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Amazon Instant Video service hits 100,000 TV shows & movies

Posted at 20 August 2011 01:21 CET by Justin_Massoud

Netflix may control the instant streaming market, but that isn’t stopping Amazon from putting up a fight. On the contrary, the competition seems to be spurring it on. Amazon announced on Thursday that 100,000 TV shows and movies can now be rented or purchased through its website. The company also broke some good news for its Prime subscribers.

Steve Oliver, director of video at Amazon, explained that library expansion is part of the company’s long-term plan to enhance its attractiveness to consumers – a sentiment shared by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

“We are focused on offering our customers the very best selection and are always working to expand our already extensive list of great video content,” said Oliver. “The 100,000 titles on Amazon Instant Video range from new hit blockbusters to old favorites, with more than 15,000 of those titles available in HD, and popular TV shows available the day after they first air.”

Demonstrating continued support to its paying clientele, Amazon also revealed that the amount of freely available media for Prime members now stands at 9,000.

Amazon added free instant streaming to its Prime package, which costs $79 per year, in February. At launch, only 5,000 movies and shows were available. The company has added around 10,000 selections to its non-subscription Instant Streaming service.

It should be interesting to see how Amazon’s instant streaming fares this fall after Netflix institutes a price hike that will charge current customers $15.98 per month for a DVD and streaming package, and a lesser $7.99 per month for unlimited streaming alone.

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alan1476
Senior Moderator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
Posted on: 20 Aug 11 01:41
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Justin_Massoud
    Amazon Instant Video service hits 100,000 TV shows & movies.

    [newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2011/08/bOtOPC.jpg[/newsimage]Netflix may control the instant streaming market, but that isn't stopping Amazon from putting up a fight. On the contrary, the competition seems to be spurring it on. Amazon announced on Thursday that 100,000 TV shows and movies can now be rented or purchased through its website. The company also broke some good news for its Prime subscribers.


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    Yeah, for 79.00USD a year you can join Amazon Prime and get over 100,000 TV shows and Movies to download. But they are not all the good ones, they still are 1.99 and 3.99 each for a certain time period.
    CDan
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 20 Aug 11 05:41
      Quote:
      Originally Posted by alan1476
      Yeah, for 79.00USD a year you can join Amazon Prime and get over 100,000 TV shows and Movies to download. But they are not all the good ones, they still are 1.99 and 3.99 each for a certain time period.
      Incorrect. Prime videos are free, period. But they are also available to rent for non-prime users. Only Prime members will see the free selection on the video's product page. Prime membership also gets you free 2-day shipping on most orders.
      olyteddy
      Senior Moderator
      Posted on: 20 Aug 11 06:39
        Now if they only looked more like a video store than a WalMart....
        alan1476
        Senior Moderator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
        Posted on: 20 Aug 11 15:16
          Quote:
          Originally Posted by CDan
          Incorrect. Prime videos are free, period. But they are also available to rent for non-prime users. Only Prime members will see the free selection on the video's product page. Prime membership also gets you free 2-day shipping on most orders.
          You are correct CDan, my mistake, I am a Prime member for awhile now but do not download many movies, I use primarily for the free 2 day shipping.
          CDan
          MyCE Resident
          Posted on: 20 Aug 11 16:30
            There's actually a fair amount of decent stuff available in Prime streaming, lots of BBC TV shows. And now they've added the entire Star Trek franchise, Cheers and more.

            My only gripe is that Amazon Prime doesn't allow the creation of any sort of library or queue of free titles. You have to search every time you want to watch something. A PITA for TV series.
            paulw2
            MyCE Senior Member
            Posted on: 20 Aug 11 23:07
              Is this another Amazon US only service??
              olyteddy
              Senior Moderator
              Posted on: 21 Aug 11 00:31
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by paulw2
                Is this another Amazon US only service??
                Yeah, the 'free' streams come with Prime membership ($79 a year and upgrades Amazon shipping to free 2nd day).
                CDan
                MyCE Resident
                Posted on: 21 Aug 11 05:46
                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by paulw2
                  Is this another Amazon US only service??
                  Put it this way: You must have a registered account with a US mailing address and billing address, plus connect through a US server.
                  paulw2
                  MyCE Senior Member
                  Posted on: 21 Aug 11 08:54
                    Thanx folks. And the MPAA wonders why people pirate stuff when there is no legit way of getting content..
                    Blu-rayFreak
                    MyCE Resident
                    Posted on: 22 Aug 11 19:21
                      I've used Netflix instant videos, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant Videos. Amazon as the worst selection out of all of them and I rarely find interesting things to watch on there. Obviously this is personal preference taste, but I'm hoping that they will continue to add more "free" Prime Instant Videos and continue to bolster their catalog.

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