Amazon to add 5,000 videos, television serials for online streaming
The icing on the cake is that the newly-added streaming content would be available for free, to the $79 per year Amazon Prime program holders.
The Seattle-based online store made the announcement on Wednesday.
It would be available in the same video-on-demand format and would be accessible on all devices, including personal computers, tablets, Blu-ray players and Web-media, having the Amazon VOD application installed.
“But the selection of free videos offered to Prime subscribers, who pay $79 a year for free two-day shipping, is far narrower than what's available for rent or purchase through Amazon's older program,” informed a technologist.
1,669 ‘Prime Eligible’ movies and 484 serials were listed as newly-added by the Amazon Prime website, which is very limited to its rental content, which includes 34,862 movies and 6,248 television serials.
This is far lesser than the free streaming content that its rival company Netflix provides, which ranges from 8,863 movies and 2,700 television series, respectively.
“12 months of the $7.99 streaming-only plan that Netflix introduced in November add up to $95.88. And that doesn't get you any free two-day delivery of jeans, printer ink cartridges, televisions or anything else in Amazon's vast inventory,” said a third-party site, instantwatcher.com.
Well, before getting too happy about the offer, the $79 people need to get a reality check as the free service is not for all the program holders.
“If you signed up for Prime for free though its Amazon Student and Amazon Mom promotions, you'll have to pay for the real thing,” clarified the Amazon press release.
But, better still, as the additional content added recently can also be rented and with this addition, Amazon has strengthened its already large, online content library.