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Amazon Prime Tests Netflix-Style Monthly Pricing

Up to now, it has offered only a yearly subscription


Amazon AMZNAmazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is trying to up the competition for the streaming media customer. The online retailer’s Amazon Prime is trying out a new pricing scheme more in line with its streaming rivals.

The new pricing of $7.99 per month is being tested and not yet available to all customers. The current pricing model for Amazon Prime is $79 per year. For that fee customers get access to thousands of videos, free monthly e-book rentals and free shipping for certain items. The experiment makes Amazon’s pricing exactly the same as its main competition, Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX).

It also means that the cost for Amazon Prime is going up overall. If a customer selects the monthly payment option, the total yearly fee will increase 21% to $95.88.  However, Amazon is also adding major sources of new content to its streaming services such as its September addition of thousands of new titles from Epix.

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