Free Video Streaming for Amazon Prime Members

Free shipping with a side of free video streaming

Amazon Prime membership offers a lot of benefits, one of which is access to free streaming of many TV programs and movies from the Amazon Prime Video service.

What Is Amazon Prime Video?

Amazon Prime Video, previously called Amazon On Demand or Amazon Instant Video, is a TV and movie streaming and download service. It can be accessed on any device using the Amazon Prime Video app (the app may be pre-installed or can be added from the device's app store). Compatible devices include Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show, Apple TV, Chromecast, PCs, iOS and Android smartphones, select game consoles, and most smart TVs.

If you have an Amazon Prime Account, you can open the Prime Video app on any device it is installed on and watch TV shows and movies.

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Free Viewing with Amazon Prime Membership

When you tap or click the Free to me icon on the Prime Video Home page, it lists all the TV shows and videos in several categories you can view at no extra charge.

With an Amazon Prime membership, over 5,000 of the titles typically available for rent can be streamed instantly for free to a compatible device that has the Amazon Prime Video app installed. Although free streaming privileges include all Amazon original TV series and movies, other TV shows and movies are not the most current.

Just browse through the selection, choose a movie or show, and start watching.

Some titles that are available for free streaming with a Prime Account include (Originals) The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Tick, Man in the High Castle, Bosch, Hanna, Jack Ryan, The Boys, (Movies) A Quiet Place, Snowden, The Big Sick, and Logan Lucky.

The Free to me option on Amazon Prime Video.

There is also an additional large selection of TV shows and videos that you can rent or buy. Purchased movies and TV shows can be streamed, and some can be downloaded and saved for later viewing offline. Rental and purchase prices vary.

Compatible Devices for downloading include:

  • Fire tablets (except Kindle Fire 1st Generation).
  • Android phones and tablets.
  • iOS devices.

Here are the steps to download Prime Video titles using the Prime Video app on a compatible device:

  1. Connect the device to a Wi-Fi or wireless network.

  2. Find the Prime Video show or movie title that you want to download.

  3. Tap Download or the watch on FireTV offline or down arrow prompts.

    The Download button in the Amazon Prime Video app for iPad

You can also organize your favorite shows and movies and store them in an online library. Find it by selecting the My Stuff tab in the app.

The My Stuff tab in the Amazon Prime Video app

Third-Party Apps You Have to Pay For

In addition to Amazon Prime Video-centric content, there's a selection of third-party apps available. You'll find streaming versions of HBO, Starz, Cinemax, Showtime, Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access), NickHits, Shudder, Sundance Now, and more that offer even more content.

To access the content on third-party subscription apps, sign up and pay any added required fees separately. Some of the apps may provide a 7 day (or longer) free trial.

Stream Free Music Too

In addition to accessing a lot of free TV shows and movies on Amazon Prime Video, another benefit of Amazon Prime is that you can access about 5 million free songs on Amazon Music. If you want more, Amazon Prime members get a 20 percent discount for full access to 20 million songs on Amazon Music Unlimited.

Amazon Music Unlimited selections can be played on all Echo smart speaker devices with playback control provided by Alexa voice commands.

What Is Amazon Prime?

To get in all the viewing and music listening, sign up for an Amazon Prime membership.

The main benefit of the $119.00 annual (or $12.99 per month) Amazon Prime membership is free two-day shipping for eligible products that sell on Amazon and those that live in applicable zip codes. Amazon Prime offers free two-day shipping for product purchases marked for Prime shipping even if the purchase total is less than $25. Without the Prime membership, customers can get free standard shipping for purchases over $25. 

Other Amazon Prime shipping benefits include:

  • Free Delivery on Release Date: Pre-order a new product and get it delivered on its official release date.
  • Prime Now: Free delivery in two hours or less, or specific delivery time in select locations.
  • Amazon Locker Hub Storage: You don't have to take delivery of Amazon items at home. Instead, have items sent to an official off-site Amazon storage location where you can pick up your purchases.

In addition to free and discounted shipping and access to Prime Video and music, there are additional benefits of Amazon Prime membership to consider.

If you like to shop on Amazon and are interested in free and fast delivery, the free streaming videos and music may be the added incentive you need to try the Amazon Prime service.

What Is Amazon Prime Student?

Amazon Prime Student is a program created for college students. To start, Prime Student members get a six-month trial that includes:

  • Free two-day shipping.
  • Unlimited streaming of Prime movies and TV shows.
  • Unlimited storage with Amazon Photos.
  • Free gaming content monthly, as well as a Twitch subscription.
  • Other deals.

After the six-month trial ends, Amazon Prime Student members are eligible to receive 50 percent off Amazon Prime ($59.00 per year or $6.49 per month), which includes access to the rest of the Prime benefits.

Other Streaming Alternatives

While Amazon Prime offers unlimited streaming of select movies and TV shows, Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ are other possible alternatives. All offer original content in addition to a large library of movies and TV shows.

Amazon Prime Video and Netflix offer an increasing number of original programming and movies in 4K and HDR.

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