Why Amazon Prime Is The Web’s Best Deal For StreamersBy Steph Myers / February 17, 2017 / Tags: Amazon Video, Cut Cable, Stream TV
If you do lots of streaming but don’t have Amazon Prime you’re missing out on tons of awesome freebies and benefits.
If you stream TV shows, movies, music, video games, etc. — then you’re a “streamer.” And if you’re a streamer, then Amazon Prime is the best deal you’ll find anywhere, hands down.
What is Amazon Prime? It’s a special membership offered by Amazon. After a 30-day free trial, members subscribe monthly or yearly to get access to a huge variety of benefits — on everything from TV to groceries. Prime costs about the same as Netflix ($8/11 per month) but comes with a whole lot more.
Here are all the reasons why Amazon Prime is a must-have for streamers.
Stream Tons Of TV & Movies With Prime Video
Amazon Prime membership includes Amazon Prime Video. This is Amazon’s version of Netflix — only it has a larger selection than Netflix (so says Amazon anyway). You get free, unlimited streaming of everything in the Prime Video library. So what’s available? Literally thousands of popular TV shows and movies. That includes the growing selection of Amazon Originals — hit shows like Transparent, Sneaky Pete, The Man in the High Castle, and more. You can even download titles to watch offline. New TV and movie titles are added regularly. The selection really is great, with more than enough content to keep the whole family entertained.
Prime members can also watch premium channels like HBO, Showtime, STARZ, Cinemax, History, Acorn TV. There are over 80 ‘Amazon Channels’ only available with Prime.
One of the best parts about Prime Video is the flexibility. You can watch on your TV, phone, tablet, computer, or other streaming device (like Roku). If you love TV, and you love Amazon, this is your dream deal.
You can also sign up for Prime Video by itself — without any of the other Prime membership benefits — for $8.99/month. But the extra 2 bucks for the entire package is a better deal for most people.
Stream Unlimited Music
Prime membership also includes Prime Music. You can stream a growing selection of over 2 million songs — ad-free, with unlimited skips and offline playback. You can personalize your stations and listen to curated playlists. You can listen to your tracks on a wide range of devices — phone, tablet, computer, Fire TV, and in your car. If you have the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Amazon Tap you can also stream music through the devices — just ask Alexa to cue it up.
Get Free Gaming Loot With Twitch Prime
Gamers get big benefits with Prime membership — like tons of free game loot on Twitch, the world’s most popular video game streaming platform. That includes free characters, skins, vehicles, and boosts for popular games like Hearthstone and Smite. Plus — ad-free viewing on Twitch and and a free monthly Twitch channel subscription. Prime members also get exclusive discounts on video games, including new releases, and even release-day delivery of the hottest new games.
Read Unlimited Books & Magazines
Spending on book downloads or magazines? You can save all that money by taking advantage of tons of free reading included with Amazon Prime membership. Read a huge selection of the most popular magazines, plus thousands of books in every genre — including kids and audio books. Prime members get unlimited reading on any device — plus early access to other daily deals on books. With the Kindle First deals, members can choose one free Kindle book per month from the Editor’s Picks list.
Free Shipping, Grocery Deals, Unlimited Photo Storage — And More
The number and variety of Prime membership benefits is truly impressive. The deals and freebies go way beyond streaming. Here are just a few benefits I haven’t yet mentioned:
-Free two-day shipping on Amazon.com orders
-Free unlimited photo storage for you and 5 others
-20% off diapers and other items with Amazon Family
-Exclusive early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon
-Discounts on everyday household items with Prime Pantry
-Share your Prime benefits with another member of your household
With all those benefits, anyone who shops on Amazon or uses other Amazon products or services is missing out on tons of free stuff without getting Prime.
The cost of Amazon Prime membership is a great deal at $8.25/month for a yearly subscription ($99 total), or $10.99/month if you go month-to-month. Students get 50% off.
The best way to see all of Prime’s benefits and whether you like it is to try it out. Amazon offers a 30-day free trial so you can test-drive it with no risk. Go here to try Prime free for a month. If you’re a streamer, you’re gonna love it.