Q. I just read that Amazon is offering its own video streaming service. I already subscribe to Netflix. And I like it a lot. Do you think Amazon’s streaming is better? If so should I drop Netflix entirely in favor of Amazon?
- Wilson, from Swainsboro, GA, listens to my show on WJAT 800 AM
A. First, let me explain a little about Amazon’s streaming service for everyone. Amazon has offered online streaming for a while. But it just introduced unlimited streaming. It’s called Amazon Prime Instant Video.
The service works much like Netflix’s instant streaming. You pay a subscription to watch any of the videos available for instant viewing. You can watch these videos on your computer. It also works with some set-top boxes like the Logitech Revue and Roku XDS.
Of course, Amazon isn’t marketing this as a standalone service. Instead, it’s an added perk for Amazon Prime members. Prime members pay $80 yearly for unlimited two-day shipping. It’s a way for frequent shoppers to save some cash on faster shipping.
So the 4 million plus Amazon Prime members already have the new video service. They don’t have to pay anything extra for it.
If you don’t feel like paying for a Prime membership, there’s a pay-per-view option. You can choose to rent or purchase the movie. The cost of this varies depending on the movie. It’s usually $4 to rent and $10 to buy.