Amazon is making headlines today by giving Amazon Prime members (Amazon Prime, for those who aren’t familiar, is a service Amazon provides: for $80 a year you get 2 Day shipping on eligible items. I’ve been a Prime member for as long as Prime has been an option.) access to lots of streaming movies and TV shows for no additional cost (I would say free, but you do have to pay that $80 a year… though this is a nice addition to the service).
All in all, I’m a fan of this development. Jeff Bezos took to the front page of Amazon.com, as he does, to announce the news with a giant image of a letter. In his letter Jeff highlights an odd assortment of available TV shows (which are also all available via Netflix streaming):
- Doctor Who [Netflix link]
- Farscape [Netflix link]
- The Dick Van Dyke Show [Netflix link]
- Fawlty Towers [Netflix link]
- The Office (from the BBC) [Netflix link]
Clearly people who watch streaming TV shows like sci-fi, British shows, and old sitcoms (plus the streaming rights for most of these shows must be pretty cheap).
Stream on, you crazy diamonds!
Oh, and Netflix seems to think I like Canadian TV: