Sign up for an Amazon Prime membership and in addition to getting free 2-day shipping on millions of items, you get access to Prime Video, a service that lets you stream thousands of movies and TV shows over the internet using a phone, tablet, computer, or TV box like the Amazon Fire TV.
Prime Video may not be as popular as Netflix, but there’s some pretty good content available. Amazon’s original TV series Transparent won a bunch of Emmys this year, and recently I’ve been using Prime Video to re-watch the Star Trek.
Not satisfied with the available content though? Now you can get more: Amazon is partnering with other streaming services to integrate their catalogs with its own. Pay an extra monthly fee and you can stream movies and TV shows from Starz, Showtime, and more.
Sure, you could also just pay for a standalone Showtime Anytime subscription and use the company’s own apps. But if you sign up for Showtime through Amazon, movies and TV shows from the network will show up alongside you other Amazon content, making it easier to search, browse, and maintain a watch list. Amazon also handles all the billing, and some services are actually cheaper if you sign up through Amazon than if you pay for a standalone service.
Right now Showtime and Starz are the big names, but there are a bunch of other options, including:
- Acorn TV
- Comedy Central Stand-Up Plus
- Lifetime Movie Club
- Qello Concerts
- Sundance Now Doc Club
- Smithsonian Earth
Prices for these subscription add-ons range from about $3 per month to $9 per month on top of your $99 Amazon Prime membership fee. But it looks like all of the services offer free trials if you want to check them out before spending any extra money… or if you want to just binge watch one particular show.