Amazon Prime Member? Stream for Free!

Here's something you don't hear very often these days: a business giving us more for our purchase. Amazon just announced a new offering for its "Prime" members—in addition to free 2-day shipping, Prime members now have streaming access to 5,000 movies and TV shows, for no extra charge as part of their $79/year subscription.

Is Amazon now a better deal than Netflix? Let's do the math:


Amazon Prime is $79.99 a year, which nets you the 2-day shipping on Amazon orders and access to their streaming titles. That works out to $6.64 a month—or $1.35 less each month than Netflix.

In my experience, Netflix has a better streaming selection, and of course you have access to their full library of DVDs. While 5,000 titles sound like a lot, it doesn't take long to realize Amazon's not offering up a bunch of first-rate new releases yet. Between Netflix and Amazon, it's not really a straight comparison, unless all you're looking to do is stream content.

Still, as someone who's made good use of a Prime membership for years, Amazon's announcement is great news. I don't think I'd pay for this on its own, but it's a nice addition to the Prime benefits I already enjoy.

What do you think of Amazon's new service? If you're not a Prime member, will this entice you to upgrade?

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