Amazon has just upped the ante against their successful competitor Netflix.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the online shipping company will soon be offering a new video streaming that could finally be an equal opponent to the mega-streaming service provider Netflix. The Seattle based company will soon offer Prime Video standalone service, rather than part of Amazon Prime.
Amazon’s service will cost $8.99 (USD), a dollar cheaper than Netflix’s $9.99 (USD) monthly charge. The latter, still arguably has the better of original series, with House of Cards, Daredevil and Orange is the New Black. Amazon’s Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle are still worthy combatants. They’ve even enlisted Woody Allen to direct a new television series, in an effort to been up their original content.
Prime Video will also offer the option of offline-viewing, which could set the competitors apart. Users would have the option of downloading videos to watch later on mobile devices. Netflix does not yet have this option. Amazon has also began to snatch up old HBO content, as well made deals with ex-Netflix TV companies like Epix (Hunger Games, World War Z).
Prime Video will be offered for free to customers who subscribe to Amazon’s Prime fast shipping service.
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