The latest on Amazon’s streaming ambitions – aside from its presumed streaming device – is that the e-tailer turning everything-tailer will launch a free media streaming service in the coming months.
Citing sources, the Wall Street Journal reported Amazon is plotting a streaming TV and music-video service.
As of now it charges $99/year for Prime video access, but the new service would open the door to shows and vids for free thanks to the support of advertisements.
Content may include original series, like Betas, and licensed programming. Amazon may even offer ad-supported music videos to shoppers on Amazon.com; search for a CD from a particular artist, have the option to watch a music video.
Of course, Prime video would likely be far more premium than what the new streaming service could offer for free.
Though nothing is confirmed, Amazon seems set on becoming much more than a purveyor of internet goods.
Invites to an April 2 event went out earlier today, and word on the street is the company’s Apple TV/Chromecast/Roku streaming media device will show it’s face then.
A free streaming media service seems a logical extension, not only giving consumers more way to consume Amazon but also earning it valuable advertising dollars along the way.
The company wouldn’t even need a device to stream programming and videos, as sources said the company could even create a dedicated section on its website.
Although Amazon’s service may be indefinitely delayed (or so the sources say), we say, watch out, YouTube. A well-backed streaming competitor may just be coming your way.
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