Amazon Prime Instant Video service switched on

Chris Davies - Feb 22, 2011, 6:53am CST
Amazon Prime Instant Video service switched on

Amazon has begun offering free streaming content to Amazon Prime members, as was tipped incoming earlier this year. The new service adds a “Prime instant video” button to select streaming movies and TV shows – Amazon reckons around 5,000 titles are available,  – though it looks like you’ll still need to rent or buy the digital version the old fashioned way if you want to put it on a mobile device.

Amazon Prime membership is priced at $79 per year, and there’s a list of almost 1,700 movie titles you can choose from – including The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, Food Inc., and Mysterious Skin – together with 484 TV shows. None have commercials, though you’ll obviously need a reasonably good broadband connection in order to watch them.

No word on when – or indeed if – international Amazon Prime members will get similar access. The retailer recently bought Lovefilm, the European streaming/mail-rental service, so we’re hoping it will use that acquisition and offer the same deal outside of the US.

[via Engadget]

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