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Watch Out Netflix, Amazon Streaming Video to Prime Users 218

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the optimus-would-be-proud dept.
ageoffri writes "Amazon has announced that they will include streaming with a subscription to Amazon Prime. The free 2 day shipping on a huge selection of products either sold directly by Amazon or fulfilled by Amazon is already worth the Prime cost. Now add in streaming that works out to just under $7/month and it gets better. Sure the selection isn't that great yet but this has the ability to really change the streaming market!"
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Watch Out Netflix, Amazon Streaming Video to Prime Users

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  • by WrongSizeGlass (838941) on Tuesday February 22, 2011 @06:53PM (#35285070)

    Why bundle this with Amazon Prime? Why not just make it a separate subscription service? It feels like the equivalent of bundling a haircut with a tech support service subscription for a Linux distro.

    While the library is small they give it away. Once they get a respectable library of titles they'll have a bunch of people who are using it to start charging while they claim "We never said it would be free for ever. You can't complain about something you were getting for free." Base on the amount of users they'll be able to measure what their monthly fee will be (the more popular it is the more they'll charge - up to the amount Nerflix charges - with a discount to Prime users).

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.