Amazon Instant Video now streams on the Xbox 360

Amazon has been offering free video streaming for years now, although until recently the selection has been relatively poor, although they are making inroads with recent deals such as the one with Paramount. While you’ve been able to stream to the PS3 for a while, the Xbox 360 has always been mysteriously absent. That is, until today: Xbox users can now download an app that allows them to watch videos through Amazon's streaming service.

The app allows you to watch anything you download from Amazon Instant Video, and Amazon Prime members will be able to watch “over 17,000 Prime Instant Videos at no additional cost.” The one catch is that, like most services, an Xbox Live Gold membership is required. If you have the Kinect, Amazon will also let you navigate the tool with gestures and voice.

It remains to be seen whether Amazon will be able to dethrone Netflix as the go-to source for streaming movies and television shows, but nobody can accuse them of not trying.

Source and Image: Amazon.com

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The only thing missing is the ability to rent a movie from the interface. Hopefully it gets added soon. We use that feature on our Blu-ray player, but that interface is terrible.

BTW, Comcast had to give me a certain # of channels and because I still have Internet, and a lot of the On Demand still works on the XBOX. Channels I don't even subscribe to like AMC, although not the entire catalog of AMC. Interesting.

Ordered prime right when I saw this. I'd love to see the #'s from Amazon on how many prime orders this generates. This really is the first time I am speaking command to my TV 80% of the time. I think when they REALLY fix the UI (ie: "Xbox - smart dj - led zeppelin) this will be amazing. I no longer have TV with Comcast, I got sick and tired of their act. Xbox, Hulu, Neflix, and Amazon. That's all I need and now if I don't want to do any of that, I can borrow a book for free. Bezos on my hero list, Jobs fell off that list 23 years ago. And Gates goes without saying. Now whatever happened to Ted Waite?

SK[ said,]Does it require a gold membership for xBox Live?

From the above article: "The one catch is that, like most services, an Xbox Live Gold membership is required."

I can't seem to see the Amazon app in the Apps Marketplace on the dashboard. Is this one of those
ridiculous "US Only" things? If so, that's all wrong, especially when the MLB.tv app is now available
to those of us in the UK ... even though hardly anyone watches baseball here in the UK!

I watched one of the original Star Trek episodes tonight in HD. AMAZING quality. My Prime membership has paid for itself 10 times over already. This is icing on the cake.

I have had amazon prime for about 3 years now. Even without the videos prime is a great deal, I at least order from amazon prime once a week. This video service I have never used on the PC but I will definitely add it my console tomorrow and give it a try.

NerdyTech said,
I have had amazon prime for about 3 years now. Even without the videos prime is a great deal, I at least order from amazon prime once a week. This video service I have never used on the PC but I will definitely add it my console tomorrow and give it a try.

Same here. Have had Prime since it came out. We order something from Amazon usually once a week. Prime rules.