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Amazon launches unlimited streaming for Prime subscribers

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2011

We knew it was coming and now Amazon has unveiled its “free” video streaming for Prime members. If you are a Prime member and get your subscription-based two-day shipping, you can now enjoy streaming of 5,000 pieces of “prime eligible” content. This includes some recent movies and a whole bunch of TV shows.

On some foreign films you even have the choice of subtitles or dubbed, and a large portion of this content is still available to “rent” or “buy”. This is only for paid Prime subscribers in the US right now.

Amazon Prime users see free unlimited movie streaming

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2011

Amazon’s plans for unlimited movie streaming similar to Netflix seems to be right on track as someone has spotted the service in action. At least one Amazon Prime subscriber has seen options in the Video On Demand section to stream movies and TV shows, even major recent releases, as part of the $79 yearly subscription. The catalog seen by this Engadget reader had 5,000 titles that show in 480p.

Amazon hasn’t confirmed these plans, and the unlimited VOD may be a trial that isn’t immediately ready to go live. Netflix’s streaming-only plan has a larger catalog but also costs $96 a year.

Amazon planning unlimited movie, TV streaming

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

The latest on Amazon is that the company is planning to expand its Video On Demand service into a flat-rate, unlimited service, according to insiders. The plan that was pitched to NBC, Time Warner, Viacom and others would provide unlimited access to at least “some” movies and TV shows.

The service would work over both the web and existing devices, like TiVo DVRs and the Xbox 360. One option may be to use a subscription as a perk for Amazon Prime, which already gives automatic two-day shipping upgrades for $79 per year. It might also focus on back catalog titles instead of newer ones to appease executives who are cautious about applying unlimited access to newer titles.

Virgin Mobile to have $40 true unlimited data plan

Posted in Virgin by Conner Flynn on August 22nd, 2010

This weekend Virgin Mobile confirmed a major revamp of its Broadband2Go data plans that could see a return to real unlimited data. Instead of the four plans offered today, it would simplify everything to just a $40 unlimited monthly plan and a $10, 100MB 10-day plan.

A leaked memo suggests that the changes will go live on August 24. Both MiFi routers and modems should work with the cap-free access. This sure would heat up the competition among carriers for mobile data. Clear and Virgin’s US parent Sprint offer unlimited Internet, but only for their WiMAX services.

Verizon Smartphones get unlimited Skype-to-Skype calling

Posted in Skype by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2010

Starting next month, nine Verizon smartphones with accompanying 3G plans will be able to make unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls and call out to regular phones internationally at a reduced rate.

Sounds like great news at first, but the problem is, you can’t call Skype out to regular lines domestically to save minutes. On AT&T, the fring iPhone app allows Skype-out calling. When will Verizon allow domestic Skype-out?