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

Posted 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.

alan1476
Senior Moderator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
Posted on: 19 Aug 11 23:41
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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.
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CDan
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 20 Aug 11 03:41
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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.
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olyteddy
Senior Moderator
Posted on: 20 Aug 11 04:39
Now if they only looked more like a video store than a WalMart....
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alan1476
Senior Moderator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
Posted on: 20 Aug 11 13:16
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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.
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CDan
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 20 Aug 11 14:30
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.
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paulw2
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 20 Aug 11 21:07
Is this another Amazon US only service??
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olyteddy
Senior Moderator
Posted on: 20 Aug 11 22:31
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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).
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CDan
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 21 Aug 11 03:46
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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.
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paulw2
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 21 Aug 11 06:54
Thanx folks. And the MPAA wonders why people pirate stuff when there is no legit way of getting content..
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Blu-rayFreak
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 22 Aug 11 17:21
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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