Good news: On Friday, November 18, Amazon will be offering its Prime subscription service at $79 for new members, a 20% discount from the usual annual fee of $99. The offering is for a one year subscription only.

Why are they doing this, you ask? Is it because we're all having a bad year and we could use a treat? It would be nice if that was the case. But Amazon has a much bigger scheme cooking. Simultaneous with the promotion, the largest e-commerce site in the world will also be releasing a new Amazon Original series, The Grand Tour. The series, hosted by the guys you may remember from Top Gear, follows them on an automotive adventure around the world. And it's going to be available for streaming around the world, too.


That's right, Amazon is planning to expand its streaming services from just a handful of countries to 200 countries and territories this December, putting it on pace to compete with Netflix. And it all starts with The Grand Tour. This Friday the series will be available for streaming in the UK, US, Germany, Austria and Japan, and in December it will be become more widely available across the globe.

Whether you're an auto enthusiast or not, the Prime discount is pretty great, and doesn't happen often. And if you're someone who hates to wait for shipping and wants streaming access to a deep catalog of movies and TV shows, then don't sleep on this offer that goes live at 12am ET.

Sources: Bloomberg