Your Complete Guide to Amazon Prime Video

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NOTE: The information below covers Prime Video in general and was compiled in 2020; for more recent information on Prime Video Channels specifically, please see our guide on How to Subscribe to Prime Video Channels.

One of the biggest Amazon Prime perks has to be Prime Video. It allows members to watch a ton of movies, TV shows, and original content at no additional cost, helping you cut the cable cord.

Read on for our complete guide to Amazon Prime Video, where we cover the content available on the service, the streaming devices you can use, and what you'll pay.

What's on Amazon Prime Video?

Amazon Prime Video is included with Prime membership, though you can also purchase a stand-alone subscription for $8.99 per month. It provides access to movies and TV shows — including Prime Originals — at no additional cost.

Prime Video provides access to movies and TV shows, along with premium channels and live events.

The service features a wide selection of titles you can rent or buy digitally, as well. There are premium channels you can also add, like HBO, Starz, Showtime, and Shudder.

Plus, now Prime Video includes access to live events, including sports.

Amazon Prime Movies

Amazon Prime Video offers up a wide variety of movies for your viewing pleasure.

It has plenty of older movies, like 1985's Clue, but more recent picks are available, too, like 2019's Knives Out. Also look for film noir flicks, BBC movies, and more.

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There are plenty of Prime Original series to binge, but you'll find seasons of beloved favorites, as well. House, M.D., Bones, 30 Rock, and Downton Abbey were all part of the Prime Video lineup at press time.

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All the seasons of most of these series are available. Note that If a show is ongoing, the latest season might not be included with Prime yet. However, you can often buy individual episodes or season passes if you can't wait for Prime to pick it up.

Amazon Prime Originals

Amazon has invested heavily in its original content. While these titles don't make up the bulk of its video catalog, critically acclaimed series like The Boys and movies like Chemical Hearts are still worth checking out.

As long as you're a Prime member, you can watch this content for free whenever.

How Long Does Content Stay on Amazon Prime Video?

Obviously, Amazon's original programming will be available to Prime members indefinitely. However, for other content, Amazon cycles through it in much the same way as Netflix.

Obviously, Amazon's original programming will be available to Prime members indefinitely.

It comes down to how long the online retailer licenses the content, but most offerings seem to stick around for several months. Additionally, lists typically circulate at the beginning and end of every month detailing the titles being added and removed.

What Devices Support Prime Video Streaming?

You can watch Prime Video across a number of devices, thanks to the Amazon video app. They include the following:

  • Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire tablets

  • Apple TV, Roku, TiVo, and Nvidia Shield devices

  • Smart TVs

  • Android and iOS devices

  • Xbox and PlayStation consoles

  • Blu-ray players from select brands

More in-depth information on compatible devices is also available.

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How Much Does Prime Video Cost?

If you decide to buy content through Prime Video, it'll cost you more than just the subscription price. Here's what you can expect to pay.

Prime Video Content Price
Prime Video stand-alone subscription $8.99 per month
Individual episodes not included in Prime $1.99 to $4.99 per episode
Individual seasons not included in Prime $2.99 to $38.99 per season

Amazon has a fair amount of movies that aren't included with Prime, and you can rent those titles or buy them to add to your digital library. You must have 1-Click ordering set up to take advantage of this service, though.

Add-On Channels

If you've cut the cable cord but still want to watch premium channels, Amazon makes it easy to add those on. To do so, you must be a Prime member, whether paid or on a free trial.

Prime Video's premium channels typically offer a 7-day trial, after which you'll pay a monthly fee.

You can even subscribe to live sports channels so you won't miss out on your favorite events. However, certain channels like MLB.TV will have blackouts on local games, meaning you'll have to find another way to watch those.

Julie Ramhold
Senior Staff Writer/Consumer Analyst

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