I've found two issues with being an Amazon Prime subscriber. The first is the “free” two-day shipping, which is kind of a double-edged sword... kind of. As someone who prefers to avoid the mall at all costs, with the exception of the Apple store and the cineplex, the added convenience of two-day shipping included in the $79/year subscription fee for Prime is a good deal, especially around the holidays. But it makes impulse buying dangerously convenient. I suspect Amazon knows this.
The other issue I’ve had is actually a real complaint, and it has to do with the instant videos. Amazon Prime subscription includes an instant video library that features thousands of titles, turning Prime into a Netflix-like service, in addition to a shopping incentive. While Amazon Prime instant videos have been made available on some devices, TiVo isn’t among them (Amazon Instant Video rentals and purchases are, but not the videos included with Prime). And up until now, neither was the PS3. Not being a fan of watching movies on my computer, I almost never use the Prime Instant Video service. But that changes today...
Amazon.com announced today that Prime Instant Video is now available on the PS3. As the announcement states, Prime subscribers can now access their growing library of included content, among which is Sons of Anarchy, Downton Abbey, Lost, Glee, 24, Deadliest Catch, SpongeBob SquarePants, Office Space, The Graduate, and Brokeback Mountain, and many other movies and TV shows.
Those Prime subscribers with a PS3, who had no other way of accessing Prime Instant Videos on their television before can now celebrate. Those who don’t subscribe to Prime also benefit from the PS3 compatibility, as it includes access to your Amazon video library and Amazon Instant Video. PS3 users can rent and purchase new releases and TV shows to watch on their TV through the console. Amazon has also made the first episode of more than 100 TV shows available free of charge for this week only - available to Prime and non-Prime customers.
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