Amazon Prime Video is the streaming video component of Amazon Prime. The platform offers on-demand and ad-free streaming. Amazon Prime offers unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV shows. Amazon Prime is one of the few major streaming platforms that allows renting and purchase of a select portion of its content. 

How to create an Amazon Prime Video account

Amazon Prime Video has a vast catalog of movies, TV shows, documentaries, sports content and more. To sign up for Amazon Prime, follow these steps:

  • Go to Amazon Prime
  • Click on the sign-up button
  • Follow the instructions you will be given to complete the payment and sign-up process

How much does Amazon Prime Video cost?

The monthly membership fee for Amazon Prime is $12.99. Prime Video membership costs $8.99 per month. There is also an option of paying an annual membership fee for Amazon Prime. Prime Video also has channels which can be accessed at an additional price. The channels include AMC+, Paramount+, Starz, Showtime, PBS Masterpiece, just to mention a few.  

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Which devices are compatible with Amazon Prime Video?

Prime Video is compatible with a wide range of devices. It can be accessed on desktop via web browsers, and through the Prime Video app on mobile devices and tablets, gaming consoles, smart TVs, and streaming devices.

How to set up Amazon Prime Video profiles

Each Amazon Prime Video account can have up to six profiles. The first profile is reserved for the owner of the Amazon account. Additional profiles can be set up for both adults and kids. 

To set up Prime Video profiles through the Amazon website: 

  • Go to amazon.com/gp/video/profiles, and click Add New
  • If you are creating a child’s profile, click the kid’s profile toggle
  • If the account is for an adult, leave the toggle alone
  • Enter the name for the profile
  • Click Save Changes to make the new profile accessible on your devices 

To set up new profiles using the Prime Video app on your phone:

  • Open the Prime Video app and go to My Stuff
  • Select the current profile
  • Tap create profile
  • Enter the name of the new profile and tap sav to make the new profile available on your devices

How to use Amazon profiles

If you have set up more than one Prime Video accounts, you can freely switch between the accounts on any of your devices. However, if you switch to a child profile, you’ll be required to enter your Prime Video PIN before you are able to switch to a regular account. Each profile has a custom watch list, recommendations, and more. 

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Using Amazon profiles on other devices

You can access your Prime Video profiles on devices that support the Prime Video app. Switching profiles on the app works the same way as it does on the website. You’ll be able to access your watchlist or any other customization you have made on your profile on every device where you can watch Prime Video. 

How do Amazon Prime Video profiles work?

Each account on Amazon Prime Video is allowed to have up to six profiles. These profiles work quite similar to the profiles on other streaming services. Each profile on Prime Video is designed to be used by a single person. This allows the users of each profile to save their history and preferences, and get personalised recommendations best on the movies and TV shows they have watched. 

Each profile on Prime Video gets customized recommendations, their progress on seasons and episodes, as well as a personal watchlist. 

Of the six profiles available on an Amazon Prime Video account, the first profile is the primary profile reserved for the owner of the Amazon account. The rest of the five profiles can be set up for both adults and kids. If you have Amazon Household, the profiles will automatically be shared among the Amazon Household members. 

How to watch sports on Amazon Prime Video

It is possible to watch live and pre recorded sports on Amazon Prime Video. The streaming service has several sports documentaries in its vast library. It also allows its users to watch replays of old MLB and NBA games. You can also watch live Thursday Night Football NFL games. 

Amazon Prime Video also makes it possible to sign up for subscription-based channels. This makes it possible to watch even more live sports content on the platform. 

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What sports can you watch on Amazon Prime?

An Amazon Prime subscription gives you access to plenty of sports-based content. For instance, the All or Nothing sports documentary gives a behind-the-scenes perspective of various sports teams. 

The platform also offers free live sports for its subscribers such as some of the Thursday Night Football games made available to viewers throughout the United States each year. Also, a number of the Yankees games are made available for subscribers in New York and neighboring states. 

Amazon Prime Video also allows you to expand your access to more sports content through Amazon Channels. There are several sports channels that you can add to your Amazon Prime Video subscription for an additional monthly fee. Some of these channels give you access to both pre recorded and live sports. 

Some of the channels that you can add to your Prime Video account through Amazon Channels include:

  • Paramount Plus: formerly known as CBS All Access. This channel allows you to watch a variety of CBS sports including football, basketball, baseball, among others. 
  • NBA League Pass: allows you to watch every single NBA game.
  • PGA Tour Live: allows you to watch PGA Tour matches
  • MLB.TV: gives you live access to out-of-market games, allowing you to watch many teams

How do you watch live sports on Amazon Prime Video?

You can watch some live sports for free on Amazon Prime. For instance, American users can watch Thursday Night Football live on Prime for free. 

Other sports channels available on Amazon require you to pay an additional fee in order to access their content. To add such channels to your Amazon Prime subscription:

  • Visit amazon.com/primevideo and click Channels
  • Go to Your Sports and click See More
  • Select the sports channel you want to add to your subscription
  • Click on the channel’s banner
  • Depending on the channel you have chosen, you’ll see options such as Subscribe or Start You Free Trial
  • Click on the option you want
  • Verify your billing information 
  • Click Start to access the channel’s content

Once you have added the channel to your Amazon Prime subscription, all you have to do is to visit the channel when a match is live. 

How to rent movies on Amazon

You can rent a movie on Amazon Prime via the Prime Video app or a browser. Renting a movie on the platform allows you to watch the movie as many times as you want for two days. 

Although the movie rental service is provided by Amazon Prime Video, you don’t have to be a member of Amazon Prime to access it. Any Amazon user can take advantage of the service and browse for movie rentals on Prime Video. 

Prime Video provides a full description, trailers, reviews, and a list of the cast which you can look at before renting a movie. You can watch rented movies on any device that supports Prime Video. This includes phones, tablets, computers and TVs.   

To rent movies on Prime Video, follow these steps:

  • Open Prime Video on your phone or computer
  • Look for the movie title you want to rent. You can also click on the Channels menu to browse popular or featured movies. The new movies available for rent are found in the New Releases category. 
  • Choose the pricing option that matches the quality of the movie you want to rent

You’ll be charged immediately aft6er you have selected the quality of the movie you want to rent. If you accidentally rent a movie, it is possible to undo the purchase if you act quickly enough. 

After completing the purchase, you can start watching the movie immediately by clicking Watch Now. If you want to watch the title later, you can find the movie on the My Stuff section of the My Stuff section of the app. 

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How to download Amazon rentals and purchases

It is possible to download select titles on Amazon Prime. However, the downloads can only be made on devices that are compatible with the Prime Video mobile app. Here’s how:

  • Open the Prime Video app
  • Go to My Stuff at the bottom of the app
  • Select Purchases
  • Select the video you intend to download to your device
  • Tap the Download icon

For the case of TV shows, you can download the whole season by selecting Download Season. You can also download individual episodes by clicking the download icon next to the episodes. 

Are there any limitations when renting movies with Prime Video

There are two restrictions that you need to know before renting a movie from Prime Video. When you rent a title, you have 30 days to start watching the movie. Once you click play, you only have 48 hours to watch the movie before it expires. 

This means that you can wait for some weeks after renting a movie, but once you press play on the title, the 48-hour timer starts.  

That said, Prime Video also has the buy option. When you buy a movie on Prime Video, you can watch it for as long as you like. 

Want to learn how other services like Amazon Prime Video work? Read our Apple TV+, Disney Plus, Hulu, and Netflix guides.

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