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#1 OFFLINE   spartanstew

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 11:52 AM

Rumors of Amazon either purchasing Netflix or launching a competing option have been circling and now one of our readers says he's seeing an unlimited video streaming section to complement the current Amazon VOD options. That's a nice bonus for the $79 / year package that currently adds a few free shipping bonuses and it would be cheaper on a yearly basis than Netflix's Watch Instantly ($95.88.)

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Would be pretty sweet to get unlimited movies from Amazon with my Prime membership.

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 12:54 PM

The 480p would not cut it for me but competition is always good! Netflix has a lot of room for improvement; i.e. a better streaming selection.

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Posted 31 January 2011 - 06:21 PM

The 480p would not cut it for me but competition is always good! Netflix has a lot of room for improvement; i.e. a better streaming selection.


It's 720p on Roku I believe. It would be good for streaming movies that you really don't mind not getting on Blu, and they do have titles Netflix doesn't have streaming.

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 06:10 AM

Update: We weren't able to pull up the option on any of our Prime-enabled accounts and from the comments it doesn't appear any of you were either. According to our tipster, the option has disappeared from his page as well.


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#5 OFFLINE   Cholly

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 09:36 AM

As of today, Amazon video streaming is available for free to Prime members, according to a letter from Jeff Bezos to members posted on the Amazon web site. Amazon Prime members, in addition to getting unlimited free two day shipping on all purchases, will also have free access to over 5,000 movies, documentaries and TV Series. All this for $79 a year.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 03:09 PM

Not all Prime get it, only the primary account holder of paid Prime memberships. So students, Amazon Mom customers and secondary accounts don't qualify. The only exception seems to be trial memberships get it.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 03:53 PM

I am buying stuff from Amazon all the time, so when I saw this deal, I signed up for Prime, tons of BBC stuff free with Prime

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 06:36 PM

The official announcement has been made that Amazon Prime members are going to get unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows for their $79 a year. This actually sounds like a good deal even over Netflix. I am wondering if this is good for HD versions of shows as well as sd and what is the Amazon player like. I know this has been brought up before as speculation and rumor, but it is now official.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 06:41 PM

Seems to be limited content - at least for a while...

News link here:

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 06:49 PM

The selection is veryyyyyyyyy limited. I was pretty disappointed, but hope it changes.
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Posted 22 February 2011 - 07:02 PM

Another question...

Is there an external hdmi switch? My Yahama received only has 2 hdmi inputs and both are being used.

hdtvfan0001, nice reference to that LA Times article. I am wondering if this Prime service includes all the TV shows you can now stream from Amazon? Considering that they charge up to 2.99 a pop for hd versions, the 79 a year is a steal.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 07:12 PM

The official announcement has been made that Amazon Prime members are going to get unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows for their $79 a year. This actually sounds like a good deal even over Netflix. I am wondering if this is good for HD versions of shows as well as sd and what is the Amazon player like. I know this has been brought up before as speculation and rumor, but it is now official.

There is no Amazon player. Like Netflix you can watch Amazon streaming in the browser on your computer and other devices. I have 2 Panasonic blu-ray players and a new Panasonic plasma that all have the Amazon app. It is probably on other devices as well.
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Posted 22 February 2011 - 07:20 PM

I realize that Amazon does not make a player, I was wanting comments on devices that will stream their content. I have a Sammy blu ray and it will not, but I do not want to replace it so Ruku is an option thus the question on the hdmi switch.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 07:21 PM

This topic needs to be moved to the "IPTV and Internet Delivery" forum.


If a Mod wants to move it fine with me. I couldn't figure which forum was right for this since my main interest for Amazon is streaming TV shows not movies.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 08:10 PM

Another question...

Is there an external hdmi switch? My Yahama received only has 2 hdmi inputs and both are being used.

hdtvfan0001, nice reference to that LA Times article. I am wondering if this Prime service includes all the TV shows you can now stream from Amazon? Considering that they charge up to 2.99 a pop for hd versions, the 79 a year is a steal.

You're welcome Sharon.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 07:27 AM

Yes, they do make HDMI 4-port and greater switches.


Thanks, I will look into that.

I have also looked into what they are currently offering and it is very limited in both the movie and TV, so this is a nice to know but not to use yet.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 12:11 PM

Well, with the AP story yesterday and the front page Amazon announcement (see screen shot below), I guess it's time for this old Prime participant to update the software on my Panasonic BD player and give it a try as I really want to see "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 06:53 AM

Maybe not as many as other services, but not exactly limited:

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 05:42 PM

Kids have enjoyed watching a few of the shows being offered from the Jay Ward library (Rocky & Bullwinkle, Fractured Fairy Tales, etc.)

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 07:24 AM

It's an "ok" start, however I would have expected a bit more to be available at the start.

Amazon's issues are not only it's streaming library, but also getting the VOD client out to more devices. Many do have it, but some prominent device makers don't have it on their machines yet like the PS3(not sure about XBox), Samsung and LG BD players. LG is "supposed" to have it on their new line of BD players(BD6xx line), however it is NOT on the players out of the box(the LG app store opens Friday so perhaps this will change). Samsung has it on some TV's via the Yahoo widget but the widgets are exclusive to only some of their TVs and none of their BD players.

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