How to Add and Watch Amazon Prime Video Channels

Make the most of your Amazon Prime Video account

Most people probably don't think of Amazon when considering premium TV channel subscriptions. With more and more people cutting the cable cord and moving to streaming services, Amazon Prime Video is an excellent option to get your favorite premium channels in one place. If you already have a Prime account, you can add premium channels like HBO and Showtime to Amazon's already expansive lineup.

Person adding Showtime to Amazon Prime
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How to Add Premium Channels to Amazon Prime Video Subscription

Follow these steps to add premium channels to your Amazon Prime subscription.

  1. Open your web browser and head to Amazon.

    Amazon Home Page
  2. Mouse over Account & Lists in the upper right corner of your screen, then select Sign in.

    Signing into Amazon account
  3. When you arrive at the Amazon sign in page, enter your account username and password. If you have multiple accounts in your household, make sure you're using the account you want to stream from.

    Amazon Login Page
  4. Amazon will drop you back on the home page. Select Account & Lists again to display the menu, then select Your Prime Video.

    Your Prime Video link on Amazon
  5. Select Channels.  

    Amazon Prime Video Channels
  6. You will see featured content from some of the available channels on Amazon. Although you may find the channel you're looking for right away, there is a more complete list to browse from. Select See More to view the complete list.

    See more Prime Video Channels on Amazon

    If you're having a hard time finding the Prime Video Channels row or if Amazon has changed the layout a bit, use this link for the full list of Amazon Prime Channels.

  7. The channel listing consists of more rows of channels broken down into categories. You can use the arrows at the end of each row to scroll through categories and view more options. Select the channel you would like to subscribe to.

    Full List of Amazon Prime Channels
  8. Amazon will take you to your selected channel's page. Across the top is a massive banner image for your channel. Select it when you're ready to sign up.

    Amazon Prime HBO Page
  9. Amazon will take you to a splash page with information regarding the channel you selected, including the pricing info. More importantly, the page contains a link to sign up for the channel and begin your free trial, if available. Select Start your 7-day free trial.

    Amazon Video Channel Splash Page
  10. You'll likely be asked to enter your account password one more time to confirm. Next, you'll arrive at a page detailing your new subscription, including the subscription cost following your trial, more information about the channel, and your billing information.

    Add A Channel To Amazon Prime Video
  11. When you're ready, select Start your free trial near the bottom of the page.

    Start your free trial
  12. Now you will be able to view any content from your new channel from any of your devices that can access Amazon Prime Video. You can cancel the channel at any time through your Amazon account.

    Cancel the subscription before the free trial period ends to avoid paying for the service.