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[–] roofuskit 222 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago) (10 children)

Yo ho yo ho.

I don't understand how people paying for prime can stand that crappy prime video UI anyway.

[–] echo64 150 points 6 months ago (13 children)
  1. it's basically fine and unoffensive ui to 99.9% of people
  2. people see it as functionally free because they bought prime for free delivery
  3. People don't know how to pirate
[–] [email protected] 59 points 6 months ago (1 children)

I'm deep into the seven seas but I still use prime because a family member pays for it. Its a decent enough ui and has some live stuff I can throw on to keep kids entertained. However, I've already added the shows I watch on prime to my jellyfin server just because this change is going to make me not want to use it anymore.

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[–] LazaroFilm 29 points 6 months ago

Yep. I don’t consider it as a valuable streaming platform. If they removed it from the general prime I would not buy it separately.

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[–] [email protected] 76 points 6 months ago (3 children)

The player interface is excellent. Being able to see who the actors are in each scene is one of my favorite UI features.

I agree that finding a thing you want to watch is meh at best. Especially because they mix in rentals, purchasable content, and prime content all in the home interface window.

That said, yo ho matey.

[–] roofuskit 37 points 6 months ago (1 children)

Yes, X-ray is a fantastic feature. I have to give them that. The rest of it is trash.

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[–] [email protected] 142 points 6 months ago (3 children)

The moment each show got a pre-reel for another Amazon show this was clearly the path they where taking.

Already cancelled a good 6 months ago.

[–] [email protected] 41 points 6 months ago

Yeah, Prime Video already has commercials.

[–] [email protected] 24 points 6 months ago

Yeah I thought that was a pretty obvious attempt to ease people into it. So this news doesn't come as a shock. If anything I'm surprised it took this long.

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[–] [email protected] 124 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago) (1 children)

“We aim to have meaningfully fewer ads than linear TV and other streaming TV providers. No action is required from you, and there is no change to the current price of your Prime membership,”

The double-speak is relatively subtle, but it's always interesting to see how much work they put into gaslighting their customers:

  • "No action is required from you..." - yes, Amazon hopes we do nothing, but Amazon unilaterally changed the assumptions underlying agreement, so "no action" is an acquiescence to a materially worse reality for us and a better one for Amazon.
  • "...there is no change to the current price of your Prime membership" - yes, no additional dollars are required because Amazon is now selling our time and attention, but that is still a new "fee" we are paying.

Pretty gross, Amazon.

[–] [email protected] 61 points 6 months ago (6 children)

The enshittification will continue until profit margins improve

[–] geekworking 34 points 6 months ago

Enshitification won't stop until the frogs realize that they are being boiled to death and jump out of the pot.

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[–] seth 110 points 6 months ago (3 children)

When they announced this, it was the last straw for me with Amazon that caused me to finally cancel Prime, which I've paid for annually since it was first offered. Things I've been complacently shrugging off until now:

  • their delivery misses/delays have gotten consistently worse over the past year and a half

  • they screwed up my combined music library when they changed Amazon Music, which was working great before the change

  • Audible keeps pushing up-sale subscriptions I don't want, and is inconsistently working with Android Auto now (but was fine until about a year ago)

  • Prime Video ads and up-sale "channels"

  • book editions (especially textbook editions): they limit the ability to re-sell old editions of textbooks when newer editions are currently in print. Many classes specify old editions because that's what the curricula and syllabi have built around and the profs can take responsibility for validating the content. This is a serious issue with the number of errors that manage to get past editors for math and science texts, and they publish new editions for cash grabs when no actual new or useful information has been added.

They really don't have to do much to keep me complacent tbh - just stop breaking things that already work(ish). Find whatever the deliverable requirements were in like 2015 and just return to those.

[–] Three_word_reply 38 points 6 months ago (3 children)

I am in the exact same boat. The removal of "free" rotating streaming video content and limiting it to only Amazon funded shows with "free with prime" videos being hosted by 3rd party apps (fuck off, freevee) was bad enough but to start showing ads was the final straw

I cancelled my prime today. $150/yr. I can wait a few extra days for the things I need to order

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[–] kromem 92 points 6 months ago (1 children)

I'm getting really tired of all this enshitification.

[–] TwilightVulpine 39 points 6 months ago (3 children)

Now corporations start with that bulshit of "oh, that model wasn't sustainable actually" even though it worked perfectly fine for the last decade and they still get record profits year after year. They keep ripping everything from under us, this gotta stop.

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[–] jordanlund 82 points 6 months ago (3 children)

The only reason I ever had Prime was free shipping, then I realized as soon as I bundled my orders to be over a certain dollar figure I STILL got free shipping, I kicked Prime to the curb.

[–] villainy 30 points 6 months ago (1 children)

For me it was the "Amazon Day" shipping that bundles up a week's worth of separate orders into one shipping day. Convenient sure but now I'm not getting 2-day shipping... so what am I paying for again? I'll just bundle up the orders and shipping my damn self.

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[–] numberfour002 24 points 6 months ago (1 children)

I cancelled Amazon Prime awhile ago when the customer service took a nose dive and I realized too many of the 3rd party vendors were using Amazon as their defective products outlet.

But I actively and permanently skipped out on an Amazon Prime subscription because they refused to give me a pro-rated refund on the remaining 8-9 months of service after I cancelled. They literally told me that they start with the pro-rated amount, then subtract out the cost of all the "free" movie/show/music rentals as well as all the "free" shipping on orders during the time you've had prime, and you only get whatever remains (if anything). Within the first 3 -4 months, I had already accrued enough "free" $5.99 shipping and $3 - $4 rentals that it exceeded the $100 or whatever cost of a prime membership was back in those days, so I got no refund. Bunch of crooks.

No surprise, I'm completely on board with folks kicking Prime to the curb.

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[–] morph3ous 72 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago) (4 children)

Amazon has been progressively getting worse and worse. I was not a member of Prime for the video. It was a nice perk.

The combination of Amazon making it hard to search for things to buy, the huge amount of low quality crap for sale with confusing descriptions, and this most recent change of putting in place ads if I do not pay an additional fee has led me to cancel my subscription.

They have taken the enshittification too far. Good bye Amazon. Hello Home Depot, Target, et al.

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[–] mlg 70 points 6 months ago (2 children)

It's like a second golden age of internet piracy, and it's happening because streaming over saturated itself just like cable lmao

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[–] _number8_ 55 points 6 months ago (9 children)

streaming has absolutely no future. if they keep pulling shit like this it's going to decline even faster. i suppose it's more about sucking off advertisers than it is pleasing customers, too....if you're going to fail anyway why can't you at least make a positive difference in the world?

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[–] chitak166 54 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago) (6 children)

The mods removed my comment with a link to a great free streaming site with the reason "don't link directly to pirated content." (great censorship!)

I don't see that in the rules, so I guess it's one of those "mystery" rules they can just make up on the spot.

Anyways, you can find free streaming sites here: https://rentry.co/megathread-movies-and-tv#streaming

I recommend using fmovies. Make sure you have Adnauseam or uBlock Origin installed.

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[–] t0m5k1 49 points 6 months ago

oooh yay more content to collect from torrents. Bye Bye Prime.

[–] Suavevillain 41 points 6 months ago (1 children)

Yeah, streaming services are losing the plot. I'm good lol.

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[–] [email protected] 40 points 6 months ago (2 children)

Pirate services are cheaper and have better apps

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[–] Waluigis_Talking_Buttplug 39 points 6 months ago (4 children)
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[–] Dentarthurdent 37 points 6 months ago (1 children)

Thanks for reminding me to cancel my prime.

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[–] ikidd 36 points 6 months ago (6 children)

I have Prime and have never actually used it. I still watch Amazon shows, but I'll be fucked if I use their shit interface or expose myself to their datamining to do it. Let alone watch fucking ads.

Piracy is a UX issue.

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[–] BromSwolligans 35 points 6 months ago (2 children)

Nice to know I can finally cancel Prime though. The entire value proposition has now gone. Free shipping is hugely conditional (and prices are artificially jacked to cover it in the first place), and now they want to put the worst thing on the internet (ads) into the only component of Prime I still sorta kinda use sometimes. I'd rather keep the $140 a year or whatever.

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[–] ForeGone 35 points 6 months ago

Remember the times when we paid for such a service to get rid of ads? By now I cancelled my prime membership.

[–] profdc9 35 points 6 months ago (3 children)

If there are commercials, why should someone need an Amazon Prime membership at all? It becomes just like broadcast TV then, and they should just allow anyone to watch to maximize revenue. They have all this AWS infrastructure to deliver video, why not maximize the use of it?

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[–] notannpc 33 points 6 months ago (2 children)

Guess I’ll just start downloading that content too because I’m not paying you more for the same shit. I’d get rid of it altogether if it wasn’t just included as part of prime in general.

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[–] Smacks 33 points 6 months ago

Amazon has turned to utter shit these days. They've been requiring you to show your ID to get a refund. Getting asked by some Indian dude who I can barely understand a picture of my government issued ID sure doesn't feel comforting.

[–] madcaesar 31 points 6 months ago (2 children)

I wish delivery / video was separate because I'd cancel immediately.

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[–] Tattorack 31 points 6 months ago

Oh look. Another reason for piracy.

[–] BonesOfTheMoon 30 points 6 months ago (1 children)
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[–] [email protected] 27 points 6 months ago (6 children)

I don’t use Amazon much anymore anyway, because the products are overwhelmed with cheap, poor quality trash you couldn’t peddle on alibaba and completely worthless, largely faked reviews and ratings. I order once or twice a year some replacement cable or adapter I can’t find anywhere else reasonably quick, but that’s pretty much it, so canceling over this ad bullshit doesn’t really hurt me much.

Next on the list is my Netflix sub, which I largely use just for oldtrek reruns as second screen background noise while I use my computer. I could probably, uh, procure those shows fairly easy, or splurge on a collectors edition and would still save money.

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[–] books 26 points 6 months ago (3 children)

Can I just get free shipping and opt out of video?

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[–] KpntAutismus 26 points 6 months ago* (last edited 6 months ago) (4 children)

fuck this company, the only thing i bought on amazon was filament for my 3d-printers. now that i zeroed in on a brand, i can just buy it at their online store. goodbye amazon.

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[–] sailingbythelee 25 points 6 months ago (10 children)

What a bunch of cunts. FFS, it is never enough. Their return policy sucks now, too. It used to be that if Amazon fucked up your order, they'd refund you and you could keep the product. It made ordering online a relatively risk-free proposition. Now, they won't refund you until you ship it back, even if it is their fuck up, which really kills the convenience factor. Plus, you get to over-pay for most things. What's not to love?

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[–] FlavoredButtHair 24 points 6 months ago

Amazon wants us to learn how to safely pirate? We'll ok if that's what they want.

[–] oDDmON 24 points 6 months ago (4 children)
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[–] hperrin 23 points 6 months ago (1 children)

It’s a good thing I recently switched to piracy.

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[–] thisisawayoflife 23 points 6 months ago

Thankfully, much of Amazons content shows up on Usenet so I can just download the ad-free versions there and then watch it.

[–] A_Random_Idiot 23 points 6 months ago

Enshitification continues to march ever boldly onward.

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