Amazon Launches Free Movie Streaming Service for Prime Members

Amazon started providing free movie and TV show streaming to its prime members on Tuesday in a new service seen as a potential threat to Netflix.

The Amazon Instant Video Service initially lists around 5,000 movies and TV shows available to its prime members, who fork out $79 per year. Prime members can watch the movies or TV shows in their PCs, Macs, or other Internet-connected gadgets at no extra cost. The free video streaming adds another benefit to prime members, who also receive free two-day shipping for their orders.

The Amazon Instant Video Service launch comes as competition in the movie streaming market heats up between top players Netflix, Hulu, Apple, and Google. Netflix currently has the lead in the lucrative movie streaming market, but some analysts see Amazon as a legitimate contender.

Some of the titles initially available for Amazon prime members are the Swedish version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest,” and “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” while MTV’s “Skins” is one of hundreds of TV shows now offered by the service.