August 27, 2015 / 12:35 AM / 3 years ago

Amazon to launch video streaming service in Japan

(Reuters) - said on Wednesday it plans to launch its video streaming service in Japan for members of its Prime paid service as it gears up for Netflix Inc’s planned entry into the country in September.

Amazon boxes are organized to be delivered in New York July 24, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Amazon’s Prime members get unlimited access to videos under its Prime Instant Video service.

Prime membership, which costs 3,900 yen ($32.50) a year in Japan, provides members other services such as the option to choose a delivery date for online purchases for free.

Amazon plans to offer a broad video lineup including U.S. and Japanese films, TV shows and cartoons in Japan.

Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey and Lisa Shumaker

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