Amazon Prime Price Increase Reaction

No one really cares about the Amazon Prime price increase

By on July 23, 2014 at 1:31 PM.

No one really cares about the Amazon Prime price increase

When Amazon first announced the price increase from $79 to $99 for Prime memberships, everyone was up in arms. Looking back at the reaction of Amazon customers following the announcement, you might have thought we’d be in the middle of a worldwide boycott of Amazon Prime about now, but it appears that the fallout was much less eventful than many had predicted. On Wednesday, CIRP released a report which shows that even after the price increase, 95% of U.S. Prime members still indicate that they will either “probably” or “definitely” renew their membership when it runs out. More →

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Amazon Prime Vs. Spotify

It sounds like Spotify has nothing to fear from Amazon’s music streaming service

By on June 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM.

It sounds like Spotify has nothing to fear from Amazon’s music streaming service

Remember when some of us thought that Apple’s iTunes Radio might be a significant competitor with Pandora when it was announced last year? Well, we were definitely laughably wrong about that but we do feel confident in saying that Amazon’s new music streaming service won’t pose much of a threat to Spotify. The New York Times reports that Amazon’s new music streaming service will launch as soon as next week but it won’t feature any new releases and it won’t have any albums from the Universal Music Group, which just happens to be the world’s largest music company. More →

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Amazon Prime Instant Video HBO Shows

Here are all the HBO shows you’re now able to watch on Amazon Prime

By on May 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

Here are all the HBO shows you’re now able to watch on Amazon Prime

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service won’t give you everything you can get on HBO… but it will still give you a lot. Amazon on Wednesday announced the first batch of shows that its Prime Instant Video and it includes every season of The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Rome, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords. You’ll also be able to watch at least some early seasons of current shows such as True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and Treme, although sadly for fantasy fans there’s no Game of Thrones on this list just yet. Other HBO content available through Amazon Prime Instant Video includes original movies Mary and Martha, Temple Grandin and You Don’t Know Jack, as well as original miniseries Band of Brothers, The Pacific, John Adams, Parade’s End and Angels in America. Amazon’s full press release announcing the available shows follows below. More →

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Amazon Prime Price Increase

Amazon faces a surprisingly strong backlash against Prime price hikes

By on March 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM.

Amazon faces a surprisingly strong backlash against Prime price hikes

Amazon is about to raise the price of its Prime subscription service from $79 to $99 per year, and although the increase is likely worth it, Amazon has been trying to prepare its customers for the price hike for the past couple months. In January, Amazon hinted that it may increase the Prime subscription price to as high as $119 per year. With the final price settling at $99 per year, Amazon was hoping its customers who love Amazon Prime would be more amenable to the price increase. It turns out this has not worked out so well. More →

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Amazon Prime Price Increase

Here’s the real reason Amazon is jacking up Prime prices

By on March 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM.

Here’s the real reason Amazon is jacking up Prime prices

To the surprise of almost no one, Amazon finally announced that it was raising prices on annual Amazon Prime subscriptions by 25%, going from $79 to $99 a year. Although Amazon is officially saying that it had to increase its Prime prices due to increased shipping costs, Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson isn’t buying it. Instead of shipping costs, Dawson thinks that Amazon is jacking up Prime prices in anticipation of its upcoming music streaming service that will put it head-to-head with Pandora, iTunes Radio and Spotify. More →

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Amazon Prime Music Streaming Service

Amazon is reportedly in talks to bring a music streaming service to Prime

By on February 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM.

Amazon is reportedly in talks to bring a music streaming service to Prime

Ever since Amazon announced it was considering raising the price of Prime subscriptions, customers of the gargantuan online marketplace have been very vocal about their disapproval. Increasing the price of a service without adding any value is typically grounds for outrage on the Internet, but Amazon might be looking into a solution to appease its subscribers. Sources say that Amazon is currently in talks with recording labels in order to lay the groundwork for its own music streaming service, one which could come bundled with every Prime subscription, according to Re/code. More →

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Amazon Prime Price Increase

Jacking up Amazon Prime prices could be a huge mistake

By on February 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

Jacking up Amazon Prime prices could be a huge mistake

People may love Amazon Prime, but Amazon shouldn’t take that love for granted anytime soon. The Wall Street Journal points us to a new survey conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners showing that while most Amazon Prime customers plan on renewing their subscriptions right now, that number would drop significantly if it meant paying between $99 and $119 versus the $79 annual membership they pay today. According to CIRP’s survey, 40% of Prime customers said they would “definitely” not renew their subscriptions if Amazon hiked the price all the way up to $119 while less than half said they would “probably” or “definitely” renew their subscriptions if Amazon raised prices up to $99. More →

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Amazon Prime Discount Instant Video

This is the best way to beat the Amazon Prime price increase blues

By on February 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM.

This is the best way to beat the Amazon Prime price increase blues

If you’re already dreading the Amazon Prime price increase and you want to vent your frustration — but maybe also accomplish something productive in the process — we’ve got the social media campaign for you. Eric Neuman over at Simple Actually was tired of waiting for Instant Video streaming to come to his Android devices, so he told Amazon he wanted a discount on his Prime membership as he wasn’t receiving the same service as other users who pay the same amount he does. Amazon’s response? More →

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Amazon Prime Members

Amazon Prime said to be huge success with more than 10 million members

By on March 12, 2013 at 9:32 PM.

Amazon Prime said to be huge success with more than 10 million members

Amazon’s (AMZN) Prime service is one of the Internet’s hidden gems. For $79 a year, the company offers Prime members free two-day shipping and access to thousands of streaming TV shows and movies. For frequent online shoppers, Prime is a no-brainer. While Amazon has never disclosed how many people have signed up for Prime, recent estimates suggest the service is quite successful. More →

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EPIX deal beefs up Amazon’s Prime streaming service ahead of new Kindle Fire launch

By on September 4, 2012 at 6:05 PM.

EPIX deal beefs up Amazon’s Prime streaming service ahead of new Kindle Fire launch

Amazon Prime EPIX Partnership

Before Amazon (AMZN) gets ready to unleash its new Kindle Fire tablet, the retail giant on Tuesday announced a new partnership with EPIX that looks to beef up the company’s Prime streaming service. The multi-year licensing agreement between the two companies will deliver 25,000 new movies and TV episodes such as “The Avengers” and “The Hunger Games” to the Prime Instant Video service, which is available for $79 per year and also offers customers free two-day shipping. “We are investing hundreds of millions of dollars to expand the Prime Instant Video library for our customers. We have now more than doubled this selection of movies and TV episodes to over 25,000 titles in just under a year,” said Bill Carr, Vice President of Video and Music at Amazon. Amazon’s press release follows below.

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New Amazon deal brings Fringe, The West Wing and more to Prime Instant Video

By on July 20, 2012 at 8:30 PM.

New Amazon deal brings Fringe, The West Wing and more to Prime Instant Video

Amazon Prime Streaming Warner Brothers

Amazon (AMZN) on Friday announced a new partnership with Warner Brothers (TWX) that will bring new content to its Prime Instant Video library. The new licensing agreement adds shows such as The West Wing and Fringe to the retail giant’s popular streaming service. “Since launching Prime Instant Video, we’ve continued to expand both the quantity and quality of video content for our Prime members,” said Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon. “Bringing Fringe and The West Wing – two shows with a devoted fan base – to Prime Instant Video first, is another way for us to add value for Prime members and to continue to give customers content they love.” Amazon’s Prime service is available for $79 per year and offers customers free two-day shipping, and access to more than 18,000 instantly streamed movies and TV episodes. Amazon’s press release follows below. More →

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Amazon to offer Prime customers hundreds of classic MGM movies and TV shows

By on June 13, 2012 at 11:45 PM.

Amazon to offer Prime customers hundreds of classic MGM movies and TV shows

Amazon Prime MGM Movies TV Shows

Amazon on Wednesday announced a new licensing agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that will see hundreds of classic movies and TV shows added to the company’s Prime Instant Video catalog. The service, which is available for $79 per year and offers customers free two-day shipping, is now home to more than 18,000 instantly streamed movies and TV episodes. “Our customers tell us they love having tons of movies and TV shows to choose from, which is why we are focused on adding even more titles to our already extensive Prime Instant Video library,” said Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon. “MGM offers one of the most distinguished catalogs in all of Hollywood, and this deal will bring Prime Instant Video customers hundreds of new titles to enjoy on their Kindle Fire or any device compatible with Amazon Instant Video. Customers can enjoy favorites like The Silence of the Lambs, Dances with Wolves, Rain Man and The Terminator, as well as fan-favorite TV series like Stargate.” Amazon’s press release follows below More →

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Amazon Prime customers will soon gain access to Paramount films

By on May 24, 2012 at 1:00 AM.

Amazon Prime customers will soon gain access to Paramount films

Amazon Prime Paramount Pictures

Amazon on Wednesday announced that it has reached a licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures that will enable Prime Instant Video customers in the U.S. to stream hundreds of new hit movies over the next three years. The service, which is available for $79 a year and offers customers free two-day shipping, now features more than 17,000 movies and TV episodes. “We are continuing to invest in building a vast selection for Prime Instant Video and are excited to bring Prime customers some of the most renowned and popular films in cinema history under this new agreement with Paramount,” said Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon. “This deal will bring Prime Instant Video customers hundreds of new movies to enjoy on their Kindle Fire or any device connected to Amazon Instant Video, including titles such as Star Trek, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Top Gun, The Italian Job and The Truman Show, and we will remain committed to adding even more great movies and TV shows to Prime Instant Video in the future.” Amazon’s press release follows below. More →

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