I shop online a lot, so paying $79 a year for an Amazon Prime membership that provides free unlimited shipping on Amazon with no minimum purchase requirement is a no brainer for me. So I was very pleasantly surprised when I discovered that as of yesterday, my membership comes with Amazon Prime Instant Videos—access to free streaming of more than 5,000 of its library of 90,000 movies and TV shows.
Accessing a free Instant Video title works just like renting or buying one on Amazon. From the “Movies, Music & Games” tab on the left, you select “Amazon Instant Video.” Then you can click on the “Prime Instant Videos” to narrow your results to the free titles. When you select a title, you just click on the big button that says “Watch Now unlimited streaming: $0.00.” The movie then starts playing.
Even better is the fact that Amazon Instant Videos aren’t just for watching on your computer. There are nearly 200 models of compatible devices, including Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes. So now I have a whole new channel of free movies and TV shows right on my TV.
Of course I’m excited by the free videos because I already have an Amazon Prime account. If you don’t and you’re looking for a streaming service, Netflix is still the way to go. Its library is much larger than Amazon’s.