Amazon Prime Video will soon come with ads, or a $2.99 monthly charge to dodge them

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Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. tier / tɪər / (n.) – one of several levels or categories

    The airline provides different tiers of seating options, from economy to first class.

  2. tug-of-war / ˌtʌɡ ʌv ˈwɔr / (n.) – a situation in which two or more people or groups that are equally matched are trying to win the same thing

    The tug-of-war between the two tech giants has been ongoing for years.

  3. adept / əˈdɛpt / (adj.) – good at doing something that needs skill

    Many companies want to hire her as a manager because she’s adept at handling people.

  4. compelling / kəmˈpɛl ɪŋ / (adj.) – very interesting or exciting, making people want to watch or listen

    The movie’s compelling story has touched people so much.

  5. programming / ˈproʊ græm ɪŋ / (n.) – the shows or programs that are broadcast on television, radio, etc.

    The television network’s morning programming includes news updates and talk shows.


Read the text below.

Amazon Prime Video will include advertising during shows and movies starting early next year, joining other streaming services that have added different tiers of subscriptions.

Members of Amazon Prime can pay $2.99 per month in the U.S. to keep their service ad-free, the company said.

Streaming services are in a heated tug-of-war over viewers and users are growing more adept at jumping in and out of those services, often depending on price. The platforms risk losing customers with price hikes, but they could lose them if they don’t generate new content that wins over users.

Disney will begin charging $13.99 a month in the U.S. for ad-free Disney+ in mid-October, 75% more than the ad-supported service. Netflix already charges $15.49 per month for its ad-free plan, more than twice the monthly subscription for Netflix with ads.

Amazon said limited advertisements will be aired during shows and movies starting early next year so that it can “continue investing in compelling content and keep increasing that investment over a long period of time.”

Live events on Amazon Prime, like sports, already include advertising. Ads in Prime Video content will start in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Canada in early 2024, followed by France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Australia later in the year.

Amazon said that it’s not making changes to the price of Prime membership next year. It plans to announce pricing for ad-free programming for countries other than the U.S. at a later time.

For U.S. users, Amazon said it will send out an email to Prime members several weeks before ads are introduced into its programs with information on how to sign up for the ad-free option if they choose to do so.

This article was provided by The Associated Press.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

  • In your opinion, how does the introduction of different subscription tiers by streaming services, such as ad-supported and ad-free plans, impact the competition in the industry? Discuss.
  • Do you think that the pricing of ad-free plans for streaming services accurately reflects the value of an ad-free viewing experience? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • What factors would you consider if you were to subscribe to a streaming platform? Discuss.
  • What types of content are compelling for you (ex. documentaries, historical dramas)? Why? Discuss.