Amazon’s video on-demand service Amazon Video is Netflix’s biggest global competitor, and it, like Netflix, allows instant access to TV series and movies on any internet-connected device.
Amazon spends a lot of money on original TV shows and sports that are only available on the platform, so you’ll need a membership to watch them.
This is everything you need to know if you want to watch them or any of the thousands of other programs or films available, including how to access them on your TV.
What exactly is Amazon Video, and what does it cost?
Amazon Video is the name of Amazon’s TV show and movie streaming app and service, which is available on a variety of devices. There are two parts to it: there are thousands of films and TV box sets to rent or buy digitally on an ad hoc basis, and there is also Amazon Prime Video, a subscription service that provides access to thousands of other TV shows and movies as part of Prime membership.
Much of the TV programming available is domestic, and prime content is explicitly labeled as such. Amazon Originals refers to a variety of Amazon-produced series as well as regionally exclusives such as Vikings and Mr. Robot, which may be broadcast on television in the United States but are only available to Prime subscribers in the United Kingdom.
You can watch Prime Video for $119 (£79 in the UK) per year or $12.99 (£7.99) per month if you have an Amazon Prime subscription. In the UK, you can pay $8.99 per month (£5.99) for just Prime Video access. For new users, Amazon Prime offers a 30-day free trial.
How to use your TV to view Amazon Prime Video
Apps for Amazon Video are available on a variety of Smart TVs from a variety of manufacturers. These include, but are not limited to, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony televisions. All you have to do is download the app on your TV, open it, and log in with your Amazon credentials.
Many TVs can also stream 4K HDR video, and some even support Dolby Atmos.
How to use a set-top box or a streaming stick to watch Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Video apps are also available for a number of set-top boxes, and this is the cheapest and most convenient way to view Amazon Video on your TV.
Amazon’s own streaming devices, the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube have access baked into their operating systems, so you can see the content in the menus and search results on the home screen. They work with Alexa and provide a direct link to Amazon content.
Amazon Prime Video is also available on a variety of streaming devices, including the following:
- Apple TV
- Roku devices
- Chromecast with Google TV
- Nvidia Shield
- BT TV set-top box
- Virgin Media TiVO
The latest Amazon Fire TV set-top box includes 4K Ultra HD and HDR capabilities, as well as Dolby Atmos sound. Some other devices only offer surround sound up to 5.1. To work, your TV must have an HDMI 2.0 port with HDCP 2.2 copy protection enabled.
How to use a gaming console to view Amazon Prime Video
All of the major consoles have Amazon Prime Video apps: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Prime Video can be streamed in 4K HDR on the Xbox One S, One X, and Series X/S.
All devices require only the use of a gamepad or an optional dedicated remote control to navigate. On the Nintendo Switch, there is no support.
On a smartphone or tablet, how to view Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Video apps are available in the respective app stores for Android and iOS devices, such as the iPhone and iPad.
Naturally, Amazon backs up all of their Fire tablets with full support. They’re all able to view the content through a special Fire OS section.
How to use a PC or a Mac to view Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Video material, whether Prime or not, maybe seen using an internet browser on a PC or Mac. Simply go to Amazon’s website and select either Prime shows and movies or the retailer’s digital video shop from the Amazon Video section.
On a PC, video can be seen in SD or HD, but stereo sound will only be available.
Is it possible to download videos from Amazon Video?
A lot of the subscription-covered content on Amazon Prime Video, as well as rentals and purchases made through Amazon Video, can be downloaded.
Simply go to the content you want to download and press the download button on your mobile device.
What kind of internet connection do I need to watch Amazon Video?
Amazon uses adaptive bitrate technology to stream video, which adjusts the image quality based on your device and internet connection. Its subscription includes streaming in 4K Ultra HD. You must also be able to get adequate broadband speeds.
The following are the recommended minimum broadband speeds for various resolutions:
- 900Kbps – recommended for SD quality.
- 3.5Mbps – recommended for HD quality.
- 15Mbps – recommended for 4K Ultra HD quality.
Audio is available in 5.1 surround sound and, in some situations, Dolby Atmos in most cases, with the exception of mobile devices.