Less than a week ago we reported that video kiosk king Redbox would be getting into the streaming video game in order to present a challenge to the ruler of that realm Netflix. However, it was shrugged off as not much of a threat due to their plan of charging for individual movies not being as enticing as Netflix’s unlimited streaming, once a month subscription fee.
Well a new challenger has entered the battlefield, and this one looks like it could be more formidable. Today Amazon announced on their homepage that they would begin unlimited streaming of their online collection of movies to Amazon Prime members. What is an Amazon Prime member? It is a $79 dollar a year club that, to this point, got you unlimited free 2 day shipping on Amazon orders. Add to that perk unlimited streaming of movies and you might have something people want to sign up for. $79 dollars a year divided by 12 months in a year comes out to about $6.59 a month. That’s well over a dollar a month cheaper than Netflix’s current unlimited streaming plan of $7.99 a month.
Will the savings be enough to get people to switch? The answer to who will reign supreme in the streaming video war will probably come down to who can maintain the largest catalogue of available content. Amazon is off to a good start with 5,000 movies and TV shows available. Their list of titles can be perused: here
Which way will you go? Are you a Netflix loyalist, an Amazon Prime convert, or are you just going to be kooky and go with Redbox?