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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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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OwnZones Best TV Ever, Tastemade, and Full Moon are the latest new Amazon Prime Video add-on subscriptions


Three new subscription options have been added to Amazon’s Prime Video add-on service. The first is OwnZones Best TV Ever which offers classic TV shows like The Beveryly Hillbilies, Dragnet, and Bonanza. The best part is this subscription is only $0.99 per month with a 14-day free trial, which is a new low for any subscription price. Next is Tastemade, a collection of food, travel, and lifestyle shows for the connected generation. Tastemade is available for $4.99 per month with a 7-day free trial. Last is Full Moon, which offers a large collection of horror, fantasy, Sci-Fi, and cult films. A subscription to Full Moon will run you $6.99 per month and it also comes with a 7-day free trial.

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FitFusion TV, Baeble Music, and Ameba are the latest new Prime add-on subscriptions


Three new add-on subscriptions were just added to Prime Video. The first is FitFusion TV, a collection of workout videos that include Billy Blanks TaeBo and Jillian Michaels videos. There are about 90 workout collections, each with numerous videos included. The subscription will run you $4.99 per month. The Next new subscription is Baeble Music. It provides about 50 musical performance videos from around the world. Subscribing costs just $2.99 per month. Last is Ameba, a collection of kids’ shows, movies, and music that includes classic shows like Gumby. That subscription is available for $3.99 per month. All three new add-on subscriptions come with a 7-day free trial.

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UP Family, Gone TV, Scholarview, and Cross Counter are the latest new Prime Video add-on subscriptions


Four new options have been added to Amazon’s Prime Video add-on subscription catalogue. First is UP Faith & Family which offers family friendly Christian movies and TV shows for $4.99 per month. Next is Gone TV, a hunting and fishing network that offers numerous shows for just $3.99 per month. Scholarview is a subscription that provides islamic lectures and lessons for $5.99 per month. Lastly is the addition of Cross Counter TV which offers entertainment and training for fighting game fans from pro players for $6.99 per month. All four of these new add-on subscriptions offer a 7-day free trial.

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DocComTV and ProGuitarLessons arrive as newest Amazon Prime Video add-on subscriptions


Amazon has added two more add-on subscription options to their Prime Video lineup. The first is DocComTV, which offers just a few dozen documentaries and biographies at the moment. Even at just $3.99 per month, you really aren’t getting much for this subscription. Especially considering there are several other documentary subscriptions, like Docurama, which offer so much more content.

The second new add-on subscription is for ProGuitarLessons.TV, which is a series of instuctional guitar lesson videos that take you from the very basics needed when first picking up a guitar, all the way through advanced lessons, and even teach you about getting gigs and guitar maintenance. The series includes over 100 videos and will run you $3.99 per month, which is $1 less than you would pay if you signed up directly through the network’s website. Both of these new add-on subscription options include a 7 day free trial with an easy cancellation process.

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