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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Anime Strike is Amazon’s first branded subscription channel

Anime Strike is the latest Amazon Channel being made available for Prime members to expand their Amazon Video library. It offers over 1,000 anime series episodes and movies for $4.99 per month. The notable difference between this new Amazon Channel and the 100+ channels that came before it is this is the first one branded and created by Amazon itself. While all other Amazon Channels originated as stand-alone networks and streaming services that were being made available through Amazon Video, Anime Strike is curated by Amazon. Read more ›

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HBO and Cinemax added as latest new Amazon Channels

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HBO and Cinemax have just arrived as the latest new Amazon Channels. This marks the first time Cinemax content is being made available on the Fire TV. The HBO subscription will run you $14.99 per month, while Cinemax will cost $9.99 per month. Both subscriptions come with a 30-day free trial. The main advantage to subscribing through Amazon Channels, versus subscribing directly and using an app like HBO Now, is having all content natively available within the Fire TV interface and streamed directly by Amazon. Another perk is the incredibly simple 3-step online cancellation process, which makes managing subscriptions on a month-by-month basis easy, as well as having everything on a single bill. Amazon Channels have grown to over 80 different video subscriptions since the feature launched a year ago.

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Best of British TV is the newest Amazon Channel available to Prime members

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Best of British TV has just been added as the newest Amazon Channel. The subscription will, at the moment, give you access to 12 British movies and 9 British TV shows, which make up just over 50 individual episodes. This content will run you $3.99 per month and comes with a 7-day free trial.

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PBS Kids is the latest network to join Amazon Channels

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Amazon and PBS have always had a good relationship, so its no surprise to see PBS Kids join the ever growing lineup of Amazon Channels. While much of the channel’s included kids shows are already available through Prime Video, and you can probably watch most of it for free through the PBS Kids app, you now have the option to watch it all through the Fire TV’s main interface. The PBS Kids subscription will run you $4.99 per month after the 7-day free trial. Paying for the subscription will add about 100 more tv show seasons to the 40-ish seasons that are already included with a Prime membership.

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Amazon rebrands Prime Video Add-on Subscriptions into Amazon Channels

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It has been 9 months since Amazon debuted their add-on subscription service that gives Prime members the option to expand their available video library by paying extra for individual à la carte content collections. In that time, the collection of add-ons has more than doubled from the initial 30 bundles to 74 different subscription options. Now it looks like Amazon is rebranding the service into Amazon Channels. They still refer to them as subscriptions, but instead of subscribing to add-ons, customers are now subscribing to channels.

When Amazon rebrands something, it’s often a precursor to an upcoming announcement or product release. Last year, Amazon rebranded the then Amazon Echo App into an Amazon Alexa App. I correctly predicted that that rebranding was in preparation for a new Fire TV with Alexa capabilities, which I then broke the news for a few weeks later. I’m expecting a new Fire TV and/or Fire TV Stick to be revealed in the coming weeks and my prediction is that there will be an emphasis on Amazon Channels with the new device(s).

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Motor Trend, Cheddar, Filmbox, and The Great Courses are the newest Prime Video add-on subscriptions

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There are four new add-on subscription options to expand your Amazon Prime Video library. The first is Motor Trend OnDemand, which offers motorsport shows like Roadkill, Dirt Every Day, and Head 2 Head. That subscription will run you $4.99 per month. Next is technology, media, and entertainment news from Cheddar for $6.99 per month. Filmbox Live is a $4.99 per month subscription that will give you access to hundreds of indie and arthouse films. Last is The Great Courses Signature Collection, which released a Fire TV app earlier this year. The $7.99 subscription provides numerous educational videos covering science and art. All four of these new add-on subscriptions come with a 7-day free trial.

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Comic-Con HQ, Xterra TV, and Powerslam Wrestling added to Amazon Prime Add-on Subscriptions

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The available Amazon Prime add-on subscription options continue to grow with the addition of three new networks. Comic-Con HQ has been added with original shows covering the latest headlines and stories surround pop culture, as well as a nice selection of cult films like American Psycho, Spinal Tap, and much more. Comic-Con HQ is available for $5 per month. The next new network added is Xterra TV, an add-on subscription dedicated to endurance sports and adventures. It offers original programming that covers their annual events like the Xterra USA Championship and Xterra Adventures. A subscription to Xterra TV will run you just $2.99 per month. Lastly is the addition of the Powerslam Wrestling Network for $5.99 per month. It offers professional and independent wrestling matches like Highspots Wrestling and Women Superstars Uncensored. All three of these new add-on subscriptions come with a 7-day free trial and a very easy cancellation procedure if you decide the subscription is not worth keeping.

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Martial arts network Hi-YAH! and fitness network Grokker arrive as latest Amazon add-on subscriptions

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Amazon has added two more add-on subscription options for Prime members. The first is HI-YAH!, a collection of martial arts movies. The library currently consists of 27 movies like My Way and Blade of Kings. A subscription will run you just $2.99 per month and it comes with a 7-day free trial. The second new add-on subscription is Grokker, a fitness network with an emphasis on yoga. A subscription grants access to around 150 videos covering healthy eating, pilates, meditation, yoga, and more. Grokker will cost you $6.99 per month and also comes with a 7-day free trial.

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