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Amazon to take on Netflix, Hulu with $8/month Prime membership

By Jos ยท 13 replies
Nov 6, 2012
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  1. Amazon's Prime membership has always seemed like a good deal to me: free two-day shipping (or cheap overnight) plus access to thousands of videos and Kindle books for $79 a year. That's less than what you pay annually to access...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,973   +1,321

    Just more good news for us consumers. :)
  3. Wicasawakan

    Wicasawakan TS Rookie

    I am so sick of Netflix being so late in getting anything new to the public and when it is posted as "new" it's just old movies or shows they just finally got around to posting. If Amazon presents a better choice, I'll tell Netflix to take a hike.
  4. Mavrickx888

    Mavrickx888 TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +9

    I've been wanting to try Amazon Prime, but I just never had 80 dollars in spare change to throw at it. Now that I can just pay 8 dollars a month, I'll give it a shot.
  5. I just checked Amazon (via FF) and it currently still has the 1 year plan. I'd really like to try out a monthly plan with them. Netflix will not take a gift or debit card, so I can't use them. Amazon has no problem with them, so that will be good me.
  6. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Guest - Netflix takes Paypal. Which can be prepaid through a bank account or moneypak card.

    I'm just curious if my dvd or PS3 will play Amazon. I watch Netflix on my cell phone, laptop, or television. Will Amazon Prime be just as convenient?
  7. It's not Netflix's fault, actually. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netflix#Disc_rental (bottom of it)

  8. Mavrickx888

    Mavrickx888 TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +9

    I don't know about a cell phone app, but thanks to a fairly recent ps3 update, you can watch amazon prime streaming just like Netflix and Hulu.
  9. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,261   +361

    The new means new on Netflix. Sure yeah if someone offers a better service for the same price why not switch? However the article states Amazon has less content.
  10. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,137   +134

    I've had a Prime membership now for the last 2 1/2 years, with another 6 months to go on my current membership. With as many purchases as I make from Amazon, paying yearly is well worth it for me. I'm happy though, that I now have a choice to pay monthly.
  11. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,586   +274

    You're so pampered in the US. :)
  12. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    As a Prime member of Amazon, it bears repeating that the prime membership entitles you to a very limited streaming Catalog. As of late Amazon has added interviews with stars of TV shows and some Hunting and Fishing shorts in order to make their content appears larger. Most of them are a waste.

    Netflix has not added anything of note to their programs and is close to being cancelled by me.

    Hulu Plus is still streaming commercial free B Movies, their TV replays, however, are starting to to increase their ad frequency.

    All in all, the $8.00 a month streaming packages are starting to be worthless to Veteran subscribers like me.
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,545   +429

    I had a free Prime membership for 6 months? for being a student. I really took advantage of the free shipping, ended up purchasing several things that weren't very expensive just because no shipping. Bought either an HDMI cable or a Cat-6 cable from them over monoprice just because monoprice's shipping made it more expensive.

    However, I was incredibly disappointed that the student Prime didn't include their streaming selection. I went through the hoops of getting it set up for my bluray player only to find out I'd still have to purchase what I wanted to watch. Guess I can't be too picky when it was free though.

    Once I start making some reliable income again I may hop on this $8 a month thing, a couple small purchases and I've paid for it with the money saved on shipping.
  14. I have Amazon Prime Student, so I can't do this, but if you have a full-fledged Amazon Prime account, you can SHARE your Amazon Prime shipping benefits with up to 4 additional people for free. You can't share the streaming video or the Kindle service, but you can share the shipping benefits.

    That means a 1 year membership could cost you as little as $16 total. If you don't have Amazon Prime now see if someone you know is willing to share it with you and you could split the cost!

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