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Among the numerous benefits and features of Amazon's Prime subscription service is a same-day delivery option, an amenity that's available in a dozen metro areas with planned expansions into San Diego and Tampa Bay. Normally the cost for near-instant gratification would cost Prime members $5.99 per delivery, though Amazon on Thursday dropped the fee.That's a pretty amazing deal, at least for those who are lucky enough to live in one of the 14 areas where same-day delivery is offered. Location isn't the only caveat. Qualifying orders must placed before noon or they'll arrive the next day, and orders... Read more...
Amazon is in the business of making us spend money. The online retail giant knows that we humans are an impatient bunch, so it should be no surprise that Amazon Prime gives customers a value-laced solution to receive products quickly all year long (not to mention the added perks like video streaming, music streaming, and cloud storage). Amazon has even appealed to shoppers with itchy trigger fingers with its new Wi-Fi-enabled “Dash” buttons that allow you to reorder household goods like razors, detergent, diapers, and more with the press of a single button. But this is Amazon we’re talking about;... Read more...
Amazon Prime was introduced in 2005 and originally provided customers with free two-day shipping, but has grown over the years to include a multitude of digital services including streaming movies and music. The yearly subscription fee held firm for nine years, but the added perks to the service (along with increased shipping costs and costs associated with acquiring movies/TV shows for streaming) meant that Amazon had to pass those costs along to the consumer. As a result, the online retailer raised the price of its Prime subscription service from $79 to $99 in early 2014. Amazon is giving customers... Read more...
The Fire Phone has been a disaster for Amazon, with initial reviews panning its gimmicky 3D interface and its high price of entry compared to more established players in the smartphone market. In addition, the fact that the smartphone runs a forked version of Android means that Google apps that many of us take for granted like Gmail, Maps, and YouTube aren’t even available to use. Amazon already has plans in place to get its Research and Development division back on track for future hardware launches, but in the mean time, the company is advertising a pretty hot deal on the Fire Phone. Amazon is... Read more...
It was yet another record shopping holiday period for Amazon, this one being its 20th holiday season, which saw lots of online activity. More than 10 million new members tried out Amazon's Prime service for the first time, benefiting from free two-day shipping on millions of qualifying items, plus a host of other perks that comes from being a member. "We are excited to welcome more than ten million new members to Amazon Prime this holiday season, who benefited from unlimited free two-day shipping on their holiday gifts. Prime members can also borrow more than 700,000 books, listen to one million... Read more...
It would appear that Amazon is on a mission to make its Amazon Prime service the end-all-be-all package for entertainment and convenience. Amazon Prime members already receive free and discounted expedited shipping options, unlimited streaming of a vast catalog of movies and TV shows, free Kindle ebook rentals, and other benefits. On top of it all, word on the web is that Amazon wants to offer streaming music as part of the deal. According to BuzzFeed, Amazon has already inked agreements with major labels to add a bunch of old and newer music for existing Amazon Prime members to stream on demand,... Read more...
The ability to stream movies and other content to your TV is relatively commonplace thanks to set top boxes such as the Roku 3, Apple TV, gaming consoles that support streaming, and built-in functionality that comes with many of today’s Blu-ray players and TVs. Even so, there’s always room for additional competition, right? Amazon believes there is, and recently launched its Fire TV to prove it. Amazon Fire TV provides access to a number of popular services including Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, Showtime Anytime, Pandora, tunein, YouTube, Vimeo, Crackle, and much... Read more...
The ability to stream movies and other content to your TV is relatively commonplace thanks to set top boxes such as the Roku 3, Apple TV, gaming consoles that support streaming, and built-in functionality that comes with many of today’s Blu-ray players and TVs. Even so, there’s always room for additional competition, right? Amazon believes there is, and recently launched its Fire TV to prove it. Amazon Fire TV provides access to a number of popular services including Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, Showtime Anytime, Pandora, tunein, YouTube, Vimeo, Crackle, and much... Read more...
Amazon knocked it out of the park this holiday season. After announcing that it was able to keep the wait time for its "Mayday" live tech support feature on Kindle Fire HDX devices to just 9 seconds on Christmas day, the online retailer now says it also added more than 1 million customers to its Amazon Prime membership program, making it a record-setting holiday. Up until last month, it wasn't possible to purchase an Amazon Prime membership for anyone but yourself. Citing customer demand, Amazon rolled out the ability to gift Prime memberships just in time for the holiday shopping season. Amazon... Read more...
Amazon continues to flesh out its Prime Instant Video service, which allows Prime members to watch streaming movies and TV shows for free. The online retailer signed a content licensing agreement with A+E Networks to add prior seasons of popular TV shows from A&E, bio, HISTORY, and Lifetime, Amazon announced today. "In a year we have more than doubled the Prime Instant Video selection for our Prime members," said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. "We remain focused on adding TV episodes and movies to Prime Instant Video that we think our customers will enjoy.... Read more...
Amazon isn't making a big deal out of its new $7.99/month Amazon Prime subscription plan, but clearly the online retailer has competing services like Netflix and Hulu Plus in its sights. Amazon Prime, if you're not already familiar with it, is a membership program that runs $79 annually in exchange for free two-day shipping on millions of items with no minimum order size, a Kindle book to borrow for free each month from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, and unlimited instant streaming to thousands of movies and TV show via Prime Instant Video. Any kid with a calculator or understanding of simple... Read more...
Amazon is in the unique position of being able to transform its business model to stay current with the times. For example, with demand for DVDs giving way to streaming options, Amazon has decided to be aggressive with its Prime Instant Video service by offering cable network Epix a deal it simply couldn't refuse. Citing an "executive directly involved in the deal," Reuters claims Amazon agreed to a performance-based bonus payment incentive, one in which Epix will receive additional funds if Instant Prime Video membership rises above a certain level. That bonus payment is on top of whatever fixed... Read more...