Videos can be streamed over WiFi or downloaded to the latest Kindle tablets for on-the-go use.
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In a bold experiment to differentiate its tablets from the competition, Amazon has launched a new service called Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, which is geared towards 3-8 year-olds and allows kids to access a wide assortment of books, games, apps, and video content after parents ante up a monthly fee.
Amazon is initially offering FreeTime Unlimited, which costs Prime members $2.99 per month per child -- or $6.99 per family -- on the Kindle Fire (2012), Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Fire Fire HD 8.9. If you're not a Prime member, the monthly fee jumps to $4.99 and $10.99 respectively.
The name of the service is a bit oblique. FreeTime is a parental-control feature on the latest Kindle tablets that allows parents to manage how much time their children spend on Kindle tablets and what content they interact with (you can opt to turn off the Web browser, for instance). With the "Unlimited" version Amazon is offering up access to "thousands of popular kids titles" on an all-you-can-eat basis.
Looking at it another way, the service is similar to what Amazon is serving up to Prime members in terms of free video streaming of s... [Read more]