Amazon Video Update: Free & Discounted Content

Amazon is video is giving it away, or in some cases practically giving it away. If you want to try streaming on the cheap, this could be an option.

Amazon recently announced its decision to place its original show pilots on its Twitch for free. Previously, Twitch was best known for its live video game streaming and recent live event coverage. It also offers a strange new program called “live eating,” where you can watch people eat dinner. (And they said Twin Peaks was weird!) TechCrunch original covered this story.

Amazon’s decision to host free original programming pilots on Twitch is a good one. This is especially true if you have a friend like me who’s always recommending an Amazon show. (I’ve steered many a friend and family member to Amazon’s Mad Dogs and Hand of God, for example.) Watch certain pilots for free on Twitch then decide whether the show – and Amazon Video, for that matter – is for you. You don’t have to subscribe to Amazon to get Twitch.

As to how long this partnership will last is anyone’s guess. Neither Amazon nor Twitch has made any statement or further details. Pundits here in the cord-cutting and streaming communities suspect this is a test to see what will be popular with viewers.

Some Amazon Content Just Got Cheaper
By offering some of its older titles for just 99 cents, this strong streaming player just got stronger. Amazon also dropped the price for entire seasons of select programs to $11.99 for 13 episodes.

The recent drop in costs without much fanfare has many long-time streamers wondering just how long the sale will last. Since no official announcement has been made, these low-cost shows aren’t listed on Amazon Video’s deals page. Streamers looking to save a buck on popular shows have to poke around to find these great deals. At the savings Amazon is offering, it’s well worth a few extra minutes of your time.

State of Streaming, 2016
Things move fast in the world of streaming, both on and off the screen. As the popularity of this entertainment option continues to grow, the giants in this field continue to compete against each other to provide the best and most affordable streaming service. It seems as though Amazon, Hulu, Netflix and all the others are announcing something new each week… sometimes multiple times throughout the week. Of course, this is good news for all of us who enjoy all forms of streaming.

While we’re on the subject of what’s new at Amazon Video, here’s a short list of some additional programs being offered this month:

August 8
Odd Squad Movie
Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)
The World’s Fastest Indian (2005)

August 10
American Ultra (2015)
Shaun the Sheep (2015)

August 11
Michael Ian Black: Noted Expert
No Country for Old Men (2007)

August 12
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)
Very Good Girls (2013)

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