Amazon Prime Video is continually expanding its film and series offering, which includes several original or exclusive productions. Subscription, price, catalog, here is everything you need to know about the Netflix and Disney+ competitor.
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Amazon Prime Video has been evolving in the shadow of Netflix for several years. If theoretically the two platforms are close in number of subscribers, it is difficult to estimate the real number of Prime Video users out of all Prime subscribers.
According to the latest figures released by Amazon in January 2021, the Prime service has more than 200 million subscribers. Netflix meanwhile has 222 million subscribers in the third quarter of 2021. If you also want to embark on the Prime Video adventure, we tell you everything you need to know about Amazon's sVoD service.
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Amazon Prime Video price: how much does it cost?
The price of Prime Video is included in the Amazon Prime subscription. It is a global tender product which is invoiced €5,99 per month or €49 per year, which comes to around €4 per month. This makes it the most affordable streaming platform. For comparison, Netflix costs between €8,99 and €17,99 per month. And Disney+ is billed at €8,99 per month or €89,99 for the year. The cheapest of the three, the Amazon Prime membership includes several other benefits not offered by its competitors. We find for example:
- Free One Business Day Delivery on Amazon
- Access to several exclusive Amazon discounts, especially during Prime Day
- Access to Amazon Music Prime streaming service (2 million tracks)
- Prime Gaming which allows you to collect free games every month
- Prime Reading which allows you to access a varied catalog of e-books via the Kindle application
- Access to Twitch Prime which includes many advantages for video game lovers
- Free, unlimited storage of your photos on Amazon Photos and 5 GB of space on Amazon Drive.
For students, the subscription is even more accessible. Amazon offers a Prime Student offer which allows you to take advantage of a rate of € 24 per year instead of €49, i.e. €2 per month. The 30-day free trial period is additionally increased to 90 days. Please note, Amazon requires supporting documents to validate the student subscription. Impossible to fool the system.
Amazon Prime Video: how to subscribe?
Subscribing to Amazon Prime is simple. If you don't already have an Amazon account, create one by visiting Amazon.com. On smartphone, click on the link Create account just below the button identify yourself on the home page. On desktop, the registration link is in the drop-down menu Accounts and list completely at the top of the page, next to the search bar.
Once the account is created, you have two options to subscribe to Amazon Prime / Prime Video. Log in then click on the heading Premium in the main menu of Amazon. Then click on Try Amazon Prime ou Start your 30 day free trial. In the new window, click the continue button after selecting a payment method.
The second method is to go directly through the site primevideo.com. If you are not yet a Prime member, click the button Start your 30 day free trial on the home page.
Amazon Prime Video catalog: what films and series can you find there?
Blockbuster movies and series
Every month, new series, films and documentaries are added to the Amazon Prime Video catalog. In the past, Netflix was distinguished by the richness of its series offer, but Amazon led the dance when it came to films. This is no longer as true as before. Amazon original series are some of the most popular right now.
For example, The Boys was the second most pirated series in 2020 behind The Mandalorian. We can mention many other exceptional series, such as The Master of the High Castle, Dispatches From Elsewhere, Mr. Robot, American Horror Story, Burn Notice, Fleabag, The Fabulous Mrs. Maisel, Jack Ryan by Tom Clancy, Carnival Row, Shameless, American Gods Upload, The Underground Railroad, The Wheel of Time or even The Expanse.
Several original series are also in preparation at Amazon, the most anticipated being The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series, the first episode of which will be broadcast on September 2, 2022. Finally, Prime Video also hosts several cult series from the 90s and 2000: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Malcom, X-Files, Lost, The Scott brothers or even Desperate House Wives for the pleasure of the ladies.
But also football on Prime Video
Since July 24, 2021, Amazon Prime Video has become the main broadcaster of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 of Spanish football, much to the chagrin of Canal+. For 3 years, these are 8 matches per day which will be available in the catalog. As for the price, Amazon has opted for an additional subscription formula billed at € 12,99 per month, which will obviously be added to the price of your Amazon Prime subscription.
Note however that it is imperative to be subscribed to Amazon Prime to be able to subscribe to the formula. Another clarification, subscription to the Ligue 1 formula is non-binding. In fact, nothing prevents you from subscribing to it for a time before ending your subscription. In total, this represents an investment of €204,88 per year, if we combine the Amazon Prime subscription and the football formula.
In addition to football, Amazon also holds certain broadcasting rights for the Roland-Garros tennis tournament (the Court Simonne-Mathieu matches as well as the Night Session) between 2021 and 2024.
TVs and compatible devices
You are now a member of the Amazon Prime program. To access the Prime Video catalog, use the official application which is available on several platforms or access films and series directly from the web browser on the primevideo.com site. here is devices compatible with the Amazon Prime Video app :
- Fire TV / Fire TV Stick
- Echo devices with a screen: Echo Show, Echo Spot
- Fire tablets
- Smartphones and tablets Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
- Smart TV Samsung, LG (WebOS) or any TV equipped with Android TV (Sony, TLC, Philips, etc.)
- Multimedia boxes: Android TV (Shield TV, Shield TV Pro, etc.), Apple TV, Chromecast (screen sharing) and Chromecast with Google TV
- Consoles de jeux : PS5, PS4, PS3, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One
- LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony Blu-Ray Players
- Certain TV decoders from Free, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Orange
Amazon Prime Video on Orange, Free, SFR and Bouygues Telecom TV decoders
Operators now rely on streaming services to expand their entertainment offerings. You can access Amazon Prime Video on several compatible TV boxes. The subscription is sometimes included in the package at no extra cost. For now, this is only the case for Freebox Delta subscribers who access Amazon Prime Video “for free”.
The application is also accessible from the Freebox Pop, the Freebox Mini 4K, but also the Freebox Revolution. In all three cases, the service is available as an option at the regular price of €5,99 per month or €49 per year. You are billed directly by Amazon and not by Free unlike Delta subscribers.
Same for other operators. The Amazon Prime Video application is available as an option from SFR, Bouygues Telecom. Here is the summary of the operator TV boxes compatible with Amazon Prime Video.
- Free: Freebox Delta, Freebox Pop, Mini 44 and Revolution
- SFR: 4K box, Plus decoder and TV 8 decoder
- Bouygues Telecom: Bbox Miami and Bbox 4
- Orange: TV Play decoders, decoder 4 and UHD TV
At Orange, you can subscribe to Amazon Prime and enjoy Prime Video content directly from your compatible Orange TV decoder (Play TV decoder, 4 decoder or UHD TV). To do this, go to channel 67 then to the Video Pass and Prime Video section. Follow the instructions on the screen.
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