February 22, 2011
Amazon released a new Movie/TV streaming service which will be
completely free to customers who already pay $79 dollars a year for
free 2-day shipping. To everyone else, that's the price to
subscribe. Customers can choose between 5,000 TV shows and
movies. This increases the number of serious Netflix
competitors to 4...Apple, Google, Microsoft and now Amazon.
You may see the announcement on the Amazon homepage.
Amazon's service can be run on a computer or on the Roku, which is
a device that costs ~$199.
Netflix still ranks as number 1 though, offering access to
20,000 TV shows and movies for 7.99 a month, $5 more than Amazon's
per year price. For now, the Amazon deal seems mostly a nice
reinforcement for those already paying the free shipping
I honestly don't see Netflix winning in the long run here. The ...