Amazon Prime adds over 1,000 more movies, TV shows for streaming

Amazon Prime adds over 1,000 more movies, TV shows for streaming

Summary: Amazon seriously stepped up its Prime video streaming options with the addition of over 1,000 more film and television titles.

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Amazon seriously stepped up its Prime video streaming options with the addition of over 1,000 more film and television titles.

Now, Prime's video options still aren't nearly on par with the other vast catalogs of content available on Hulu Plus or Netflix's Watch Instantly service, as well as other Video On Demand sites available from cable providers.

Home Media Magazine goes so far as to dub Amazon Prime as the "single-biggest direct threat to Netflix," which one could agree with based on money alone. Netflix's Watch Instantly-only subscription is $7.99 per month. Amazon Prime runs for $79 per year, which divides down to roughly $6.58 per month. The latter is actually a better deal for those who shop with Amazon often as it also brings along the perks that Prime is known for: free two-day shipping and cheap one-day shipping without a minimum order requirement.

Nevertheless, Amazon's offerings still pale in comparison for serious movie buffs. (It can't be that great if Amazon is using Free Willy as one of the movie examples on the Prime subscription page.) Additionally, Netflix can be accessed from multiple mobile devices as well as gaming consoles and Internet-connected TVs. Amazon Prime is rather limited to the browser and home entertainment boxes.

However, CNET's David Carnoy hypothesizes that an Android Amazon Instant Video app could be on the way once Amazon's tablets are officially introduced later this year. Presumably, the app could then be downloaded and installed on other Android tablets, making Prime streaming much more accessible and enticing to a larger consumer base.

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  • RE: Amazon Prime adds over 1,000 more movies, TV shows for streaming

    Amazon is not limited to the browser. You can get it on your TV through the same Roku device you use for Netflix.
    alangblake
    • RE: Amazon Prime adds over 1,000 more movies, TV shows for streaming

      @alangblake It's also available built into some blu-ray players and tv sets. Sadly, this is the third article in a row I've read by Ms. King that doesn't appear very well researched. The kicker: Android has Flash. Any device with Flash should be able to stream Amazon's Video On Demand, so Android shouldn't even need an application!
      jgm@...
      • RE: Amazon Prime adds over 1,000 more movies, TV shows for streaming

        @jgm@...
        Ms. King is consistently a poor writer. She shows a lack of attention to details, such as fact checking, the basic name of the product she's covering (Google Voice Search), as well as grammar. The fact that her boss continues to pay her to consistently produce low-quality filler product announcements makes me sad. Couldn't they find another poor journalism major to do this? It's not like there aren't thousands of them graduating every year into a job market with fewer jobs than candidates...
        snoop0x7b
  • It has something that netflix doesn't

    It supports Linux without muss or fuss. Since that is my OS of choice. I love it.

    :-)
    mosborne
  • RE: Amazon Prime adds over 1,000 more movies, TV shows for streaming

    US Only.
    neilpost
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    That's good news for us movie fanatics<br><br>Years back there used to be more of a level playing field when it came to streaming online media like videos and movies, Google video was one of those services that was used often but now there are other services to watch free movies online like Youtube (owned by Google) amongst other like Meta cafe and Daily Motion.<br><br>I went down to take a look at Google Videos today and it's changed completely from what is used to be, now it's just a video search engine and has abandoned it's user generated business model. Google seems to be doing this with more and more of their services recently.<br><br>They come up with great ideas but can never make up their mind what they are going to stick out. Take Google buzz for example. Only 1 to 2 years into the development of this service and they have shut it down. It seems half of the Google services out there are just empty shells, how long before the Google social network goes in the bin?
    dmtaylor247