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TheBigDave
10-31-11, 03:31 AM
Here's a thread for discussing Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Anyways, Amazon just announced some new streaming agreements:

Our Prime Instant Video team is on a roll. Today, we're announcing an agreement with Disney-ABC that adds 800 popular titles from ABC Studios, The Disney Channel, ABC Family, and Marvel. These new titles will bring the total to almost 13,000 TV shows and movies — all available for unlimited instant streaming.

The popular series Lost and Grey’s Anatomy will be ready for streaming tomorrow. Then, we’ll add other favorites including Felicity, The Disney Channel’s Phineas & Ferb, Marvel’s X-Men Evolution, and ABC Family shows like Greek and episodes from the most current season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Disney-ABC joins recently announced deals with FOX, CBS, NBC-Universal, and PBS — just to name a few. We’ve added shows like Arrested Development, Firefly, The X-Files, every series of Star Trek, and Prison Break. You can watch on over 300 different devices, including our new Kindle Fire. Instant video streaming is a new benefit of Amazon Prime and is brought to you at no additional cost — Prime membership remains $79 a year.

TheBigDave
10-31-11, 03:35 AM
If you've bought any New Release Blus or DVDs lately, you might have some VOD credit. I had $15 credit for VOD and I didn't even know it.

Check your balance by going to any VOD title page. At the bottom of the black box it says:

"Have a promotion code? Redeem a gift card or promotion code. View Balance"

Click on the View Balance link.

al_bundy
10-31-11, 09:02 AM
i'd give Amazon a try but they aren't on the x-box or the PS3. i have to buy an over priced blu ray player to get amazon on my TV

TGM
10-31-11, 10:10 AM
do they ever offer sales on Amazon Prime? I used the Amazon mom thing for 12 months, and am not a college student...... $79 is still a wee bit too rich for my blood

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
10-31-11, 11:29 AM
i'd give Amazon a try but they aren't on the x-box or the PS3. i have to buy an over priced blu ray player to get amazon on my TV

Or a Logitech Revue with Google TV for under $100. I bought one and for the newer, and much lower price, I get a decent amount of use out of it since I can stream videos from other online sites like Crackle or other stuff just through the web browser.

TheBigDave
10-31-11, 03:26 PM
I watch Amazon Prime using a Roku. It's also great for Crunchyroll, TWiT.TV, Revision3, and other stuff that isn't available on the PS3/360. I have the $100 model which is top of the line. But if you're only 720P, they have models in the $50-$60 range. I love the Roku, it's one of my favorite toys.

Shannon Nutt
10-31-11, 03:31 PM
I watch Amazon Prime using a Roku. It's also great for Crunchyroll, TWiT.TV, Revision3, and other stuff that isn't available on the PS3/360. I have the $100 model which is top of the line. But if you're only 720P, they have models in the $50-$60 range. I love the Roku, it's one of my favorite toys.

Agreed! I use mine for Amazon Prime as well, plus Hulu Plus, MLB Baseball, Crackle, and (shortly) HBO GO!

TheBigDave
10-31-11, 07:54 PM
do they ever offer sales on Amazon Prime? I used the Amazon mom thing for 12 months, and am not a college student...... $79 is still a wee bit too rich for my blood

I don't recall Amazon Prime ever being on sale. However, you can share a Prime subscription with 4 other people (I think it's 5 users total). Only the main account gets free video streaming. But the other accounts will all get the shipping benefits. So find some friends and family willing to pitch in $20 each for free 2-day shipping.

Deftones
10-31-11, 09:49 PM
i share my account with others, but if i decide to buy an Amazon tablet, i may end up getting my own prime membership. the streaming content is probably more than worth it.

TheBigDave
11-01-11, 06:43 PM
Amazon has a Daily Deal for their VOD. Usually on Mon-Thurs it's a $0.99 SD rental. They also run a weekend deal (Fri-Sun) for $1.99 SD and $2.99 HD rentals on a couple titles.

Usually these movies are recent releases. A couple titles from the past two weeks have been Priest, Mars Needs Moms, Paul, Super, The Adjustment Bureau, Source Code, Your Highness, King's Speech and Sucker Punch.

I wish the weekday deals had an HD discount. But I watched the SD stream of Priest a couple days ago, and it wasn't bad. I'd probably consider it DVD quality.

Anyways, here's the deal page link:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?&docId=1000496831

Abob Teff
11-01-11, 11:16 PM
Forgive my question ... if my wife and I are both getting Kindle Fires, will we need two Prime accounts in order to both stream movies?

TheBigDave
11-01-11, 11:57 PM
Forgive my question ... if my wife and I are both getting Kindle Fires, will we need two Prime accounts in order to both stream movies?

According to Amazon, you're allowed 2 streams. But the Free Instant Video is only on the primary Prime account. So you'd have to register both Kindles to the same Prime account.

Here's the Amazon help page for Prime Instant Streaming:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-3?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200572880

Video limitations: If you are an active Prime member, you can watch a Prime instant video as many times as you would like; however, you may only simultaneously watch two videos from the same account.

How many videos can I watch at one time?

You can watch up to two Prime instant videos at a time per account. However, any other videos you are simultaneously streaming through Amazon Instant Video will also count towards this limit.

Trevor
11-02-11, 09:40 AM
I don't recall Amazon Prime ever being on sale.
It's been on sale for $59 at least once iirc, Black Friday time-ish perhaps.

TheBigDave
11-03-11, 02:28 PM
For anyone interested in a Roku, CNET is selling the Roku 2 XS for $74.99 ($25 Off).

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/hot-deals/596067-roku-2-xs-74-99-cnet.html

DJariya
11-07-11, 12:35 AM
FYI,

All 12 seasons of NYPD Blue are on Amazon Prime.

Vipper II
11-07-11, 03:54 PM
It looks like Amazon rotates content, which kinda sucks. Well, I can understand doing that, but a few of the TV shows in which I was interested came and went pretty quickly.

Deftones
11-07-11, 04:04 PM
Netflix sort if does that too. Although wouldn't call it a rotation. More of losing rights to show stuff past certain dates.

TheBigDave
11-08-11, 03:06 PM
Got this in an email from Amazon:

We've just added another 2,000 movies and TV shows, including Lost, Grey's Anatomy, King of the Hill, Malcolm in the Middle, Foyle's War, and NOVA.

Also noticed they added the new Season 4 of Inspector Lewis. Right after I bought the DVDs.

TheBigDave
11-08-11, 03:13 PM
I watch Amazon Prime using a Roku. It's also great for Crunchyroll, TWiT.TV, Revision3, and other stuff that isn't available on the PS3/360. I have the $100 model which is top of the line. But if you're only 720P, they have models in the $50-$60 range. I love the Roku, it's one of my favorite toys.

Roku just put out a new $50 model. The Roku LT is 720P and Wi-Fi only. CNET gave it the Editor's Choice award. This is a good, cheap option for streaming Prime.

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-media-receivers/roku-lt/4505-6739_7-35056746.html?tag=mncol;txt

<iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/V0XOhB7Vdak" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

al_bundy
11-09-11, 08:55 AM
Or a Logitech Revue with Google TV for under $100. I bought one and for the newer, and much lower price, I get a decent amount of use out of it since I can stream videos from other online sites like Crackle or other stuff just through the web browser.


i read that google TV is getting a porn channel. time to give it a second look

Shannon Nutt
11-09-11, 03:28 PM
i read that google TV is getting a porn channel. time to give it a second look

Roku has a number of them...they're just listed as "secret" channels, meaning you have to know a code to get them to show up.

TheBigDave
11-09-11, 04:02 PM
Roku has a number of them...they're just listed as "secret" channels, meaning you have to know a code to get them to show up.

Roku has a lot of adult content available.

NowhereMan (http://www.thenowhereman.com/roku/) made a free channel that streams from some popular adult tube sites. There's a link at the bottom of his site.

SugarDVD is like an adult Netflix. You sign-up for their rental-by-mail service and you get access to the streaming library. There's a couple hundred DVDs available for streaming. Plans start at $10/month.

VideoBox has a Roku channel for streaming. There's a couple free scenes so you can preview the service. They charge a monthly fee for access to the entire library. $15/month or $96/year.

BigStar is another movie streaming service. They have a couple hundred "After Dark" titles. I think it's all late-night Cinemax type stuff (softcore versions of hardcore films). That's around $10/month.

FyreTV is the latest one. It's more of a straight-up VOD service. Pay per minute, scene or movie. This seems to be the most expensive adult service.

TheBigDave
11-11-11, 08:59 AM
Amazon VOD Weekend Sale - $1.99(SD) & $2.99(HD)

Green Lantern
Scream 4
Zookeeper
The Beaver

TheBigDave
11-18-11, 05:47 AM
Amazon VOD Weekend Sale - $1.99(SD) & $2.99(HD)

Captain America: The First Avenger
Horrible Bosses
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Bad Teacher

floundering
11-20-11, 08:17 PM
Amazon VOD Weekend Sale - $1.99(SD) & $2.99(HD)

Captain America: The First Avenger
Horrible Bosses
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Bad Teacher

Thanks, I watched Horrible Bosses.

TheBigDave
11-24-11, 07:58 AM
Amazon VOD Sale right now - $1.99(SD) & $2.99(HD).

Super 8
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Water For Elephants
The Change Up
Conan The Barbarian (2011)
Cars 2

davidh777
11-28-11, 12:06 PM
Since I'd let some previous credits expire, I figured I'd actually use mine this time. Confusing, though. I buy one-click and can't see a credit. If I go to my completed order, I did get the credit, but it doesn't explicitly say so. At least I did get it, though.

Item(s) Subtotal: $16.99
----
Total Before Tax: $10.99
Tax Collected: $1.04
----
Total for this Order: $12.03

TheBigDave
12-01-11, 11:12 AM
Lots of $0.99 VOD Rentals right now. These are all SD.

Crazy Stupid Love
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
The Change-Up
Horrible Bosses
Conan the Barbarian
Larry Crowne
Green Lantern
Bridesmaids
Beginners
Trespass
Fast Five
Jane Eyre
Win Win
Scream 4

Once you order, you have 30 days to watch them. If you have a Roku, just go to Your Video Library inside the Amazon channel.

Also noticed on the Roku there's a couple $2.99 HD Rentals:

Thor
Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Cars 2
Captain America

TheBigDave
12-01-11, 12:40 PM
Once you order, you have 30 days to watch them. If you have a Roku, just go to Your Video Library inside the Amazon channel.

UPDATE - If you order Amazon VOD through the Roku, the 48-hour rental period will start right away. You have to place your order through the Amazon website to get the full 30-day expiration date.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
12-01-11, 12:44 PM
Shouldn't the rental sales be in a different thread since the thread is about the free Prime Instant videos?

nmr1723
12-01-11, 12:44 PM
How does SD look? I rented "Tucker and Dale vs. Evil" last night in HD (using some of my VOD credit) and it looked pretty good. I'd like to take advantage of this $.99 sale, but only if the video quality is at least decent.

By the way, I'm wireless on a Roku and always get four dot HD streams when watching HD via Prime instant.

Thanks,
nick

TheBigDave
12-01-11, 01:05 PM
Shouldn't the rental sales be in a different thread since the thread is about the free Prime Instant videos?

There aren't that many posts, so I didn't see the point of doing two threads. But if a Mod wants to change the title to "Amazon Instant Video - Prime & Rentals" (or something else), that's fine by me.

How does SD look? I rented "Tucker and Dale vs. Evil" last night in HD (using some of my VOD credit) and it looked pretty good. I'd like to take advantage of this $.99 sale, but only if the video quality is at least decent.

I watched Priest in SD and thought it looked pretty good. I'd probably call it DVD quality. If you have Amazon Prime, you can test some of the free SD movies.

kahuna
12-01-11, 03:27 PM
I had about $25 in credit so far. So I have been getting those $0.99 deal of the day rentals. So far I have rented only SD content. They look like dvd quality to me. No problems playing any of the movies. So far I have rented stuff I would not probably not buy on Blu-ray. Here is what I have rented so far. I still have about half ($12.01) in credit left.

1. The Lincoln Lawyer
2. The Adjustment Bureau
3. Super
4. Sucker Punch - Purchased on Blu-ray after watching
5. Mars Needs Moms
6. Rango
7. Fast Five - Purchased on Blu-ray after watching
8. Thor
9. Transformer 3 - freebie rental after purchasing Blu-ray in BF sale
10. Win Win
11. Crazy, Stupid, Love
12. Conan The Barbarian

g
12-01-11, 10:46 PM
I rented
Tabloid, Larry Crowne and Captains (A Star Trek Doc)

I had credit that was expiring.

TheBigDave
12-02-11, 04:13 AM
Weekend VOD Sale - $1.99(SD) and $2.99(HD)

Beastly
Beginners
Judy Moody & The Not Bummer Summer
The Caller

Here's the Amazon VOD Daily Deals Calendar:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?ie=UTF8&docId=1000750191

Gizmo
12-02-11, 10:18 AM
I rented
Tabloid, Larry Crowne and Captains (A Star Trek Doc)

I had credit that was expiring.

Where can you tell if you have credit that is expiring?

g
12-02-11, 11:46 PM
When I bought Dumbo and Lion King they sent an email saying the free credit would expire on November 30. You have to check the email that indicates when you received credit. otherwise you'd probably have to contact amazon to check.

whotony
12-04-11, 06:31 PM
Any list of amazon streaming exclusives?

TheBigDave
12-04-11, 06:44 PM
Any list of amazon streaming exclusives?

The only site I've seen that tracks Amazon streaming movies is TVandMoviesNow.com. But I haven't been able to get the search engine to show Amazon exclusive titles.

http://www.tvandmoviesnow.com/

Anyone know any other sites?

TheBigDave
12-14-11, 10:10 PM
Just noticed that Fright Night (2011) is $1.99 (SD) and $2.99 (HD).

TheBigDave
12-15-11, 03:21 AM
Here's the upcoming $0.99 sales:

12/15 - The Beaver
12/19 - Bad Teacher
12/20 - Horrible Bosses
12/21 - Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
12/22 - Captain America: The First Avenger

Here's the upcoming Weekend Sales - $1.99 (SD) and $2.99 (HD)

12/16 - 12/18
Our Idiot Brother
Conan The Barbarian (2011)
30 Minutes Or Less
Fast Five

12/23 - 12/25
The Help
The Hangover Part 2
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
Cowboys & Aliens
Midnight In Paris
Dolphin Tale
Cars 2
Friends With Benefits

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_358992042_2?ie=UTF8&docId=1000750191

TheBigDave
12-21-11, 06:21 PM
Amazon just tweeted that all 9 episodes of ABC TV-series Pan Am is now available for Free. I don't know if that's for all customers or just Prime. They say it's for a limited time. It's available in SD & HD.

I went to Amazon and "purchased" all the episodes. It's free, so there was no charge. But hopefully that'll keep the episodes in my Video Library after the offer is expired.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006I075WC/

DJariya
12-21-11, 06:46 PM
Amazon just tweeted that all 9 episodes of ABC TV-series Pan Am is now available for Free. I don't know if that's for all customers or just Prime. They say it's for a limited time. It's available in SD & HD.

I went to Amazon and "purchased" all the episodes. It's free, so there was no charge. But hopefully that'll keep the episodes in my Video Library after the offer is expired.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006I075WC/

I posted this in the deals forum as well. It's the first 9 of 14 episodes. The season resumes on January 8th. It's all customers.

It's not just Amazon. It's also Itunes and VuDu that is participating.

davidh777
12-23-11, 01:12 AM
Thanks for posting the Pan Am deal. I got all nine episodes and got individual order confirmations for each one. :lol: Wasn't sure if buying a season pass would work since the season isn't over.

TheBigDave
12-23-11, 01:59 AM
Good movies on sale right now. $1.99 (SD) & $2.99 (HD). Should be good until Sunday night.

The Help
The Hangover Part 2
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
Cowboys & Aliens
Midnight In Paris
Dolphin Tale
Cars 2
Friends With Benefits

Fright Night (2011) is still $1.99/$2.99

There's also a couple $0.99 Christmas movies:

Elf
A Christmas Story
Bad Santa
Christmas Vacation
The Holiday

TheBigDave
12-23-11, 02:15 AM
If you rent a title from a list of Paramount & Anchor Bay movies, you get a $5 coupon to buy any of the movies on DVD or Blu-ray. There's a couple $0.99 rentals on the list.

For a limited time only, rent the SD or HD version of any of the below titles and get a $5 credit towards the purchase of that title on DVD or Blu-ray. You may also use the $5 credit towards the purchase of a select set of products on DVD and Blu-ray.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_359126002_2?ie=UTF8&docId=1000610831

It looks like the Paramount rentals get a $5 coupon for a Paramount disc. And the Anchor Bay rentals get an Anchor Bay coupon.

I rented Sunshine Cleaning for $0.99 and got Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil [Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy] for $8.99.

TheBigDave
12-25-11, 07:58 PM
Glee (Season 1&2) and Sons Of Anarchy (Season 1-3) are available for free Prime streaming.

TheBigDave
12-26-11, 03:20 AM
Here's the upcoming $0.99 sales:

12/26 - Water For Elephants
12/27 - Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2
12/28 - The Tree Of Life
12/29 - Scream 4

Here's the upcoming Weekend Sale - $1.99 (SD) and $2.99 (HD)

12/30 - 1/1
The Smurfs
Colombiana
Mr Popper's Penguins
Glee: The Concert Movie

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_358992042_2?ie=UTF8&docId=1000750191

TheBigDave
12-30-11, 07:29 PM
Here's the upcoming Weekend Sale - $1.99 (SD) and $2.99 (HD)

12/30 - 1/1
The Smurfs
Colombiana
Mr Popper's Penguins
Glee: The Concert Movie

I see a couple more New Release movies for $1.99(SD)/$2.99(HD):

Kung Fu Panda 2
Final Destination 5
Straw Dogs (2011)
30 Minutes Or Less

Scream 4 (SD) and Tree Of Life (SD) are still $0.99. Fright Night (HD) is still $2.99.

TheBigDave
01-06-12, 02:42 AM
Some good New Release titles in the Weekend Sale - $1.99 (SD) and $2.99 (HD)

The Debt
Apollo 18
Warrior
Brighton Rock

Other sale prices:

Super 8 - $0.99 (SD)
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011) - $2.99 (SD) & $3.99 (HD)
Fright Night (2011) - $2.99 (HD)

TheBigDave
01-11-12, 12:49 AM
Looks like Amazon is going to try out UltraViolet. I don't know much about UV. I wonder how this will affect their Instant Video store.

Amazon Gets on Board With UltraViolet Movie System

An Amazon.com executive said Tuesday that the retailer has signed a deal with a Hollywood studio to sell movies that can be downloaded from an online "locker" system five studios have put together.

The extent of Amazon.com Inc.'s support of the UltraViolet online locker system is unclear. But the deal signals that Amazon is at least open to trying it. Studios are hopeful that UltraViolet is attractive enough to consumers that they keep buying movies rather than renting, which is less profitable for studios.

If Amazon fully joins the system, it would hugely boost UltraViolet's chance of becoming a mainstream technology.

FULL ARTICLE - http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/01/10/technology/AP-US-TEC-Gadget-Show-Amazon-UltraViolet.html?_r=2&hp

TheBigDave
01-11-12, 01:52 AM
Amazon is offering $10 Instant Video credit when you trade-in $25 worth of Blu-rays and DVDs.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse/ref=trdrt_ya_store_gl_dvd?ie=UTF8&node=1265183011

They have to receive the shipment by January 23rd.

Complete your trade-in (including receipt and verification by Amazon.com) no later than 11:59 pm (PST), January 23, 2012.

b2net
01-11-12, 11:57 AM
Glad to see that back. I missed the last offer.

TheBigDave
01-19-12, 08:05 PM
Looks like these are the Weekend Sale titles - $1.99 (SD) and $2.99 (HD)

The Guard
Monte Carlo
Water For Elephants
The Devil's Double

Friends With Benefits (SD) is $0.99 tonight.

TheBigDave
01-21-12, 01:54 AM
The first episode of NBC's new show Smash is available for FREE:

SD - http://www.amazon.com/Pilot/dp/B006Y5BWQG/
HD - http://www.amazon.com/Pilot/dp/B006Y5EMHM/

TheBigDave
01-27-12, 03:50 AM
Here's the Weekend Sale titles - $1.99 (SD) and $2.99 (HD)

The Help
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
Last Night
Another Earth

TheBigDave
01-27-12, 03:54 AM
I noticed this quote in a Wired article about Netflix:

Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells reveal that they “expect Amazon to continue to offer their video service as a free extra with Prime domestically but also to brand their video subscription offering as a standalone service at a price less than ours.”

FULL ARTICLE - http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2012/01/netflix-q4-results/

I don't know if they have some inside info, or if they're just guessing. But it sounds like a good idea to me.

Dan
01-27-12, 01:55 PM
I agree. I'm hesitant to pay for Prime because I can't take advantage of the shipping (being in Canada, the shipping discounts don't apply to me), but I could still use the streaming (thanks to a DNS-routing service).

b2net
01-27-12, 05:22 PM
Free Today....

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51hdmgtlObL._AA160_.jpg
Unsupervised Season 1, Ep. 1 "Pilot"
HD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006ZUA3HY
SD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006ZTZQPE

Unsupervised Season 1, Ep. 2 "Rich Girl"
HD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0072C8N9O
SD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0072C8JHA


http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51U6%2Bbv5tgL._AA160_.jpg
Touched Season 1, Ep. 1 "Pilot"
HD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0071UYKG2
SD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0071UYQH0

TheBigDave
01-27-12, 07:47 PM
Here's more info on Amazon turning Prime Streaming into a standalone service:

Amazon looking into taking on Netflix

Jeff Bezos and his team at Amazon are weighing a move to beef up the Web retailer’s video-streaming service — possibly carving it out as a standalone, subscription-based operation, industry sources told The Post.

Such a move, if undertaken, would set the retail behemoth in the same competitive orbit as Netflix. Currently, Amazon’s Instant Video comes free with Amazon Prime, the $79 unlimited shipping service.

“They’re looking into it being a standalone subscription service,” one content executive said. A second exec noted they believe Amazon is chewing over a possible charge.

The Internet retailer does have a paid video-on-demand movie and TV service — but the streaming service would be different.

“The big issue is their bundled media service,” said one digital media executive. “The subscription service, with the goodies being free video, is contractually an issue for the licensers.”

Tinseltown talent doesn’t like being a loss-leader for Amazon shipments of everything from diapers to digital devices.

Word that Bezos may be looking to add muscle to its video service comes nearly one year after Amazon launched Instant Video last February. In July, Amazon paid CBS around $100 million for 2,000 hours of TV shows. It then followed up with deals for Fox content such as “Arrested Development,” and with Disney and NBCUniversal.

The company has had little to say in recent months, however, though one source said that Amazon was “refreshing its checkbook.”

Amazon has been paying fees that are based on the number of subscribers. Amazon Prime has 7 million to 8 million subscribers, analysts estimate. Netflix, which reports fourth-quarter results today, has 20 million streaming subs globally.

Paul Verna, senior analyst at eMarketer, said: “Amazon is aggressively pursuing the same content strategy as Netflix and is spending a lot upfront to try to secure exclusivity. They won’t always get it, but they need to differentiate themselves.”

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/full_stream_ahead_PpVcvzhXb7mhUO3sczFbuM

If they drop the Free Streaming, I hope they at least offer a steep discount for Prime members. I'm not sure I'd pay much for their current offerings. But if this enabled them to get more/better content that's not currently on Netflix, then I wouldn't mind.

However, if they want to compete with Netflix, they need to get on more devices. I've got 7 devices with Netflix, but only 2 that do Amazon streaming. They also need to work on the user interface. People put up with the current UI because the service is free. But when Amazon starts charging, customers are going to expect more.

Shannon Nutt
01-30-12, 03:52 PM
Amazon can just start charging $6.66 per month for their streaming service and make FREE PRIME part of that monthly service. Problem solved. You're welcome, Mr. Bezos.

TheBang
01-30-12, 07:17 PM
No, because then people would sign up for just one month of streaming (+ Prime) in December for their Christmas shopping, and they'd get screwed.

Shannon Nutt
01-31-12, 03:34 PM
No, because then people would sign up for just one month of streaming (+ Prime) in December for their Christmas shopping, and they'd get screwed.

Then put in a qualifier...you have to be a member for three months before you're eligible for Free PRIME.

b2net
02-02-12, 08:45 PM
Today's Freebies

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QHrKh6X7L._AA160_.jpg

Bering Sea Gold Season 1, Ep. 1 "Paydirt"
SD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0072QWP3A


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Remodeled Season 1, Ep. 1 "A Latte To Learn"
HD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006Z5VE2W
SD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006Z498U8

Remodeled Season 1, Ep. 2 "Modeling School or Modeling Agency"
HD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0071ID2Z4
SD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0071IDXB2

Remodeled Season 1, Ep. 3 "The Gummy Bear"
HD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0074FV7RY
SD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0074FVA1M

b2net
02-07-12, 09:20 PM
Today's Freebies

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61z-kFsDiaL._AA160_.jpg
How to Rock, Ep. 1 "How to Rock Braces and Glasses"
HD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0076IU4AA
SD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0076IUB1W

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FRED: The Show, Ep. 1 "Love Potion"
HD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0076N3RAE
SD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0076N3JZM

Bunch of other Sneak Peeks ... but I will attempt to list only full episode listings... and btw.. if you order the HD, you get the SD also...

DJariya
02-08-12, 03:44 PM
Amazon just announced they added Viacom shows to Prime Instant Video.

JCWBobC
02-08-12, 06:29 PM
From the Amazon home page:

Dear Customers,

We just wrapped up another deal — this time bringing in content from MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, TV Land, and VH1 — to add 2,000 new titles to Prime Instant Video. Together with the existing movies and shows from CBS, Fox, Disney-ABC, PBS, NBC, Sony, and Warner Bros., we now offer, at no additional cost, unlimited instant streaming of more than 15,000 titles.

We’re adding something for the family with Nickelodeon favorites like Avatar: The Last Airbender, Dora the Explorer, iCarly, and Yo Gabba Gabba. We’re adding comedy with titles like Chappelle’s Show, The Sarah Silverman Program, Strangers with Candy, and Hot in Cleveland. And we’re adding reality TV with several past seasons of The Real World, Basketball Wives, and Jersey Shore.

TheBigDave
02-10-12, 05:03 PM
Looks like Amazon has no plans to spin-off it's Free Prime Streaming into a standalone service. They consider it a loss leader that will boost overall sales across their entire site.

Amazon: No plans to launch a standalone video service soon

Brad Beale, Head of Digital Video Content Acquisition at Amazon, said in an interview Wednesday that the company is unlikely to break out the video subscription offering anytime soon. “The bundle of benefits that come with Amazon Prime make perfect sense to offer to customers,” Beale said. “The way that Prime Instant Video is offered today — we’re going to continue that approach at least into the near future.”

Even before adding the video component, Beale said that Prime was an incredible value. The offering provides free, two-day shipping to customers who pay an annual $79 subscription. We’ve believed for a while that adding video could entice some customers to sign up for Amazon Prime who might otherwise not have — and once they’ve paid the annual subscription fee, they’re likely to take advantage of the free shipping. In that sense, video could be seen as a loss leader for driving more physical retail sales.

There’s also the fact that having a free subscription service could help boost transactional sales through Amazon’s VOD and electronic sell-through offering. While Prime Instant Video has 15,000 titles for free viewing, it doesn’t have many of the latest new release films or in-season TV episodes. For newer content, Amazon offers more than 100,000 titles for rental or purchase. So an Amazon user who got hooked on older seasons of Downton Abbey or Sons of Anarchy on the free service might convert to being a paid user to watch the current seasons of those shows.

As Amazon adds content, it’s also looking to boost awareness of what’s available on the service. That includes placement of a letter from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on the site’s homepage, letting the millions of users who stop by every day know what new content is available from Amazon Prime. That kind of promotion is driving awareness and usage, Beale told me. As more customers learn what’s available, and as Amazon continues to improve the offering with even more content, he expects customer adoption to grow even more.

FULL ARTICLE - http://gigaom.com/video/amazon-no-standalone-video-service/

Here's some analysis from Wired:

Amazon’s Prime Directive: No Standalone Subscription Video For Now

Ultimately, Amazon has an interest in bundling these services, whether streaming video, lending libraries or two-day shipping, trumps its need to make a profit on every deal. It’s about promoting the full range of its wildly diverse ecosystem as a single product.

Amazon has exactly as much interest in securing regular shoppers as Target, monthly active users as Facebook, devoted superfans as Apple, and complimentary services as Google.

Remember Amazon’s long play with the Kindle Fire:
"The Kindle isn’t a book. It’s a bookstore. The Kindle tablet extends that principle further, by making it a retail portal and showcase for everything Amazon sells, whether physical or virtual."

Amazon could try to blow away Netflix on content, by making a deal with Starz or HBO. Instead, they’ll try to blow them away on price, offering mostly identical streaming content plus additional value-added services for a lower annual cost.

The more you stream television shows from Amazon Prime, the more tempted you are to buy and download movies from Amazon Instant Video that aren’t on Prime. The more lending library books you read on a Kindle, the more books you buy on the Kindle. The more you use one Kindle, the more tempted you are to buy another Kindle device — if not for yourself, then for the rest of your family. And if Amazon finally really does sell a 9-inch Kindle Fire, then you’ll do even more reading and watching and shopping on that.

Finally, you’re an Amazon customer in an Amazon household — especially if all of those services help encourage you to buy more goods shipped in two days or less.

FULL ARTICLE - http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2012/02/amazon-prime-standalone-video/

Dan
02-10-12, 05:33 PM
Does Amazon offer any sort of a "queue" system like Netflix Instant Queue?

davidh777
02-10-12, 05:50 PM
No, they really need to get a queue system and some console penetration

TheBigDave
02-10-12, 06:06 PM
Their user interface is awful. Outside of a Search, there's no good way to find what you're looking for.

To make matters worse, they sometimes have multiple listings for the same title. There are separate entries for Rated, Unrated, Director's Cut, HD, SD, etc.

Dan
02-10-12, 06:12 PM
Yeah, I've seen some of that nonsense in the Roku app, but I don't use it that much since I'm not a Prime member.
I was just hoping they had fixed some of these (relatively simple) UI issues.

Heat
02-12-12, 07:48 PM
I was watching a CNET video about Amazon Prime (on the CNET channel through Roku) - they are saying that Amazon Prime now has about as many titles as Netflix Streaming, and that this plus the upcoming Redbox / Verizon Streaming venture, Netflix will soon be history.

I'm happy with Netflix for now, lots of TV Shows to watch (about finished with Sons of Anarchy and am about seven episodes into Friday Night Lights with my son). But Amazon Prime is looking good - maybe by the fall or next spring I'll switch.

whotony
02-12-12, 07:49 PM
Netflix will soon be history.

:lol:

Texan26
02-12-12, 09:39 PM
I was watching a CNET video about Amazon Prime (on the CNET channel through Roku) - they are saying that Amazon Prime now has about as many titles as Netflix Streaming, and that this plus the upcoming Redbox / Verizon Streaming venture, Netflix will soon be history.


Where are they getting their numbers? Just looking at horror titles, Netflix has 729 titles listed while Amazon only has 144 titles. The other genres are that off also. Netflix still easily surpasses Amazon.

Heat
02-13-12, 12:23 AM
OK, "Netflix will soon be history" was a little over the top. How about "Netflix will soon be facing much stronger competition."?

Here is an interesting quote from Netflix's CEO: "Both Amazon and Hulu Plus's content is a fraction of our content," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wrote in a letter to investors in January. "We believe their respective total viewing hours are each less than 10 percent of ours."

TGM
02-13-12, 06:59 AM
Amazon VOD needs to:

1. improved their HD video quality. When watched over Roku on the television, there can be a lot of artifacting which I never get with Netflix.

2. The need to create a user queue and easier browsing interface.

Shannon Nutt
02-13-12, 07:41 AM
Amazon VOD needs to:

1. improved their HD video quality. When watched over Roku on the television, there can be a lot of artifacting which I never get with Netflix.

2. The need to create a user queue and easier browsing interface.

These are interesting complaints as my experience has been:

1. Amazon's HD quality is much better than Netflix (if you can even find an HD movie on Netflix these days!)

2. Amazon's new (updated about 3 months ago) user queue is almost exactly like the one Netflix has...at least on the Roku.

Gerry P.
02-13-12, 09:47 PM
These are interesting complaints as my experience has been:

1. Amazon's HD quality is much better than Netflix (if you can even find an HD movie on Netflix these days!)Most of the movies in my Netflix Instant queue are HD.

whotony
02-13-12, 09:54 PM
Most of the movies in my Netflix Instant queue are HD.

Me too, hundreds.

Also I think the player makes a difference in pq.
My old ps3 had great NFS pq and 5.1 sound.
My Sony 780 bluray player no 5.1 and the hd quality is lacking compared to the Ps3.

Dan
02-14-12, 11:08 AM
2. Amazon's new (updated about 3 months ago) user queue is almost exactly like the one Netflix has...at least on the Roku.
I'm using a Roku 2 XS, and I can't find any option to add titles to any sort of queue. I bought it in January, and a few apps have updated since then, but not Amazon's.

Texan26
02-14-12, 04:40 PM
I also agree with the Netflix HD. The majority of movies and tv shows in my queue are in HD. Unless you watch the Starz titles, which are expiring February 29th anyway, many of them are in HD. Netflix has 4187 tiltes in HD: http://instantwatcher.com/genres/506?order=queue_plays_count+desc%2C+release_year+desc

b2net
02-16-12, 11:48 PM
I moved the free non prime full tv episodes to a new thread

Amazon Instant Video - Non Prime Free Purchase Full Episodes (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/hot-deals/599077-amazon-instant-video-non-prime-free-purchase-full-episodes.html)

ntnon
01-19-13, 01:20 AM
This thread came up when I searched for information on Amazon Prime...

I've noticed that some films seem to be included free with Amazon Prime when I stumble across them, but not when I actually sit down to watch them. Does anyone know (or can anybody speculate) on the following questions:

1. I know that Amazon (depending on the accuracy of the search) allows you to order things by 'new'ness, but is there a website or list that also tracks which items are newly free and/or about to cease to be?

2. Is there any rhyme or reason as to which films/shows cease to be free or become free (aside from deals made or expiring)?
(Say, a newly-added film may be briefly free and then become priced, or something that has been charged for for over a year may become free briefly/permanently, etc.)

3. Are films that were once free likely to become free again?

Any thoughts would be welcome, and I'm particularly interested in whether this has happened to other people - I thought I'd read in some press release or article that things added to Prime were going to stay there, but I've definitely noticed this not to be the case. Can't complain much because the range is still good, but it is becoming mildly annoying to schedule something and then find it no longer free...

PhantomStranger
01-20-13, 04:05 PM
Amazon occasionally will list movies that are going off the Prime streaming. They told everyone that many of the bigger catalog titles available for free over Christmas, were going away in January. Usually though it's a mystery and depends on Amazon's licensing deals with various entities.