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Even with a price increase, Amazon is still worth it

March 14, 2014 - Chris Pugh
Amazon Prime took a bold step Thursday.

The shipping/e-reader/video streaming service upped its cost by $20/year to $99/year.

Like most price increases, this probably won't go over well with customers.

But in today's online video streaming world, Amazon Prime is still a deal compared to other services.

Netflix offers more video options, but it currently starts at $7.99/month ($95.88/year) for video only. And recent reports indicate Netflix will soon announce its own price increase.

Hulu Plus does offer episodes from current seasons, but is limited on its movie offers and has the same cost as Netflix.

For $99/year, I can still get a large video library, lots of content for my Kindle reader as well as shipping services.

Amazon Prime still offers a more comprehensive service.

Video streaming is becoming a more crowded field, but until someone offers something better with more features, my money is still on Amazon Prime.

Do you subscribe to Amazon Prime, Netflix and/or Hulu Plus? What do you like or dislike about it? Email me at and I'll publish your responses in a future column.

Chris Pugh is a copy editor and blogger for the Tribune Chronicle. You can follow Tech Corner at and

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