Amazon: We have no plans to offer free streaming-media service

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amazonprimeAmazon made it clear today that they have no plans to offer free streaming-media service.

Aside from video-advertising business that currently includes programs like offering the first episode of a series for free, and selling ads associated with movie and game trailers, ?We?re often experimenting with new things, but we have no plans to offer a free streaming-media service,? Amazon spokeswoman Sally Fouts in an email Variety reported.

This completely denies Wall Street Journal report earlier on Thursday that Amazon is considering free ad-supported streaming TV and music video service.

“Amazon.com is considering an advertising-supported streaming television and music-video service, a departure from its strategy of linking video to its $99-a-year Prime subscription service,” the Wall Street Journal reported. The publication also added that the proposed service would be unveiled in the coming months and could feature original and licensed content.

In addition, the Journal also said, “Amazon also plans to offer free music videos with advertising to people visiting its retail website.”

Meanwhile, Amazon announced today that they will be holding a press event for next Wednesday in New York to an update on their video business with Peter Larsen, VP of Amazon?s Kindle division.

Rumors said, this event could also be the unveiling of Amazon’s streaming-media device and of “a set-top box that connects televisions to the Internet.”

According to NDTV Gadgets, “speculation is that Amazon is close to revealing a streaming device, a set-top box or a small plug-in device, or “dongle”, that is similar to a USB memory stick, that can pipe video into the living room. It would compete with devices made by Apple, Google and U.S. television start-up Roku.”

At present, Amazon offers on-demand movies to customers who subscribe to the $99-per-year Amazon Prime and for those members, the service is a perk on top of major benefits like free two-day shipping on certain items and access to videos including original series like “Betas” and “Alpha House.”

Amazon Prime, a service of free two-day shipping on all eligible purchases was launched in the United States in 2005, in Japan, the United Kingdom and Germany in 2007, in France (as “Amazon Premium”) in 2008, in Italy in 2011 and in Canada in 2013.

 

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