Amazon Prime is a premium membership ($79 a year) that allows you to get free 2-day shipping on all orders with no minimum purchase or overnight shipping for just $3.99 an order.
I’ve done a free trial of the service and loved the convenience of it, but the sticker price of an annual membership was just way too steep for this cheapskate.
Now that Amazon has given Amazon Prime members the ability to instantly stream more than 5,000 commercial-free movies and TV shows from its collection, the deal is a little more interesting – especially if you are a big movie buff who frequently shops at Amazon.
Consider this: The most basic package at Netflix offers instant video streaming to customers for $7.99 a month. This works out to $95.88 for the entire year. And no other perks for shopping at Amazon.
So even if you never shop at Amazon, you’d be paying $16.88 less a year to sign up for Amazon Prime. And if you are an Amazon shopper, you could enjoy the perks of the super-quick shipping.
One question I have is how the two video collections compare. I’m not sure if one service has a greater (or better) selection of movies and television shows than the other. I’d also be interested to know more about the ease of use of each each service. While Netflix is more expensive, it may be a better value if the quality and ease of use is better than Amazon. Both services offer free trials, so you could try them before you spend the money.
All this talk about instant video streaming really makes me wish I had a decent internet connection out here in the woods.
What do you think of Amazon’s new addition to Amazon Prime? Is this a service you would be interested in? Do you ever instantly stream movies and TV shows?
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