Amazon Reportedly Readying Free Streaming Video Service
Because the new service likely will feature original series and licensed shows, this amounts to an on-demand, cloud-based television station.Amazon.com, as if it has nothing else to do these days, reportedly is about to start up its own cloud-based television station. The dominating Web services and retail sales provider, seeing video-streaming providers such as Hulu, Netflix, Apple TV and Google's Play and YouTube gaining more and more control of the sector, is readying its own new, free-of-charge, ad-supported streaming television and music-video service, according to The Wall Street Journal. Because the new streaming service likely will feature original series and may include licensed programming, this amounts to an independent, on-demand, cloud-based television station. The new service, which the Journal said will launch in the coming months, will be a separate entity from Amazon's existing Prime video service, which currently charges members $99 per year to watch videos and listen to music on personal connected devices.
If and when the free service becomes a reality, it is expected that Amazon would drop -- or at least reconfigure -- the Prime service.