You can't stream quality new programming over the Internet without paying a monthly fee - at least not without resorting to piracy. That's just the way it is - but not for long!
The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is planning a free, ad-supported streaming media service that will feature original content. From the exclusive article:
The new service, which could launch in the coming months, likely will feature original series and may include licensed programming, these people said. As part of the project, Amazon has held talks with the creators of "Betas," a series about a Silicon Valley startup that Amazon produced last year for Prime, these people said.
Until now, Amazon offered up streaming content through its Prime subscription service. This looks like a plan to get Amazon's media in front of many more eyeballs. For awhile, Amazon has had its sights set on a media empire in addition to its retail mega-bucks.
It's probable that a free, ad-supported streaming video service will look similar to Hulu's free model. Click here to read the full story from The Wall Street Journal.