Amazon Launches New Subscription-Based Pokemon Channel

The new Prime channel is dedicated to all manner of animated Pokemon content.

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There are plenty of ways for fans of the Pokemon animated series and movies to enjoy their favorite content, but Amazon is looking to become king of them all. As revealed just earlier today, the retail and streaming-media giant has announced the unveiling of an all-new subscription-based channel that is meant to provide viewers with dedicated hub for Pokemon-based content.

It's being referred to simply as the Pokemon Channel, or Amazon's Pokemon Channel for those who might make the distinction, and it's being offered as an exclusive service to Amazon Prime members. For just 3 bucks a month, Pokemon fans will be given access to a selection of television shows and movies, and The Pokemon Company has stated plans for different Pokemon movies to rotate in and out on a regular basis.

Amazon's own Pokemon channel already has its own webpage where users can check out some of the content that will be made available, currently including 11 different seasons of Pokemon: The Series as well as a selection of Pokemon movies like Ranger and the Temple of the Sea as well as Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. To see more of what's been made available, head over to Amazon's Pokemon Channel website.

The Pokemon brand in general continues to grow and grow, especially considering the ongoing success of Niantic's AR-based mobile hit Pokemon Go and the recent release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon. Even though some players might prefer some of the older generations of games over the newer ones, at least now all of the Pokemon fanbase will have steady access to some of the wonderful moments featured in the animated series.

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    January 24, 2018 3:20 PM

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      January 24, 2018 3:23 PM

      Am.i reading this right? You need to be Prime and then pay an additional $3 for Pokemon?

      Seems like a shitty deal if that's the case.

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        January 24, 2018 3:26 PM

        lol just looked at it.. wow it's not even the entire series.

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        January 24, 2018 3:29 PM

        but you already have Amazon Prime for the free shipping and streaming video and x/y/z and now you also have it for this Pokemon channel your kids watch and it's even harder to let it lapse and as long as you have it you might as well order most of your stuff from Amazon since you're already paying for Prime and they give you free same day shipping...

        (2/3 or more of US households have Prime already)

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          January 24, 2018 3:34 PM

          The channel is only available to Prime members, meaning Prime membership PLUS another $3 a month.

          Awful deal.

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            January 24, 2018 4:02 PM

            Yes I'm aware of how it works. It's not new. Prime gives you access to some services. It gives you the ability to pay for other services (presumably at less than they'd cost if it was available without Prime). CostCo is a successful company that makes you pay for the ability to buy stuff. People are quite happy to do this if the value is good.

            You're considering Prime an additional cost here. It's not in the minds of most consumers. For most people in the US they already have Prime. It's just a thing you pay for now. So this Pokemon channel is just a $3/mo thing that now exists to you.

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              January 24, 2018 4:50 PM

              Amazon adds Pokemon to their Prime Streaming service
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              Amazon allows Prime subscribers to pay an additional subscription fee in order to watch pokemons

              Is a big difference. They are providing a type of content they already provide, via Amazon Prime Streaming, but then surrounding it by a secondary paywall. I understand your Costco comparison, but this is more like paying for a Costco membership + an additional monthly fee to be allowed to buy one specific type of cookie thats only available at Costco.

              And that's on top of the annual/monthly membership price increases that happen.

              Anyhow. I'm not paying for a pokemon license, and pokemon seems to be a really weird property to test this sort of thing out with. I say test because I've never heard of any other show being segregated like this.

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                January 24, 2018 4:52 PM

                would you be upset if non-prime users could get it for $3 as well? what if non-prime users got it for $5 and prime users got it for $3?

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                January 24, 2018 4:56 PM

                Doesn't your complaint equally apply to Hulu charging extra for you to watch Showtime on Hulu.com? Or for you to have to pay extra to get the HBO channels in your cable package that you already pay for? Why does the existence of Prime Streaming entitle you to this channel at no additional cost? Why doesn't Prime Streaming allow you to watch all the Prime Video rentals at no additional cost? This is how things have always worked. The pieces with the most value can negotiate for more favorable terms for themselves and if the value is high enough compared to replacement offerings then people will pay over the top of the baseline service.

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                  January 24, 2018 5:06 PM

                  1st example is comparing a sea of content vs the mono content that is pokemon

                  2nd example is the way that cable has always worked, which is why streaming has been so appealing for years. A pokemon channel works in that model

                  3rd example about rentals... Well I don't know about rentals work on Prime. Are they just for new releases that aren't yet streamjng? Or are some films gated behind rental fees permenantly? If the prior, then yeah, the pokemon comparison doesn't work because that content is not new

                  If someone wants to mainline pokemon, go ahead. It just seems like such a weird thing to charge a premium on.

                  No more to say. You both are making valid points.

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        January 24, 2018 3:29 PM

        What in the fuck... It is!

        This is a slippery slope kind of move. I don't want to have to sub to each show I'm interested in seeing, especially from a company that has a pay-per-month streaming service.

        Congrats on having the pokeballs to do this, Amazon.

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      January 24, 2018 4:30 PM

      Didn't they have an entire anime offshoot from prime that they just shuttered due to low interest because it required prime plus $6/mo

      This seems way worse.