Tag Archive for ‘Amazon Prime’

Amazon Releases Shopping App for Apple TV ➝

Chance Miller, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

The app is rather basic in terms of features and you must be a Prime member in order to use it. Upon downloading it, you’ll be given a code and asked to head to Amazon’s website on your phone or computer to sign in. From there, the app will ask you to create a four-digit pin number for completing purchases.

My theory is that Amazon is testing the waters to see how many of their users have Apple TVs and whether it would be worth developing a video app for. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

Amazon Prime Adds 20% Discount On Video Game Pre-Orders and New Releases ➝

Chris Morran, writing for Consumerist:

Amazon announced today that Prime subscribers will now be able to save 20% off sticker price, not just on pre-orders, but also on new titles during their first two weeks of release.

That second part is important, given the number of high-profile games that have been rushed to market with broken content, this two-week window means that Amazon customers can wait to see if the game has crippling problems (or horrendous reviews) before they buy.

A great perk for existing Amazon Prime members.

Amazon Prime Video Said to Be Coming to New Apple TV ➝

If true, this could end up being the reason I buy the new Apple TV.

Amazon Said Planning to Add Other Online Networks to Prime Video ➝

Lucas Shaw, writing for Bloomberg Business:

Amazon.com Inc. will soon let viewers of its Prime Instant Video service tap into other on-demand networks, according to people with knowledge of the plans.

Prime customers will have the option of adding other online subscriptions to their accounts, including major, well-known movie and TV channels, and Amazon will also sell prepackaged bundles of its own creation, said the people, who asked not to be identified or disclose the names of the partners because the plans are private. They said the new feature may go live as soon as next month.

Amazon to Ban Sale of Apple TV, Google Chromecast ➝

Spencer Soper, writing for Bloomberg:

The Seattle-based Web retailer sent an e-mail to its marketplace sellers that it will stop selling the Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast since those devices don’t “interact well” with Prime Video. No new listings for the products will be allowed and posting of existing inventory will be removed Oct. 29, Amazon said. Prime Video doesn’t run easily on its rival’s hardware.

I see this move as an indication that one of these three things is true:

  1. Amazon is afraid that the Fire TV is an inferior product when compared to the Apple TV and Chromecast. Amazon doesn’t even want to give customers the option because if they do customers might pass the Fire TV by.
  2. Apple isn’t allowing Amazon to build an Amazon Video app for the Apple TV.
  3. Amazon eventually plans to discontinue AirPlay support in their mobile apps and doesn’t plan on ever adding Chromecast support or building an Apple TV app.

I think the major question that Amazon has to ask themselves when making a decision like this is “are we a retailer first or a platform company first?” I think most users of the Amazon ecosystem think of them as a retailer with a nice side project building tablets and media boxes, but I suspect Amazon feels differently — the removal of the Apple TV and Chromecast from their store is a good indicator of this.

Only time will tell how far Amazon is willing to take this and whether or not they’ll find the success they’re seeking. But in the meantime, customers like myself who pay for Amazon Prime and own Apple products are going to find it harder and harder to take full advantage of Amazon’s non-retail services.

Amazon Allows Prime Members to Download Video to Their iOS and Android Devices for Offline Viewing ➝

From Amazon’s press release:

Amazon today announced that Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Austria will now be able to download movies and TV episodes, including award-winning Amazon Original Series, to iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets for offline viewing, at no additional charge. Amazon Video is the only online subscription streaming video service that enables downloads of titles, meaning unlike other subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Prime members can enjoy movies and TV shows as part of their membership even when they don’t have an internet connection available.

Amazon Prime just keeps getting better. This will be perfect for traveling when internet connections could be unreliable.

Amazon Celebrates Twenty Years with ‘Prime Day’ ➝

Amazon:

Prime Day is a global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members. On Wednesday, July 15 new and existing members will be able to shop thousands of Lightning Deals, Deals of the Day, and will receive unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping. Members will find deals starting at midnight PDT, with new deals starting throughout the day, as often as every ten minutes. Not a Prime member? Try Prime today and get immediate access to deals on July 15.

Incredibly clever promotion. If you’re not already an Amazon Prime member, this is a great time to sign up.

Wal-Mart Preps Rival to Amazon Prime ➝

I love Amazon Prime, partly because it keeps me from having to shop at Wal-Mart. I can’t imagine I would ever switch to their service.