Amazon’s Rumored Tablets to Offer Free Streaming Video Service?

There is a whisper going around that Amazon plans on offering up its streaming video service for free to early adopters of their yet-to-be announced tablets (Coyote/Hollywood). This would be the same service Amazon has offered its Prime customers which includes unlimited access to over 5,000 instant movies and videos. None of this has been confirmed but it definitely sounds like something Amazon would do. Question is, does it even matter?

Lately it seems like Amazon is trying to “re-invent” things that no one wants “re-invented.” First they decided to launch their own “App Store” in competition with the Android Market, yet I haven’t encountered anyone who uses it for anything other than the “Free App of the Day.” Then they tried to jump ahead of Google by releasing Amazon Cloud Player. Now they’re trying to jump into an already saturated tablet market and hoping to gain market share by offering a service that most tablet users will most likely already have?

I’ll say this, Amazon sure is persistent, and they seem to have plenty of cash flow to follow through with their commitments. I’m not quite sure how they plan on marketing these rumored tablets of theirs but let’s hope they come up with something better than this free streaming video service. What’s next, “Amazon Games,” “Amazon Wallet,” “Amazon Operating System?” Either way, this rumor is sure to feed the Android proponents who boast “more choices” while also feeding the “more fragmentation” populous. What do you guys think? Is this offer enough to sway you towards an Amazon tablet or do you rely on more important factors such as price, hardware, etc.? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below or over on our Facebook Wall.

Source: Barrons

  • AndroidTabletFan

    Amazon is a great company and I for one am very interested to see what kind of tablet device they come up with and what kind of special offers they give their ‘Prime’ customers.  With all of that content they have access to (music, e-books, magazines, newspapers, movies, etc.) they just might have a compelling offering to the market.  It will be interesting to see what they come up with.  I wish them the best and much success!!  We need Amazon to keep Google on their toes.  In the end it is the consumer who wins.  

  • Anonymous

    If the specs look good and the price is right I’ll get one )regardless of any gimmick like this) but they’re going to have to do a lot to get me away from my Transformer. 

  • Guest

    Totally disagree with the tone here. I use, and have used, Amazon Video-on-Demand (via Roku box) and Amazon MP3 for years. Bringing these to Android is a big plus for me. You imply that Amazon is inventing these services for its tablets, but they’ve been around for a long time.

  • Mark1

    Amazon Prime videos work just fine on my Xoom.

  • I’m one of those people who only got the amazon market for the free app of the day lol.  That’s how I acquired plants vs. zombies on my mytouch 4g.