Rumor: Amazon rolling out Netflix-like service for Prime members

With the success and video-service domination of Netflix, especially with no other competitors may leave one to wonder if anyone will dare to take on the media giant. Rumor has it that Amazon is adding to their Video On-Demand service with an unlimited video streaming section for Amazon Prime members.

Page showing Amazon Prime member's deal for instant and free streaming.

A reader on Engadget going by Pavel sent in screenshots to the site demonstrating this new practice by Amazon in their internet video section. The images show evidence of an on-demand, and free streaming service for Amazon Prime members in both Television and Movies. This method replaces the "Rent" feature for Prime members, allowing users to view the content for free.

Currently no one else has come forward according to the feedback on Engadget's story, and here the option doesn't show up either, although this account is a student Prime membership which may or may not include all of the same benefits.

The video service overall comes at a better monetary deal, with $79 per year versus $95.88 on Netflix. However, the selections appear to be limited to 480p SD like the other streaming media on Amazon currently. The selection consists of "unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of 5,000 movies and TV shows," which comes as a nice option to the services Netflix offers.

As there does not seem to be any wide roll out, details are sketchy, including audio and subtitle options, but if you have seen this new service pop up then please share your experience in the comments!

Image credit: Engadget.com

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This would definitely get me to pay for Prime for another year. I already have it now, but I do not see the option. I also pay for Netflix. I'd probably be willing to pay for both to get the shipping benefits that I enjoy immensely.

pickypg said,
This would definitely get me to pay for Prime for another year. I already have it now, but I do not see the option. I also pay for Netflix. I'd probably be willing to pay for both to get the shipping benefits that I enjoy immensely.

I'd probably pay for Prime too.
Same with their credit card, if using it gave me a set percentage off each time I used it, I would use it all the time.

Doli said,
Nice. I have a free prime membership for a year because I am a student.

I wonder if they would even let people with free memberships use this. Same way they dont let you share your membership.