Amazon Video reached its highest year-to-date rank in the U.S. App Store’s Entertainment category the day Prime Video’s unbundling was announced.
Do you know Amazon Prime Video has 4x times as many films available to stream than Netflix’s 4,563 and Hulu’s 6,656?
There are several sites designed to monitor streaming service titles and search that, Amazon had more films than Hulu and Netflix. According to the CNBC’ initial tally, Amazon Prime streaming has more titles compared to Netflix and that more of them had high ratings from viewers.
Previously, users of Amazon’s own Fire-branded Android devices allow to use Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service by downloading its content for offline viewing, however, today the company announced its expansion that offers privilege to all iOS and Android users.
Interestingly, users able to download both TVs & movies and such feature is also available on the Amazon Video app (for both iPhone and iPads). In the press release, Amazon makes a point of remarking is that they want to give competitive service like Netflix to its users.
“Amazon Video is the only online subscription streaming video service that enables downloads of titles, meaning unlike other subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Prime members can enjoy movies and TV shows as part of their membership even when they don’t have an internet connection available.”
The prime subscribers also get an advantage of this feature without bearing any extra cost. Initially, it is available for users, who are living in the Germany, US, UK, and Austria.
“Our focus has shifted to provide great movies and TV series for our members that are exclusive to Netflix,” said the Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos.
The Amazon Prime’s membership fee is $99 per year or $10.99 per month. Users get first 30 days of the annual subscription as free in that time phase, which they can cancel anytime.
However, students can get a price break. Their accounts are granted some of the Prime benefits, however, it is free for the first six months. After that, students will need a subscription of Prime account with 50% of discount. Students can get free shipping during the six-month trial, however, they will not able to access streaming video and music or can’t borrow Kindle books. They will receive the full Prime advantages when they are choosing to subscribe at the discounted cost afterwards.
People, who reside Tennessee, Texas, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona, California, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Wisconsin, will have to pay sales tax on the membership.
This service is available on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, PS3, PS4, Android, Fire OS, Xbox 360, Wii U, Xbox One, Wii, the web and select TV and Blu-ray players from Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony and Vizio.
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