Earlier today Amazon announced that it will be giving customers a new streaming video service. Users will be able to stream over 5000 commercial-free movies and TV shows. While most videos are not recent releases, there are some well-known movies such as Contact and March of the Penguins, and popular television shows including Doctor Who, Farscape and The BBC Office. The new service applies to Amazon Prime members and is being added at no additional cost. Unfortunately, it will only work for paid accounts, meaning those who have the Amazon Mom & Amazon Student prime accounts are out of luck.
By offering streaming movies and television, Amazon is clearly taking a shot at Netflix. Since most of the movies and television shows are fairly old, Amazon will not likely be stealing any customers from Netflix. However, it does have a lot of potential if the company updates with more popular and newly released movies, there could be some serious competition. If so, then purchasing a Prime membership will definitely be worth the $79 per year, since it is a cheaper alternative to Netflix at approximately $6.60 per month. Additionally, Prime members get the benefit of free two day shipping on all Amazon purchases.