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Today Amazon Prime will be available for residents in (most) areas of Canada. The good news is that if you register you’ll get free shipping on your Amazon purchases, which will arrive in just two days so long as your address isn’t too rural. The bad news: the $79/year registration fee doesn’t include Instant Video, Prime’s Netflix-esque instant streaming service. It seems whenever we get a ‘Canadian’ version of some product or service we’ve eyeballed from across the border, they give it to us with a catch and today’s catch means your dream of streaming Downton Abbey and Arrested Development has been dashed.
Without Instant Video, there doesn’t seem to be much going for Amazon Prime. Other streaming services’ membership fees are worthwhile when they replace a monthly cable bill, but in this case unless you shop on Amazon more than you watch TV, why add to your expenses? For now Canadians continue to suffer from lack of selection home-entertainment-wise, but at least our American friends share our pain.