Today, Amazon Instant Video joins Netflix and Hulu Plus in the Xbox 360′s portfolio of TV and movie streaming services. Amazon was arguably the last big service (apart from iTunes, which will likely never come to game consoles) that didn’t have an app on Xbox Live — the PlayStation 3′s PlayStation Network service had Amazon Instant Video support already.
Amazon Instant Video allows you to rent or buy videos, but it is also connected with the Amazon Prime Service, which costs $79 per year and lets you stream 17,000 movies and TV shows (about one-fourth of the complete library) as part of the subscription. Note that those numbers are subject to the same fuzzy math Amazon has always used to describe its streaming video library.
Amazon also offers a service called Whispersync that lets you pause a movie or TV show on one device and resume it where you left off on another; supported devices now include PCs, the Kindle Fire tablet, and the Xbox 360. Granted, Netflix and Hulu Plus do this too, but it’s worth mentioning.
All Xbox Live Gold members can sign up for a free month of Amazon Prime to try the service out. Oh, and the Xbox 360 Amazon Instant Video app supports Kinect gestures and voice control, too.
We’ve included the ridiculously miscalculated and awkward promotional video (it uses the term “duh,” let’s leave it at that) for Amazon Instant Video from Microsoft below, courtesy of YouTube.