Amazon's streaming set-top box could feature a game controller, according to a new report.
Amazon has reportedly been planning to launch a set-top box for the last several months. More evidence to that effect cropped up on Friday in Brazil where an FCC-like government agency revealed images of an Amazon game controller. That listing, discovered by Zatz Not Funny, shows an all-black controller feature four actions buttons, two thumbsticks, and both triggers and bumper buttons. The controller also includes a directional pad and connect via Bluetooth.
Amazon rival ShopRunner is hoping to lure away Amazon Prime members by throwing a few barbs at the Internet retail giant and offering its own subscription service for free.
Following Amazon's announcement of a fee increase for Prime on Thursday, ShopRunner, which offers a two-day free shipping membership for various retail brands for $79 a year, took the opportunity to promote its service, while basically saying that Amazon is wasting money on its video-streaming service.
It took Amazon nine years to raise the fee for its Prime premium membership. It won't take nearly as long for the next price hike to show up.
Amazon's $20 increase in its fee sets a precedent for the company to raise its fees in the future, with the company having laid out the argument that it is facing rising fuel and transportation costs. It won't come without benefits, as Amazon races to add services and other perks to justify the increases. And the company will likely tread cautiously, sensitive to upsetting its most loyal of customers. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
This morning Amazon announced the price for its Prime service is going up $20 per year to $99. The price increase isn't a lot of money, considering what you get with the service, and most people (judging from Twitter, at least) won't take issue with the increase. At the end of the day, Amazon Prime at $99 can still be a tremendous value. Rick Broida has a breakdown of what you're getting for your money in his post, "Amazon Prime: Still a good deal at $99?"
With that said, if there happened to be a … Read more
Amazon's new $99 subscription rate could cause it to lose a fair number of Prime subscribers, at least based on the results of a new poll.
On Thursday, the retail giant announced that it's raising the annual cost of its Prime subscription service to $99 from $79. Prime offers several benefits, including free two-day shipping, a large Instant Video library, and free e-book lending. To defend its first-ever price jump in nine years, Amazon cited increased fuel and transportation costs.
But will Prime subscribers swallow the higher price when it comes time to renew?
In a poll taken … Read more
Ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod, you guys -- so much news! First, the comments system is back up and running, so tell me everything you've wanted to say for the past five days. No doubt you had thoughts to share regarding that PopCap game bundle, Levana baby monitor ("A baby monitor? Really?"), and, of course, Republic Wireless shocker. (Speaking of which, there's more Republic news coming later -- stay tuned!)
Second, as you've probably heard by now, Amazon just announced that an annual Amazon Prime subscription will now cost $99, a price increase of $20.
That's … Read more
Amazon's Prime premium service just got a little more expensive.
For the first time, the online retailing giant will raise the membership fee for Prime, hiking it by $20 to $99 a year. Amazon Student Prime will rise $10 to $49 a year. Prime members will pay the higher fee when their accounts come up for renewal.
The critical cut-off date is April 17. If your renewal comes up before then, you'll still pay the original $79 fee. If comes up on April 17 or after, you're stuck with the higher fee.
Prime, introduced nine years ago, … Read more