Heres Whats New On Amazon Prime Instant Video
We’ve all been there before: you’ve got a long road trip coming up, a tablet or mobile device that you love to watch movies on, and the prospect of long gaps between reliable Wi-Fi service. The exclusive and original content mixed with the ability to pay-per-view if you’re impatient make Amazon Prime Instant Video one of the best internet TV sites we found. There’s also a Chrome app that you can use on Mac and Windows desktops to work offline. The app is part of Amazon’s push to expand its original video offerings through its film studio arm. Storywriter is the second app Amazon has built to help users write screenplays. The company launched Amazon Studios in 2010 to crowdsource ideas for new movies and television projects.
Other films coming to Amazon Prime include The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, March of the Penguins and all three of the Back to the Future movies, making the online retailer’s Prime service their exclusive subscription streaming home for the month of October. On the TV side, Amazon’s original ’80s-set coming-of-age dramedy Red Oaks starts streaming on Oct. American Horror Story: Freak Show also arrives on Amazon Prime just days earlier, and starting Oct. But Netflix pulled ahead overall by offering more than 7,500 HD videos vs. almost 3,500 for Amazon Prime.
Other fall TV shows available for download on Amazon Instant Video starting next month include The Walking Dead, Fargo and Supergirl. It’s so difficult to browse for movies on Amazon and Netflix that we turned to , a site plugged into the databases of both providers. We found that Amazon Prime offered more than 17,000 standard- and high-definition movies and TV series, significantly more than Netflix, which had more than 10,000 when we updated our count in mid June.
Back in February, before we published our report, Amazon promised subscribers 40,000 choices.” It counts every TV show episode as a separate title; counts all episodes in a TV series as one title, which we think is more accurate and honest. Netflix provides some popular original series, including Marco Polo,” House of Cards,” and Orange Is the New Black.” Amazon Prime offers some original shows, too, along with editor recommendations.
More devices were Netflix-ready; 88 percent of 130 Consumer Reports tested and recommended TVs , Blu-ray players , and stand-alone streaming devices (such as Roku and the Amazon Fire Stick ) had its app installed. Its streaming comprised 35 percent of all peak-time U.S. and Canadian Internet traffic, according to Sandvine, a company that tracks such usage, vs. Amazon Instant Video’s 3 percent. Amazon Original Movies creative development will be led by independent film visionary Ted Hope.
The average Netflix user watches five TV shows and three movies per week, according to the firm GfK Research. On our scoring scale, you get a deal with both streaming services: Netflix costs $108 per year (for a standard plan), and Amazon Prime is just a little less, $99 per year. Amazon Prime members can enjoy tens of thousands of TV episodes and movies with Prime Instant Video, Amazon’s video subscription service, via the Amazon Instant Video app on Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, and certain smart TVs.
Amazon Studios has also announced four additional, original series to debut in 2015, including Michael Connelly’s Bosch; Hand of God from Marc Forster and Ben Watkins; Red Oaks from Steven Soderbergh, David Gordon Green, Greg Jacobs and Joe Gangemi; and kids series Wishenpoof! Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic series—one that’s open to great ideas from creators and audiences around the world. Anyone can upload a script online and Amazon Studios will read and review all submissions. Those who choose to make their projects public can also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios community.