You may have heard that every Kindle Fire comes with a free 30 day trial of Amazon’s Prime membership which delivers streaming video to the 7 inch color touchscreen tablet. That free 30 day trial also delivers free shipping on any Amazon products purchased through the Kindle Fire. And since watching videos and movies is one of the top media consumption activities of tablet owners, Amazon decided to turn up the heat on the competition in the tablet marketplace. Just released today was an agreement announcement with Viacom to provide streaming video access to MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, CMT and Logo through commercial-free, instant access to the Kindle Fire.
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That means that such popular shows as The Hills, Jersey Shore, The Real World, Chappelle’s Show, Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants will now be available as part of the over 15,000 movies and TV shows that Amazon Prime members have access to. Amazon Prime retails for $79 a year on a subscription basis and also delivers unlimited free two-day shipping on all Amazon items, but out-of-the-box, the Kindle Fire 7 inch color touchscreen tablet offers a 30 day trial for free.
The Kindle Fire tablet was far and away the “most wished for” item on Amazon and the “most gifted tablet” in the all important 2011 holiday shopping season. And recent data released from a survey conducted by ChangeWave Research shows increased popularity of the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet as well as Amazon itself, and an expressed commitment by Kindle Fire owners to make purchases on their Kindle Fire from the Amazon marketplace over the next three years.
In a recent survey, Amazon Kindle Fire owners expressed their number one use of the device as reading e-books, and Amazon in 2011 made that activity even easier to enjoy. Amazon signed a Library Lending program with over 11,000 libraries across the United States which allows Kindle Fire owners to download and enjoy digital content offered by their local library without leaving their home.
The Kindle Fire is Amazon’s first attempt at a Tablet PC, and the Fire helped Amazon sell more than 1 million Kindle devices every week during the month of December, 2011. The tablet was available for less than three months when it took commanding ownership of the number two spot in the tablet marketplace, behind the best-selling iPad 2. Amazon accomplished this feat by offering a smaller tablet at 7 inches, providing no microSD slot for storage expansion, and delivering a retail price that was $150 to $250 lower than the average tablet at the time of its debut.
The Kindle Fire retails for $199, and to offset that lack of storage expansion ability, Amazon provides free and unlimited Cloud Storage to all Amazon content for Kindle Fire owners, effectively giving the tablet the greatest amount of storage capability and access of any tablet in the consumer electronics marketplace. Buy the Kindle Fire for $199.