Amazon is making its ubiquitous online marketplace even more attractive by offering free shipping on small orders — even for costumers who aren’t subscribed to Amazon Prime. Bloomberg reports that thousands of items, including makeup, mobile phone accessories and earplugs, will all ship for free without a minimum order requirement. More →
You probably already know that your annual $99 Amazon Prime subscription gets you free two-day shipping and access to movie and TV show streams on Amazon Prime Instant Video. However, Rather Be Shopping has put together a list of Amazon Prime perks that you’ve probably never heard of that will help you get even more out of your Amazon Prime membership. Here, for our money, are the three coolest ones.
15 years ago, the reality TV craze took off in America and many people assumed that quality television programming was doomed to extinction. The reasons for this were simple: Reality shows were very cheap to produce and were hugely profitable for the major networks. After all, why bother paying professional writers when some gap-toothed goober from Chigger Creek, Texas would happily stuff fistfuls of maggots into his mouth for relative pennies? However, ever since Survivor and Big Brother made reality TV a major force in the entertainment world, something unexpected has happened: Quality scripted TV has gotten bigger, better and more ambitious than ever. More →
Amazon’s streaming video service “Prime Instant Video” has grown to become one of the most popular streaming services around for movies and TV shows. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that it has become so popular despite its comparatively weak library of content.
Amazon Prime Instant Video’s catalog might never be as extensive as bigger services like Netflix, but there are still some terrific finds if you’re willing to dig. Of course, thanks to this nice little list, you won’t have to dig too deep. More →
Now that we reportedly have pricing information on HBO’s upcoming standalone streaming service, we figured it would be a good time to run through all the major options cord cutters will have this year for watching their favorite shows without subscribing to a cable bundle. Below you’ll find pricing information for each service along with a description of what each one delivers. More →
Amazon Studios has an interesting new pilot that’s currently available to Prime members called The Man in the High Castle — based on the Philip K. Dick 1962 novel with the same name and produced by Ridley Scott — that imagines what the U.S. would look like following a different end to World War 2. Instead of the Allies winning the war, the Axis powers have prevailed, dividing America between them. More →
Amazon has recently increased the cost of its Amazon Prime subscription plan from $79 to $99 a year, but the service is certainly valuable to many Amazon customers, especially those people who purchase plenty of goods from the retailer. Looking to determine exactly when Amazon Prime is worthwhile to the buyer, Business Insider has put together a quick video that should help customers who aren’t really sure whether paying the Amazon Prime subscription is really worth it. More →
The unending torrent of Amazon Prime perks continues unabated as Amazon opens up unlimited photo storage to all of its Prime customers. Unlimited storage on Prime Photos was previously only available to Fire device owners, but CNET notes that as of this week, anyone with a Prime subscription is eligible for the service. In order to access Prime Photos, simply log into your Amazon Cloud Drive account and start uploading. More →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →