Amazon Prime starts offering monthly service to take on Netflix

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Amazon Prime has announced a new monthly subscription that brings with it options such as free two-day shipping, a music library, and a big collection of TV shows and movies.

Before now, Prime was only available as a single $99 annual subscription service.

Customers have several new options. If they only want the TV and movie collection, known as Prime Video, they can pay $8.99 a month — notably that’s $1 cheaper than Netflix’s own monthly service.

This marks the first time that Amazon Prime Video is being offered as a stand-alone service.

The month-to-month for just Prime Video would cost $107.88 over the course of the year, making it a worse value than the $99 package which includes two-day shipping.

Amazon will also sell the full Prime bundle, including free shipping, for $10.99 a month, coming out to $131.88 over the course of a full year.

Sprint customers were given access to the $10.99 a month package starting last month. For Sprint Wireless customers the $10.99 is adding to their cellular bill on a monthly basis.