Amazon Prime is the first of the three major media streaming video services worldwide, having first launched in 2005. Originally, the annual subscription price for Amazon Prime was $80, but in March 2014, this increased to $100 -- a little more expensive than its old fee, but still, roughly about 10 times cheaper than any subscription to cable and satellite television!

With Amazon Prime, you can stream and watch any movie or television program available through Amazon Video.

Amazon Prime's two other competitors are Netflix and Hulu.


The U.S. service started off as Amazon Unbox on September 7, 2006, but was changed to Amazon Video on Demand on September 4, 2008, two years later. It changed its name again as Amazon Instant Video on February 22, 2011, and finally, to Amazon Video in September 2015.


Amazon Video can be played on Blu-ray Disc players, as well as Wii and Wii U consoles and mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone, and Android.

Video quality

Streaming of videos supports 5.1 surround sound, courtesy of Dolby Digital, and are presented at up to a 1080p resolution.