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Breaking down Amazon Prime Video

With all the streaming service options out there, figuring out which ones are best suited to you and your family can be quite difficult when taking into consideration both your interests and your budget. We’ve already covered articles on AMC+, Paramount Plus, Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Netflix. Now, we’re diving into everything that Amazon Prime Video has to offer in order to help you decide if it’s the streaming service you’re looking for.
 

What is Amazon Prime Video?

Accessible to Amazon Prime members with the relevant membership allowing you access to thousands of Prime Video titles at no additional cost. In addition, you can rent or buy TV shows and movies that are not available for streaming, as well as subscribe to 100+ premium channels through Prime Video Channel subscriptions.
 

What is Included?

Access an Amazon-sized library of movies and TV shows spanning every genre, from romantic comedies to chilling thrillers. You will also have access to popular, award-winning Amazon Original Movies and Prime Original Series. Premium features include 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads to be able to view content offline.
 

How much is Amazon Prime Video?

An Amazon Prime Video membership is $8.99 per month plus taxes.
 

Does Amazon Prime Video offer any discounts or specials?

Amazon Prime Video offers quite a few deals, including discounts for students, people with EBT eligibility, and money back through an Amazon credit card.

If you’re a student, you get a 6-month free trial and then after that it’s only $6.49 per month or $59/year once the trial ends. Student members have access to two-day shipping, as well as same-day or two-hour delivery depending on availability, as well as access to Prime Video and discounts on textbooks, homework help, etc.

If you’re a part of a government assistance programs, such as TANF, WIC, or SNAP then you might be able to receive Amazon Prime for $5.99 per month. All you need to do is confirm your eligibility online and then you should be able to utilize your membership immediately.

Lastly, if you opt for the Amazon credit card, which is the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card and the Prime Store Card, then you get 5% Cash back on Amazon purchases which will help lower that initial cost of purchasing a Prime membership or Prime video.

 

How can I watch Amazon Prime Video?

You can watch Amazon Prime Video on any of the following systems:

Amazon Devices: Fire TV/Fire TV Stick, Echo Devices (with a screen) and Fire Tablet

Blu-Ray Devices: LG, Panasonic, Samsung, SONY

Games Consoles: Sony Playstation 4, Sony Playstation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox 1

Mobile Devices: Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)

Prime Video System Requirements: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Opera

Set Top Boxes and Media Players: Google Chromecast, Nvidia Shield
Roku, Tivo, Apple TV, Xiaomi, Sky Q, Now TV / NOW, KPN, Jio, Elsys, Bouygyes, SFR, Rogers, Shaw, Telstra, Tatasky, Airtel, Iliad, Masmovil, Vodafone (Italy, Spain)
Orange (France), Telefonica (Peru, Chile, Columbia, Brazil, and Argentina)
Total Play, Telecentro, Telus, Bell (Canada)

Smarts TVs: Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, LG, Vizio, Hisense, Philips, Sharp, JVC, Grundig, TCL, AOC, Konka, Xiaomi, Skyworth, Changhong, Haier, and Vestel

 

What can I watch on Amazon Prime Video?

Amazon Prime Video offers award-winning, critically acclaimed programs for Prime members such as the following:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: a Jewish American housewife who discovers her talent for stand-up comedy. She takes a job as a make-up counter girl and starts performing stand-up comedy in clubs across New York after her husband leaves her.

The Grand Tour: British motoring television series, very similar to Top Gear as it includes both car reviews and timed laps.

Transparent: American comedy-drama about a Los Angeles family that discovers that their parent is a transwoman.

Tumble Leaf (Kids Series): A show intended for preschoolers that takes place in a whimsical land, where a small blue fox named Fig plays and discovers adventure, friendship and love.

Add Magic (Kids series): Three friends find a cookbook in an attic that contains recipes resulting in magic effects.

 

Is Amazon Prime Video Worth Getting?

If you’re already subscribed to Amazon Prime, the streaming video is a great perk. If not, it may still be worth the $9 charge monthly if you enjoy Amazon Original shows or if you’ll watch movies from it’s very large selection. If you already have cable or a different streaming service with your favorite shows and movies, then it might be not be necessary to opt for Amazon Prime video.

 

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