Amazon has announced a deal with Disney/ABC that adds 800 titles to their Prime Instant Video streaming service. The content will come from ABC Studios, The Disney Channel, ABC Family, and Marvel and is available free-of-charge to Amazon Prime members. Titles to be added to the Instant Video library include Lost and Grey’s Anatomy (available 11/1/11), Felicity, The Disney Channel’s Phineas & Ferb, and Marvel’s X-Men Evolution.
Wanna take a look at Amazon’s HD quality video? Amazon has several sneak peeks and trailers available to view for free. The video clips are typically short, but you can get an idea of the quality without paying. Once the title is added to your Video Library you can play on your PC or compatible device. We checked out “Terra Nova” trailer which was streaming at about 1300kbps. Make sure you click on HD (720p) otherwise they might just feed you 480p. The streaming player also indicates your connection speed – which for this particular test the speed was “Medium.”
Even though Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service was launched back in February of this year, it seems relevant to do a review of the service as many Netflix customers are considering other options. Amazon’s Instant Video service is built into the Amazon web store, and this may be one of the main reasons it doesn’t feel like a comparable product to specialized services such as Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, and even iTunes.
Amazon has just announced a deal that will add FOX titles to their Instant Streaming service this fall. TV shows from the FOX library include The Wonder Years (available in digital form for the first time), Ally McBeal, Arrested Development, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, and 24. Movie titles include Office Space, Speed, Mrs. Doubtfire and Last of the Mohicans, as well as some older titles such as 9 to 5 and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
The question of “No Amazon Instant Video for PS3?” is a topic found on Amazon.com’s discussion forum, a subject that has been one of frustration for PlayStation 3 owners. Why can’t you watch Amazon Instant Video through your console, when some Blu-ray players and other devices support the streaming service? Well in a way you can, if you use an application such as PlayOn. Unfortunately, PlayOn must be purchased first ($39.99 per year or $79.99 one time) and requires a network-connected PC to get Amazon Instant Video to run on the PS3. The software also works on Wii and Xbox.
Have you tried Amazon’s streaming service yet? The online retailer has added 2,000 more titles to their service, which is offered free to Prime subscribers. New content includes the entire Star Trek television franchise (Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and Next Generation), episodes of Numb3rs, Medium, Cheers, and Frasier. For those of you watching on larger displays, many of the titles are fortunately offered in HD. You can try Amazon Prime for free for one month, which includes free unlimited 2-day shipping on purchases.
Customers of Amazon’s Prime monthly subscription plan will soon be able to stream content from CBS Corp. after a multi-year agreement was made between the two parties. The deal includes around 2,000 television episodes of shows like “Numb3rs,” “Medium,” “Frasier” and all “Star Trek” series episodes, providing Amazon some leverage against leading streaming provider Netflix (who, coincidentally, just added episodes from all Star Trek television series this month).
Amazon has officially launched their streaming service as one of the benefits of being a Prime member. That means Amazon Prime members who pay $79 per year to get unlimited free two-day shipping for products will now get access to at least 5,000 streaming movies and TV episodes. The titles are also commercial-free with no limitations on the number of titles you watch.