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Amazon Prime Instant Videos Streams Free Movies

by on February 23, 2011
in Music and Video, News, TVs & Video Players, Music & Video Services, Blog :: 2 comments

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.

Amazon Prime Instant Video
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.

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Netflix video streaming

From msmedic on February 23, 2011 :: 10:46 am

I “downgraded” from a 3 videos out at a time to the$7.99/month streaming and have been disappointed. They don’t show any of the latest releases and to me,the selection appears limited. If I didn’t have Blockbuster also, I would go back to the 3 out at a time plan.

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Netflix versus Amazon

From John Remark on February 23, 2011 :: 10:57 am

I do not shop very often online, so I had no idea that Amazon had this option. That being said, the Netflix selection for Instant viewing is very good and worth every penny I spend/month. I do not have a TV and the Free selections of movies for Hulu/Fancast et al is limited and mostly very very bad.

I will check out the Amazon selection, but I think they have a long way to go before they get to the Netflix/Blockbuster level of choice/selection. 90,000 sounds like a big number… but it isn’t.

great update Suzanne… As usual you are Johnny on the spot.

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