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What's on Amazon Prime Video

What's on Amazon Prime Video?

Although most people probably sign up for Amazon Prime for the free shipping rather than the streaming content, the site offers a wide variety of TV series and films through Prime Video. If you’re on the fence about signing up for Prime, this guide should help you determine if it’s the right streaming service for you.

For a while, Amazon Prime Video was seen as just a perk to signing up for a year of Amazon Prime. After investing in original, high-quality content and obtaining exclusive rights to overseas series, however, Amazon Prime Video’s reputation has grown.

Now, with a catalogue of roughly 14,000 films and TV series available — significantly larger than Netflix’s offering — Amazon Prime Video is a much stronger selling point to sign up for an annual Prime membership.

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Do I have to sign up for a year of Amazon Prime?

Some people balk at the annual subscription price for Amazon Prime, but you don't have to sign up for a yearly membership if you're only after one or two series.

Amazon offers two types of monthly subscriptions: One for Amazon Prime as a whole, and a monthly subscription to Amazon Prime Video that's priced similarly to Netflix. If you sign up for just Prime Video, you won't get access to the extras that you get with an annual membership — which we'll cover later on in the guide — and if you continue to subscribe to Prime on a monthly basis, you'll spend more money than if you signed up for an annual membership.

The monthly price is a good way to trial the service, though, and see if you're interested in any more of their series or films. Amazon also offers 30-day free trials for Prime, too.

Amazon Prime original series

The Grand Tour on Amazon

While Amazon Prime can’t beat Netflix’s original content by sheer numbers, the company has been focusing on quality over quantity by creating critically-acclaimed programming with big names.

Currently, Amazon Originals available on Amazon Prime include:

  • The Grand Tour
  • Transparent
  • Mozart in the Jungle
  • Goliath
  • Bosch
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • Sneaky Pete
  • Ripper Street
  • Z: The Beginning of Everything
  • The New Yorker Presents
  • The Collection
  • The Tick
  • Red Oaks
  • One Mississippi
  • Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse
  • Hand of God

Amazon has also announced future series with Matthew Weiner — the creator of Mad Men — and acclaimed director David O. Russell, as well as a programme based on Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels.

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Amazon Exclusives on Prime

American Gods on Amazon

Similar to Netflix and Sky, Amazon Prime has invested in obtaining the exclusive UK rights to air popular programmes from overseas.

With Amazon Prime, you can watch:

  • American Gods
  • Vikings
  • Mr. Robot
  • Lucifer
  • Outlander
  • Black Sails
  • Preacher
  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • Please Like Me
  • Extant
  • The Girlfriend Experience
  • UnREAL
  • TURN: Washington’s Spies
  • The Path
  • Betas
  • Crossing Lines
  • StartUp
  • Life in Pieces
  • Copper
  • Into the Badlands
  • Roadies
  • Flesh and Bone
  • The Bureau
  • BrainDead

TV programmes on Amazon Prime

Walking Dead on Amazon

Outside of Amazon Originals and Exclusives, Amazon Prime has a number of TV series available from the UK and overseas. Although content is always changing, the following series are available on Amazon Prime:

  • The Walking Dead
  • The 100
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Sherlock
  • Seinfeld
  • Arrow
  • The Americans
  • The Fall
  • Prison Break
  • The Following
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Ray Donovan
  • Downton Abbey
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • The Last Man on Earth
  • The X-Files
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Empire
  • 24
  • Awkward
  • Versailles
  • Hell on Wheels
  • Masters of Sex
  • The League

Films on Amazon Prime

Watch films on Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime has a vast collection of films spanning across all genres. From classics to blockbusters, you’ll find a wide selection of movies to watch on Amazon Prime.

Again, what’s available on Amazon Prime changes frequently, so there’s no guarantee that the specific movie you want will be included in your Prime membership. Before signing up, you can have a search through Amazon's catalogue of films to see what's available.

Amazon Prime: Not just a streaming service

Amazon Prime boxes

Unlike its rivals, Amazon Prime is a lot more than just a streaming service.

If you can’t find anything to watch on Prime, you can easily access Amazon’s full store and purchase individual TV box sets — or even standalone episodes — or films to watch immediately. With Netflix, you can’t buy any content, and NOW TV requires you to opt into an entire TV pass instead of buying content ala carte.

The biggest draw of Amazon Prime is arguably its original perk: Free one-day shipping from Amazon.

Other things included with Amazon Prime membership include:

  • Prime Music: Similar to Amazon Prime Video, Prime Music lets you stream a selection of music for free with the ability to purchase songs or albums whenever you want. You can also upgrade your Prime Music membership to access more songs.
  • Twitch Prime: Twitch is a video game streaming service that was purchase by Amazon. If you’re a Prime subscriber, you get certain ‘premium’ features, such as ad-free streaming.
  • Prime Photos: With Prime, you can access unlimited cloud storage from Amazon for all of your photos.
  • Kindle owners’ Lending Library: If you have a Kindle, you can borrow one Kindle eBook per month for free.
  • Prime early access: Prime members always get early access to Amazon’s Lightning Deals.

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