Amazon wants to be your destination for streaming video instead of Netflix

Amazon wants to be your destination for streaming video instead of Netflix
Sure, Netflix is currently the place to go to binge watch your favorite old television shows, original comedies, dramas, and motion pictures. Using your smartphone or tablet means that you are never without something great to watch, no matter where you are. And while Netflix has always had competition from Hulu and others, Amazon is planning a stand-alone streaming service that will use the online retailer's experience with Prime to stream video to subscribers. Amazon is also planning on competing with Netflix on price. At $8.99 a month, Amazon will be a dollar cheaper than what Netflix charges for its most popular plan.

Amazon also announced on Sunday that its $99 a year Prime service, which offers free two-day delivery on Amazon purchases along with unlimited streaming of movies and television shows, will also be offered on a monthly basis to all U.S. consumers. The price will be $10.99 a month, and consumers will be allowed to turn on or off the service for specific months. This means that shoppers could elect to enable the service during the holiday shopping season, and disable it afterwards.

Netflix has done very well with its original programs, well enough so that shows like Orange Is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and House of Cards are strong enough to drive  subscriber growth. Amazon has exclusive rights to some older shows from HBO and has signed director Woody Allen for an exclusive television series. Netflix still has the advantage here, even with that $1 higher price each month. That is, until Amazon comes through with its first breakout show.

There is no word yet on when Amazon will officially launch its streaming video service.

source: WSJ

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11 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Sure, competition will be welcome.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2369; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I wonder if this is in addition to Prime or offered for those who are not Prime subscribers. As a Prime member, I would hate to have to fork over another $10 a month for the video service unless it offered a lot more than it does now.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If the streaming service is different from prime it would be nice if they had some sort of discounted bundle that included both services in 1 yearly payment, it would have to be $120 because that's how much a year it cost for netflix.

4. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Too bad Amazon doesn't support Chromecast.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Agreed. They're trying to compete with everything alienating their customers by restricting their services to their own devices. I've loved Amazon up until about two years ago where they've just made really poor decisions.

7. JasonX

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

I've got a Roku so I can stream all of the major services. It works very well.

11. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I have a PS3 and PS4, so being able to stream Amazon isn't the issue. It's the lack of support for just Chromecast only that I find the most annoying.

6. Shocky unregistered

I've tried Prime twice and I wasn't impressed by the selection of shows. Plus no Chromecast support so not interested. The only thing I would recommend from them are firesticks because they make half decent Kodi boxes. :-)

8. JasonX

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

The beauty thing is these services are relatively cheap. We subscribe to this, Netflix, and Hulu. They each offer something different enough to justify the cost to us. In the case of Amazon, we split the cost of Prime with my parents, so its dirt cheap.

9. willy.4

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

They gota help pay for TopGear , or I guess they'll be calling it by some other name . They will have to get the viewership up to help pay for it, and get the service out to as many people as possible..... Go team Clarkson , May and Hammond.... Can't wait for it to start.

10. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I mainly use it for the cheap 2 day shipping and occasionally movies and music. If this is included as part of Prime I am in. If it is extra I will have to see what they add to the video collection.

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