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Amazon enters battle versus Netflix with Prime streaming service

02.22.2011

There's no way to tell just how far away from extinction the DVD and Blu-Ray formats may be, but it sure seems that more and more companies would rather have you pump movies through your broadband connection than spin up plastic platters.

Now Amazon has entered the fray with their own streaming service to compete with the likes of Netflix and Hulu (and the impending attempt from Redbox).

Officially: "Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the launch of a new benefit for Amazon Prime members: unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of more than 5,000 movies and TV shows. This new benefit is being added at no additional cost -- Prime membership will continue to be $79 per year. Movies and TV shows included with an Amazon Prime membership can be watched instantly on Macs, PCs and nearly 200 models of Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes that are compatible with Amazon Instant Video."

So if you've already joined Prime for the quicker shipping, now you get a bonus! If not, it means you could get a streaming service for less than seven bucks a month, with the added benefit of two-day shipping on all the physical crap you wanna order. Find out more HERE.

The heat is starting to turn up in the streaming battlefield -- Netflix may have to share the Criterion collection with Hulu, but they just grabbed rights to CBS series including classic "Star Trek" and "Twilight Zone". Now they all just better 'roid up their streaming quality if they want to keep customers satisfied...

Extra Tidbit: What's your preferred streaming method? PC? iPad? Blu-Ray Player? Net-ready TV? Videogame console? Antennae in your noggin?
Source: Amazon

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8:31AM on 02/24/2011
Damn us Brits get a bum deal. I pay 9.99 or about $16 a month for Amazon/LoveFilm, which includes unlimited streaming to my PS3 (but a limited selection of movies) and unlimited Bluray/Games in the post (but only 1 disk at home any time).

And the streaming quality is shit, but thats probably as much to do with our antiquated comms infrastructure.

Whinge.
Damn us Brits get a bum deal. I pay 9.99 or about $16 a month for Amazon/LoveFilm, which includes unlimited streaming to my PS3 (but a limited selection of movies) and unlimited Bluray/Games in the post (but only 1 disk at home any time).

And the streaming quality is shit, but thats probably as much to do with our antiquated comms infrastructure.

Whinge.
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9:14AM on 02/23/2011
Let me know when it comes to my PS3, then i'll get excited. Nothing excites me less than watching movies on my desktop.
Let me know when it comes to my PS3, then i'll get excited. Nothing excites me less than watching movies on my desktop.
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1:14AM on 02/23/2011

Extra Tidbit should say, how don't you stream?

This is cool but I've always been too cheap to get Prime. Now if Prime has the exact same stuff Netflix does, why bother? Now if it has better stuff, particularly New Releases available for streaming, then I might sign up. Plus it would be nice to just pay it all up front like Xbox Live & not have to worry about the constant monthly charge a-la Netflix.

Does anyone know if this includes New Releases & are they different than what Netflix streaming has? Thanks in advance.

I stream
This is cool but I've always been too cheap to get Prime. Now if Prime has the exact same stuff Netflix does, why bother? Now if it has better stuff, particularly New Releases available for streaming, then I might sign up. Plus it would be nice to just pay it all up front like Xbox Live & not have to worry about the constant monthly charge a-la Netflix.

Does anyone know if this includes New Releases & are they different than what Netflix streaming has? Thanks in advance.

I stream using everything that I can do it with. Xbox, Laptop, Desktop, Blu-Ray Wi-Fi connected, PS3 (till it broke, they will charge you $50 bucks no matter if they can fix it or not just to look @ it! Yeah, really smart Sony not going to happen) but not my phone. What's the point watching on a miniscule screen?
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12:54AM on 02/23/2011
DAMN! They thought ahead and wont let me watch movies cause I use the free prime
DAMN! They thought ahead and wont let me watch movies cause I use the free prime
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11:17PM on 02/22/2011

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10:57PM on 02/22/2011
Netflix definitely didn't actually lose the Criterion Collection. It's more that Criterion found another partner to stream content to. The launch catelog on Hulu Plus is all available on Netflix WI.

With that said, this is a damn good deal. Amazon Prime is a damn good service especially if you plan on buying all things through them. The movie streaming is icing on the cake.
Netflix definitely didn't actually lose the Criterion Collection. It's more that Criterion found another partner to stream content to. The launch catelog on Hulu Plus is all available on Netflix WI.

With that said, this is a damn good deal. Amazon Prime is a damn good service especially if you plan on buying all things through them. The movie streaming is icing on the cake.
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