Amazon reportedly launching Free ad-supported Video Service

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The New York Post reports that Amazon is gearing up to launch a new free, ad-supported video service early next year. The service will be separate from from it’s $99 Prime Instant Video offering. Sources say the service is meant to entice customers to upgrade to Prime membership. Those of you without Prime who use your Fire TV primarily for apps like XBMC may soon have a reason to peruse the Fire TV’s home screen.

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  1. Y314K says:

    I was weighing my options on how to not use the Home Screen at all… Using the Launcher & LLama or XPosed Mods… But now I’ll just leave it alone. I do hope RBox gets a new unit & does his Apps on the home screen mod…

    • Y314K says:

      I did try Prime out. Actually my trial ends next week but I got tired of finding stuff I wanted to watch still had a price on it. Was already gonna cancel my trial next week. So glad I won’t be missing much even after the cancellation.

      • hdmkv says:

        I barely watch any Prime stuff, but do like the 2-day free shipping. But, not as enticing now at $100/year. I may just cancel and use free ad-supported Prime for the occasional movie/TV viewing off it.

        • Y314K says:

          Yeah… I don’t order enough from Amazon. And that became even less since they started to charge Taxes for my state. So that was never enough of an incentive. But since you had to have Prime to order the Sticks I decided to give it a try. Ended up very disappointed on what was free with Prime & what still needed to be purchase.

          I even began to try to sell my Prime guest spots to help with the yearly cost. Sold one of them but ended up canceling the sale since I didn’t even think @ a much lower price it would be worth it. Seems I made a pretty good decision if this becomes reality. And this might really disrupt Hulu’s business. Why would anyone pay for something to include ads.

  2. jason says:

    Its easy to find prime stuff either search and say prime after or just go to the prime section.
    I mostly have it for my kids as there is little kids stuff in XBMC. I mean older kids stuff yea but no young kids stuff

    • Y314K says:

      Right.. It wasn’t I couldn’t find stuff. But on more recent shows you only have one season to choose from. Then any other season older or newer is usually paid only. That was my biggest problem with it.

  3. robert says:

    So is it the same content as Prime but this free with ads? I doubt it but if so that would be sweet. Then I could just block the ads from my router.

    • AFTVnews says:

      My guess is it will be a subset of the Prime content. Not the whole thing.

      • Y314K says:

        Well the Prime content catalog is pretty scarce as it is. Mostly the last season is Free with Prime. Anything older or newer you usually have to pay for it… So if they are going to limit that even more… Not sure what the point would be…

        • AFTVnews says:

          It would basically be the modern equivalent of adding an antenna to your TV.

          I don’t know of any (legal) service other than over-the-air broadcasting that offers a ton of content for a one time $39 hardware (Fire TV Stick) investment. I think that alone would be enough to get some people onboard. It definitely wouldn’t be for people like you or me who already consume a lot (or all) of their media via internet streams.

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