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Amazon Launches Prime Streaming

The rumors were true, it turns out, as Amazon has pulled the wraps off of a new streaming service. Paying subscribers to Amazon Prime, the company’s $79 per year upgraded shipping program, will receive free, unlimited access to about 5,000 pieces of content.

Among the titles currently available for the new service are The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Amadeus, Syriana, Chariots of Fire and Food, Inc.

Robbie Schwietzer, vice president of Amazon Prime, offered the following on the new streaming service:

“Millions of Amazon Prime members already enjoy the convenience of free Two-Day Shipping . . . Adding unlimited instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost is a great way to give members even more value for their $79 annual Amazon Prime membership.”

Amazon has long been at the top of the shortlist of potential Redbox streaming partners. Now that Amazon’s Prime instant streaming service is a reality, could a partnership with Redbox bring some much-needed additional content to the table?

(via Engadget)

15 Responses to “Amazon Launches Prime Streaming”

  1. Visitor [Join Now]
    John [visitor]

    I am happy to learn of the new Amazon service. I hope they continue to expand and also bring current HBO shows. To have REDBOX streaming would truly be awesome.

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    Fardog [visitor]

    Anyone know if it will have closed captioning available?

    • Member [Join Now]

      They do have a fair amount of it but it depends on the device. I use a Roku and I don’t think they offer captions on it. So far only Hulu does on that device (as far as I know.)

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    I’ve been a strong redbox supporter. A fanboy even, you can look at the past posts to see. However I have to say that every day that passes and every new digital solution out there is another sign of Redbox’s biggest blunder. They’ve dragged their feet too long. I can see a future where people use two services, maybe even three. People however don’t want to get back to the old system of paying for a lot of channels with the same content to get what portion of it they want however and that is what we are in danger of seeing now.

    Amazon will try to get exlusives as will Netflix and Hulu. So to see what we want right now we need at least two of the three.

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    bugmenaut [bugmenaut-2]

    Im mostly a netflix user using RB & BB kiosks when needed.

    More competition is good but Im not paying $79 for stuff I already get with NF.

    Upgraded shipping would be nice but I might order once a year. Big deal.

    • Member [Join Now]

      That’s really the catch right there. 79 is actually cheap, if it’s something you want or need. That’s why I wonder how many people they will get.

      If someone already has Prime they may not get Netflix

      If someone already has Prime they may, but probably won’t, cancel Netflix

      The hinging factor is that you need to either already have or at least have been on the fence for getting prime to even be a factor here.

      If they get a better selection however that may change. Like I said, 79 is actually rather cheap relatively speaking.

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    Brian [visitor]

    My LG Blu-ray player has Netflix streaming built-in. Unless a future firmware update brings Amazon streaming, I couldn’t switch if I wanted to – which I don’t.

    I wonder how much this “obstacle” will tip the scales in Netflix’ favor and/or work against Amazon.

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    ChadCronin [chadcronin]

    Any company that wants to offer more in their packages is a good company to me. I definitely like the direction amazon is headed with this

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    Samermic [visitor]

    Mark Cuban had an interesting take on this service in his blog:

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    Samermic [visitor]

    Facebook is also getting their hands wet in per movie rentals online. If they offer a streaming service, it may be game-over for everyone else.