As the #1 Connected TV platform, the community of consumers with Yahoo! Connected enabled TVs has grown to almost 8 million! Video on Demand services providing TVs shows and movies continue to be one of the most popular TV apps.
That is why we were excited about the Amazon announcements last week. Amazon rebranded Amazon Video on Demand as Amazon Instant Video. Amazon Instant Video has the largest video streaming catalog around with over 90,000 movies and TV shows available for purchase or rent on your TV. More importantly, Amazon launched their first video streaming service based on a subscription. Instead of offering as a separate subscription, the packaged it together with their successful Amazon Prime shipping service. Amazon Prime is a consumer program provides free two-day shipping for $79.99 a year. Now they can also stream thousands over 5,000 movies and TVs shows on demand for free! Expect to see more titles available for streaming later this year.
When the service launched on February 22nd , Yahoo! Connected TV consumers on both Samsung and VIZIO TVs were able to access the service. If you have one of these TVs, go to the “Widget Gallery” and download the Amazon Instant Video App and start streaming. Stay tuned for availability on other TVs.
From the Amazon Prime Press Release: http://bit.ly/gvuEeN
Movies and TV shows included with an Amazon Prime membership can be watched instantly on Macs, PCs and nearly 200 models of Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes that are compatible with Amazon Instant Video. The selection of videos available for instant streaming currently includes movies, such as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy, “Amadeus,” “Syriana,” and “Chariots of Fire,” noted documentaries such as “Food Inc.,” “March of the Penguins” and “Ken Burns’ National Parks,” plus TV shows, such as “Doctor Who,” “Farscape,” “Fawlty Towers” and children’s shows, such as “Arthur,” “Caillou,” “Super Why!” and “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”