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Is amazon prime worth the money for streaming tv shows and movies?


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Initial post: May 22, 2014 6:24:04 PM PDT
Is amazon prime worth the money for streaming tv shows and movies?

Posted on May 22, 2014 6:30:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 22, 2014 6:32:00 PM PDT
ItsJustMe says:
Yes. Even with the coming price increase it is.
There is always something to watch.

The free two day shipping is awesome as well.

Have not borrowed books. But do get one free book monthly from Kindle First.

We will definitely be renewing. This was our first year trying it. We signed up August 2013.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2014 6:33:03 PM PDT
Especially so if you have a Kindle Fire or Fire TV.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2014 6:40:08 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
That's a subjective decision that we can't really make for you.

Personally, I still prefer Netflix, but I know a lot of people prefer Prime, especially with the other benefits of the program. I understand they've recently added a lot of HBO shows to Prime, which may be a factor.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2014 6:40:20 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
That is up to you to decide. Look at the selection and see if there is enough content for you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2014 6:47:43 PM PDT
ItsJustMe says:
Yes, forgot to add, we use Roku boxes on our TVs. But we also watch on PCs and LapTops too.
Do have 3 Kindle Fires, but have not watched videos on any.

We do also subscribe to Netflix and Hulu Plus.

With all three, there is always always something to watch.

We only have antenna television because cable and satellite are too expensive.
With DSL internet, all three of these load and view wonderful.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2014 7:04:40 PM PDT
For me, yes. My whole household watches the heck out of it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2014 7:32:15 PM PDT
Artist says:
Why do you keep asking this same question every few weeks? Nothing is going to change since the last time you asked. Get a better hobby!

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2014 7:40:38 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Randolph, since that is going to be a matter of personal valuation, the best bet might be for you to take a look at the available videos (although they do keep adding things...and, I think, some times things may be withdrawn):

http://www.amazon.com/Prime-Instant-Video/b/ref=sa_menu_aiv_piv?ie=UTF8&node=2676882011

$99 a year would be $8.25 a month, approximately.

Prime is very worth it for us, but the videos are only one part of that.

Posted on May 22, 2014 8:00:06 PM PDT
Amazon offers a 30 day free trial of Prime.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2014 8:05:53 PM PDT
CatChat says:
you have to decide for yourself. but, also know prime was designed as a shipping program and the tv/movie streaming is a PERK of that program. some people do get a prime membership specifically for the streaming, but (I doubt it will actually happen at this point) anything re the perks of prime could change to a lesser degree than what you wanted.

Posted on May 22, 2014 8:16:34 PM PDT
Since I'm feeling heretical. I think that saying Prime is a shipping program with perks isn't really accurate any longer. It's a paid loyalty program that offers several benefits including shipping and video, plus free stuff like monthly book rentals, digital copies of purchased CDs and vinyls, another free book each month from a curated selection, a free kindle app every day, etc.

No, I don't work for Amazon, nor at this time am I a stock holder.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2014 9:27:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 22, 2014 9:28:34 PM PDT
Artist says:
The terms and conditions still state:

"From time to time, Amazon may choose in its sole discretion to add or remove Prime membership benefits from paid or free promotional programs."

I don't imagine that shipping would be one of the benefits they would remove, but the other benefits could be.

ETA: I don't think you need to be a Prime member to get the free app(s).

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2014 9:29:28 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
"Since I'm feeling heretical. I think that saying Prime is a shipping program with perks isn't really accurate any longer."

Heretic! Blasphemer! Prime is a shipping program with perks!

Repent! Repent!

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2014 9:31:52 PM PDT
CatChat says:
you're correct on your ETA. the FAOTD is free for everyone. prime or not, kindle or not.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2014 10:18:13 PM PDT
Peter Craine says:
I agree with you. I think most people who don't have it think of Prime as a streaming service, and certainly that's how it's covered by the press. Amazon doesn't treat it as just another perk; it heavily promotes free streaming as a major feature.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2014 10:24:42 PM PDT
Please don't excommunicate me from the collective!

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2014 12:38:17 AM PDT
Sue says:
I may be one of the few people who do think of Prime as a streaming service. I watch movies and TV shows on my TV and my Kindle Fire HDX. That is one of the reasons I keep renewing the Prime membership.

My son and I use the free shipping many times and we really like that we get our items in two days. The shipping has come in handy many times.

I also use The Kindle First program and the KOLL. But for me the big draw is the streaming. For example; right now the entire series of the Sopranos is on Prime. They also have the entire series on The West Wing. Both series are what I like to watch.

I think the reason why streaming is being promoted is because that is such a competitive business now. Amazon just wants their share of the market. Where I live all but two of the movie rental stores have closed so your options are very limited. Plus with Prime there are no late fees.

Posted on May 23, 2014 4:27:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 23, 2014 4:55:20 AM PDT
Dog Lover says:
God knows I use the streaming feature well beyond rational behavior!

Re the question - does streaming justify the cost of Prime? As others have said, it depends strictly on your interest level in what is provided as instant videos. However, another cost that may or may not apply to you is your ISP usage costs. Mine are killers! Due to Amazon instant video use and Verizon's overage fees, I'm spending about $1000/month on ISP service. All my fault so this is just a cautionary tale for those of you who, like me, have no access to unlimited ISP services.

DL

Edit: grammar/spelling/stuff

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2014 4:29:44 AM PDT
[faints][recovers briefly] Do we need to stage an intervention? [faints]

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2014 4:30:36 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
The free Kindle App is not part of prime.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2014 4:32:36 AM PDT
Dog Lover says:
Doubt it would help but I could establish a 'help DL pay for ISP services' fund!

This extreme use is because of my, um, health conditions. Finding it hard to concentrate while reading and have virtually no reliable TV access. OK - sorry for the 'poor me' diversion. Felt I had to 'splain my irrational behavior. (Well, this particular irrational behavior. There is no thread long enough for me to explain all of them!)

DL

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2014 4:34:11 AM PDT
Well, it's not irrational if YOU accept it. So, that's your entertainment budget. If you're happy, we're happy.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2014 9:34:26 PM PDT
Sue says:
Dog Lover,

I am right there with you with the bad health. That is why I watch so many movies using the streaming. It is the one thing I can do without making my breathing difficult.

I do not have the high cost for the streaming as you do because our cable company does not sell data packages for the streaming. We just have to pay a flat rate for the internet each month. Sometimes people need to complain about their problems. I know you do not do it often.
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