church family through I think this is the 33rd national or international crisis we’ve gone through together in 40 years, so we’re confident in what to do and when to do it. The HIV & AIDS virus pandemic of the 80’s, 90s, & 2000s has killed 32 million people worldwide and we’re still fighting that one.

Of course, everybody wants to know “When will we be able to meet together again?” My answer is: If you read our special COVID-19 daily email newsletter, Saddleback@Home you will be the first to know what that happens Because of our size, it is very likely that smaller churches of 50 or 75 people will be able to open sooner than Saddleback Besides Disneyland, there aren’t many places in Southern California that attract crowds our size.


Last week, I taught you the first half of a message on “Ten Commandments For Emotional Health.” I shared 5 biblical principles to live by during COVID-19 Thanks to the many of you who wrote me this past week, saying how helpful and practical those first 5 principles were for reducing the current stress.Now, this weekend, I’ll share the last 5 ‘Commandments’ – instructions God gives us to handle the crises that we go through in life. Here’s the TEACHING OUTLINE in PDF and WORD formats, and also your SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.

Let me urge you again, to invite your unchurched friends to watch this practical series on how to handle the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic It’s not going to be over quickly! Help them out.


This week, we all learned the truth behind the sad ordeal of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder. Once again, an unarmed young black man was gunned down by two white citizens – a father and son. And once again, justice was not served immediately. Over two months went by without an arrest – until a video of the murder was leaked to social media and the world is justifiably outraged. Is this the kind of nation we want to live in? NO! A thousand times NO!

Right now, I am so heartbroken for Ahmaud’s family, so incensed at the injustice, so angry at the racism of the perpetrators, and so fearful for the safety of our brothers and sisters of every color – both in our own church family, and in the larger Body of Christ I’m also so discouraged that in 2020 this kind of blatant racism and violence still exists.

You’ve heard me say many times that “Racism is not a SKIN issue. Racism is a SIN issue! It is an insult to God who made every person in His image Racism says “God, you made a mistake by not making everyone else like me.” It is the ultimate arrogance.

Sadly, what Isaiah described thousands of years ago is still true today: “Injustice is everywhere and justice is turned back. Righteousness (doing what’s right)has been sidelined Truth falls dead in the streets, and fairness has been pushed away.“ Isaiah 59:14

As Christ followers, WE…MUST…STOP…THIS…NOW!

Pastor Rick
Pastor Rick Warren
Saddleback Church
Purpose Driven Network
Global P.E.A.C.E. Initiative
Finishing the Task Coalition
Daily HOPE Broadcast

how to install Zoom to Chromebook — March 21, 2020

how to install Zoom to Chromebook

Here are some instructions from March 2020 on how to install Zoom from the Chrome Web Store onto your Chromebook –

For some odd reason, the Chromebook we tried installing the extension didn’t click-thru to the right link when trying to join a zoom meeting. So with some effort, finally found the direct link to the Zoom extension in the chrome web store.

What does show up easily on the store is this Zoom Scheduler extension in the chrome web store:

Maybe the recent surge of interest in Zoom caused a server issue-

Saddleback Church Announcement for Weekend of March 14-15, 2020 — March 12, 2020

Saddleback Church Announcement for Weekend of March 14-15, 2020

(mirrored from church e-newsletter)

HEADS UP: Only ONLINE SERVICES this weekend. Campuses will be closed.

IMMEDIATE NOTICE. More to come this evening!

Thursday afternoon, March 12, 2020

Dear Saddleback Family,

Later this evening I will be sending you a longer, detailed explanation of how our church family has been dealing with the coronavirus crisis, and what we’re going to do in the days ahead.

We’ve been SO busy responding to the needs, both in our own church and to other churches that look to us, that we have had little opportunity to stop and communicate with you.

But I want you to know this: ALL SERVICES at ALL CAMPUSES are cancelled for this weekend.

Instead I am asking everyone to meet with your small group. Choose a time to meet in a home and watch the SERVICE ONLINE together.

In a second letter I’ll send you later today, I’ll list at least six different ways you can watch the service this weekend with your small group in a home.

In this advanced, brief note, I just want you to plan to meet with your small group on either Saturday or Sunday to watch the services instead of going to your campus.

Before we decided to cancel our weekend services, I had already planned to share a special message on this coronavirus crisis in the middle of our Time to Dream series.

This weekend’s message is on What to Do in a Crisis: Our Response to the Coronavirus will cover three things:

  1. Give everyone encouragement and calm their fears in these anxious days. We’ll review all of the simple ways that you can protect yourself from getting the virus AND also protect yourself from feeling overwhelmed by worry and stress.
  2. Give healthy people a list of practical ways they can protect the most vulnerable around us. People over 60 years old with lowered immunity due to an illness like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or upper respiratory problems are the most vulnerable.
  3. Give churches three immediate ways we can serve our communities during this crisis.

I’ve been in direct contact with the national Center for Disease Control (CDC) this week because the national director, Dr. Robert Redfield, is a long-time dear friend of mine and Kay’s. Bob has worked with us on the “C” of the P.E.A.C.E. Plan, “CARE for the Sick,” from the very beginning. He designed the prototype for our local church-based healthcare system we developed in Rwanda, which is now copied in many other places. Bob has spoken at Saddleback. Also because of our church’s involvement in the AIDS pandemic and 33 national and international disasters, we are deeply connected to the healthcare leaders at local, county, state, and national levels.

Every need in our world is an OPEN DOOR to show God’s love! Little did we know that when we set our 5 Open D.O.O.R.S. goals that we would be given the opportunity to start practicing and working on two of the goals immediately:

Outshine the Darkness and Serve people in pain. Before we’ve even finished our 40-day introductory study, the coronavirus opened these two doors.

Please pray for me as I am praying for you!


I love you and thank God for you!

Pastor Rick Warren
Saddleback Church