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Amazon just made a move that should scare Netflix

by Todd Haselton | December 14, 2016December 14, 2016 2:30 pm PST


Amazon announced on Thursday that Amazon Prime is now available in more than 200 countries. That means Amazon’s bevvy of original TV shows and movies are now available to more people than ever.

You have to wonder what Netflix is thinking.

Until now, Netflix had the international market pretty cornered. Now, folks in a variety of countries, including Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy and Spain, can tune in and watch Amazon Prime Video content for free. Other countries will need to pay an additional $2.99 per month for six months, Amazon said, before the price jumps to the standard $5.99 price per month. Perhaps licensing fees are more expensive in those countries? It’s not clear why Amazon is requiring payment in some places but including it in others.

Offline viewing included

All of the features of Amazon Prime in the US are available abroad, too, including the ability to stream Amazon Prime Video on the go, download content for offline viewing, or watching through the Web browser. Unlike Netflix, all of Amazon’s content can be downloaded, though the company limits how many videos can be stored at once.

Hit the source for the full list of launch countries. I suggest starting with The Man in the High Castle, since season 2 is coming out this month.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...