If you’re already a subscriber or are planning to sign up, Prime Video by Amazon is a massively popular streaming service that allows you to watch movies and TV shows at an affordable cost. The service was launched worldwide in 2016, and almost anyone on the planet can access it. This service is available for those with an Amazon account that already have a Prime membership, but it can also be purchased as a stand-alone subscription.
Prime allows Amazon members to gain a wide variety of additional shopping options, as well as access to services like Prime Music, Reading, Pantry, Now, and most importantly, Prime Video.
If you’re a Prime member, you can get access to loads of TV shows and movie titles. Plus, you can subscribe to hundreds of premium channels for high-quality entertainment. So how does Prime work? Can you connect it and watch video on your TV? Is it possible to stream Amazon’s original content as well as major world networks and premium channels on TV devices?
What is Amazon Prime Video?
Firstly, the service allows members to stream video in HDR and 4K Ultra HD quality, and it offers downloadable content. It has become incredibly popular due to the fact that it offers a blend of major TV networks as well as award-winning films and shows created by Amazon.
In fact, over 100 million people use Prime services, and the reason is that they are efficient and not too costly. The basic monthly subscription will only set you back around $12.99. For students, the price is $6.49/momth. The standard subscription amounts to around $119 for one year.
When you sign up for Prime, you’ll get unlimited streaming options, much like Hulu and Netflix. However, what’s different in Prime Video is that you can rent or purchase additional movies and shows.
And, if you only wish to sign up for a standalone Prime Video subscription, the cost is $8.99/mo.
As mentioned, Prime is becoming incredibly popular for its original content and especially series such as Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Sneaky Pete, and more. Good Omens is a fantastic new edition to Prime’s original content, for instance. Moreover, you can use Prime to watch HBO series and purchase additional subscriptions to networks like Showtime, Starz, and more.
Additionally, tons of fans are patiently waiting for the release of Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings show. So let’s get you ready and show you how to watch this highly anticipated series and 500,000 other shows and movies on TV via Prime!
How to Watch on TV
Prime Video offers its own free apps for various devices. You can set up the apps on Blu-ray devices, game consoles, home theater systems, etc. It’s also compatible with Mac, Windows devices, and Linux. Additionally, it’s available for iOS, but for Android phones and devices, only the Fire TV and Kindle Fire devices can launch it.
If you wish to watch Prime on your television set, you can do so on a smart TV, i.e., one that can support apps and streaming devices.
In fact, Prime Video is compatible with most smart TV models.
The only thing you will need to do after you register is to get the Prime app for your TV and start watching. However, you must make sure that your device is compatible. According to Amazon, Prime will be supported by major TV brands like Samsung, Sony, TCL, Panasonic, LG, Hisense, Sharp, and Philips.
Most models from those manufacturers will allow you to stream in Ultra HD quality with surround sound (5.1) and subtitles. Moreover, if you’re planning to buy a new 4K TV model, most of them will come with the app.
Then, it’s as simple as getting a subscription and installing the intuitive app. After that, you’ll be good to go.
But What If You Don’t Own a Smart TV?
TVs can surely be expensive, and not everyone can update their model every year. So if you wish to access Prime on a regular TV, don’t despair.
You can stream content from Amazon Prime on a regular TV with a few simple steps.
Use a Streaming Media Stick or Similar
The simplest method is to purchase an Amazon Fire TV stick, which is a piece of hardware that connects to the internet and provides access to Prime. It looks like a USB stick, and you merely need to connect it to the HDMI port on your TV.
The device costs $49.99 and includes a convenient voice remote with Alexa. Plus, it offers a free trial (30 days) for all various services including Netflix, Vevo, BBC iPlayer, etc.
Conversely, if you want another streamer device, you can get Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and many others for various prices and use them to launch the service on a non-smart TV.
Stream Via Consoles
Additionally, you can run Prime via a video game console connected to a TV. First, install the app on the console and then stream on your TV. The compatible consoles are Xbox One, 360, PS3 and 4 as well as Wii and Wii U.
If all those options don’t fit your preferences, you can connect a tablet or phone to the TV and stream via those devices. As mentioned, if you own a compatible Blu-ray player and it’s linked to your TV, it will also be able to play content from the Prime app.
Here are the steps you need to complete to set up Prime on a smart TV:
- Sign up for the service.
- Install the Prime app from the TV app store through Wi-Fi.
- Start watching.
And here’s how to do it on a non-smart TV:
- Sign up for the service.
- Decide whether you wish to stream via a media stick or similar, video game console, Blu-ray player, and mobile devices.
- Install the app on the device if necessary.
- Start watching.
What Else Can You Do with Prime?
As stated, Prime offers a lot of various services on top of video streaming. If you’re not interested in them and only want Prime Video, it’s possible to get the standalone subscription.
But, with the full-service subscription, you will be able to get free shipping and fast, same-day delivery for Amazon purchases, as well as access to Prime Music, Apple Music, and Spotify. Other perks are cloud storage for photos, the option to borrow eBook, and more. And, the full annual membership is just $11 extra compared to the standalone Prime Video subscription.
As mentioned, you can get a free trial for Prime Video and test the service for 30 days.
So as you have seen, it’s incredibly simple to set up Prime on your TV. It’s an excellent service since it provides a lot of entertainment options and more. We’ve also included some detailed information about the subscription for newcomers, which will be incredibly useful if you’re thinking about converting to streaming services.
For now, all that’s left to do is to start bingeing on awesome shows and movies!