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Best Deals, Tips for Amazon's 'Prime Day'

Subscribers will be wooed by discounts all day

(Newser) - It's Prime Day, Amazon's version of Black Friday for its Prime subscribers. Last year's inaugural sale kind of fizzled, with consumers largely unimpressed by what was on offer, notes AP . Amazon is promising better things this year. Related coverage:
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Amazon Brings Restaurant Delivery to San Francisco

Where it hopes it can cross its countless startup competitors

(Newser) - As step 496 in its 10,000-step plan to rule the world, Amazon unveiled its restaurant delivery service this week in San Francisco, Wired reports. Already available in a handful of other cities, Amazon's Prime Now is taking the battle to the home turf of its dozens of food-delivery... More »

Uh-Oh, Netflix: Amazon Has Monthly Video Streaming

Company is getting serious about its streaming content

(Newser) - Up till now, Amazon customers who forked over the $99 fee for Prime could also exclusively enjoy its streaming video. Now Amazon is opening its streaming library to the masses with a stand-alone monthly subscription for $8.99—directly competing with Netflix and undercutting its most popular plan by $1... More »

Say Goodbye to Google, Apple Devices on Amazon

Retailer bans Apple TV, Google Chromecast media-streaming products

(Newser) - Amazon is dumping popular media-streaming devices by two huge rivals to bolster its own video-streaming service, it announced in an email yesterday to marketplace sellers. The retailer won't be accepting any new listings for Apple TV or Google's Chromecast, and all current listings will be yanked from the... More »

Amazon's New $50 Tablet May Help You Speed-Read

Company hopes new features, accessible price point will up its tablet game

(Newser) - Amazon is crossing its screen-swiping fingers that its newest offering will hit what a company senior VP calls the "sweet spot, the consumption of media," announcing its new 7-inch Fire tablet for $50—and a six-pack for $250, essentially giving the purchaser one tablet free, USA Today reports.... More »

Hulu Now Offers Commercial-Free Option

For $12 a month

(Newser) - Until today, Hulu's streaming content featured commercials—even if you were a paying subscriber. But as of today, the company announced, you can pay $12 a month for an ad-free version of the streaming service. The move is intended to help Hulu better compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime,... More »

Amazon Prime Day: Just a 'Crappy Garage Sale'

Customers complained on social media about retailer's #PrimeDayFail

(Newser) - Those in the market for an XXL Diane Keaton T-shirt, a family pack of brass knuckles, or a plate of ham may have been thrilled about Amazon's mega-hyped Prime Day , but for others, yesterday's deals proved a dud. The online event—dubbed by one Twitter user as a... More »

10 of Amazon's Best Prime Day Deals

Prime users get taste of Black Friday in July as retailer discounts electronics, more

(Newser) - It’s Amazon’s 20th birthday and Christmas for Amazon Prime users who have exclusive access to Prime Day sales today in celebration. Amazon says the online sales event will top Black Friday in terms of volume. Don’t want to pay the $99-per-year membership fee to score a deal?... More »

Walmart Disses Amazon Prime Day With 'Everyone' Sale

But some experts say these 'Black Friday any day' sales may backfire

(Newser) - Poor Black Friday, being ambushed on one side by Amazon Prime Day on Wednesday, and now by Walmart's latest sale blitz on the other. In what USA Today calls a continuation of the "Walmart vs. Amazon fight for retail domination," Walmart announced in a blog post today... More »

20% of Young Adults Steal Streaming Passwords

Cost to the industry per year: $500M, report says

(Newser) - HBO chief Richard Plepler said earlier this year that people swiping HBO Go passwords from family or friends to watch their favorite shows and movies was not a big deal , but he may want to rethink that business concession. A new report by Parks Associates and cited by Consumerist shows... More »

Amazon: What Black Friday? Meet 'Prime Day'

Company to offer one-day online shopping 'extravaganza' on July 15

(Newser) - Black Friday is so 2014. That's the gist of Amazon's announcement of Prime Day, a "global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday" only to Prime members to celebrate its 20th anniversary next week, reports CNNMoney . "Step Aside Black Friday—Meet Prime Day" is the... More »

Watch Out, Amazon: Walmart Testing Unlimited Shipping

At $50, it's half the cost of Amazon Prime

(Newser) - Walmart will test a new unlimited shipping service for online shoppers this summer that will be priced well below Amazon's $99 per year Prime service. The world's largest retailer says the shipping subscription service will cost customers $50 a year, with products arriving in three days or less.... More »

Amazon Hates New Drone Rules

It threatens to shift Prime Air project overseas

(Newser) - The new FAA draft regulations for commercial drones include provisions that appear to shoot down Amazon's plans for drone deliveries —and the company is far from happy about it. The FAA, which plans to require drone operators to have the aircraft in sight at all times, needs to... More »

Amazon Getting Into the Movie Business

And it's helping to lead a 'golden age' of television: Michael Wolff

(Newser) - First Amazon's Transparent won big at the Golden Globes , then the company scored a Woody Allen television series ; the trifecta comes as the behemoth announces the rollout of Amazon Original Movies—a series of up to a dozen full-length flicks a year that "focus on unique stories, voices,... More »

A Woody Allen TV Show? What It Means

Big things for streaming TV—and likely controversy: James Poniewozik

(Newser) - Woody Allen is set to write and direct a TV series on Amazon Prime , and the news has big ramifications for the filmmaker, the company, and the TV industry, writes James Poniewozik in Time . First of all, the legendary director's willingness to make a TV show proves that "... More »

Amazon Scores Woody Allen's First TV Series

He'll write and direct half-hour episodes on Prime

(Newser) - Woody Allen is getting ready to make his first-ever TV series, though in a press release, he doesn't quite sound prepared: "I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin." The filmmaker will write and... More »

Transparent Is 'Best Show of the Year'

Jeffrey Tambor stars in Jill Soloway's new series

(Newser) - Critics are applauding Transparent, the new 10-episode series that's putting Amazon Prime in the spotlight. Multiple reviews call the show, which tells the story of a family whose patriarch has begun living as a woman, "transcendent": It's touching, believable, and extremely funny. Among the comments:
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(Some) HBO Shows Headed to Amazon Prime

Sorry, no 'Game of Thrones'

(Newser) - Soon, Amazon Prime customers will be able to stream HBO shows—but before you get too excited, be warned that the announcement mostly applies to older programs. Game of Thrones isn't part of the exclusive deal, though seasons of shows like Girls and Veep will appear some three years... More »

Amazon Plans to Stream TV, Movies— for Free

And likely launch a Roku-like streaming box next week

(Newser) - YouTube and Netflix, watch your back: Amazon plans to stream video content for free and rise among the ranks of multimedia power players, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . If it happens, the project will include original series like Betas as well as licensed programming that Amazon could tie to... More »

Amazon Jacks Prime Fee to $99

Amazon.com announces $20 hike, starting next week

(Newser) - After a suspenseful couple of months, Amazon announced today that it will be upping its Amazon Prime fee—but, hey, it could be worse. The $79 rate will jump to $99 after the company initially announced a $40 increase was possible back in January, the Wall Street Journal reports. Existing... More »

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