Amazon Prime – Express Shipping and Online Streaming
As well as free, faster shipping, Prime members get access to a stellar selection of TV shows, movies and Amazon original programming. The provider is considered one of the big players globally and lives up to expectation in many ways considered by many as one of the major players in online streaming.
What’s in this Guide?
What is Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime is more than just a video streaming platform, it’s a premium service for Amazon customers. An Amazon Prime subscription gives you access to their exclusive two-day shipping which in short is free express delivery, as well as exclusive deals and discounts. Namely, a Prime membership can get access to Prime Day, a 48 hour period much like black Friday sales, filled with exclusive Amazon Prime deals.
An Amazon Prime membership also includes a few free streaming platforms to watch your favourite entertainment. Firstly, there is Prime Gaming which was previously known as Twitch Prime. Simply by logging in using your Amazon Prime account, you can watch world class streamers play your favourite video games completely free of charge. The service relies on Amazon owned streaming platform Twitch, hence the old moniker of Twitch Prime and is the best way to watch video games streaming online.
Lastly, there is the biggest benefit, Amazon Prime Video. The Amazon Prime branded streaming platform is included in every subscription and is completely free for account holders. The subscription has a dedicated app on Android, iOS and TV devices as well as web browser support. Amazon Prime has a massive library of movies and TV shows included in the subscription, but the service also works like a marketplace where you can pay to own or rent the latest streaming content.
Latest release TV shows and movies to Amazon Prime
Each and every week there are plenty of mouthwatering new titles added to the Amazon Prime library. Here are the latest releases:
Best movies and TV shows on Amazon Prime
Here we have broken down the Amazon Prime catalogue by genre to give you a better idea of the huge library of content. From hit US comedies and drama to live sport and sporting documentaries as well as movies, it offers a little something for everyone.
Amazon Prime showcases some of the best TV shows currently streaming, especially when it comes to high quality drama. Amazon’s range is too big to explore fully, so here are a few highlights.
If you want side splitting comedy, the Amazon Prime membership gives you access to a range of the best Hollywood can deliver. There are multiple international features that otherwise aren’t accessible in Australia, so have a browse.
Best sci-fi and fantasy
Fantasy and Sci-Fi are really where Amazon Prime shine. The quality of their Originals as well as these feature films and shows are truly the best thing streaming. Have a look at our Amazon Prime top picks.
Whether you want action films that leap off the screen or features with emotional range, Amazon Prime nailed the delivery of these movies. If you want to see more, you can try the Amazon Prime free trial and have a look for yourself.
How much does Amazon cost?
You can subscribe to Amazon Prime either on a month-by-month basis or annually, with the monthly price set at $6.99. The real value is had in the annual subscription, though, which costs $59 (a remarkably cheap $4.90 per month) and makes sure you’re all set for an entire year. There’s a 30-day free trial when you sign up (yes, including the free shipping) so you can road-test all the perks of Amazon Prime for yourself and not pay a cent unless you’re happy.
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Amazon Prime Video Channels
Amazon just recently launched Prime Video Channels in Australia, which enables Amazon Prime customers to add on-demand streaming apps via their Prime membership. This is great news for those who are keen to add third-party streaming services with just the single account. With Prime Video Channels, all your subscriptions can be accessed via a single login.
There are 12 Prime Video Channels available with six of them being new to Australia: Paramount+, hayu, Acorn TV, Shudder, iwonder, and DocPlay have already been released here, while the completely new channels to debut in the country are STARZPLAY, AMC+, MGM, OUTtv, The Great Courses, and Love Nature. All 12 channels have a 7-day free trial when you subscribe via your Prime subscription.
Amazon Prime already boasts tens of thousands of movies and over two thousand shows. Adding these third-party services to your Amazon account means tens of thousands more content. However, it’s important to note that these are separate services and aren’t part of your Prime Video subscription.
How does Amazon Prime compare to Netflix, Stan and BINGE?
It’s a competitive streaming world out there, and Amazon Prime comes loaded with a whole bunch of tasty TV shows that aren’t available on any of the other streaming services. As well as their own Prime Originals such as The Grand Tour and The Test – A New Era for Australia’s Team, they hold the rights to a whole library of hit US series, all streaming on demand and ad free.
There’s no shortage of stuff to watch on the other streaming services, of course – and in a close-fought competition for streaming subscriptions, Amazon Prime performs. Price-wise, it’s cheaper than all of its close competitors, making it an appealing streaming option.
How does Amazon Prime compare to Foxtel?
If you like to binge on series and enjoy sitting watching a movie with the family then Amazon certainly ticks all the boxes. The Amazon TV shows and movies library competes with Foxtel admirably, but you could argue that the former carries more weight thanks to its partnerships with HBO and BBC.
Whereas Amazon Prime is certainly cheaper than Foxtel, the choice of added content is lacking when looking at sports and entertainment. Foxtel offers the complete package, with sports, movies and entertainment bundles available to all customers. This means Foxtel is definitely better suited to sports fans and larger families with broader tastes.
How can I watch Amazon Prime?
The Amazon Prime app is available on most devices, both Android and iOS as well as smart TV devices and a web browser platform to keep your free streaming going. Simply log in with your account and get going. You can also test out the service on your device with the Amazon Prime 30-day free trial.
Devices supported on Amazon Prime
– iOS devices: Yes – Prime Video app for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch
– Android devices: Yes – Prime Video app for Android phones and tablets
– Smart TVs: Yes – Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, LG, Vizio, TCL, Hisense, Philips, JVC, Konka, Insignia, Skyworth, Sharp, Changhong, Haier, Grundig, AOC, Vestel
– Set-top boxes: Yes – Nvidia Shield, Roku, Tivo, Xiaomi
– Amazon Devices: Yes – Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Echo devices w/ screen, Fire tablets, Fire phone
– Gaming Consoles: Yes – Playstation 3, 4, & 5 (including Digital Edition), and Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S
– Blu-ray players: Yes – Select LG, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony models
– Google Chromecast: Yes – All models
– Apple TV: Yes – 3rd and 4th generation and Apple TV 4K
– Telstra TV: Yes – All models
– Fetch TV: Yes – All models
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, Safari, Opera (running on Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, or Linux)
Amazon Review – A Streaming Heavyweight!
From original series to plenty of your favourites, Amazon Prime certainly has some great content that can rival any of its competitors. All in all, there are more than 1250 shows in the Amazon Prime Video library. One further advantage they have over other streaming services is that they’re gradually moving into sport, starting with game-changing documentaries and live events like swimming. To read more about our opinion, have a read of our Amazon Prime review.
Contact Amazon Prime support in Australia
To get in touch with Amazon Prime’s customer service team, you can call their general help number at 1800 571 894, available 24 hours a day. Another way to contact Amazon Prime is to log in to your account and go to the Contact Us page. Once you find it, you can choose to send an email, get a phone call back, or start a live chat. Simply head to the Amazon Prime website to get started.