Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fantastic Amazon Prime just got fantasticker

I'm a huge fan of Amazon Prime.

For just $79 per year, I get free two-day shipping on almost everything Amazon sells (even huge and heavy stuff) and can pay just $3.99 for next-day delivery. I order from Amazon at least twice a week. Until Amazon offers teleportation, or a pneumatic tube from its warehouse to me, I'll have to settle for next-day delivery via the brown truck. I see Bill, our UPS driver, more than I see my mother or siblings -- and Bill brings me much better toys.

Amazon. just announced the launch of a new benefit for Amazon Prime members: unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of more than 5,000 movies and TV shows. This new benefit is being added at no additional cost -- Prime membership will continue to be $79 per year. Amazon Prime has already attracted millions of members.

Movies and TV shows included with an Amazon Prime membership can be watched instantly on Macs, PCs and nearly 200 models of Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes that are compatible with Amazon Instant Video. The selection of videos available for instant streaming currently includes movies, such as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy, "Amadeus," "Syriana," and "Chariots of Fire," noted documentaries such as "Food Inc.," "March of the Penguins" and "Ken Burns' National Parks," plus TV shows, such as "Doctor Who," "Farscape," "Fawlty Towers" and children's shows, such as "Arthur," "Caillou," "Super Why!" and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

"In addition to now offering unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of 5,000 movies and TV shows to Amazon Prime members, we continue to offer all customers more than 90,000 movies and TV shows through Amazon Instant Video," said Cameron Janes, director of Amazon Instant Video. "With Amazon Instant Video customers can rent or purchase hit movies, such as 'The Social Network' as well as purchase the latest TV shows available the day-after they broadcast."

Customers who receive Prime shipping benefits through the Amazon Student and Amazon Mom programs can upgrade to receive paid Prime benefits for $79 a year.

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