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Amazon Prime Video | Price, features and content compared

Online retail giant Amazon shifted into the video streaming market in 2011, and went global with the service in late 2016. Here's what you need to know to watch in Hong Kong.

Once upon a time, those living in Hong Kong used to struggle with limited streaming options. That’s no longer the case, since cord cutters now have plenty of choices when it comes to streaming platforms. So much so that deciding which one to get can be difficult.

However, Amazon Video has one important thing going for it: it’s free with a Prime subscription. That means that on top of fun perks like free shipping, Prime subscribers also get access to a generous library of original productions from Jack Ryan to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to The Romanoffs.

What is Amazon Prime Video?

Amazon Prime Video is a subscription video on demand service developed and operated by Amazon. Similar to Netflix, it allows you to stream an unlimited number of TV shows and movies from its content library for a monthly fee.

The service launched in the US back in 2006 under the name Amazon Unbox, but was renamed two years later to Amazon Prime Video. Until December 2016, Amazon Video was only available the US, the UK, Germany, Austria and Japan. All that changed with the release of The Grand Tour, the original series that Amazon decided to stream globally.

Amazon Video is now available in more than 200 countries including Singapore, where you can get it free with an annual Prime subscription. It has been available in Hong Kong since December 2017. No more VPNs required.

The platform offers an appealing library of both TV shows and movies. Its collection is smaller than some of its competitors, but Prime Video compensates with quality original productions.

Don’t worry – you can still look forward to watching plenty of exciting fresh content. The list includes a TV series based on The Lord of the Rings novels, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s beloved novel Good Omens and a fantasy series starring Cara Delevingne and Orlando Bloom titled Carnival Row.

How much does Amazon Prime Video cost?

Singaporeans get access to the Prime Video platform for free with an Amazon Prime membership. A subscription costs US$8.99/month. Also, you can benefit from a 30-day free trial to figure out if it’s worth your money.

How much content does Amazon Prime Video offer?

The Amazon Prime Video content library is generous, boasting both movies and TV series. However, where Amazon Prime Video really shines is with its impressive collection of original productions. You can stream The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which recently won several Emmy and Golden Globe awards.

You can watch Prime Video originals like Hunters, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Picard and more. Or, you can relax with engaging hidden gems like Sneaky Pete and The Man in the High Castle. Prime Video also picked up the global broadcast rights for Borat 2.

Amazon’s streaming future is looking bright, so you won’t run out of content to watch anytime soon. Prime Video also has thousands of shows and movies that it didn’t create too. Though as they don’t own these productions they may come and go off the service.

What devices are compatible with Amazon Prime Video?

The fact Amazon Prime Video has been active in some international markets for years before its global launch means that there’s a solid lineup of devices you can use to access the service. In addition to the standard web browser, there are dedicated apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. For iOS you’ll need to be running iOS 7 or above, while Android users will need Android 4.0 or above.

Being that Amazon also plays in the hardware space, it’s not surprising to learn that its range of Amazon Fire tablets also support Prime Video streaming. While initially not available in Australia, you’re now be able to stream through the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can access the service via popular LG and Samsung Smart TVs though if you own them. Also slightly disappointing is the lack of an Apple TV app.

If you do want the full smart TV experience for Amazon Prime Video in Australia, you’ll need to ensure you own one of the compatible LG or Samsung Smart TVs. There’s also no native support for Chromecast. You can cast your screen to the big screen on Android devices, but native support is much better for your mobile’s battery life. Still, it’s still early days for Prime Video’s global expansion, so it wouldn’t be surprising to find the compatible device list improve consistently over time.

Don’t have a smart TV? No problem. The Prime Video app is available on the Fire TV stick, Android TV by Sony, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Apple TV.

How much data will Amazon Prime Video use?

Titles from Amazon’s library are available in formats ranging from standard quality (SD) to UHD and HDR. How much data you’ll use while streaming TV shows and movies will depend on the quality you’re using to watch programming. The platform doesn’t release official information about data usage.

Streaming on data will burn on average 270MB/hour on Android and 1.3GB/hour on iOS. So always make sure you have access to Wi-Fi if you plan to watch a series or a lot of movies on your mobile as excess data use may cause you to incur extra charges from your mobile carrier. If you have a small monthly allowance, we suggest going to Settings in your Amazon Prime Video app and selecting the “Wi-Fi only” option, so you don’t accidentally start streaming videos when on mobile data.

Alternatively, you can download selected titles to watch later. That means you can download a TV episode when connected to Wi-Fi and watch it whenever you want without additional data charges.

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