Well I hate to burst anyone's bubble, but it looks like Amazon is not planning a free TV streaming service, contrary to recent reports this week. While Amazon is holding an event about their Video business next Wednesday, we still don't know what it's about. But I hope they plan to share the popcorn in that invite.
A spokeswoman for Amazon spoke with Reuters today, confirming that the company is not planning to offer a free TV streaming service. Sally Fouts, an Amazon spokeswoman, denied the rumors coming out of The Wall Street Journal on Thursday afternoon that Amazon would be offering a free ad-supported TV streaming service. "We have a video advertising business that currently offers programs like First Episode Free and ads associated with movie and game trailers, and we're often experimenting with new things," said Fouts in an email to Reuters. She continued, "But we have no plans to offer a free streaming media service."
So that leaves us wondering even more about what Amazon has planned for next week's event. What could it be? We know its something to do with video as the invite says they have something to share about their video business. Many people are thinking that it's a TV streaming service that will work with Amazon Prime users, which would explain the $20 increase in Amazon Prime that we learned about earlier this month. Amazon Prime is now $99 per year instead of $79, which is still an amazing value. While Fouts did say that there is no plan for a free TV streaming service, she didn't say it wasn't planned for Amazon Prime customers.
If Amazon offered a competing streaming service to Netflix and Hulu+, would you drop either of those in favor of Amazon's? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.