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Amazon says, no free streaming for you!

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the company is considering the launch of a new ad-supported free streaming service later this year. But Amazon says it ain't happening.
March 28, 2014

The Wall Street Journal set tongues wagging on Thursday when it reported that Amazon could be launching a free ad-supported streaming video service in the coming months, featuring both original and licensed content, to supplement its $99-a-month Amazon Prime service.

But Amazon says it’s not happening.

In an email to StreamDaily, a spokesperson wrote: “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, but we have no plans to offer a free streaming media service.”

Amazon, which produces original series like Betas (pictured) and Alpha House, has sent an invite for an announcement in New York on April 2, reading, “Please join us for an update on our video business.” Some have speculated the free streaming service could be part of the announcement, but the consensus seems to be that it will be about the launch of their long-rumored set-top box.

About The Author
Todd is StreamDaily's U.S. West Coast Correspondent. He has written for a wide range of publications, including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, NylonGuys and, yes, even the Weekly World News. Earlier in his career, he served as senior editor for the pioneering alternative movie magazine Film Threat. You can reach him at toddrlongwell[at]gmail.com or on twitter @toddlongwell1

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