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Amazon Tablets to Include Free Streaming Movies?

by Sean P. Aune | June 14, 2011June 14, 2011 9:00 am PST

While Amazon has still yet to confirm that it is even working on any tablets, that isn’t stopping some people from speculating what potential bonuses may come along with them.  According to a report Detwiler Fenton’s consumer research team, Amazon “is expected to include its movie service for free for an unspecified amount of time to buyers of the device.”

As you know, back in Feb., Amazon allowed its Amazon Prime members free access to its streaming video vault.  Since that time things have been pretty quiet on that front as the company worked on other services such as Cloud Drive, but this could make for an interesting synergy for the company.  As it prepares to enter the quickly growing tablet market with the rumored dual-core “Coyote” and quad-core “HollywoodHoneycomb-powered devices, offering free content such as movies and television shows might be a way to differentiate themselves from the rest of the herd.  Add in Amazon’s own Android App Store, and it appears that the leading ecommerce retailer is about to get very serious about supporting the Google operating system as well as producing their own hardware.

Currently these products are still not confirmed as even existing, but the number of rumors around them are growing to such a point that they are definitely getting to be hard to ignore.  Expect to see something announced in time for the holiday shopping season.

Would free access to streaming movies and television shows influence your tablet purchasing decision at all?

[via Barron’s]

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...