Amazon's Prime Members Gets Free Streaming 'Movies, TV Shows' Service in the US

Amazon Prime now includes a pretty nice bonus feature: free, on-demand streaming of thousands of TV shows and movies. Today the book/video/grocery/everything e-tailer flicked the switch on Amazon Instant Video, and it's free - so long as you pay the yearly membership fee to be a Prime member.Existing paid Prime members now have access to […]

Amazon Prime now includes a pretty nice bonus feature: free, on-demand streaming of thousands of TV shows and movies. Today the book/video/grocery/everything e-tailer flicked the switch on Amazon Instant Video, and it's free - so long as you pay the yearly membership fee to be a Prime member.

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Existing paid Prime members now have access to around 5000 pieces of streaming content with both movies and TV shows included. Users still wishing to watch content for use on, say a mobile device, still have that option to either rent or buy it though that obviously incurs a fee.

Titles include "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Syriana," "March of the Penguins," and--my personal favorite--"Doctor Who."

This will work immediately on all Google TV devices, Amazon currently has over 90,000 movies and TV shows that you can stream instantly on your Google TV device for a few dollars. If you don't already own a Google TV device, then here's another reason to make the most of that Amazon Prime membership.

Sure, the selection is pretty small compared to what services like Hulu and Netflix offer, but this is a nice freebies to toss at Amazon Prime customers.

So just how free is 'free'? Well you'll be needing the aforementioned Amazon Prime membership which'll set you back $79 a year, though if you use Amazon as much as we do then the chances are you'll recoup that quick enough, considering Prime also gives you free 2-day shipping in the US.

If you're a U.S. resident you can sign up for a one-month trial at no charge to see if Amazon's on-demand video offering floats your boat. Existing Amazon Prime customers should already have access.

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