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Amazon is always about sweetening the deal for Prime members who aren't happy with free two-day shipping and some of the best original streaming content out there. For a long time, Prime members also got complementary ad-free Twitch streaming, but that ad-free viewing was gutted last August. Amazon is now tossing another free offer to Twitch Prime subscribers, and if you are a Nintendo Switch gamer, you will like this one. Prime subscribers can get up to a year of free Nintendo Switch Online service with a Prime subscription. That free offer will save you $20 compared to paying for the service per year. Here's the best news for Switch fans who have already bought a year of the service, you still... Read more...
Amazon has announced a new perk for Prime customers that worry about potential package theft, due to random arrival times. The new feature is called Amazon Day, and while it sounds like some sort of special sale, it essentially gives customers the ability to choose the specific day of the week when packages should arrive. Amazon Day is an invite-only program for now, and it's not clear how exactly one gets an invite to participate. Customers invited to the service get to pick a specific day of the week for delivery of ordered items at checkout, and unless manually changed, that day will be when all of your orders arrive moving forward. Shoppers will be able to select a different... Read more...
If you're an Amazon Prime member that has no qualms about being sucked deeper into the Amazon ecosystem, the online retail giant is running some big discounts on its first-party hardware. In fact, these are some of the biggest discounts that we've seen on Amazon hardware since this year's Prime Day(s) event. Amazon Fire TV 4K Starting off with the Fire TV 4K, Amazon regularly sells the device for $69.99, but today is selling it for a low $39.99. For that price, you get [obviously] 4K support along with HDR. There's support for Dolby Atmos audio, and the device is powered by a quad-core processor. You'll also find an Alexa Voice Remote in the box to make it easier to search for content. If... Read more...
Amazon is piling on the [negative] hits today, and the latest comes to those that have enjoyed ad-free Twitch streaming courtesy of their Prime membership. Amazon is the parent company of Twitch, but it was the latter that announced the news today via a blog post. The Twitch team said that it has "re-evaluated some of the existing Twitch Prime benefits" and has concluded that ad-free viewing will end for Twitch Prime starting on September 14th. Those who subscribe to Amazon Prime on a monthly basis will lose the ad-free benefits on October 15th. So why the change of heart after two years of ad-free bliss for those using Twitch Prime? Well, it all comes down to ad revenue and making the platform... Read more...
Amazon isn't getting high marks from gamers for its latest policy decision relating to Prime members. The company sent out emails earlier today to Prime members letting them know that the 20 percent video game pre-order discount is ending.  Given that we're all gamers around here and that it's a high chance that you have an Amazon Prime membership, it's likely that you're affected. The 20 percent discount on game pre-orders has been a boon to those who like to receive games on release day and save quite a few bucks in the process. In its place, Amazon will now be giving customers $10 in store credit when pre-ordering "select video games". To qualify for the $10 credit, the game will have... Read more...
It has now become easier than ever to rock out in any room of your house. Amazon just announced its latest feature, “Alexa Cast”. Alexa Cast helps users to better control music streaming on Alexa-enabled devices. Users will be able to more quickly play, pause, and rewind songs through the Amazon Music App. The new Alexa Cast icon will appear on the “Now Playing” screen. Users will be to tap the icon and stream music to Echo speakers, a variety of Amazon Fire tablets, and a few third-party products. Interested users simply need to have an Amazon Prime account to be able to access Amazon Music. It is currently uncertain whether Amazon will eventually allow other apps... Read more...
If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, then we've got some bad news for you. Amazon is once again raising the price of its yearly Prime membership. Starting May 11th, a Prime membership will cost $119, which is $20 increase from the current $99. Renewals for existing customers will stick to the same $99 price through June 16th. After that date, you’re be paying the higher rate along with everyone else. The last time Amazon raised its yearly Prime subscription price was back in 2014 when it increased from the original price of $79 to $99. Shoppers complained vigorously at the price hike, but eventually accepted it and moved on. It remains to be seen how this second price increase will... Read more...
Most of the massive companies in the tech and online worlds hold things like subscriber and member numbers very close to the vest. Amazon has always done this with numbers for its Prime service. This lack of hard detail directly from Amazon has meant that analysts in the past had to infer how many Prime members Amazon might have from surveys of customers. We no longer must infer anything, with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos clearly stating in the annual shareholder letter Amazon sends out that the company has 100 million paid Prime members. A Prime membership costs $12.99 monthly or can be paid in a lump annual sum of $99. Either the monthly or annual memberships offer the same benefits to subscribers.... Read more...
In the summer of 2017, Amazon announced that it would offer a low-cost version of its extremely popular Prime membership program for customers on government assistance programs. The program was offered to U.S. residents with a valid EBT card, which is used by people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC), for example. Today, Amazon announced that it is extending its discounted Prime memberships to Medicaid recipients, which is the latest tool in its arsenal to battle low-priced retailers like Walmart. Medicaid is yet another government program that provides assistance to low-income Americans, and to qualify for a discounted... Read more...
Back in June 2016, Amazon introduced its "Prime Exclusive" phone program, which offers Prime subscribers attractive smartphones with budget pricing. The catch, however, is that you have to put up with lockscreen offers and ads to take advantage of the favorable pricing. For example, the fourth generation Moto X has a suggested MSRP of $400, but it is offered for $280 unlocked as a Prime Exclusive. Likewise, the LG Q6 falls from $300 to $180 as a Prime Exclusive. Luckily for those that have already purchased a Prime Exclusive phone, or those that are looking to purchase one in the future, there are big changes in the works. Amazon says that starting tomorrow, February 7th, it will begin offering... Read more...
If you're a subscriber to Amazon's popular Prime membership service, we've got some good news and bad news for you. The good news is that if you pay the yearly $99 rate for Amazon Prime, your out-of-pocket costs aren’t going to change one iota. However, if you pay the monthly rate, your costs are about to jump. The monthly price for Amazon Prime is climbing from $10.99 to $12.99, which represents nearly a 20 percent uplift. Amazon has offered its monthly subscription pricing for the past two years, and it was primarily aimed at lower-income Americans that couldn't swing paying $99 all at once. The monthly installment pricing is also beneficial for those that might not shop on Amazon frequently,... Read more...
Another holiday season has come and gone, though not before Amazon, the world's biggest online retailer, hit a new shopping record. That seems par for course these days, which itself is pretty remarkable. The holiday season was also a boon for Amazon's Prime membership program. More than 4 million started a Prime trial or paid membership in just one hectic week of holiday shopping. The massive influx of Prime memberships (trial and paid combined) during the past week is proof positive that free two-day shipping on millions of qualifying items continues to be a major draw, though far from the only one. Prime membership has many perks these days, from unlimited streaming of Amazon's catalogs of... Read more...
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Whoever said it was full of you-know-what, as Apple just proved by adding support for Amazon Prime Video on its Apple TV streaming set-top box. At long last, Amazon Prime Video is available in the tvOS App Store, joining the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and many other apps. So, what took so freaking long to get to this point? Call it a case of clashing titans. While the Apple TV has long supported popular streaming services such as YouTube, HBO Go, and others, Amazon Prime Video was not invited to the party, even though Apple wanted to bring as many streaming services into the fold as possible. Be that as it may, Amazon Prime Video was explicitly banned... Read more...
If you are an Amazon Prime member (which costs $99 per year), one of the perks of the service is unfettered access to Prime Video. Prime Video gives you commercial-free movies, TV shows, and Amazon original programming to keep your occupied for hours at a time when it comes to binge-watching your favorite shows. Now, however, it looks as though Amazon is looking for an even wider audience for its streaming video services according to AdAge. This new, free variant of its streaming service would be available for anyone in a supported region to access the content. However, the big "catch" is that it will be ad-supported. According to the publication, Amazon may be looking to share ad revenue and... Read more...
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