Amazon has it all - including a streaming service. Get to know more about Amazon Prime Video and who it's best for.
What's great about Amazon is that you can find pretty much anything for sale there, including a streaming service! For Amazon devotees,
|You can rent and buy movies right on the platform||Limited live TV options|
|Access to Thursday Night Football||Fewer blockbuster and popular titles than competitors|
|Award-winning original content|
|Prime Video||Hulu||Netflix||HBO Max|
|Starting monthly price||$9/mo.||$7/mo.||$10/mo.||$10/mo.|
|Free trial length||30 days||30 days||None||None|
|DVR storage hours||0 hours||0 hours||0 hours||0 hours|
*Streaming service package information accurate as of 1/24/2022.
The most appealing part about Amazon Prime Video is that if you already have an Amazon Prime membership, you automatically have access to Amazon Prime Video. However, it's a bit cheaper to just subscribe to Amazon Prime Video, while it's also slightly less expensive than most competitors with similar on-demand libraries, such as Netflix or Hulu. Plus, it has a much better free trial than any of its competition.
If you want to simply get Amazon Prime Video without getting a full Amazon Prime membership, you can pay just $9/mo. However, access to Amazon Prime Video comes with a Prime membership, which costs $13/mo.
If you want to save a little more money, an annual membership goes for $119/yr. -- which makes this the most cost-efficient option instead of going monthly. This breaks down to just $10/mo., or $1/mo. more than if you only subscribe to standalone Amazon Prime Video.
Amazon also offers a student discount that includes Amazon Prime Video. Prime Student gives you the first six months of Amazon Prime free before going to the current Prime Student rate of $6/mo. The current deal will get you each of the channel add-ons for just an additional $1/mo.
There is also a discount for people on government benefits to get Amazon Prime at a lower price, and it also includes access to Amazon Prime Video. It is half the price of regular Amazon Prime, which puts it at $6/mo., but you have to qualify for EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) to access this price.
Meanwhile, Amazon's streaming service is ad-free for on-demand titles, but you may encounter some commercials from time to time while watching live TV.
Amazon Prime Video streaming options are quite vast. The streamer has a number of original titles available to watch that you won't find anywhere else, including the award-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as well as other popular original series like Carnival Row, The Boys, The Wilds, and The Wheel of Time.
The streamer also has a wealth of reality shows, documentaries, and movies that span genres -- including comedies like Napoleon Dynamite, dramas like Joe Bell, and romance like Under the Tuscan Sun.
Amazon Prime Video offers more than 100 channels to stream, some of which cost an additional fee. Some of them also grant you access to live viewing, but it's sparse. Some of Amazon Prime Video's most popular add-on channels include:
NBA League Pass -- starts at $14/mo. to stream live out-of-market games
ScreenPix -- $3/mo. for movies
Showtime -- $11/mo. for exclusive titles and blockbuster movies and shows
Paramount+ -- $10/mo. for exclusive titles and select live TV viewing, including CBS News and NFL games
Starz -- $9/mo. for exclusive titles and popular shows and movies
Though Amazon Prime Video doesn't offer much in the way of live TV, football fans are happy to see that there are some NFL games available. Each week during football season, viewers are able to tune in in real-time at 7:30 p.m. ET for pregame and at 8:20 p.m. ET for the game.
Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Video offers its own football commentary show on Tuesday evenings as well. And if that's not enough, the NFL Wild Card game for the playoffs is also hosted on Amazon Prime Video, so fans can stay on top of who's grabbing that playoff spot.
You can download Amazon Prime Video titles for easy viewing when you're not connected to the internet. Simply download them while you're still online and view them on a compatible device. You need to have the Amazon Prime Video app on iOS or Android or a Fire tablet to watch the videos. The only caveat is that you can't watch downloaded content on Apple Airplay or Google Chromecast.
We cannot stress this enough, but if you currently have Amazon Prime, you already have Amazon Prime Video. If you view the cost of an Amazon Prime subscription as fair, then how much better does that make the price of Amazon Prime Video? Amazon Prime is $13/mo. at most, which isn't much more than the competition.
Netflix and HBO Max both start at $10/mo. but they don't give you the wealth of free two-day shipping, discounts at Whole Foods Market, exclusive deals, and other membership benefits you'd get with Amazon Prime. If you look at it that way, consider the $10/mo. standard streaming price, which makes free shipping and other perks just $3/mo. All in all, it's a great price for everything that you get (if you frequently use Amazon).
Amazon Prime Video is compatible with a number of devices, including handhelds and stationary ones. Amazon even has its own collection of devices specifically designed for Amazon Prime Video in its Fire line. You can watch Amazon Prime Video on any of the following:
Fire TV/Fire TV Stick
LG Blu-Ray Player
Panasonic Blu-Ray Player
Samsung Blu-Ray Player
Sony Blu-Ray Player
Xbox Series X/S
Android smartphones and tablets
Amazon Prime Video for PC or Mac
Amazon Prime Video VR for Oculus
Android TV/Google TV
Sony Smart TV
Samsung Smart TV
Panasonic Smart TV
LG Smart TV
Vizio Smart TV
Hisense Smart TV
Philips Smart TV
Sharp Smart TV
JVC Smart TV
TCL Smart TV
Insignia Smart TV
However, if you don't have Prime and you're deciding if