Amazon May Have Leaked a Preview of Upcoming Netflix War

By Sajid Farooq
|  Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011  |  Updated 4:15 PM PDT
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Amazon May Have Leaked a Preview of Upcoming Netflix War

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Amazon.com worker David Brendoff, left, moves boxes with merchandise for shipment Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, at the Amazon.com fulfillment center in Fernley, Nevada. With the holidays just around the corner, many shoppers are relying on online sites like Amazon.com to complete their shopping. This facility, over 800,000 sq. ft., or roughly 13 football fields, is capable of handling hundreds of thousands of orders per day. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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Amazon's prime members may have gotten a sneak peak at the virtual store's streaming future.

Reports surfaced last week that Amazon wanted to introduce a streaming video service to rival Netflix.

Over the weekend some Amazon Prime members reported seeing an ad on Amazon's site that reportedly teased streaming content from PBS and BBC America, according to Engadget. The ad has since been removed.

“Your Amazon Prime membership now includes unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of 5,000 movies and TV shows at no additional cost,” the screen shot on Engadget's site said.

Amazon Prime membership costs $79 a year and promises free shipping for purchases. The company's CEO has teased that free streaming could be added to the service.

Netflix charges a $96 annual subscription for streaming service, which means the Los Gatos-based company could have some competition if the tease turns out to be a glimpse into the future.

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