Amazon has aligned itself with other streaming services by offering Amazon Prime at $7.99 per month. That’s the same price you’ll pay for Netflix or Hulu Plus. Amazon Prime includes thousands of movies and TV shows to stream, alongside the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which allows you to borrow a book a month for free, and you also get free two-day shipping on all eligible purchases.
It’s a clever package designed to suck you into spending more time in Amazon’s walled garden. As we’ve discussed before, Amazon is looking to get a grip on Android and offering a range of e-readers and tablets at cost in order to lock people into its ecosystem and earn on content over the long term.
The Amazon Prime service was previously available for an annual membership fee of $79 and it looks like you’ll still be able to enjoy that discount of $16.88 if you’re willing to splash out the full amount upfront. If you’re not sure about the service then you could always check out the free trial. You can enjoy a month of Amazon Prime for free if you sign up and enter card details; you just need to remember to cancel before the trial runs out to avoid being charged.
Sadly Amazon Prime in the form described above is not available outside the U.S. but we have heard that the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is coming to the UK, Germany and France very soon. The Amazon Prime service in the UK right now is not very tempting – it’s basically £49 per year for free one-day delivery on eligible items.
Anyone tried Amazon Prime? How does the content compare to Netflix or Hulu Plus? Is it worth the money? Post a comment and let us know.