PBS to launch new PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel on Aug 4

PBS is launching a new PBS Documentaries subscription service through Prime Video Channels. While the content is already up, the channel won’t officially launch and be available to subscribe to until August 4th. For a reasonable price of $3.99 per month, subscribers will have access to content like Ken Burns, NOVA, Frontline, American Masters, Anerican Experience, Nature, Independent Lens, POV, and more. This will be PBS’ fourth Prime Video Channel, joining PBS Masterpiece ($5.99/month), PBS Living ($2.99/month), and PBS Kids ($4.99/month).

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Prime Members can get 2-Months of Showtime and/or Starz for $0.99 per month

Amazon is offering Prime members a 2 month subscription to Showtime and/or Starz for just $0.99 per month. You have to be a Prime member because these are subscriptions to Prime Video Channels. You can subscribe to either one or both and you will be charged $0.99 each month per channel. Your subscription will automatically renew at the regular price of $10.99 for Showtime and/or $8.99 for Starz after those first 2 months. If you only want the subscriptions during the 2-month discounted price, just be sure to go to this page in a month and cancel the subscription. Once canceled, you’ll still be able to watch until the month is over. If you’re worried you’ll forget to stop the renewal, you can subscribe right now and then immediately cancel to just get 1 month at $0.99, since you don’t have to subscribe for 2 months. This deal ends July 7, 2020.

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MLB.TV is now an Amazon Prime Video Channel

MLB.TV is now available as a Prime Video Channel for Prime members. Customers can pay $24.99 per month or $118.99 for a Season Pas to stream live out-of-market games. This means that nationally televised games and local team games televised in your area aren’t going to be available for live streaming. These are the same restrictions you’ll find with the standard MLB.TV subscription and MLB app. The advantage of subscribing as a Prime Video Channel is unified billing under your Amazon account and access to X-Ray features on the Fire TV, such as live in-game stats, team and player details, and play-by-play information while watching.

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NBA League Pass is now available through Amazon Prime Video Channels — Free for the next week

It leaked a few months ago, but now it’s actually possible to sign up NBA League Pass through Amazon Prime Video Channels. Spotted first by Variety, the new subscription option will run you $28.99 per month or $169 for the full season. Subscribing grants customers access to hundreds of regular-season live out-of-market games. Signing up also gives you on-demand game replays and classic matches. All of this comes streaming through Amazon directly through he Fire TV interface or through the Prime Video app on any number of devices, without needing to use a separate app. On the Fire TV, you’ll also be able to use the X-Ray feature to look up player and team stats in real-time while watching the game. NBA League Pass is free for Prime members to try until December 20th.

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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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