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How is Amazon Prime Instant Video different from other streaming services?

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One of the major differences between the Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming service and other streaming services is that Amazon offers customers free two-day shipping from Amazon.com. Therefore, it has added value compared to other companies.

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The Amazon streaming service represents the best overall value when compared to its competitors, such as Hulu Plus and Netflix. The annual fee for Amazon Prime is $99, as of March 2015, which is only slightly more expensive than Netflix and Hulu Plus, which both cost $95.88 per year. An Amazon Prime subscription also allows customers to borrow one free Kindle book each month.

Amazon Prime Instant Video gives users access to certain television shows that are not available for streaming on any other platform. However, unlimited streaming is only available for specific shows. To stream brand-new movies or recent television shows, users have to pay separate fees for each individual item. Netflix and Hulu Plus both provide unlimited streaming of several movies and television shows at no extra cost.

Whereas Hulu Plus and Netflix have organized and easy-to-use interfaces, the Amazon interface has been criticized as more scattered and less user-friendly. A caveat to this is that Amazon content is optimized on the Fire TV, which incorporates voice commands. High definition or 1080p streaming on Amazon depends on the speed of the user's Internet connection, though Hulu Plus caps out at 720p.

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