Comcast and Amazon have announced a partnership that will bring Amazon Prime Video access to Comcast’s Xfinity X1 cable boxes. This will be the first time that Prime Video has been available through a cable box in the US. Remember that Amazon recently rebranded Amazon Video into Prime Video, so this doesn’t just mean that free content included with a Prime membership will be accessible. It also means that all of the Amazon Channels, such as HBO, Showtime, and Starz will also be accessible. That’s significant because being able to get these channels without a traditional TV subscription is a huge reason why so many people are dropping cable subscriptions, like Comacast Xfinity. Prime Video will arrive on Comcast’s devices later this year.
Amazon Prime members can now watch 20 reality TV shows through Prime Video, such as Hell’s Kitchen, Man vs. Wild, and more. The shows, which include over 100 seasons of combined content, are being added through Amazon’s Prime Video Direct platform (previously called Amazon Video Direct). FilmRise, a TV show distribution company, is using the self-service video platform to make their library of reality TV shows available to Prime members. Read more ›
Most people probably understand Amazon Video to be the place where you can purchase or rent movies and TV shows, while Prime Video is a subset of Amazon Video content that is included for free with a Prime membership. Amazon is now going all-in on Prime branding when it comes to their digital video library. All of Amazon’s streaming video, whether it’s purchased, rented, included with Prime, or subscribed to through Amazon Channels, now falls under the Prime Video umbrella. Read more ›
A new Amazon Prime Video app has appeared in the Google Play Store. The app, which was first spotted by AndroidPolice, is marked as an Andorid TV app, making it the first time Amazon has hinted at releasing a video app for all devices running Google’s television and set-top box operating system. Read more ›
Amazon will be streaming live coverage of the 2018 Rose Parade on prime Video for Prime members. The event will be hosted by Saturday Night Live alums Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon, who will be in character as Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan, 25-year veteran local TV station hosts. Watch the announcement video to get a better feel for the characters. The live stream will begin at 8 AM PT/11 AM ET on New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018.
When Amazon made their Prime Video service available globally to nearly 250 countries at the end of last year, they offered an introductory price of $2.99 or €2.99 per month for the first six months to entice new subscribers. Now they’ve announced that the introductory price will remain available to both new and existing subscribers until the end of 2017. Next year, the price will increase to $5.99 or €5.99 per month, just as it was originally supposed to do in July.
Thanks to Ryan in the comments, it appears Amazon has told The Verge that the HBO shows will not be leaving on May 21st, and that the labeling is a mistake that will soon be corrected.
The streaming media landscape has changed quite a bit since Amazon signed a deal nearly 3 years ago with HBO that added a large amount of HBO original shows to Prime Video. That’s probably why the two companies have chosen not to renew the arrangement, so several HBO original shows will be leaving Prime Video on May 21, the 3 year mark of the agreement. Read more ›
Amazon has officially made good on their earlier announcement by making Prime Video available in over 200 countries and territories around the world. They’ve launched a new website at PrimeVideo.com where individuals living in regions without an official Amazon site can go to sign up for the global video service. Customers who are already Prime members in Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy, and Spain will immediately have access to Prime Video at no additional cost to their Prime membership. Those signing up for the à la carte global Prime Video service will pay $2.99 USD (or €2.99) per month for the first six months, and then pay $5.99 (or €5.99) per month after the introductory period ends. All new customers will receive a 7-day free trial. Read more ›