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Amazon Prime Video Review: Is It Worth It?

A subscription to Amazon Prime Video comes with tons of content for you to enjoy. Find out what we think about the service below.

Malin Curry
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What is Amazon Prime Video?

Brought to you by the global leader in e-commerce, technology, and streaming, Amazon Prime Video is the ultimate service for those looking to change the way they stream. The service is one of the only streamers out there that comes with a subscription to an e-marketplace service as well. 

This can get confusing if you're unaware of how an Amazon Prime Video subscription works and what comes with one. So if you've come for information on service, then you're in the right place. Read on for more information on all things Amazon Prime Video.

How much does Amazon Prime Video cost?

A plan with Amazon Prime Video will cost you $9/mo. Keep in mind that you can access the streamer with a basic Amazon Prime subscription. Subscriptions for Amazon Prime come in two plans. The monthly Amazon Prime subscription, which will cost you $13/mo. And the yearly subscription, which will set you back an annual fee of $119. 

Purchasing an Amazon Prime subscription is probably your best option here. With Prime, you can do everything from buy groceries to sell your own merchandise. The added bonus of Prime Video with a Prime subscription makes Amazon a one-stop shop for most all of your entertainment needs.

Amazon Prime Video channels

Prime Video offers over 100 different channels for subscribers to purchase for an additional fee. These channels run the gamut from live sports to premium cable networks. Some of the most popular live TV channel offerings for sports include NBA League Pass, NFL, and MLB. TV. And channels like HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz deliver on the premium cable front.

There are tons of channels to choose from when customizing your Prime Video account. In fact, you might find the number of channels offered to be a bit overwhelming. Just be sure to determine what factors (price, content, etc.) are important to you before purchasing an additional channel, and you should be fine.

Amazon Prime Video compared to other TV services

Amazon Prime VideoHuluDisney PlusSling TV
Starting monthly price $9/mo.$6/mo.$8/mo.$35/mo.
Free trial length 30 days30 daysN/AN/A
On-demand content? YesYesYesYes
Number of channels 100+N/AN/A48
Highest streaming quality 4K4K4K4K

Prime Video stands out among this list for its identity as an on-demand streamer with live TV capabilities. You can watch on-demand content and live TV with Sling TV as well, but the streaming service leans more heavily into its live TV offerings. And its $35/mo. price tag reflects that. 

It's important to mention here that though Prime Video offers 100+ "channels" to subscribers, that does not mean that all of these are a part of the streamer's live TV offerings. In reality, these should be considered add-ons or extras rather than traditional channels. 

Last, though Prime Video is the second most expensive streaming service on this list, it's also one of the only services that offers a one-month free trial before you ever make a purchase. This is an attractive sell for those who have any kind of apprehension about the service or just want more time to make a decision. 

Amazon Prime Video features

Prime Video comes with a vast library of original content and syndicated shows for users to enjoy. But the service is also one of few streamers that allows you to rent or buy additional shows and movies to watch at your leisure.

One could argue that Prime Video has one of the largest libraries of any on-demand streaming service out there, especially when you consider how many titles are available to rent or buy. However, those looking to rent or buy a title through the service should understand how purchases work through Prime Video.

Buying or renting through Prime Video doesn't necessarily mean that you will have that title forever. In fact, Amazon Prime reserves the right to remove any content from the service if they are unable to reach an agreement with the content's distributor or parent company at any point. So be sure to keep this in mind before you decide to buy a show or movie on the service.

Even with this policy, Prime Video remains one of the top streaming providers out there. You can watch the service on three screens simultaneously and create up to six user profiles to stream content on. This means that you'll never have to wait for friends or family to watch the latest episode of your current binge. 

What's more, some Prime Video titles even come with an "X-ray" feature that frequently populates with various facts, information about cast members, and behind-the-scenes tidbits as you watch a show or movie. These fun facts will usually flash across the screen as you watch a given title. This feature is a game-changer when it comes to watching certain content.

The service has also ramped up its original content offerings in recent years. There are so many titles on the service that you'll love. To get you started, here are a few of the best Prime Video original shows and movies on the service right now.

  • The Boys

  • One Night in Miami

  • Coming 2 America

  • Tell Me Your Secrets

  • Homecoming

  • My Spy

  • Hunter

  • The Wilds

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

  • All or Nothing: Manchester City

As mentioned, Prime Video has tons of content slated for release in the coming months. The superhero drama Invincible is sure to shake things up when it drops on Mar. 26, 2021. And with the promise of plenty of new blockbuster films, it's easy to see why anyone would be excited about Prime Video. 

Amazon Prime Video supported devices

You can stream Prime Video from most devices, be it a phone, tablet, or smart TV. Here's a list of all the devices you can use to stream Prime Video.

  • Amazon Fire TV/Fire TV Stick

  • Amazon Echo devices with a screen (such as Echo Show, Echo Spot)

  • Amazon Fire Tablet

  • Blu-Ray LG Players with the Prime Video app

  • Blu-Ray Panasonic Players with the Prime Video app

  • Blu-Ray Sony Players with the Prime Video app

  • PlayStation 3

  • PlayStation 4

  • Microsoft Xbox One

  • Android devices

  • iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)

  • Google Chromecast

  • Nvidia Shield

  • Roku

  • Apple TV

  • Smart TVs with the Prime Video app

Is Amazon Prime Video Worth it?

There's more to Prime Video than meets the eye. You can think of the streamer as a sort of hub hosting all of your favorite titles and a few other things you're bound to love. 

What's more, a subscription with the service won't break the bank, meaning that you won't have to make any significant sacrifices if you decide to purchase a plan. So if you're looking for a service that will literally change the way you stream, then a subscription with Amazon Prime Video is the right choice for you.