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The Sept. 1 update to the Amazon Prime Video app on iOS and Android includes the ability to download movies and television shows from the Prime Video catalog for later play. The new feature sets the streaming service apart from its closest competitor, Netflix, by cutting the very last cable holding cord-cutters back.

Amazon Prime is a $99 annual subscription service that allows for free two-day shipping on 20 million Amazon products, free music streaming from Prime Music, unlimited photo storage as well as other benefits. In recent years, Amazon has made a big push into the video space, including access to the Prime Instant Video library with exclusive television shows not found on Netflix. The monthly fee comes in at $8.25.

By comparison, Netflix offers its monthly streaming subscription for $8.99.

Earlier this year our friends at The Verge put together a nifty little tool to help determine how to cut the cord yourself, while still getting the channels and programs you need and staying under budget.

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