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Online streaming service competition heats up in U.S.

(Xinhua)

14:22, September 27, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- The competition among the U. S. online streaming service providers continued to heat up, as companies announced new deals with studios on Monday.

Amazon.com announced a licensing agreement with FOX that will allow some of its subscribed members to stream a broad selection of popular movies and TV shows from the studio, such as "24," "The X-Files "and "Ally McBeal."

The deal brings the total number of the online retailing giant' s streaming videos to more than 11,000 movies and TV shows for " Amazon Prime" members, which currently cost 79.99 U.S. dollars a year and offer members free two-day shipping on many products Amazon sells and unlimited streaming videos.

Meanwhile, Netflix has secured a deal with DreamWorks Animation, the company behind popular animated movies like "Madagascar" and " Shrek," The New York Times reported.

Netflix currently has some 20,000 videos available for streaming, almost twice the amount of videos that Amazon offers. But Amazon has been steadily adding new content since it launched the service last February.

Compared with Netflix's limited 7.99 dollars per month plan, Amazon's 79.99 dollars a year, or 6.64 dollars a month, along with unlimited streaming, free-shipping and platform support may appeal to more consumers.

Competitions on the video streaming market has been increasingly fierce this year, among the services like Apple's iTunes, Amazon's Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus and Vudu which is owned by Wal-Mart.

Meanwhile, companies are also stepping up to open the market as Netflix, widely seen as the leader in online streaming, stumbled with customers after raising prices as much as 60 percent and announcing to spin off its DVD-by-mail service.

Last Friday, Dish Network, the second largest pay TV provider in the United States, announced to stream movies and television programs to subscribers in a Blockbuster-branded service, which was bought out of bankruptcy court for 234 million dollars by Dish Network.

Blockbuster, once the rental leader, filed for bankruptcy last Sept. when it suffered significant revenue loss due to the rise of Netflix, whose DVD-by-mail and expansion to online video streaming revolutionized home entertainment.

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Emma at 2011-09-2724.1.106.*
Netflix has become too greedy. I stopped using them and started using "TV Devo" for streaming TV and Movies. Also use Redbox for $1 per movie.
  

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