- Amazon Prime Video is the main global rival to Netflix
- Plenty of ways to watch it on the big screen
Amazon streaming video is the main global rival to Netflix also a good alternative, however it offers TV shows and movies to watch using any internet-connected device.
Amazon invests fortunes in original TV content, having the likes of The Grand Tour, also Amazon Originals are exclusive to the platform, although you need a subscription to access them. 10 best movies to watch on Netflix: movies to watch this month
Therefore, if you want to watch Amazon prime on TV this is all that you need to know – including Samsung TV, Sony smart TV.
What is Amazon Video and how much does it cost?
Amazon Video is the Amazon’s TV show and movie streaming application and service obtainable on multiple devices. However, it contains two elements: there are thousands of films and TV box-sets to rent or purchase digitally, which you pay for a particular purpose; there is also Amazon Prime Video, a subscriber service that provides thousands of different TV shows and movies to watch as part of Prime membership.
Here, the Prime content is clearly marked as such, and most of the TV programming obtainable is homegrown. Amazon Originals is the name of the many series made by Amazon itself, plus localized exclusives, for example, Vikings and Mr Robot, that might be shown on TV in the US, but first watched by Prime members in the UK, for example.
You can either gain 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 can pay $8.99 a month (£5.99) in the UK for just Prime Video access. Above all new users will have a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime.
How to watch Amazon Prime Video on your TV
However, Amazon Video apps can be installed to many Smart TVs from different manufacturers. These include, but are not exclusive to, TVs from LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony. All you will have to do is to download the app onto your set, open it, enter your Amazon account details and enjoy Starr enjoying your video. How to setup MYTV, subscription payment & frequency
Many TVs are also able to playback 4K Ultra HD content too, with some supporting Dolby Atmos.
How to watch Amazon Prime Video on a set-top box or streaming stick
Amazon Video apps are also ready for a selection of set-top boxes and this is actually the cheapest an easiest way to watch Amazon Video on your TV.
Amazon’s own set-top boxes – the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube – already have access into their operating systems, therefore you’ll see the content as part of the home screen menus and search results. They can get along with Alexa and offer a direct route to Amazon content.
Amazon Prime Video is also available on common streaming sticks and boxes:
- Apple TV
- Roku devices
- Google Chromecast
- Nvidia Shield
- BT TV set-top box
- Virgin Media TiVO
- Many Blu-ray players
4K Ultra HD and HDR support is available on latest Amazon Fire TV set-top-box, also Dolby Atmos sound. Some other devices support only sound up to 5.1 surround sound. It needs a HDMI 2.0 port with HDCP 2.2 copy protection allowed on your TV to work. Easy Guide To Get Spectrum Tv Without A Cable Box
How to watch Amazon Prime Video on a smartphone or tablet
Of course, Android and iOS devices, such as iPhone and iPad, have their own Amazon Video apps, that can be installed from the respective app stores.
However, Amazon also fully supports all of its own Fire tablets. They all have the content accessible from a dedicated section of Fire OS.
How to watch Amazon Prime Video on a PC or Mac
Amazon Video content, Prime or otherwise, can be viewed on a PC or Mac through an internet browser. Just head to the Amazon Video section of its websiteand you can choose between Prime shows and movies or the retailer’s digital video store.
Video played on a computer can be viewed in either SD or HD, but will only have stereo sound.
Does Amazon Video offer downloads?
Rentals and purchases through Amazon Video can be downloaded, as well as a lot of the subscription covered content on Amazon Prime Video. How To Fix Sirius Xm Radio Reception & Signal Problems
What broadband speed do I need for Amazon Video?
Amazon streams video using adaptive bitrate technology, which adapts the image quality depending on your device and internet connection. Its subscription includes 4K Ultra HD streaming. You also need to be able to attain decent broadband speeds. How To Watch Tv On Sky Box Without Subscription
These are the minimum broadband speeds that are recommended for various resolutions:
- 900Kbps – recommended for SD quality.
- 3.5Mbps – recommended for HD quality.
- 15Mbps – recommended for 4K Ultra HD quality.
In some cases, bar mobile platforms, audio is offered in 5.1 surround sound and in other cases with Dolby Atmos.