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Old 11-17-2016, 08:57 PM   #21
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I know I will sound like a dodo, but can someone please explain how to stream videos from Prime on my smart TV?
Use the Amazon Prime app which I assume is included with your TV.
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Don't see it. There is a list of about 10 apps including Netflix, Hulu etc by not Amazon Prime. My TV is about 3 yrs old. Is there a way to add it?
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If I can't get it on my TV, I could still view videos on my laptop I guess. I watch Netflix mostly on my laptop anyway.
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Thanks for the tip. I've been thinking about trying Prime mostly for the shipping benefit so this is an incentive to give it a try.

I know I will sound like a dodo, but can someone please explain how to stream videos from Prime on my smart TV?
You might need a device connected to your TV and the internet like Apple TV, Roku, or Amazon's Firestick.

I use the Amazon Video app on my iPad and use AirPlay to send it to AppleTV which shows it on the TV. That works very well.

Roku and Firestick have the Amazon Video app built in, as far as I know. On those devices you hound be able to browse Amazo videos directly on you TV.
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Old 11-18-2016, 07:56 AM   #25
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Don't see it. There is a list of about 10 apps including Netflix, Hulu etc by not Amazon Prime. My TV is about 3 yrs old. Is there a way to add it?
Something like this https://www.amazon.com/All-New-Stick.../dp/B00ZV9RDKK

Probably will be heavily discounted for Black Friday
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I can beat Amazon prices on line almost every time and the lower prices are often with free or low cost shipping. I see zero benefit to paying for Prime. Heck, I see little benefit to Amazon, except as pressure on other retailers to reduce prices.
"zero benefit?" That's hard to believe. It is so easy to one click purchase, without going to multiple sites, nobody ships quicker, no problem with returns, and overall they have good prices. There are a lot of things in life that can be done better, cheaper, etc... but as a total package Amazon does pretty darn good in my opinion.
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Thanks for the tip. I've been thinking about trying Prime mostly for the shipping benefit so this is an incentive to give it a try.

I know I will sound like a dodo, but can someone please explain how to stream videos from Prime on my smart TV?
Most have the Amazon video app either pre-loaded or available. Use that if you can.
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:33 AM   #28
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Most have the Amazon video app either pre-loaded or available. Use that if you can.
May be time to upgrade to 4K TV since lucky penny's TV does not have the Amazon app.
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I can beat Amazon prices on line almost every time and the lower prices are often with free or low cost shipping. I see zero benefit to paying for Prime. Heck, I see little benefit to Amazon, except as pressure on other retailers to reduce prices.
I'm the world's worst at always trying to beat a price, but I *rarely* find prices that beat Amazon. Almost never. You must shop either limited categories or you have a secret source you need to hook us frugal people up with. If I factor in both shipping and taxes, and especially the 5% cash back from using my Amazon store card, it's pretty damned hard to beat their price.
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I'm a heavy Amazon user: Prime member with a Kindle, an Echo at the main house, and an Echo Dot at the mountain house. It's not for everyone, but I feel I get a lot of value out of my Prime membership. Here are the Prime benefits that I use:

1. Free (or call it prepaid) two-day shipping. Amazon delivers to me 2-3 times per month. I don't like to shop, so when I need something it's just as easy for me to order from Amazon and have it show up on the doorstep two days later. Both DD's get free Prime shipping by being attached to my account. (I think this benefit went away a year or two ago, but they seem to be grandfathered in somehow). I use Prime to ship gifts to the girls and others. I probably pay for the Prime membership just with shipping costs.

2. Video streaming. I use it occasionally, and my daughters occasionally view using my login ID.

3. Kindle Owner's Lending Library. I can borrow one book per month from Amazon.

4. "Kindle First". At the beginning of each month, I choose one of six books for free. It's mine to keep.

5. Amazon Drive / Prime Photos. 5 GB of cloud storage for files with unlimited photo storage. I have the app set to automatically back up photos from my phone, iPad, and desktop. I'm currently using 3.6 GB of file storage and 19 GB of photo storage.

6. Prime Music. Up until recently, I rotated between free versions of Pandora / Spotify / Prime. But I am nearing the end of my 30-day free trial of Amazon Unlimited Music, and I'm probably going to continue the subscription. It's nice to be able to select specific songs, artists, albums, or genres. I can skip as many songs as I want. And no ads! The service integrates seamlessly with the Echo. There's a very inexpensive monthly subscription at $3.99 that's good only on one Echo, but since I have multiple Echoes and stream music from my phone I will likely opt for the $80/year subscription for Prime Members on multiple devices. If I wasn't a Prime member, the Unlimited Music subscription would be $10/month. So there's $40 saved.
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"zero benefit?" That's hard to believe. It is so easy to one click purchase, without going to multiple sites, nobody ships quicker, no problem with returns, and overall they have good prices. There are a lot of things in life that can be done better, cheaper, etc... but as a total package Amazon does pretty darn good in my opinion.
That's the kind of thinking that people that have financial advisers use...

Pet food is an example of something that's grossly overpriced at Amazon. I use Chewy.com. Much lower prices, free delivery over $49, and no sales tax. Some prices are comparable at the local discount pet food store, but I get delivery to the front porch and pay no sales tax.

Televisions and computers are much cheaper at the bricks and mortar stores if you spend some time looking at their on line sites. Groceries and staples are ridiculous at Amazon. As a retired person, I will research and drive to a store to save a couple of thousand dollars a year over Amazon.
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PhillieFan's list was extensive, but we might actually use *more* of Amazon's services? Crazy, I know...

Prime Delivery - all the time. WAY more than I thought I would ever use this. I think a lot of the recent uptick just has to do with the horrid traffic in Austin. Lol

Prime Video - some movies, lots of series. We wait until several new seasons pop up on Netflix, then binge-watch them all and then cancel our membership again.

Prime Music - 2 million songs, ad-free, on-demand. That's enough for us

Prime Photos - currently 48,157 photos backed up there (76.4GB worth)

Amazon Drive - 7.3GB of documents backed up

Prime Reading - tons of books and magazines for free - w/ Amazon Household set up, the wife and I can share any book we acquire

I have tried to mix and match other services to figure out a way to beat this package deal, and so far I've never even come anywhere *near* the price. It's just a very compelling offer. My research even indicates we won't even notice much difference when we retire to Mexico!

Some day, maybe, just maybe, I'll bite the bullet and grab an Echo. SO TEMPTING. Shiny gadgets. *sigh*
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Has anyone figured out if you can extend your current prime at this price?
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That's the kind of thinking that people that have financial advisers use...

Pet food is an example of something that's grossly overpriced at Amazon. I use Chewy.com. Much lower prices, free delivery over $49, and no sales tax. Some prices are comparable at the local discount pet food store, but I get delivery to the front porch and pay no sales tax.

Televisions and computers are much cheaper at the bricks and mortar stores if you spend some time looking at their on line sites. Groceries and staples are ridiculous at Amazon. As a retired person, I will research and drive to a store to save a couple of thousand dollars a year over Amazon.
We always compare and never buy anything on Amazon unless it is cheaper or unavailable elsewhere. And a *lot* of things simply aren't available elsewhere, surprisingly. Or at least not for a reasonable price and/or delivery time.

Having said that, I can't imagine *saving* $2,000 while also avoiding Amazon. You'd have to spend an *insane* amount of money to save that much. I'd never be able to do so, and I'm still working full time!
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broadway - Thanks for the suggestion about the TV fire stick. So if I plug that into my TV I'll be able to use those apps?

I bought the TV (my first smart TV) just 2 1/2 years ago. Obviously not an early adapter but I'm trying. Is it really time to upgrade again?
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My figure includes groceries, pet food, and large purchases such as computers, televisions, and the like, which are not annual, but cyclical. Other random purchases I can't think of right now. Maybe $2k is a little high, but the savings are substantial. I keep a detailed price book in my head, so I know my prices.

Given that, if they have a really good deal on an Instant Pot like last year, I might cave. Loss leaders from anywhere when the item is something that you want or need are always welcome.
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broadway - Thanks for the suggestion about the TV fire stick. So if I plug that into my TV I'll be able to use those apps?

I bought the TV (my first smart TV) just 2 1/2 years ago. Obviously not an early adapter but I'm trying. Is it really time to upgrade again?
I am not sure what apps are included with the Amazon Fire stick, but it will definitely have the Amazon app which you apparently want.

Have you checked whether it is possible to update the firmware on your smart TV?
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Pet food is an example of something that's grossly overpriced at Amazon. I use Chewy.com. Much lower prices, free delivery over $49, and no sales tax. Some prices are comparable at the local discount pet food store, but I get delivery to the front porch and pay no sales tax.
I just checked this since I like looking for good prices. I buy Blue Buffalo cat food. When I search for this the first two items shown are conveniently the same.

First one has the same price, though it's listed as a sale price on Chewy. I can save about 5% on Chewy with auto-order, which I don't want to do. I get 5% off with my Amazon card. I also get free shipping without having to go over $49.

Second item is $4 cheaper on Amazon.

No sign of this gross overpricing for me.
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20% sales is a good deal. However, I once signed up for a free trial period (1 month?), and other than getting the initial free shipping, did not get any further benefit out of it because I did not need to buy anything more.

I do not do much shopping to make Amazon Prime worthwhile. I don't watch much TV either.
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I do not do much shopping to make Amazon Prime worthwhile. I don't watch much TV either.
Yep. and Yep.

Using $8 for shipping, I would need to buy 10 items to break even on the $79 membership.

As for TV, I am more drawn towards British TV series, and I simply don't watch a lot since there isn't a lot that I do like.
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