Report: Amazon to offer free video-streaming service early next year

Report: Amazon to offer free video-streaming service early next year
That whooshing sound that Netflix is hearing today, is the sound of its customers preparing to head for the exits. According to a report published on Friday, early next year Amazon will launch a free streaming video service, supported by ads. The plan calls for Amazon to spin the service off from Prime, its $99 a year premium membership club that offers access to its Instant Video service.

One theory is that Amazon wants a larger audience that it might be able to up-sell to the $99 Prime membership. And in the worse-case scenario, Amazon increases its share of the streaming video market. Currently, Netflix has 33 million subscribers while Amazon is estimated to have 25 million Prime members using its video service.

One recent bit of news that might help Amazon sell ads, is the decision by Nielsen to include subscription based content providers in its ratings. And Amazon will be able to provide data to advertisers to show them if their campaign is working.


source: NewYorkPost via Engadget

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23 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Doesn`t hulu do this already with ads, but it isn`t killing netflix

7. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Ummm. That's probably because Hulu charges and has ads....... No thanks. I'll either sit through ads or ill pay. Not both.

8. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

They have a free version and a paid version. The free one has more ads and less content.

14. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Yeah but the paid version still has ads. Hulu is a ripoff

15. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I have it, and the ads aren't that big of a deal that people make them out to be. They are about 2-3 minutes a show for $8. People still pay for cable, and you get ten minutes of ads for way more cash. And Hulu also airs new shows eight days after they come out. On Netflix, you have to wait for the entire season to be over.

16. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Cable is a ripoff as well.

17. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Well the only service you can use is Netflix then. There really is nothing else at that price without ads.

18. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I have cable but it's pathetic what these cable companies get away with. Like having to pay for hundreds of channels you want.

19. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Well I have Netflix, Hulu plus, Amazon prime, and satellite. The only one that gets any real use is Hulu. I am an anime junkie, and their anime library is huge. And Naruto, my favorite anime, airs on Hulu an hour after it airs in Japan. They also have tons of foreign and obscure stuff you won't see on TV. I realm don't use amazon instant video or satellite. Netflix is great if you want regular stuff that airs on TV, but if you want anything more, Hulu is the way to go.

20. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I personally can't stand hulu! But guess it depends on what you want to watch. I like Netflix much better myself

21. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

It really does. Most of the stuff on Netflix I can catch on regular TV or is on Hulu. I really haven't found anything on there worth having it for.

22. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I had Hulu for a while (for 6 months about a year ago) and it was far more than 3 min worth of ads in a 30 min show. In fact, from my recollection, it had more ads (and the same 2 running over and over and over in a loop basically) than just watching the shows on TV. Also, so what if you have to wait for a season to be over to review it on netflix? At least then you get to breeze through it and enjoy what little bit of content there is without endless ads. It didn't take me long to decide that Hulu wasn't for me. Sure, they get newer content, but who cares. If I want to deal with ads I'll just watch it on Cable. Especially since the internet still doesn't have a great live feed system setup yet, that doesn't already require one to have cable.

23. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

They have stuff that will NEVER air on Netflix. Like their giant anime library. It realm depends on what you want to watch and how long you are will. And if you had the free Hulu, yes it has more ads, but it's free. Plus has much less ads

24. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

No, I had hulu plus. And about every 3-5 mins you had to sit through at least 90 seconds, to 3 mins worth of ads. It was miserable. I'm not talking about the free stuff. If it's free, I'll deal with ads. But most of what I have seen that I wanted to watch on hulu required a subscription to plus and you had to deal with ads equaling about half the shows run time or more. However, as you said, it also depends on what you watch. I don't care about anime, so that doesn't affect me.

2. djcody

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

No go for ads!!! I stick with Netflix

3. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Only if Prime members can still watch videos without ads, then I guess that's ok.

4. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

As long as both continue to take customers away from cable companies which are the DEVIL.

5. tntwit

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

The cable companies supply the Internet connection to download Netflix, so they make out either way. You can bet as people shift away from cable TV and toward streaming content, the cost of Internet service will adjust accordingly.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"The cable companies supply the Internet connection to download Netflix" Paying the DEVIL his due is better than having the DEVIL in your house :)

9. Diablo2424

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

I'm a prime member and can say that I've only streamed from it once in the last year. Most of the content that's available to stream isn't free, even for prime members! And out of what is free, I can watch the same thing on Netflix, with more episodes. Regarding movies, most movies I've checked weren't free, with my prime subscription. I only have it for the 2-day shipping.

10. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Google Kodi Have not payed for Netflix, Hulu, Prime or Cable for years. Your'e welcome.

11. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

So what if I just want prime shipping and NO video? Discount? Yeah sure......

13. mike2959

Posts: 696; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

You people crack me up.. You want everything for free?!

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