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How Do I Get Amazon Prime For Streaming?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (April 3, 2013) -- Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

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.

here 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 Downton Abbey and Justified.)

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
Skyfall 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 privileges.

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