Amazon Launches Its Answer to Netflix

By Adam Frucci
|  Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011  |  Updated 12:00 PM PDT
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Amazon Prime members now have free streaming movies and TV shows.

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Are you an Amazon Prime customer, spending $79 a year for free expedited shipping on every order?

Well, if so, you're now getting a lot more than shipping; Amazon's also giving you over 5,000 movies and TV shows to stream for no additional cost.

The service is much like Netflix, with a similar selection. It works in-browser as well as via the Roku set-top box. There's no word of the service coming to gaming consoles and other set-top boxes as Netflix has, but it may well happen in the future.

What do you think? $79 a year is cheaper than Netflix, and it also comes with free 2-day Amazon shipping. But without it being easy to stream to your TV, I'm not sure how many people will jump ship.

Amazon via Engadget

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