TV Answer Man
Do I Get Amazon Prime For Streaming?
Washington, D.C. (April 3, 2013)
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Q. I love Netflix
but I wanted to check out some other streaming services, too,
and maybe have a couple of them. What does Amazon Prime offer
and how does it work? -- Betty, Walnut Creek, California.
Amazon Prime, also known as
Amazon Instant, is a little different from Netflix in that it
doesn't offer a monthly subscription plan. The cost of the
membership is $79 a year. The etailer did a trial of a monthly
plan a few months ago to select customers, but dropped it and
there's no evidence that it will try it again.
After you pay your $79, you have unlimited access to Amazon's
streaming library of Prime movies and TV shows. Like Netflix,
you can watch all you want, anytime you want. And Amazon Prime
is available on most devices where you can find Netflix, such as
tablets, computers, smart phones, Blu-ray players and Smart TVs.
for a list of Smart TVs between the price of $500 and $1,000
that offer Amazon Prime.)
Amazon Prime doesn't offer quite
as many titles as Netflix, but the gap between the two is
getting smaller all the time. Plus, Amazon has signed deals to
be the exclusive provider of some shows such as
In addition to the unlimited streaming available at Amazon
Prime, the etailer also offers quite a few programs available
for a one-time cost, such as
for $5.99. This is another difference from Netflix, which does
not offer new video releases for a one-time cost.
As an Amazon Prime member, you also will receive free two-day
shipping of eligible Amazon products and Kindle lending library
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