Amazon Prime Video Review
Amazon’s answer to Netflix is more than tempting and it’s a no-brainer if you’re already a Prime Member. With thousands of titles to choose from – including award-winning original content – there’s something for everyone. If the title you are looking for is not included in the streaming service, Amazon Prime Video offers one stop shopping to buy or rent what you are looking for.
Amazon Prime Video Pros
Amazon boasts a very impressive video library. Not only is Amazon Prime Video a viable replacement for cable, the newer movies and TV shows available – even if some are listed for an additional fee – Amazon could be a quality replacement for movie theaters because of the significantly shorter wait times before the general release and the availability on the service. Amazon offers quality content across all genres, along with their own original shows and movies, but some seasons are only free to a point before a $1.99 per episode fee starts showing up.
Like other services, Amazon Prime Video is accessible through multiple platforms, making it easy to watch on the go. Access to rent or buy newer titles is a nice perk, too.
Amazon Prime Video Cons
Prime Video lacks the user profiles that Netflix offers – making it hard for multiple users to keep track of where they are in the same show.
Amazon Prime Video Bottom Line
If you’re using Amazon Prime for online shopping, it makes sense to take advantage of Prime Video and possibly even replace other streaming services. For non-Amazon users, access to thousands of quality titles along with other Amazon features could be tempting enough to make the switch and definitely warrants looking at the free trial offer.
Amazon Prime Video Is Gaining Momentum
Amazon Prime Video, now the third-largest streaming service, is gaining on Netflix and YouTube in a race for the top – but what does the shopping giant’s service have over its biggest competitors, and is it worth the Amazon Prime subscription fee?
Amazon Prime Basic Features
A subscription to Amazon Prime gets you a whole host of benefits, but what’s really important is the company’s digital streaming service. It’s not available on Apple TV, which is a deal-breaker for some people, but on most other mobile devices and streaming devices, it’s a free app with an easy-to-use interface. Instant access to a tremendous variety of titles, from box office hits to entire movies and shows that should’ve ended up on the cutting room floor, makes Amazon Prime Video a valid contender among its contemporaries: Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube.
Amazon Prime Has Original Programming
Amazon Prime original programming is hit-or-miss with the critics (shows like “Alpha House” does pretty poorly in the review department, but “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” gets consistently high ratings), but it does have a huge variety of shows across the entire spectrum of genres available.
Amazon has fewer original movies than Netflix does, but with big hits like “Manchester by the Sea” and “The Handmaiden,” there are plenty of quality flicks to spend an evening – or two – with.
Amazon Prime Video Pricing
For a $99 annual fee (or $13 per month, which is a $2 rate-hike over last year’s cost), you get unlimited video streaming of movies, TV shows and original programming. You can download many of the movies to your phone or tablet for offline viewing, too. Compare that with Netflix’s $10.99 per month for HD streaming, YouTube TV’s $35 per month, and Hulu’s $7.99 per month (or $39.99 per month for live TV) and you end up in a budgetary Nirvana.
Extra Perks With Amazon Prime Video
When you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you have unlimited access to its video and television vault – but there are a few other perks, too. You also get:
- Free two-day shipping on “Prime” orders
- Complete access to a huge library of e-books with one free e-book per month
- Unlimited photo storage
- Limited music streaming
- Flat-rate shipping for groceries and household items through Amazon Pantry
- Future access to expanding programs like restaurant delivery and free two-hour product delivery (Amazon only offers these in a handful of big cities right now)
How It Works
As a Prime member, you have access to 1000s of movies and TV shows for free. Just log into your Amazon Prime account and browse for selections. You can also add on for a fee premium channels like HBO and Showtime and pick from additional rentals starting at $2.99. Buy TV episodes à la carte or purchase a season pass at a discount.
Plans & Pricing
Amazon Prime members ($99/year) have free access to this service – a compelling reason to hold off on a separate subscription to another company – and includes streaming on up to three devices. Before committing for a year, there is a 30-day free trial available before a $12.99 per month fee applies. A very nice addition to the Amazon subscription and definitely a serious option to consider.
Amazon gives Netflix some healthy competition for the best content, but Netflix still has a better user interface. Prime video has an online shopping feel to it, which is not necessarily what users are looking for when they want to break out the popcorn and relax. That said, they offer enough to make up for the less-than-stellar set up – including exclusive shows and rental options for titles even Netflix doesn’t have.
General questions can be answered within your Amazon Account knowledge base.