Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Amazon Prime = Netflix-Style Streaming

It has been rumored for some time, but apparently it is no longer a rumor. Amazon.Com is now offering unlimited video streaming to all existing (paid) Amazon Prime customers. I was already a customer for the discounted shipping (mostly for Christmas buying) so this is a NICE perk for me. It is likely to keep me a Prime Customer for the next billing cycle, anyway.

I am sure this intended to compete with NetFlix, but I doubt I'll be dropping one to keep the other. I guess we'll see.

UPDATE 7:00 PM: Experiments have proven that only the MAIN Amazon Prime account. Guest accounts are not eligible without upgrade.

It appears the rumored "instant streaming for Amazon Prime customers" service is now LIVE!  (I've been on Prime for 3 years now.)  Watch out @Netflix!


quizwedge said...

Does it work well with Roku? Why would you keep Netflix with free Amazon?

Nomad said...

Wedge, 3 words:
1. Selection
2. Selection
3. Selection

Amazon has a number of early releases that NetFlix lacks, but NetFlix has a MUCH larger library of titles.

Now, you ask, why keep Amazon if I have NetFlix? Because I had Amazon Prime BEFORE NetFlix, for the el cheapo shipping that pays for itself around Christmas.