Why You Should Be Watching Amazon Prime Video

Jun 30, 2022

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Chances are the last thing you watched on TV was from a streaming service like Amazon Prime Video. Nearly 40 million Americans. have cut the cord in favor of on-demand content. And one of the biggest names leading the charge? Amazon Prime Video.

What is Amazon Prime Video?

Amazon Prime Video is a streaming service provided by Amazon that’s already part of the yearly Prime membership. Which means for $139 per year (or less if you're a student), you can get free two-day shipping (and sometimes same-day), Prime Reading, and access to thousands of classic movies and televisions shows, original programs, and a little thing called Thursday Night Football.

What Can I Watch on Amazon Prime Video?

Amazon Prime Video Original TV shows

It’s hard to get specific because programming is changing all the time, but there is tons of original content like the Emmy Award–winning series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Boys, and The Summer I Turned Pretty, plus thousands more Amazon Originals to choose from as part of your Prime account. You can always watch TV classics like The Jeffersons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I Love Lucy for free. And if you still can't find what you’re looking for, you can also rent movies and shows with just a few easy clicks.

Amazon Prime Video vs. Netflix (and Hulu)

Netflix and Hulu are the traditional leaders in the streaming market, but Amazon Prime Video has some extra benefits that its competitors don’t:

  • Quality: 4K Ultra HD content comes standard with a Prime membership
  • Cost: Free, depending on how you look at it. Prime Video is inluded as an Amazon Prime member, which costs $139 dollars a year (or $14.99 per month). At similar price points (Netflix is $15.49–$19.99 per month for 4K Ultra HD and Hulu is $12.99 for no commercials) you get more with Amazon Prime Video.
  • Live TV: Most times cutting the cord means losing out on live TV events. Prime Video has the option to watch some live TV content, like the aforementioned Thursday Night Football, at no additional cost. At this time, it costs $69.99 a month to watch live TV on Hulu, and it’s not even an option with Netflix.