Amazon has just launched their new add-on subscription service for Prime Video, which gives us the closest thing we’ve seen yet to a true à la carte TV channel service. The service is launching with 30 different content collections for Amazon Prime customers to pick and choose the media that appeals to them. Collections range from big network names like Showtime and Starz with thousands of movies and TV shows included, to much smaller niche collections like Smithsonian Earth which currently includes a few dozens episodes from 5 different shows. Prices range from $2.99 per month for something like Warriors & Gangsters, which unlocks 45 action movies distributed by FlixFling, to $8.99 for networks like Showtime and Starz, which include 600+ and 800+ TV shows and movies respectively, to $9.95 for Gaia, which includes over one thousand videos.
The service is currently only available to Amazon Prime subscribers as a way to unlock additional content not available through Prime Video. No content has been removed from the Prime Video library to create the subscription service. In-fact, there is a tiny bit of overlap with some of the subscription collections and Prime Video. For instance, Starz’s subscription library of 826 TV shows and movies includes 38 TV shows and movies that are already included with Prime Video. This is just a small fluke we’re bound to see, caused by overlapping deals that both Amazon and Starz have made for the same content.
Each individual subscription comes with a free trial, that ranges from 7 to 30 days, before Amazon begins charging the monthly subscription fee. There is currently no way to subscribe to any of the collections through a Fire TV. You can subscribe to a collection through Amazon’s website or mobile apps, at which point the content will become available to watch for free through the Fire TV. For the time being, you will have to use the Fire TV’s search to find your subscribed content, as there is currently no way to browse just the content you’ve subscribed through on the Fire TV. That ability, as well as the option to subscribe directly on the Fire TV, is coming to Fire TV devices in a software update early next year.