An Amazon Prime Video app has just been released in the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 computers. You may think it’s unnecessary to have a dedicated app, since you can access all the same content through a browser, but the app comes with the unique ability to download videos for offline viewing. Like Amazon’s mobile apps, you can select from video quality settings of Good, Better, and Best when downloading content. One hour of video at the highest setting, which maxes out at 1080p, will use around 2.4 GB of storage space. The app is free, but you’ll need a Prime membership to access movies and shows.
Amazon Prime Video has introduced a new Watch Party feature for group viewing sessions with up to 100 people. The feature allows Prime members to watch the same content with playback synchronized. Currently, it’s only compatible with Prime Video content and only through the desktop website. Read more ›
Comcast Xfinity customers with X1 set-top boxes can now stream Amazon Prime Video directly through your cable boxes. This partnership was announced a few months ago and is now starting to roll out to customers. This marks the first time that Prime Video has been available through a traditional cable television platform. This is especially significant because it means that Comcast Xfinity subscribers can now choose to get premium channels, such as HBO, Showtime, and Starz, through Amazon Prime Video Channels instead of through Comcast.
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 ›