Amazon Prime Members can now enjoy unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of more than 5,000 movies and TV shows, Amazon announced in a press release. Prime Members, who already pay $79 per year for free two-day shipping and other benefits, don't have to fork over any additional fees for the service. And if you're not a Prime Member, Amazon hopes this new addition will prompt you to become one.
"Millions of Amazon Prime members already enjoy the convenience of free two-day shipping," said Robbie Schwietzer, vice president of Amazon Prime. "Adding unlimited instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost is a great way to give members even more value for their $79 annual Amazon Prime membership."
Amazon's streaming service works with PCs, Macs, and nearly 200 models of Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes that are compatible with Amazon Instant Video.
Should Amazon really push and expand this service, it could give Netflix a serious run for its money, particularly at the $79/year membership price. That works out to less than $7/month, compared to Netflix's $7.99/month streaming-only subscription.