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Amazon’s Prime Video free trial: What does it get you in New Zealand?

If streaming content is your number one priority, check out Prime Video membership.

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It was a long-time coming, but as of 2016 Amazon Prime Video officially became available in New Zealand.

Amazon Prime Video free trial

New customers are eligible for a 7-day free trial of Amazon Prime Video. There is no-lock-in contract and you can cancel whenever you like before the end of the free period without paying a cent. Just go to “Account & Settings” to adjust your membership settings.

You do have to enter your payment details, such as credit/debit card number, billing name and address to gain access to the free period. Once the free trial period ends, Amazon automatically debits your account, so keep an eye on the end date if you’re considering cancelling before Amazon charges you.

If you do decide to stick around, it costs USD$2.99 per month for the first 6 months, then it increases to USD$5.99 per month. That is relatively cheap in comparison to the competition. Netflix stings you NZD$11.49 per month for its lowest-tier plan with standard definition (SD) streaming for 1 concurrent user and $14.99 for its mid-tier plan with high definition (HD) streaming and 2 simultaneous users. Prime Video’s only plan allows you to stream on three separate devices at once in SD, HD or 4K/UHD depending on the title and the device you’re streaming on.

It is essential to note that Prime Video doesn’t offer as many TV shows and movies as Netflix New Zealand.

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Service Simultaneous streams Max. video quality Monthly fee Free Trial Period
Prime Video
Prime Video
On-demand streaming
3
SD
$5.99/month
7 days
Prime Video is currently available to New Zealanders at $2.99 per month for the first six months. Price reverts to $5.99 per month after the first 6 months.
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How does Prime Video compare?

How does Amazon’s streaming service stack up against the competition?

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Service Simultaneous streams Max. video quality Monthly fee Free Trial Period
Disney+
Disney+
On-demand streaming
4
4K/UHD
$9.99/month
N/A
Get Disney+. Watch new and classic TV and Movies from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic and 21st Century Fox from one streaming service.
Acorn TV
Acorn TV
On-demand streaming
1
HD
$7.99/month
7 days
Acorn TV offers British TV shows on-demand.
CuriosityStream
CuriosityStream
On-demand streaming
Multiple
4K/UHD
US $2.99/month
N/A
Access to thousand of documentaries, from nature, to lifestyle and technology. Note: Price given in US dollars.
iwonder
iwonder
On-demand streaming
1
HD
$6.99/month
30 days
Prime Video
Prime Video
On-demand streaming
3
SD
$5.99/month
7 days
Prime Video is currently available to New Zealanders at $2.99 per month for the first six months. Price reverts to $5.99 per month after the first 6 months.
Neon TV and Movies
Neon TV and Movies
On-demand streaming
2
SD
$13.95/month
14 days
Lightbox Standard
Lightbox Standard
On-demand streaming
Digital Movie Store
2
HD
$12.99/month
30 days
Lightbox Premium
Lightbox Premium
On-demand streaming
Digital Movie Store
4
HD
$15.99/month
30 days
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic
On-demand streaming
1
SD
$11.99/month
N/A
Netflix Standard
Netflix Standard
On-demand streaming
2
HD
$16.99/month
N/A
Netflix Premium
Netflix Premium
On-demand streaming
4
4K/UHD
$21.99/month
N/A
TVNZ On Demand
TVNZ On Demand
On-demand streaming
1
HD
No subscription
N/A
Sky Sport Now Week Pass
Sky Sport Now Week Pass
Sports
1
HD
$19.99/week
N/A
ThreeNow
ThreeNow
On-demand streaming
1
SD
No subscription
Sky Sport Now Month Pass
Sky Sport Now Month Pass
Sports
1
HD
$49.99/month
N/A
Sky Sport Now 12 Month Pass
Sky Sport Now 12 Month Pass
Sports
1
HD
$39.99/month
N/A
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