Amazon Prime members get full access to the Amazon Prime Instant Video service, which gives you unlimited streaming of a selection of movies and TV shows. But how can you watch Amazon Prime Instant Video on your TV or mobile device? Here's all you need to know.
Amazon's Prime Instant Video service (formerly known as Lovefilm Instant) is available to watch online, on PC and Mac desktops and laptops as well as on iOS devices, Kindle tablets and - finally - on other, non-Amazon branded Android devices too.
But streaming the service on your TV is another matter. While many smart TVs come with plenty of Amazon apps installed, getting Prime Instant Video on your TV isn't immediately obvious. Our guide will steer you in the right direction.
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How much is Amazon Prime Instant Video?
The annual membership fee for Amazon Prime, Amazon’s next-day delivery service is £79 and comes with a 30 day free trial.
This comes with unlimited, commercial-free access to the Prime Instant Video library which consists of over 15,000 movies and TV episodes. You can also benefit from extra goodies like unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Prime Music, Amazon’s Spotify/Apple Music/Tidal rival.
If all of those extra bells and whistles aren’t of interest to you and you simply want to be able to stream stuff like Extant, Ripper Street, Transparent and The Grand Tour, you can sign up for Prime Instant Video on its own.
New customers can sign up for a free 30-day trial before the regular rate of £5.99/month kicks in.
What’s Amazon Instant Video?
If you don’t have (or don’t want) a Prime subscription, you instead have the option to rent and buy content from Amazon Instant Video, Amazon’s pay-per-view iTunes-battling effort.
Prices for titles vary, but generally speaking you can rent digital copies of films from £3.49 in SD £4.49 in HD. You can also buy digital copies of movies from around £9.99 (SD) and £13.99 (HD).
Can I get Amazon Prime Instant Video on my Smart TV?
You can watch Amazon Prime on most Smart TV’s available in the market, from Samsung, LG, Sony, Vizio and Panasonic. The steps to set-up the account is same with few variations from manufacturer to manufacturer.
You first need to download the Amazon Instant Video app if it’s not pre-installed on your TV when you head to the apps section.
For example for a Samsung smart TV you need to visit the Samsung Smart Hub and click on the Amazon Instant video icon. If you can’t spot the app there, then you’ll need to download it from the Samsung apps store.
After downloading the app, launch the app and click on ‘Register your device’. Simply follow the instructions to get the registration code to connect the device.
You can check instructions for your specific smart TV set-up here.
Can I get Amazon Prime Instant Video on Roku?
Yes. Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video apps are now available to download from the Roku Channel Store. Simply search for the Amazon apps in the Store and install as normal.
As with Amazon’s own Fire TV devices, Roku devices like the Roku 3 and Streaming Stick will let you search by title, actor and director.
Can I get Amazon Prime Instant Video on my Amazon Fire TV?
Not only do these little mini streamers make it easy to get a smart TV experience on an older, dumb TV, they boast a clean and simple UI that’s miles ahead of most smart TV interfaces (and even Amazon’s own desktop player).
The process of set up is pretty easy as well. All you need to do is register your Amazon Fire TV to your Amazon account by visiting ‘settings’ and then selecting ‘My Account’ to link the device.
After the device is registered you can start enjoying the unlimited stream of movies and TV show by navigating to the "Video" section of your Amazon Fire TV.
Can I get Amazon Prime Instant Video on Chromecast via web?
Unfortunately Amazon Prime cannot be accessed directly yet, since the company does not support Google’s Chromecast API.
Even with Chromecast mirroring on Android phones (an inelegant workaround at the best of times) we’ve been unable to get Prime Instant Video playing on our TVs via Chromecast.
However, if you need to Chromecast Amazon Prime videos, you will have to download and install Google Chrome web browser and the Google Cast extension and then beam your browser to your TV.
Make sure that you've enabled Adobe Flash in your Amazon Prime settings and are streaming videos through that and not Microsoft Silverlight for a smooth and uninterrupted movie experience.
Can I get Amazon Prime on my Blu-ray Player?
Blu-ray players are also compatible with Amazon Prime. After downloading or opening the Amazon Instant Video app, sign in to your Amazon account directly on your device, or go to www.amazon.com/mytv and use the registration code provided to connect the device to the account.
You can check out the list of Amazon instant video compatible devices to get more information.
If you aren't an Amazon Prime customer yet you can sign up for a 30 day free trial here.