Redbox, Amazon want part of the streaming video market, plan two new services

A pair of Netflix wannabes have tossed their hats into the ring in the past few days; DVD kiosk operator Redbox last week said it has plans to roll out a streaming video service by the end of the year, possibly for $5 per month, and said it would likely partner with someone to deliver it for them, rather than go to the expense of building their own platform (see this article). On Tuesday, retail giant Amazon announced it, too, would be launching a streaming service. But, Amazon said, its service will be "free," at least to subscribers of its Amazon Prime service, which gives members and their families unlimited two-day shipping on all items purchased through Amazon.com. The Amazon Prime service is $79 a year, about $6.58 a month (see this article).

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