About a week after adding Japan as the fifth country to receive Alexa and Echo devices, Amazon has now launched their voice assistant and smart speakers in Canada. In addition to Alexa and Echo devices, Amazon is also simultaneously launching Prime Music for all Canadian Prime members. Read more ›
When Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market earlier this year, they immediately lowered prices on several common items to attract customers. Now they’re doing it again for common Thanksgiving groceries but are also giving Prime members a sneak peek at the kind of extra discounts they can expect in the future when Prime becomes the official rewards program of Whole Foods Market. Read more ›
Another deal that is part of today’s voice theme for Amazon’s Prime Day Countdown Deals is a discount on Prime membership. If you sign up for Prime using an Alexa device, by saying “Alexa, sign me up for Prime,” the cost of your first year will be $79 instead of the usual $99. This is for new Prime subscribers. In addition to that, Amazon is still offering a $10 credit for streaming your first Prime Video, so that effectively makes your first year just $69.
Amazon just announced a new service called Prime Wardrobe that lets you try on clothes before you buy them. Prime members can choose 3 or more items of clothing and Amazon will ship them to you free of charge. You then have 7 days to decide what you want to keep and ship back the clothing you don’t want with the included resealable box and return label. You can even schedule a UPS pickup and it’s all at no charge. All you pay for are the clothing items you decide to keep, and to encourage loading up your Prime Wardrobe order, Amazon is offering a 10% discount on the items you keep if you keep 3 or 4 clothing items. If you keep 5 or more, you’ll get a 20% discount on the entire order. Prime Wardrobe is currently in beta, but you can sign up to be notified when the service publicly launches.
Amazon’s list of Prime benefits has been steadily expanding over time, and they’ve just added one more item. The company will start its own series of live music concerts with tickets available exclusively to Prime members. The venues will be small and intimate, and the shows will be recorded and made available through Prime Video. Read more ›
Amazon is currently working on an upcoming global expansion of Prime Video, which at the very least will bring The Grand Tour to 200 countries in December, but it looks like some of those changes have already gone into effect. It appears that customers not living in the US can now sign up for Amazon Prime through Amazon.com without any of the warnings and restirctions that were previously present. These non-US customers can use their actual non-US addresses and credit cards without any issues. Once signed up, non-US residents can then stream Amazon’s original shows without any geographic restrictions, and without needing DNS/VPN masking services. There is confirmation of this working with Canadian residents and Australian residents, but it likely works with other countries as well, if not globally. Read more ›
Amazon has reportedly been in talks with the NBA, the NFL, MLB, and some smaller leauges for the rights to stream live games, according to The Wall Street Journal. They’ve specifically discussed creating a sports package with the NBA, which could possibly be teamed up with a “skinny bundle” of other live channels. Other leagues they’ve been in talks with include the World Surf League, Indian Premier Cricket League, Liga MX, and the Kontinental Hockey League. Amazon has been building out their live streaming capabilities recently, with their own live fashion show and live Showtime and Starz through Prime Video, so it sounds like more live programming is likely in the near future.
To celebrate the premiere of their new motoring show The Grand Tour, Amazon has discounted the price of Amazon Prime membership to $79 today only. It’s very rare for Prime membership to be discounted, so if you’ve been considering joining and getting in on the numerous benefits, here is your chance to save $20 on your first year. The fee will go back to its regular price of $99 tonight at midnight PT.
Similar to the deal going on in the UK, Amazon will be offering Prime Membership at a discount in the US to celebrate the premiere of The Grand Tour. New members will be able to get their first year of Prime for $79 this Friday November 18th. This deal isn’t quite as good as past Prime membership sales, but a discount on Prime membership comes around so rarely that you should take advantage of this one if you’ve been considering joining. The sale will last all day on the 18th, starting at 12:00am ET and ending at 11:59pm PT.
Amazon has dropped the price of Prime membership to £59 in the UK in anticipation of the premiere of their new motoring show The Grand Tour. The first episode of the new series will debut on November 18th, which is also when the discounted Prime membership promotion ends. Amazon Prime membership is hardly ever discounted, so if you’re in the UK and have been considering joining Prime, here is your rare chance to save £20 off the £79 regular price.