While Netflix tends to get most of the on-demand attention, their main competitor in the US & UK is no less impressive. With their own successful original productions & impressive features like offline downloads, Amazon Prime in the US always came loaded with a huge Achilles heel – forced annual subscriptions. But that has finally come to an end.
According to rumours originating from the Australian Financial Review, Amazon Prime may be planning to launch their subscription video-on-demand service in that country before the end of the year.
It looks like last month’s Eye on-a-Rumour has come true, with no less than 30 new “cable tv style” packages including Showtime, Starz, Comedy Central and more appearing as 3rd party subscription options via Amazon Prime.
Amazon Prime is a great deal whichever way you look at it, but many people balk at the thought of fronting up for a whole year in one go. Right now, and only until tomorrow, you can grab Amazon Prime UK with 20 quid off the regular price – that’s cheaper than Netflix and includes a lot more than just streaming video!
In what could be the closest thing I’ve seen to evidence that miracles actually can happen, Amazon have expanded their video streaming app to an additional 3rd party platform, with UK Roku owners waking up this morning to finally find Netflix’s biggest rival on their set-top-boxes.
Amazon shook the streaming world when they first launched the original Fire TV, and over a year later, they’ve updated it with a brand new second generation 4K model. Check out our review to see how it stacks up against the competition!
Netflix’s biggest thorn in their side is Amazon Prime, which offers not only a similar VOD subscription service, but they throw in a whole pile of extras including free delivery, Kindle eBook lending library, Amazon Music, OFFLINE DOWNLOADS and more. And for TODAY only, it’s $67 for the whole year – down from $99!
Just before the American fall madness kicks in, the UK networks have released a pile of new shows predominantly from Sky and the BBC this week, not to mention a new Amazon original, a trippy Australian comedy and a Norwegian … Continue reading
This week we’ve updated three service reviews including Hulu that just added an ad-free option, Zattoo UK due to recent improvements in video quality and Amazon Prime which announced the news of the week (or year for that matter) with offline downloads for iOS and Android!