Amazon Instant Video Hitches A Ride On PS3 To Hit More TVs

Access to Amazon Instant Video’s streaming library has been a nice perk to signing up for Amazon Prime. But the service was never particularly useful to many customers who like to sit back on their couch and watch stuff on TV rather than stare at a computer screen. Now Amazon has cut a deal with the PS3 that draws it closer to competitors Netflix and Hulu Plus, which both stream on the Wii and Xbox 360 in addition to Sony’s console.

According to PlayStation Blog, Amazon offers 120,000 movies and TV shows for rental or purchase. Prime members who shell out the $79 annual fee can watch a selection of 17,000 videos for no additional cost.

The PS3 isn’t the only way to get Amazon Instant Video on TV. Roku boxes and many internet-connected TVs also do the trick, as does a PC that’s connected to the TV. Hopefully Amazon cuts deals that get it on the Wii and Xbox 360 as well, leading to more competition on a level playing field that would theoretically make the selection and pricing more compelling on the major streaming services.

PS3: The First Console to Offer Amazon Instant Video [PlayStation Blog]

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  1. Vox Republica says:

    Hulu Plus may technically be on the Wii, but boy is it the most dreadful piece of software I’ve ever seen. A heaping, steaming pile of software complete with buzzing fly adornment. It almost feels like it’s designed to punish people for not watching on their computers. I’ve seen better user interfaces at off-brand ATMs. I’ve owned graphing calculators with more intuitive menu structures.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      the hulu plus interface on roku is a nightmare also. it’s been known to freeze, unsync the audio, restart the box, temporarily brick the box and refuses to pause, rewind, fast forward, etc.
      hulu plus’ standard troubleshooting response since at least may 2011 has been “delete and re-add the channel” which makes it work a little better for a short time in my experience

  2. Cat says:

    A little late to the party, Phil. This was announced yesterday on Amazon, about noon. http://www.internettvforums.com/amazon-instant-video/174-amazon-instant-video-now-ps3.html

    • GMFish says:

      Oh my god, you’re right. It’s been 24 hours. This isn’t news anymore, it’s ancient history… Squirrel!

      • Cat says:

        You know, I was going to submit this tip to consumerist as soon as I learned about it, but it wouldn’t have made it here until today anyway.

        • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

          Why does news have to be inplanted to our brains the instant it happens? I am no less informed by knowing it today than yesterday.

  3. gttim says:

    My GF has Amazon Prime, and we can’t watch the free shows on our TVs. Pretty sad. We pretty much just stick to our Netflix.

  4. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    I don’t see it coming to Xbox 360 any time soon, as the Zune video service is basically the same thing. Rent movies, buy tv shows, all for pretty much the same price.

    I have Amazon on my Roku, and Zune on my 360, and wish I had both on either or…but they are so similar that I can’t see Microsoft giving the green light.

  5. r-nice says:

    Boy was I happy to hear this news yesterday as I hate watching things on my monitor. I rented “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” yesterday to try it out. That’s a damn good movie.

  6. kathygnome says:

    The Roku will do Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Plus as well as a variety of less popular offerings. The basic box is only $49.

  7. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    yay for amazon in more places!
    i love amazon prime on my roku. i just wish they’d make an update that lets me put content in a queue. the included content is tedious to search through on the roku, even using the keyboard function on the remoku.tv pc remote control for my roku.

  8. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Too bad Amazon’s Prime selection is pathetic.

  9. MonkeyMonk says:

    Is there any reason to get Amazon Prime (for access to the free stuff) if you already have Netflix Streaming?

    I looked at the Amazon Prime list and it appears to be a nearly complete overlap of stuff already available on Netflix.

    • Gort42 says:

      If you have Amazon prime already for the shipping, then it is basically free. Or looked at another way: You can sign up for Amazon Prime for about the same price as Netflix and get free shipping added into the mix.

    • vliam says:

      My thoughts exactly.

      It’s a poor subset of what Netflix already offers. It could be a great value someday but not at the moment.

  10. BurtReynolds says:

    Finally! I was actually just about to try and track down a clearanced Roku box for $30 (solely to stream Amazon without hooking my laptop up to the TV), when I loaded up Amazon to see what the current lightning deal was. There it was. Amazon VOD on PS3. Saved me $30 and trouble of driving to two Radio Shacks hoping they actually had it.

  11. chucklesjh says:

    Finally! The shitty app on my LG television never works. You can watch maybe 5 minutes of something before it forever buffers, and that’s only if you don’t get stuck browsing through the menus.

  12. elangomatt says:

    I saw this yesterday but I haven’t downloaded it yet. I have been using Amazon Prime videos on my PS3 for ages with PlayOn, but it isn’t a particularly great experience. Here’s hoping that the PS3 software gives us a decent interface. Surprisingly though, PlayOn always worked quite well for streaming even when I was using my computer at the same time. There were a couple times though that I rebooted my computer before I remembered that the show I was watching on my TV was being streamed through said computer.

  13. Hi_Hello says:

    roku is awesome.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I like it too, but I have intermittent problems with my DSL that make it hard to use. There’s nothing I can do about it and the Bronze Poo winner (AT&T) is the cheapest option around here for internet. Boo.

  14. TacoDave says:

    I downloaded this app yesterday to try it and had two major problems:

    1) When rewinding and fast-forwarding, the image on screen freezes and you can’t see where you’re at in the movie. This makes it impossible to skip to a specific part (unless you know that the scene you want occurs at 1:03:17 or something).

    2) While browsing Prime videos (the free ones), I decided to do a search for Elmo movies for my daughter. A bunch of titles popped up and I picked one and pushed play, only to have a screen come up saying it cost $14.99 to “purchase” the video. For some reason, the search results displays Prime and Pay titles together, which is really annoying. I can’t let my kids use this service – they use Netflix regularly – because they might accidentally purchase something.

  15. Trickydix says:

    Sweet