Originally Posted by Brian Conrad
Amazon has "The Man in the High Castle" available for free but it was supposedly available even to me as Instant. It started playing the GEICO ad on this linux box then a some error dialog regarding licensing came but when dismissed the ad continued. I don't have Prime but it looks like they are trying to trick people into signing up for the 1 month free trial. I put the pilot in my Watchlist because if I was going to watch it I wanted it on my TV. Comes up listed as Prime but there was a sub listing on the Instant Video as just an Instant but that might just be the first 4 minutes. Anyone able to watch the pilot on just Instant?
All pilot episodes are free to watch for everyone, you need not be a subscriber to Amazon Prime to see them.
Prime has not performed as expected for Amazon. I don't think they understand that the sign-up fee might be a little out of the majority's budget.
Amazon Prime has done well with it's main business as an internet retailer. The Prime Instant service is simply an add on. Part of the service as a whole, not something you subscribe to own it's own. The company avoids releasing the number of subscribers it has, but here is the latest article I could find detailing their total sub's, US and global.
Those figures do not break out just how many of it's members avail themselves of the Prime Instant streaming. It currently is ranked as the third most watched, after Netflix and Hulu. Hulu has a reported 6 million paid subscribers. So if Amazon Prime Instant is 3rd to them, that suggests that less than 5 mil of their members are using Prime Instant.
And thefe's this bit from Variety
Netflix customers reported watching an average of 7.7 hours of content per week — 1.9 times the nearest competitor, Hulu Plus, which came in at 4.1 hours. On a weekly basis, Amazon Prime Instant Video users reported viewing 3.5 hours, versus HBO Go with 3 hours and Showtime Anytime with 2.7 hours, the survey found