Amazon Prime…a great value for TV addicts

28 Jan

I stopped writing reviews for quite a while, partially because I was writing for which took up a large amount of time and paid pennies, literally.  When I wasn’t writing for, I was writing online lectures.  Then, when I wasn’t doing that, I was helping my friend set up a jewelry business, Chasing the Dragon Jewelry. When I wasn’t doing that, I was working on a book about writing film essays (half-way done at the moment), and finally, I was re-working two television pilots.  And getting a divorce.  It was a busy year.  Sadly, I do not have a mansion in Malibu to show for it, but there is always next year… The one thing I was doing, was watching a lot of television.  Because unlike lots of people, I do not believe that television is garbage.  Okay, I do believe some television is garbage, but I am not in the habit of watching what I define as garbage television, a definition, for now, I am keeping to myself.

Until last year, I got by on my Netflix subscription.  The problem is that I ran out of most of their British television shows that were streaming.  And I only have the two-dvds at a time plan along with the streaming, so I decided to give Amazon Prime a try.  What I liked about their deal was that not only did I get to stream a load of foreign shows in the yearly price, which is $79 per year, but I got the upgrade that allows me to order anything that falls under the prime rubric and it gets a shipping upgrade for 2nd day delivery for free.  Or, I should say, free shipping in two days time.  This has worked out well for me and I feel the membership has been worthwhile.

Amazon Prime offers a number of popular shows free for streaming such as several seasons of Californication, Downton Abbey (which I still haven’t watched, I know…I know…), Justified, The Walking Dead, Inspector Lewis, Sherlock (the British one), American Horror Story (Seasons 1 and 2), and so many children’s shows I am not even going to attempt to list them.  It also offers little gems, such as the actual Swedish version of Wallander, not the British version.  If you have not tried the Swedish version, you are missing a great show.  Over the last year, I have found that Netflix has stepped up its foreign TV game a bit and now these two offer a lot of the same shows that stream for free.

While Netflix has also gotten into the original series game, Amazon Prime is not far behind, although I will say that the Netflix product House of Cards is a far better quality product than Amazon’s Betas.  But that is only my opinion.  I am going to have to sit and watch all the original programming on Amazon Prime to give it a fair assessment.  The bottom line is that for about $8 a month, you get a lot of streaming product (I did not even bother with film but that is another consideration if film is your first love).  Right now, you can try Amazon Prime for a month for free and see if you like it.


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