Amazon’s video streaming Amazon Video is Netflix’s main global competitor, and like its peers, it offers TV shows and movies that can be watched instantly on Internet-connected devices.
Amazon has invested huge sums of money in original TV content, and it also covers sports that are exclusive to the platform, so you need a subscription to access this content.
If you want to watch these shows or thousands of other shows or movies, this is all you need to know including how to play on TV.
What is Amazon Video? what is the price?
Amazon Video is the name given to Amazon’s TV show and movie streaming applications and services available on multiple devices.
It consists of two elements: there are thousands of movies and TVs that are rented or purchased digitally, and you can pay temporarily.
There is also Amazon Prime Video, a subscription service that provides thousands of other TV shows and movies for viewing as part of Prime membership.
The main content is clearly marked, and many of the available TV shows are produced locally.
Amazon Originals is the name of multiple series produced by Amazon itself, plus localized exclusive works such as Vikings and Mr. Robot. They may be shown on TV in the United States, but first of all, they can be watched by Prime members in the UK.
You can access Prime Video through an Amazon Prime membership, which has an annual fee of US$119 (£79 in the UK) or US$12.99 (£7.99) per month. Or, you can access Prime Video in the UK for only $8.99 (£5.99) per month. New users can use the 30-day trial version of Amazon Prime.
How to watch Amazon Prime Video on TV?
The Amazon Video application can be used on many smart TVs from multiple manufacturers.
These include but are not limited to LG, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony TVs. You just need to download the app to your device, open it, and enter your Amazon account details.
Many TVs can also play 4K HDR content, and some of them support Dolby Atmos. You can find compatible models here.
How to watch Amazon Prime Video on a set-top box or streaming media stick?
The Amazon Video application is also available for various set-top boxes, and this is usually the cheapest and easiest way to watch Amazon Video on TV.
Amazon’s own streaming media devices-Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube-have hard access to its operating system, so you can see content in the main screen menus and search results. They are compatible with Alexa and provide direct access to Amazon content.
Amazon Prime Video can also be used on common streaming media sticks and boxes:
- Apple TV
- Roku device
- Google Chromecast
- NVIDIA Shield
- BT TV set-top box
- Virgin Media TiVO
- Many Blu-ray players
The latest Amazon Fire TV set-top box provides 4K Ultra HD and HDR support, as well as Dolby Atmos sound.
Some other devices only support sounds up to 5.1 surround sound. It requires an HDMI 2.0 port with HDCP 2.2 copy protection enabled on the TV to work.
How to watch Amazon Prime Video on a smartphone or tablet?
Android and iOS devices (such as iPhone and iPad) have their own Amazon Video app, which can be purchased from the corresponding app store.
Naturally, Amazon also fully supports all of its Fire tablets. They all have content accessible from a dedicated section of Fire OS.
How to watch Amazon Prime Video on PC or Mac?
You can view Prime or other versions of Amazon Video content on a PC or Mac through an Internet browser.
Just visit the Amazon Video section of their website, and you can choose between Prime shows and movies or the retailer’s digital video store.
You can watch the video played on the computer in SD or HD, but only in stereo.
How to watch Amazon Prime Video on game consoles?
There are Amazon Prime Video apps for all major consoles: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. On Xbox One S,
it was confirmed that One X, Series X / S can stream Prime Video in 4K HDR. On all devices, you only need to use the gamepad or optional dedicated remote control for navigation. Nintendo Switch does not support it.
What broadband speed do I need for 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 4K Ultra HD streaming.
You also need to be able to get good broadband speeds. These are the minimum broadband speeds recommended for different resolutions:
- 900Kbps-SD quality is recommended.
- 3.5Mbps-recommended for high-definition picture quality.
- 15Mbps-recommended for 4K Ultra HD quality.
In most cases, audio is provided in 5.1 surround sound on mobile platforms, and in some cases, Dolby Atmos is provided.
Does Amazon Video offer downloads?
You can download rentals and purchases through Amazon Video, as well as content covered by many subscriptions on Amazon Prime Video.
Just go to the content you want to download on your mobile device and click the download button.