Amazon is including 2 months of STARZ with the purchase of a Fire TV Stick for $24.99

Get this Fire TV Stick + STARZ Deal

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is currently on sale for $24.99 for Black Friday, but Amazon is sweetening the deal by now also including 2 months of STARZ for free. The premium cable network is available as a Prime Video Channel for $8.99 a month, giving this bundle a retail price of $57.97. The STARZ subscription starts immediately after checkout and can be accessed through any Prime Video app or Fire TV device while you wait for the new Fire TV Stick to arrive. This deal is only available to Prime members and new STARZ subscribers. The subscription will be set to automatically renew at its regular price after the two free months end, so you may want to disable automatic renewal through Amazon’s channel management page if you pick up this bundle. Amazon has offered streaming media subscriptions with the purchase of Fire TV hardware in the past, such as MLB.TV and ESPN+ subscriptions, but this is the first time they’ve ever bundled a Prime Video Channel subscription with their hardware and offered it directly through the device’s product page. This free STARZ subscription is exclusively available with the regular Fire TV Stick and is not available with any other Fire TV model.

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NBA League Pass with live games likely coming to Amazon Prime Video Channels

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It appears as though the NBA will be offering their NBA Leauge Pass streaming subscription service through Amazon’s Prime Video Channels. A tweet from an Amazon employee shows the NBA subscription plan being offered on an Amazon Fire TV device, even though such a subscription is not yet available to the general public. If the plan becomes available, it means that live NBA games will be available through Amazon’s Prime Video platform for the first time. Read more ›

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CBS’s cheaper ad-supported subscription is now available through Amazon Channels

At the start of the year, CBS All Access, the stand-alone subscription service that gives you access to all CBS programming without needing a cable subscription, became available through Amazon Channels. At the time, only the $9.99 per month commercial-free subscription option was available through Amazon, but now the less expensive $5.99 per month ad-supported subscription is also available. Selecting to subscribe to CBS All Access through Amazon Channels will now ask you to select one of the two plans. Both plans still come with a 7-day free trial and it’s simple to cancel or switch plans with just a few clicks online. The advantage of subscribing to CBS All Access through Amazon, instead of through CBS directly, is that it unlocks all of CBS’s content through the default Fire TV interface and all Amazon Prime Video apps for Android and iOS. Subscribing to CBS through Amazon Channels also grants you access through the CBS app for Fire TV and all CBS apps for Android and iOS by linking your account, so there’s now no reason not to subscribe through Amazon Channels.

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DreamWorksTV debuts its first streaming service on Amazon Channels

DreamWorksTV has just launched their first over-the-top streaming service as a new Amazon Channel, according to TechCrunch. The channel, target at kids ages 6 through 12, is available to Prime members for $4.99 per month after a 7-day free trial and offers exclusive originals only available through Amazon. Read more ›

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Amazon adds Channel Guide to Fire TV devices for live content from Amazon Channels

Amazon has brought several UI elements found previously only on Fire TV Edition televisions to all Fire TV devices. These new interfaces include an On Now row on the home screen and a new Channel Guide. While they’re used for over-the-air channels on televisions running Fire OS, they’re being made available on Fire TV devices to make it easier to see what is currently streaming live and what will be streaming live through select Amazon Channels. Read more ›

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Amazon’s seperate Anime Strike channel shuts down and gets incorporated into Prime Video

Just shy of a year after it debuted, Amazon’s first branded channel Anime Strike has shut down, as first spotted by Kotaku. The exclusively licensed anime shows and movies that were part of the channel, which used to cost $4.99 per month to access, are now included for free with a Prime membership. When Anime Strike launched, Fire TV owners did not have access to Crunchyroll, the most popular anime streaming service. Anime Strike may have been already been dead in the water when a Crunchyroll app arrived a couple months after Amazon’s channel debuted. The Bollywood channel Heera has also seen the same fate and has been integrated into Prime Video.

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CBS All Access is now available as an Amazon Channel

Amazon has just added a major network to their Amazon Channels a la carte TV subscription service. Prime members can now subscribe to CBS All Access and have access to all of CBS’s content, including their back catalogue, directly through Amazon Video. Customers in select markets will also be able to view live programing, including NFL games. A subscription to CBS costs $9.99 per month, which is the same price you’d pay directly through CBS for their commercial-free subscription. Interestingly, Amazon says they’ll support the less expensive $5.99 per month ad-supported subscription to CBS in the coming months.

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Sports Illustrated TV to launch tomorrow exclusively on Amazon Channels

A new streaming service from Sports Illustrated called SI TV will be launching on November 16th exclusively on Amazon Channels. The service will cost $4.99 per month after a 7-day free trial and will focus on sports storytelling through movies, documentaries, and talk shows, instead of broadcasting live games and highlight/recap shows like most sports networks. Read more ›

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Amazon Channel subscriptions can now be used to activate streaming apps

Subscribing to a streaming service through Amazon Channels, as opposed to subscribing directly with the service itself, has certain advantages, such as a single place to manage subscriptions and better integration with the Amazon Fire TV. However, one big disadvantage has been the lack of access to standalone apps, like HBO Now and Showtime Anytime, when subscribing through Amazon Channels. That is starting to change because some services have started including Amazon Channels in their list of service providers that can be used to activate their standalone apps. Read more ›

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Amazon Channels launch in the UK and Germany

Amazon has just launched their à la carte channels video service in the UK and Germany. Prime members in both of those countries can now expand their lineup of video content through individual channel subscriptions, ranging from £1.49/1,99€ to £9.99/7,99€ each. Many of the available networks, such as Discovery in the UK, have never before been available without subscribing to a larger cable package. There are 41 available Amazon Channels in the UK and 26 available channels in Germany. Each channel offers a free trial period of 7-30 days and can easily be canceled online in a few clicks.

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