Amazon’s video streaming Amazon Video could be considered the main rival to Netflix, Amazon offers TV shows as well as movies to watch instantly on an internet-connected device.
Amazon invests tons in original TV content, and also to coves sports exclusive to the platform, so you need to have a subscription to access the content provided. The most recent revelation is that the entire James Bond collection is making its way to Prime Video.
If you wish to watch the recent editions or any of the thousands of other programs or films, this article’s read-through is all you need, including how to get it on your TV.
What is Amazon Prime Video? How much does its subscription cost?
Amazon Prime Video is the name given to Amazon’s TV show as well as movie streaming application/service available for multiple devices. It consists of two elements: there are thousands of films as well as TV box sets to rent or purchase digitally, which can be paid for on an ad hoc basis. Then there is Amazon Prime Video, a subscription service that offers thousands of other TV shows as well as movies to watch as part of Prime membership.
Prime content is clearly marked as such, and a huge chunk of the TV programming available is homegrown. Amazon Originals is what designates the name of the many series made by Amazon itself, along with localized exclusives, for example, Vikings and Mr. Robot, that might be screened on TV in the US, however, are first available to Prime members in the UK.
You can obtain access to Prime Video through an Amazon Prime membership, which costs $119 (or £79 in the UK) a year or $12.99 (£7.99) a month. Or you can pay $8.99 a month (£5.99) for just Prime Video access. If you happen to be a new user you even have a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime available.
How to watch Amazon Prime Video content on a TV?
Amazon Video apps are available for many Smart TVs from multiple manufacturers, these include, TVs from LG, Panasonic, Samsung as well as Sony. You just have to download the app, open it, then type in your Amazon account details.
Many TVs also have the ability to playback 4K HDR content too, with some even supporting Dolby Atmos.
How to watch Amazon Prime Video on a set-top box/streaming stick?
Amazon Video apps are available for a selection of set-top boxes. This is generally the cheapest as well as the easiest way to watch Amazon Video on your TV.
Amazon’s own streaming device, the Amazon Fire TV Stick has access hardbacked into their operating systems. So, you will see the content as part of the home screen menus as well as search results. They are compatible with Alexa; they offer a direct route to the content by Amazon.
Amazon Prime Video is also available on common streaming sticks as well as boxes:
- Apple TV
- Roku devices
- Chromecast with Google TV
- Nvidia Shield
- BT TV set-top box
- Virgin Media TiVO
- Many Blu-ray players
4K Ultra HD, as well as HDR support, is available through the latest Amazon Fire TV set-top-box, which is accompanied by Dolby Atmos sound. Few other devices only support sound up to 5.1 surround sound. It requires an HDMI 2.0 port along with HDCP 2.2 copy protection enabled on your TV to function.
How to watch Amazon Prime Video on a Game console?
There are Amazon Prime Video apps for all the major consoles: PS4, PS5, Xbox One as well as the Xbox Series X/S. All the Xbox One S, One X, Series X/S have the capability of streaming Prime Video in 4K HDR.
On all the devices, you have to navigate using a gamepad or if you have an optional dedicated remote control, you can use that too. Sadly, there is no support for Nintendo Switch.
How to watch Amazon Prime Video content on a smartphone or a tablet?
Android along with iOS devices, for example, iPhone/iPad, have their own Amazon Video apps, these are available in their respective app stores.
Naturally, Amazon fully supports all of its Fire tablets. All of them have the content accessible from a dedicated section of Fire OS.
How to watch Amazon Prime Video content on a PC or a Mac?
Amazon Video content, also known as Prime, can be viewed on a PC or a Mac via an internet browser. All you need to do is head to the Amazon Video section of its website, then you can select between Prime shows and movies or the digital video store.
Videos that are played on a computer can be viewed in either SD or in HD, however, it will only have stereo sound.
Does Amazon Video offer the ability to download?
Rentals, as well as purchases through Amazon Video, can be downloaded, along with a lot of the subscription-covered content available on Amazon Prime Video.
Locate the content you wish to download on a mobile device, then press the download button.
What broadband speed is required for me to run Amazon Video?
Amazon streams video using adaptive bitrate technology, this adapts the image quality depending on the device as well as the internet connection you are using. Amazon subscription does include 4K Ultra HD streaming, however, you also need to be able to attain decent broadband speeds.
These are the minimum broadband speeds that are recommended for different resolutions that you can watch the videos in:
- 900Kbps – the speed recommended for SD quality.
- 3.5Mbps – the speed recommended for HD quality.
- 15Mbps – the speed recommended for 4K Ultra HD quality.
In most cases, excluding mobile platforms, audio is offered in 5.1 surround sound, while in some cases audio is offered with Dolby Atmos.
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