What is Amazon Prime and how you sign up

Owen Gough
·4-min read
Photo credit: Amazon Prime
Photo credit: Amazon Prime

From Digital Spy

So you've watched every movie, TV show and documentary that Netflix has to offer, and you're on the hunt for even more content.

While you could sign up to NOW – Sky's approach to streaming – or Disney+, you should also consider Amazon Prime Video.

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What is Amazon Prime?

Prime is a service that will cut delivery costs when you shop through Amazon. You can get unlimited next-day delivery without paying a penny extra.

There are also exclusive deals, particularly around the big Prime Day sales, to help you save a few quid on your shopping every month, with prices dropping on toothbrushes, gym clothes, TVs and everything in between.

It's a monthly bill of £7.99, or you can opt to pay for the whole year upfront for £79. You're saving money when you buy for the year, as it will cost a total of £95.88 if you go for the monthly cost.

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What is Amazon Prime Video?

This is an extension to the service with no extra costs. If you're a subscriber you can start using this immediately and enjoy a massive library of content throughout the year.

New films like Coming 2 America, Escape From Pretoria and 1917 will be free to watch whenever you want, with Amazon bringing more content each month.

There are also top TV shows like Downton Abbey and The Office, as well as original productions like The Boys, Jack Ryan and Vikings that are only available on this service.

Photo credit: Melinda Sue Gordon - Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Melinda Sue Gordon - Warner Bros.

Films like Christopher Nolan's Tenet, Arrival or the Harry Potter series can be bought for a fee or rented for 48 hours.

If that wasn't enough, Amazon is also adding sports content to its roster, broadcasting 20 top Premier League football games a season, tennis majors like the Australian Open and the ATP series, American football and more.

If the whole Prime offer isn't for you, you can just pay for Prime Video on its own for £5.99 a month or £59 for the whole year, saving you £20.

You can download the app to almost any device you might have, so long as it's smart. So most smartphones and tablets, laptops, games consoles, smart TVs and Roku and Amazon Fire TV sticks will be able to stream Prime Video.

What is Amazon Prime Music?

Another free extension to the service once you sign up, Prime Music is a rival to Spotify or Apple Music, unlocking millions of songs for you to stream on your mobile device.

Music will be ad-free and you can create your favourite playlists. Pay an additional £7.99 a month for Prime Music Unlimited, which lets you download songs and playlists to your device so you can keep listening away from the WiFi.

What is Twitch Prime?

For the gamers, you can get free in-game content by linking your Twitch and Amazon Prime accounts. Twitch is a free live streaming service that broadcasts thousands of content creators playing video games, making art or just hanging out. Earn special rewards for watching your favourite streamers, and get bonus emotes and items for top games.

How to sign up to Amazon Prime

Signing up is simple. All you'll need is your email address, a few personal details, and a credit or debit card to pay for your subscription.

Head over to this webpage, fill in all your details and you're good to go. The Prime benefits will be added to your account, and you can start shopping and streaming immediately.

Photo credit: Amazon Prime
Photo credit: Amazon Prime

And if you find that you're not using the service much, you can cancel your subscription at any time with no extra fees.

Is there a free trial?

If it's your first time signing up to Prime, you can get a 30-day free trial to the service whenever you use a unique email address and payment card. Once you've used this offer, it expires and you can't get it again unless you sign into a different account.

You'll automatically be charged when your trial expires, so keep that in mind if you decide it's not right for you.

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