Amazon launched a monthly subscription service Sunday that could shake up streaming as we know it. Their new stand-alone option is called Prime Video, which lets you pay $8.99 monthly to stream videos, according to Mashable.
Previously, you had to sign up for Amazon Prime to stream, but that was a yearly service which cost $99 and included free shipping and other services. Basically, the company is giving you the chance to unbundle that big package and choose just the video portion for $8.99. So, it's now a direct competitor to Netflix and Hulu, which also offer monthly plans. While the Netflix monthly plan is currently cheaper—$7.99—than Amazon's, Netflix recently announced their standard plan will go up to $9.99 in May. Hulu plans start at $7.99 a month.
Sure, Amazon still won't have some of our favorite Netflix shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. But they've got a lot of great original shows of their own like Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, and Catastrophe.
Let the games begin.
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