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Amazon opens up its video service, takes on YouTube

Amazon expands Prime Video to support content creators, rates competitive with YouTube.

Published Tue, May 10 2016 12:08 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:00 PM CST

Amazon is opening up its Prime Video service to everyone today, allowing content creators to make money a la YouTube with a sub-service it calls Amazon Video Direct.

Amazon opens up its video service, takes on YouTube | TweakTown.com

Said content will be available to Prime's tens of millions of users at no extra charge, to Amazon users as supported by ads, and through the Streaming Partners Program as an add-on; rentals and one-time purchases are also a distribution option for creators.

Earnings rates are competitive with YouTube (the same in some cases) and can be maximized with included performance metric tools.

Big-name partners including HowStuffWorks, Samuel Goldwyn Films, The Guardian, Jash, Machinima, and more have already signed on.

If you're an interested creator, head to https://videodirect.amazon.com to get started; if you're an interested viewer, check out Prime or Amazon now.

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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