Amazon Unveils Movie Streaming Service
Amazon Prime subscribers get Netflix-esque service
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2011 1:17 PM CST
The cover image from "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," one of the movies Amazon's advertising as a launch title for its instant video service.   (Amazon)

(Newser) – Amazon threw down the gauntlet against Netflix today, offering its own streaming movie service. From now on, subscribers to Amazon Prime—which offers customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year—will also get access to more than 5,000 movies and TV shows, CNET reports. You can see the launch titles here.

Amazon’s catalog isn’t yet on par with Netflix’s, which contains around 20,000 streaming titles, Daily Intel observes, but that’s just an opening salvo, and Amazon is already beating Netflix on price—a full year of Netflix’s digital-only package clocks in at more than $95, and won’t earn you free shipping on a single coffee table book.