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Has the sound improved as well? I watched Killer Joe the other night but no 5.1, and it was rather poor quality pro logic. Netflix are ace so I assume it's nowt to do with settings on the PS3. Unless anyone knows differently?

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Since it's now been split into two subscriptions and payments:

- Prime Instant Video - £5.99

- Lovefilm By Post - £4.00

Where did you find the Lovefilm by post info? Now that the accounts have been merged, everything just redirects to Amazon Prime. Can't seem to find anything that details subscription costs other than the 49 quid for Prime. I'm probably being a bit thick.

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The way the instant video service mixes "free" films in with ones you have to pay for is very irritating - browsing through the films, I kept thinking "nice one, I'll watch that!" and then realising it wasn't part of my subscription. It's particularly annoying because some of the films on my watchlist that used to be free are now paid download-only.

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I'm another who generally found the Lovefilm Instant service decent, with enough to keep me going as a supplement to the postal service, which is what I specifically was interested in. Since the move across to the Amazon site though it's a real piece of crap to navigate, both in a browser or via an app.

When people talk about Netflix having better content, in what way? Newer stuff? Or more obscure? More TV? If it is better (and there's an easy way to browse their library before signing-up, not there used to be) then I might keep the Lovefilm postal but ditch the streaming, as suggested upthread.

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No browsing on Netflix, it is equally annoying. At least with Lovefilm Instant you have a website that now lists all the content.

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Instead of being in alphabetical order, the order of items on my rental list has now changed to something else (release date? date I added them to the list?) which makes it hard to browse through it.

UPDATE: They've now solved this. The list is alphabetical; all is right with the world.

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Hmm, on the other hand, my list of reserved films is in alphabetical order and I can't see any way of changing it, which is crap as it used to be in the far more useful date of release order. I have to agree that in general the interface for searching for and sorting films is crap - Lovefilm's wasn't exactly brilliant, but plugging the disc rental interface into the generic Amazon site and adopting its UI is dreadful. I guess we'll only see over time, but it seems that the disc-based service (which is all I usually used Lovefilm for) has been somehow demoted. Or that's how it feels, the way it's been subsumed into the Amazon site - it's certainly far less friendly to use than the old one.

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For boring reasons I ended up trying to watch a film on the 360 last night rather than the iPad & Apple TV combo. And after a system update and finding the film it then tells me I need a gold sub to use the service I'm already paying for.

Get fucked.

Admittedly I've never noticed as I've had gold since day one up until Xmas tone when I let it lapse out of apathy.

So now I'm getting a ps4...

Is there anyway to cancel the prime bit but keep the discs?

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There's no "last chance" list now. The new instant video app is just awful, they've dumped they approach of the US Amazon video site - which by all accounts is a disaster nobody actually signs up for - on Lovefilm's film library.

I'm honestly pretty inclined to just cancel the streaming part and switch it to Lovefilm now.

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I bought a kindle fire hd 16gb for £110 just for the downloads facility (I already had prime) and am very glad I did. Not all the stuff I want to watch is downloadable, but plenty is. As someone who travels a lot and already had prime it's a great solution for me.

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An amazon mail shot told me about a series called Alpha House with John Goodman and Bill Murray - looks a bit like Veep but I've not watched it yet so can't comment on the sharpness of writing, could be promising though, its an Amazon original.

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I've been disappointed with amazon instant. I had a prime account anyway so just started using the service. I don't have the best Internet but I get HD on netflix and no bother. Amazon was fuzz-o-vision and fucked up 2/3rds into the film. Shite.

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I think one difference there is that Netflix are very smart, and have a CDN and service they offer ISPs which as I understand it basically means they have content 'inside' your ISPs own network (I believe all major UK ISPs are party to this - it's a very different story in the US).

Amazon don't do this.

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So what is good to watch on Lovefilm Instant?

I had prime for deliveries. I am using Lovefilm Instant now I have it for free but all I have really watched so far is Vikings. Most of the other things I want to watch aren't free.

Is there anything else good to watch for free?

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So what is good to watch on Lovefilm Instant?

I had prime for deliveries. I am using Lovefilm Instant now I have it for free but all I have really watched so far is Vikings. Most of the other things I want to watch aren't free.

Is there anything else good to watch for free?

They have the original series of Star Trek remastered. A couple of Ray Harryhausen movies; Jason and the Argonauts, Valley of Gwangi and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. Metropolis, Nosferatu. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, off the top of my head...

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It really annoys me that it's a mix of free and paid content now. Things like having some episodes in a particular season of a particular show for free, but others in the same season paid. Bizarre.

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It really annoys me that it's a mix of free and paid content now. Things like having some episodes in a particular season of a particular show for free, but others in the same season paid. Bizarre.

Yeah, it annoys me as well.

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Amazon and HBO have signed an extensive, multi-year agreement that will bring many of the premium channel's greatest shows including The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and The Wire to Amazon Prime Instant Video. The deal also includes "early" seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood. Newer shows like Girls, The Newsroom and Veep will eventually be made available to Prime subscribers, but not until three years after they've first aired on HBO. And other hits like Game of Thrones aren't even mentioned as part of the deal, so HBO may be holding at least some popular content away from Amazon's on-demand streaming.

The first wave of HBO content is due to arrive on May 21st. In addition to regular shows, Prime subscribers will also gain access to miniseries classics like Band of Brothers, select original movies including Game Change, HBO documentaries, and comedy specials from the likes of Louis CK, Ellen DeGeneres, and Lewis Black.

The new pact represents a significant shift for HBO, which has until now stuck close to cable companies and resisted streaming services like Netflix. It's a major win for Amazon any way you see it in the cutthroat atmosphere around licensing deals and exclusives. Financial terms aren't being disclosed, but Amazon likely paid a big price for HBO's famous catalog. Still, since Prime is a bit more expensive now, the company can afford to make investments like this one in hopes of keeping customers locked in for years to come.

Alongside the deal, Amazon and HBO have also announced that HBO Go is coming to the newly released Fire TV set-top box. Unfortunately, you'll be waiting some time for that. The companies are aiming to launch HBO Go by the end of 2014.

Update: The article has been updated to include additional content that's part of the deal between HBO and Amazon.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/23/5643148/hbo-shows-coming-to-amazon-prime-instant-video

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