Amazon Prime is reducing the cost of a new membership, but you'll only have one day to sign up.
The retail giant announced on Tuesday that it's trimming the cost of Amazon Prime to $67 for one year from the usual $99. The one-day price cut will start Friday, September 25 at 12:00 a.m. ET and end at 11:59 p.m. PT. The deal is good only for new customers to try out Prime (sorry, all you existing Prime members) and will available at the Amazon Prime sign-up page.
Amazon is offering the discount to celebrate its five Emmy awards for original series "Transparent." The comedy tells the story of a man who becomes a woman and how that change affects her and her family. Sunday night, star Jeffrey Tambor won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, while "Transparent" creator Jill Solloway won for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for a single episode. The show also won three Creative Arts Emmys.
The Emmy wins to "Transparent" show the increasing influence and power of original shows from online streaming services that in the past offered just movies and network and cable series. By creating original programming with the potential to win awards, Amazon can generate more buzz for itself, thereby attracting additional subscribers to its Prime service. At the same time, Amazon can better challenge chief rival Netflix at winning over more customers.
Netflix is no stranger to kudos from the Hollywood community. Its original series "" and " " have both earned Emmy awards, while "House of Cards" has .
But Amazon is catching up.
In April, Amazon's original children's series "Tumble Leaf" scored five Daytime Emmy awards, and in January, "Transparent" scooped up Golden Globes for best comedy/musical series and best actor for Tambor. "Transparent" has been the top-ranked original series on Prime Video since the show's launch, according to Amazon. The show has also apparently scored with the critics, earning a 98 percent rating on online movie rating site Rotten Tomatoes and a 91 score on fellow rating site Metacritic, Amazon added.
The second season of Transparent will debut on Prime Video on December 4. And Amazon has more original programs up its sleeve. A so-called "coming-of-age dramedy" named "Red Oaks" will premier on October 9, followed by an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle" on November 20. Next year, Amazon will launch the debut season of "The New Yorker Presents," as well as the second seasons of "Mozart in the Jungle," "Bosch" and "Catastrophe."
Normally $99 a year, a Prime membership offers subscribers Prime instant video, free two-day shipping, unlimited music streaming with Prime Music, unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos and a Kindle Owner's Lending Library with more than 800,000 e-books.