What is Amazon Prime Video? – As you may have already known, Amazon is known as a retail giant, and not as a streaming powerhouse, but a couple of years ago, Amazon added a Netflix-like streaming service known as ‘Amazon Prime Instant Video,’ which most people like to refer to as ‘Amazon Prime Video.’
What is Amazon Prime Video?
Amazon Prime Video is an internet video on demand that is developed, owned and operated by Amazon. It is a service that comes with the renowned ‘Amazon Prime’ program. This program comes with a lot of goodies, such as free two-day shipping for all items purchased on Amazon, access to games with Twitch Prime, access to music streaming, free cloud storage for photos, access to free eBooks from Kindle library, and more.
So, see Amazon Prime Video as another version of Netflix, Hulu plus or TV Now, offered under Amazon Prime program. Just like Netflix, this service offers free movies and TV shows streaming for its members, non-Amazon Prime members do not have access to this service. With Amazon Prime video, you’re likely not to get bored because it’s packed with loads of good movies and TV series, just like Netflix.
Amazon has been upping its video streaming game for quite some time now. The establishment has been spending hundreds of millions of dollars on this service in order to offer its members or subscribers the best service they can ever imagine. Amazon is using all this money to get exclusive rights to TV shows, build its movies/TV show library and produce its own original series. Amazon currently has 50, 704 titles and 1,761 channels available.
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This has been a big challenge for Netflix, as Amazon Prime Video could overtake Netflix in the nearest future. Although, Amazon hasn’t produced anything that can compete with Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” or House of Cards.” I believe that Netflix is up for this challenge, let’s see how it all play out. Check out Amazon Prime Original series here
If you’re a member of Amazon Prime and you’ve not been using this service, then you’ve missed out a lot. If you’re not a member but wish to opt in for this service, read up everything you need to know about Amazon Prime here to get started.
Why is Amazon going into the streaming industry
Well, I may be wrong, but I believe that Amazon, just like every great company out there is trying to follow the trend. This is a digital age, in order for a renowned company like Amazon to stay on top, they need to follow the trend. Another reason could be that maybe they believe that they have something better than Netflix or TV Now to offer. Let’s sit tight and see what Amazon offers in the nearest future.
Who is Amazon Prime Video available to?
Amazon has two different streaming services, Amazon Prime Instant Video (the one we’re talking about) and Amazon Instant Video. Note: the formal is for Amazon Prime members only – which is the one this article is about. The Major difference between this two streaming services is that Amazon Prime Instant Video is only for Prime members, while the Amazon Instant Video is both for Prime members and non-Prime members (it’s for everyone). To have access to this service, you’ll need to pay a fee to rent or buy a title. This is just like the video section of iTunes.
Worth knowing, Amazon Instant Video has more newer and better titles if compared to Prime Instant Video – this is because users of this service are required to pay per movie or TV show – unlike Prime where users have already paid flat fees which give them access to all movies and TV shows.
Amazon Prime Instant Video is only available for U.S. based customers. People who get Prime benefits as a guest of other Prime members, or students with free membership are not allowed to use this service. Hence, to use this service, one has to subscribe directly to Amazon Prime program.
Where, or how can I stream Amazon Prime Video?
According to Amazon, the Prime Instant Video streams on over 650 different phones, computers, tablets, gaming consoles, set-top boxes and smart TVs. Before now, this service was not available on some mobile key platforms, such Android. But recently, Amazon has corrected this wrong by making this service available for Android users. This means you can use your android device to stream Prime videos. Download Amazon Prime App here. For iOS users, download the app here.
Also, if you’re an Apple TV owner, you can stream Amazon Prime Videos to your TVs directly from an iOS device or through your Mac using the Airplay feature.
How to stream Amazon Prime Video on various devices
We’ll be focusing on how you can watch Amazon Prime videos on some popular devices based on different platforms, such as Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, Apple’s iOS devices, Roku set-top box and PCs.
How To Stream Amazon Prime Video on Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HDX
Amazon Prime Kindle Fire Tablets make it very easy for both Prime members and non-members to stream Prime video and buy Instant Video. It’s so easy that you don’t even need to install an app in order to start streaming. All you have to do is to tap the “Videos” button on the home screen and you’ll be taken to Amazon library.
Kindle Fire HDX lineup, Amazon’s latest tablets, come with spectacular feature which give users access to offline viewing. According to Amazon, over half of Prime Video (movies & TV shows) can be downloaded to this device for offline viewing. This means with this device you’ll have the privilege to download episodes of “Alpha House” or “Betas” and watch them later. This feature is so glorious, especially for those who travel on planes a lot, or commute on subways.
How to stream Amazon Prime Videos on my iPhone, iPad and iPod
Amazon Prime members with iPhone, iPad or iPod can download the Prime Video app from the App Store. This app is nothing like the Amazon shopping app. Open the app and search for and watch Prime videos.
The only drawback about this app is that you must be connected to a Wifi network in order for you to be able to use it to stream. This is a huge drawback as Amazon Prime Video rival, Netflix allows users to stream all movies/shows from their 4G LTE iPhones. This is an error Amazon needs to correct.
How to stream Amazon Prime Video on my PC (laptop & desktop)
As a Prime member, for you to stream from your laptop or desktop, you’ll have to go to Amazon.com through your browser, and login to your Amazon account. After you’ve successfully logged in, hover your mouse over “Your Prime” somewhere around the top right corner. You’ll find all Amazon Prime movies and TV shows displayed in a tile-like format.
Now to stream any of the video, click on the title of your preferred video and it will start streaming right away. If you like the video, you can go ahead and add it to your “Watchlist.”
If you wish to download it, you may be required to pay to do so. But if you’re a prime member, I don’t think there would a need for that, unless you want to download the video to watch later when you’re in a place you don’t have access to the internet, such as airplane.
To have access to all the 50,000+ movies, click on “see all 50,000+ movies titles” somewhere around the bottom corner.
How to stream Amazon Prime Video with Roku
Roku, the popular set-top box that connects to your TV can be used to watch Amazon Prime video. This device doesn’t come with Amazon Prime video app pre-loaded. Roku knows the app as “channels.” So in order for you to begin streaming with Roku, you’ll need to install the app “channels” from the Channel Store.
After installing the app, sign into your Amazon account to access Amazon Prime Instant video, Amazon Instant Video and your watchlist, if you have any.
I believe with this article you’ve understood what Amazon Prime Video is. If you’re a Prime member and you’ve not been using this service, then you’ve not been getting the best out of your money. As I’ve earlier mentioned, Amazon Prime fee covers this service, plus other spectacular services, such as Prime music, cloud storage, access to gaming via Amazon Twitch, access to free eBooks from Kindle library, free shipping and more.
Most Prime members obtained the Prime membership just for the free shipping service it offers. Amazon has been adding new services to this program in order to impress old and be able to entice new members. Amazon Prime customers are so valuable to Amazon, that’s why they are being given all the fair treatment they need in order to make them happy. Members of Amazon Prime are so valuable to Amazon because they are frequent shoppers. They buy more expensive items and spend more than other category of Amazon customers. Hence, Amazon give them back a lot of goodies by offering them these cool services.
So if you’re a Prime member, now that you’re familiar with Amazon Prime Instant video, you should be able to get more out of Amazon Prime program. Also, consider other aforementioned services that this program offers. Amazon is getting a lot from you. So why not get the best out of them by making use of the services you’ve already paid for.