Amazon Prime Instant Video Review | Price, Features and Content

Information verified correct on March 29th, 2017

With a vast selection that includes shows from HBO and quality in-house content like Transparent, Amazon Instant Video is strong competition for streaming stalwarts Netflix and Hulu.

Originally launched in 2006 as Amazon Unbox, Amazon Instant Video expanded rapidly after acquiring popular streaming service LoveFilm in 2011. Today it’s one of the main competitors in the streaming market, alongside Netflix and Hulu.

Price and packages

ServicePrice
Amazon Prime Membership$99.00  per year (upfront payment)
Shop Amazon – $0.99 Instant Video Deal of the Day Rentals (without Prime)Starting from $0.99
Shop Amazon’s Instant Video Movies Best Sellers Purchases (without Prime)Starting from $7.99

Amazon Prime’s $99 per year pricing offers a lot more than just streaming video. Prime membership gives you free 2-day shipping for any eligible Amazon purchase (a must for any Amazonian shopaholic), one free Kindle book download each month, and music streaming through Amazon Prime Music. That annual fee works out at a measly $8.25 per month (a very reasonable price for any streaming service). The only issue, you need to pay that cost upfront, and after you’ve used it once, there’s no backing out– maybe not the best move for anyone who hasn’t thoroughly researched their options.

What devices is Amazon Prime Instant Video compatible with?

Computer

  • PC
  • Mac

Game Consoles

  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 3
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox 360
  • Wii
  • Wii U

Mobile and Tablet

  • Apple iPad
  • Apple iPhone
  • Apple iPod Touch
  • Android Tablet
  • Android Smartphone
  • Fire phone
  • Kindle Fire

Smart TV, streaming media players and other

  • LG Smart TV
  • Panasonic
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Sony Smart TV
  • Vizio
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Asus CUBE
  • Roku
  • Hisense Pulse
  • NeoTV Prime
  • Sony Media Player
  • Vizio Co-Star
  • Chromecast (with some effort)
Amazon Prime Instant Video boasts a large gallery of compatible devices – though, it also has some glaring omissions, like Chromecast. You can get Amazon Prime Instant Video working on Chromecast if you tinker with a few settings, but it could be made much easier.

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In an effort to compete with Netflix, Amazon has begun producing content in-house, and the results have been impressive. With Transparent (98% Rotten Tomatoes rating), the beautiful dramedy featuring everyone’s favourite Bluth (Jeffrey Tambor) and Catastrophe (100% Rotten Tomatoes rating), Amazon is certainly on to a good thing. The only downside is, even as a Prime member, you will still have to pay to buy or rent new-release movies.

How do I sign up to Amazon Prime Instant Video?

Amazon Prime Instant Video is offering a free 30-day trial at the moment. Simply head over to the website and sign up. Just remember that you will be asked for your credit card details and once the free trial is up, you’ll instantly be charged the yearly fee of $99.

Amazon Prime Instant Video pros and cons

Pros

  • Lots of added benefits with an Amazon Prime membership
  • Excellent exclusive content
  • Lots to love for comic book fans

Cons

  • Annual payment (lock-in) is a big commitment compared to other services’ month-to-month deals
  • Lots of new releases are excluded from the deal
  • Doesn’t have the same “on-demand” feel as Netflix

Verdict

Amazon Prime Instant Video has a lot going for it, including impressive exclusive content and the fast shipping option. The annual commitment and hefty upfront payment is likely to discourage some customers Our biggest gripe? Amazon just doesn’t feel like a streaming video-on-demand service. It has a more sterile interface that makes it feel more like iTunes than Netflix.

Frequently asked questions

What is Prime Day?

Prime Day is Amazon’s version of Black Friday or Cyber Monday – 24 hours of insane sales on the Amazon shopping site. Prime Day 2015 was on July 15.

What happens if I cancel my Prime membership in the middle of the year?

You will receive a full refund ONLY if you have not made any purchases using your prime membership benefits. Otherwise, you can only get a full or partial refund if you cancel your membership within 3 days of signing up.

I am going to be travelling with no access to Wi-Fi, how can I use my Amazon Prime Instant Video service on the road?

Amazon Prime Instant Video allows you to download titles to your device before you leave. This way you can plan what you’d like to watch while you’re away, download it to your device while you still have Wi-Fi access and enjoy the service while you’re on the road.

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