Not sure what Amazon Prime Video is? Let us give you a walkthrough. You’ve probably heard of Amazon Prime’s online shopping benefits, but one of the other services it offers is Prime Video. This on-demand streaming service features one of the biggest movie and TV show libraries, fusing original series with cult classics and new releases. Well-suited to those who don’t like the constraints of TV schedules, you can watch Prime Video content whenever you like. If you’re a lover of live TV, you can also experience some of that by adding on your favorite premium networks. And there’s the option to rent or buy recent cinematic hits, so you never have to miss out. Check out our in-depth Amazon Prime Video review for more of the service’s best bits.
|Amazon Prime||Amazon Prime Video|
|Free trial length||30 days||30 days|
|Number of titles||20,000+||20,000+|
|Number of simultaneous streams||3||3|
|Number of user profiles||6||6|
Amazon Prime Video packages and pricing
There are two ways to enjoy the service in all its glory. Either sign up for a full Amazon Prime membership or pay to access Prime Video and only Prime Video.
Full Amazon Prime package
The full Amazon Prime costs $12.99/mo. or $119/yr. It comes with a long list of benefits that aren’t just limited to Prime Video access. As well as all the on-demand content you could ever dream of, Prime gives you free two-day shipping (and same-day delivery in certain areas,) unlimited Prime Music streaming and early access to free books each month. You’ll also be able to bag Prime-exclusive shopping deals.
But back to Prime Video. Not only does it let you watch Hollywood masterpieces like Knives Out and Rocketman, but also every single one of Amazon’s Prime originals. (Think crime drama Bosch, psychological thriller Homecoming and comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.)
Plus, you can watch certain live sports throughout the year and add on Prime Video Channels for an extra monthly fee. These range from sports-focused networks like NBA League Pass to premium names like HBO and Showtime. Some channels even let you watch live broadcasts as well as entire show seasons and exclusive films. Finally, you can rent or buy both old and new titles. And up to three devices can stream Prime content at the same time.
College students are eligible for a discounted Prime membership. After an extended six-month free trial, students can get 50 percent off the usual Prime fee ($6.49/mo.) while receiving all the same benefits. Those who are on Medicaid or who have an EBT card can also get money off their monthly Prime fees. Pay just $5.99/mo.
Amazon Prime Video-only package
If you don’t want everything the full Prime membership has to offer but can’t live without Amazon Prime Video, sign up for a video-only plan. How much is Amazon Prime Video’s cheaper package? Well, for $8.99/mo., you can access the same ad-free, on-demand content as normal Prime subscribers. And you’ll get the same simultaneous streaming limit. But you’ll miss out on the other Prime perks, like free delivery. You also won’t be able to add on any premium or specialist channels.
Both 4K-ready packages are available on almost any device you can think of. The list includes certain smart TVs, Android and iOS phones and tablets, Amazon Fire devices, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku. Even game consoles like PlayStation 3 and 4 and Xbox 360 and One are compatible.
Amazon Prime Video add-ons
An Amazon Prime Video subscription gives you the chance to build a personalized TV library. Although you’ve got thousands of Prime titles to choose from, you may be dying to watch more sports, comedy or award-winning series. That’s where Prime Video Channels come in. From STARZ to CBS All Access, Amazon has more than 100 of them to choose from. Each comes with an additional monthly fee.
To view the full list, visit our Amazon Channels list.
Amazon Prime Video pricing compared
Amazon Prime Video’s costs sit at the upper end of the on-demand streaming service market. One of its main competitors, Netflix, offers a basic plan for the same $8.99/mo. price. However, Prime Video allows you to stream in 4K ultra high definition (UHD). To get the same quality from Netflix, you’d have to pay $15.99/mo. (Of course, this higher price comes with the added benefit of four simultaneous streams.) However, Hulu — another big rival — is cheaper, only charging $5.99/mo. for its on-demand catalog. Then there’s Disney+: a slightly different service as it’s completely family-focused. It costs $6.99/mo.
Each of the above streaming services comes with various-sized libraries too. Amazon Prime Video’s price is relatively low when you consider its catalog size of over 20,000 titles. Netflix, on the other hand, has almost 6,000 shows and movies, Hulu has over 2,500 and Disney+ has nearly 1,000.
|Amazon Prime Video||Disney+||Hulu||Netflix|
|Starting monthly price||$8.99/mo.||$6.99/mo.||$5.99/mo.||$8.99/mo.|
Sign up for an Amazon Prime Video free trial
Amazon Prime gives one of the longest free trial periods around. During the Amazon Prime Video sign-up process, you can choose to try the full or Prime Video membership for 30 days. That’s plenty of time to check out the on-demand content, get busy with some online shopping and see whether you want to add on any Prime Video Channels. (Channels themselves tend to come with a shorter free trial of seven days.)
Sign up for an Amazon Video trial here.
Our hot take
If you sign up for Amazon Prime Video, you’re signing up for one of the most expansive online streaming libraries. More than 20,000 shows and movies are ready to watch whenever you are. Of course, subscribing to the full Prime membership will give you way more perks, whether you’re an avid online shopper or a person who can’t live without premium TV. And you can give it all a go with a 30-day free Amazon video trial.
Check out Prime Video Channels, too, for an easy way to watch your favorite networks all in one place. Remember: you only pay for what you want to watch, a personalized offering that other on-demand streaming services can’t compete with.