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Amazon Prime Instant Video Review | Price, Features and Content

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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.

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.

Details

Service typeOn-demand streaming
Free trial30 days
Pricing$8.99
Lock-in contractNo

What devices is Amazon Prime Instant Video compatible with?

Top picks on Amazon Prime Instant Video

  • Transparent tv series
  • Slow West tv series
  • Suits tv series
  • Space Jam movie
  • Batman tv series
  • The Good Wife tv series
  • Catastrophe tv series
  • JL: Gods and Monsters tv series
  • Leon The Professional tv series

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 $119.
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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

Case study: Katia's experience

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Katia Iervasi
Staff writer

As long as you have an Amazon Prime account, you won’t pay anything extra to access an enormous library of TV shows and movies on Amazon Prime Video. Lately, I’ve been working my way through the Amazon Original series’ and I’ve been impressed with the quality of shows like The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and The Romanoffs. Originals aside, the library includes classics like Suits, as well as hundreds of movies.

The only downside is that you have to pay an additional fee for some movies. I have no problem with this when it’s a new release, but I find it weird that Amazon charges a fee for films that have been out for a long time — like Christmas with the Kranks! I’m not sure about the logic behind that. In those cases, I’ll switch to another streaming service like Netflix or Hulu and, chances are, that title will be on there.

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.

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