| SAN FRANCISCO, March 28
SAN FRANCISCO, March 28 Amazon.com Inc
has no plan to offer a free streaming TV service, a spokeswoman
said on Friday following a report that the online retailer might
turn up the heat against Netflix and Hulu
Speculation about Amazon's plans for its TV service,
including the possibility that it could launch its own streaming
device, has increased ahead of a news conference in New York
The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the online
retailer was considering a free, add-supported streaming TV and
music service. Amazon spokeswoman Sally Fouts said no such plan
was in the works.
"We have a video advertising business that currently offers
programs like First Episode Free and ads associated with movie
and game trailers, and we're often experimenting with new
things," she said in an e-mail on Friday. "But we have no plans
to offer a free streaming media service."
Amazon's streaming TV service currently comes included as
part of its popular $99-a-year Prime service, which offers
unlimited two-day shipping among other perks.
(Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; Writing by Noel Randewich;
Editing by Stephen Powell)