Amazon Unbundles Prime Video: Now Available Without Full Prime Membership

If you have an Amazon Prime subscription, you know that, in addition to free, fast delivery, you also have access to a library of films and TV shows as part of Amazon Prime Video. Amazon has now made Prime Video available as a standalone subscription, costing $9 per month in the US.

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With monthly rather than annual payment, this might interest people who want to subscribe to Prime Video for a month or two, every now and then. The annual plan, at $99 (or $8.25 per month), is a much better deal, especially if you want to benefit from the other Prime options, such as music streaming, ebooks, free shipping, and more.

The only reason to choose this option is if you don’t buy much from Amazon, and you don’t want to pay for Prime annually. If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you can try it for free for 30 days.

Why video streaming will never be like music streaming

It’s Friday night, and you want to kick back and relax after a long week’s work. You fire up your Apple TV and click on Netflix to find a movie to watch. Maybe you like Denzel Washington, and want to see one of his great movies. Search for Denzel, and what do you find? Four films, and not the best. No Malcolm X, no Philadelphia, no Hurricane, Training Day, or Inside Man. They’ve got Flight, but they don’t have American Gangster or The Taking of Pelham 123. (However, if you want to pay for a rental, the iTunes Store has 41 of his movies…)

But if you want to check out the latest albums on Apple Music or Spotify, just look at what’s new. You’ll have almost all of the biggest hits, in every major genre, along with most artists’ full catalogues. You want to hear an old Rolling Stones album? No problem.

Why the discrepancy? Why is so much music available to stream, and so few movies and TV shows?

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