Netflix learned the hard way what online video subscribers do in the face of a massive price hike. They scream, they yell, and then -- they flee.
Amazon is considering a price hike of its own. The e-commerce giant said Thursday it is considering raising the $79 a year membership price for its Prime service, which combines free two-day shipping with premium video streaming and e-book lending, by $20 to $40.
That's only good news for Netflix. But how good? The issue is complicated not only by the lopsided competition between the two but also by Netflix's own … Read more
Meridian Audio may be one of Britain's oldest high-end audio brands. It was founded in the late 1970s, but it was always exploring new technologies. It introduced the world's first high-end CD player in 1984, advanced the state of the art in self-powered speakers, and pioneered digital loudspeakers. The company also developed the lossless compression technology used in many Blu-ray Discs.
So when I heard Meridian was introducing a high-end headphone amplifier, I immediately requested a review sample. When the box arrived, I thought they had sent the wrong piece, it was too small to be a contender, … Read more
No, streaming video services aren't eating traditional TV's lunch.
That's according to a representative for HBO and Cinemax, who blasted a recent NPD study that claimed TV subscriptions were on the decline over the past two years as streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu Plus were on the rise.
"The research is simply incorrect," said Jeff Cusson, a representative for HBO. Both pay-TV networks are owned by Time Warner.
"Veronica Mars" fans who want to brush up on the TV series before the movie comes out later this year can now do it online at Amazon.
The Internet retail giant announced Thursday that it has struck a deal with Warner Bros., making Prime Instant Video the exclusive online streaming home of the fan-favorite television series.
Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon, said in a news release that the "Veronica Mars" series -- centered on a high school student who doubles as a private investigator -- has been a popular DVD and … Read more
It's become a sort of holiday tradition for CNET to offer a snapshot of just how merry Amazon's holiday sales have been, with a little help from the company's PR department. So here we go.
Amazon's annual post-Christmas press release boasts yet another record season, with more than 36.8 million items ordered worldwide on Cyber Monday -- that's 426 items per second. And more than half of Amazon customers shopped using a mobile device this holiday season.
But while Amazon noted, vaguely, that "millions of customers unwrapped Kindle e-readers and Kindle Fire tablets … Read more
Amazon spent 2013 attempting to wow us and, for the most part, succeeded.
This year saw the debut of Amazon's Mayday customer service button -- the marquee feature for its newest line of Kindle Fire tablets -- the revival of the US Postal Service through Sunday delivery, and, of course, the frenzy of debate over autonomous flying robots serving as the next-generation of delivery men ahead of Cyber Monday.
Think Amazon out did itself in 2013? Well, get ready for even more eye-popping surprises in 2014.
Known for its willingness to play the long game, Amazon often goes through … Read more
If you are like me, you are spending more time this holiday season shopping from the warmth and comfort of your couch than trekking out to the mall. Amazon Prime is the chief reason I buy most of my gifts online, and yet I didn't know about Amazon's policy of extending my Prime membership if it delivers a package late.
Reddit user jeffnnc read the fine print about Amazon's Guaranteed Accelerated Delivery, where it says (in large print, ironically) that you may be eligible for a free one-month extension of Amazon Prime if your delivery date is … Read more
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Consumers in San Francisco can now order groceries and other items via AmazonFresh.
Already available in Seattle and Los Angeles, the online grocery shopping service will now let San Francisco residents choose from among 500,000 different items for free same-day and early morning delivery from Amazon. Buyers can order fruit, vegetables, and other food items as well as electronics, appliances, toys, and automotive items, among other products. Delivery is free as long as the order tops $35.