Amazon is well known as the world’s largest online retailer and dominates when it comes to selling books, electronic goods, toys, gardening tools, clothes and much more. They also offer unlimited online movie and TV show streaming service, which they call Amazon Prime Instant Video. Back in November of 2011, the company announced their on-demand streaming service which would become one of the competitors against Netflix and Hulu. Prime Instant Video also comes with a 30 day free trial so you can experience the service first-hand without paying a penny.
What is the difference between Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Prime Instant Video?
This is a question that I had trouble with myself, however, after reading a few pages on Wikipedia I grasped the difference between the two. Amazon Instant Video is an on-demand service that the retail giant released in 2008 which give users the option to rent or buy films and TV episodes. The service is currently only available for residents within the United States. With one click you can download the motion picture of your choice and watch at your leisure. If you decide you’d rather rent, you will have access to view the video for 30 days from the day of purchase.
Amazon Prime Instant video has a vast collection of over 40,000 movies and TV episodes that you can watch from anywhere on multiple devices. When you subscribe to Prime Instant Video you will also get two other perks as well, like unlimited 2 day shipping for millions of items from Amazon with no minimum order size. If you’re a Kindle owner you will also have the ability to borrow one book each month from thousands of selections through the Lending Library for free. The Lending Library allows subscribers to borrow popular titles with no due dates. This freebie is only active on Kindle devices.
How much does Amazon Prime Instant Video Cost?
When it comes the the price, a subscription to the online streaming service will cost you $79 a year. That’s roughly around $6.50 a month. Although, it should be noted that you are not billed month to month but on a yearly basis.
What devices are compatible with Amazon Prime Instant Video?
I’ve listed all the devices that are currently compatible with the video streaming service.
- Kindle fire HD
- XBOX 360
- Wii U
- iOS Products: iPhones, iPad, Macbooks
- Windows OS Computers
- TV and Blu-rays brands such as: Samsung, Sony and LG.
At this time, Prime Instant Video is not available on Android devices. But don’t stress, thanks to Juli Monroe from TeleRead.com you can implement a quick little hack that will let you stream on Android devices such as the Nexus 7.
* If any devices are missing from the list let me know in the comment section below. I will be sure to update it with any new or missing compatible devices.
What are the benefits?
As a subscriber you will also receive free 2 day shipping on eligible purchases on Amazon. Usually they provide free shipping on orders that are more than $25 but in some cases your order might be right under that mark. That is when the free 2 day shipping comes in handy. As mentioned before, you will also get access to the Lending Library where you can choose from over 300,000 ebooks that you can borrow for free. But most importantly you can sit back and stream thousands and thousands of video entertainment on multiple of devices.
If you have Kindle fire HD you’ve probably well aware of all the perks that come with this service. If not, the video below gives you an idea of what you’ll be dealing with.
If you want to see how this entertainment streaming business holds up with others like it you should sign up for the free trial. You can try Amazon Prime for 30 days. You will need a credit card to sign up for this offer. If at any time during the 30 day trial period you wish to cancel the subscription, you may do so without being charged. Once the trial period has come to an end you will be automatically billed $79 for the year. You may cancel your subscription at your convenience.
- Navigate your way HERE.
- Click on the button that says Start your 30-day free trial
- At this point you will prompted to login into your Amazon account. If you don’t have an account you can simple create one.
- If you already have a credit or debit card on file you can choose that card of choice for payment. If not you can add a new card.
- Confirm your billing address.
- And enjoy!
Q & A with a representative from Amazon
I usually like to reach out to companies and ask them questions that isn’t found on their FAQ section of their site. Below I asked a representative from Amazon about some questions I had about their streaming service.
What can subscribers look forward too in the near future?
“Unfortunately we will not have that information prior to the release. But what I can tell you is that the videos that are available now may not be available at a later time as this purely depends on the license provided by the Content Provider.”
Why should customers choose Prime over other leaders of online streaming like Netflix and Hulu Plus?
“Amazon Prime Video has most of the top rated videos available for free streaming for members. Also this provides unlimited streaming on two devices. This means you can stream two different videos on two devices at the same time. There is a huge collection of video content and this list will be updating on a regular basis.”
Why isn’t Amazon Prime Instant video accessible on Android devices and will it be in the near future?
“As Google Android devices doesn’t support the use of Flash and Silverlight (players which are used to play Amazon Videos) Android devices aren’t supported.”
The content above is mostly informative. I tried to keep my opinion out of it, but I got a few things on my mind regarding the service. First, let me say that I have NOT tried Amazon Prime myself. I am a little hesitant adding any type of credit card information when it comes to free trials. This is mostly because I tend to forget when the offer expires. I am usually reminded about the subscription when I see it on my monthly statement. I am working on a reminder app for that. Second, I own an Android device and since Amazon player is not compatible with my device, it would limit my use. And lastly, I have grown attached to Hulu. However, if you own a Kindle device or iPad I think it could be a great choice to subscribe.