Amazon Channels Review

first_img Watch: Bill Gates Reveals His Worst Fear in Netflix Docuseries TrailerPlex Enters The Streaming Service Wars With Cable-Style Bundle Stay on target Amazon, it’s not just for instant toilet paper buttons. The online retail giant is also one of the biggest sources of online video streaming, with acquired and original content that rivals Hulu, YouTube, and famous Iron Fist service Netflix. You don’t even need a larger Amazon Prime subscription to jump in anymore. You can subscribe just to Amazon Video for $8.99 per month (even if the $99 per year Amazon Prime offer is a better deal).However, a base Amazon Video subscription doesn’t give you access to all the video Amazon has to offer. Far from it. Amazon Channels, not to be confused with Seattle fashion line Amazon Chanel, is an à la carte streaming TV service for watching premium channels from across all genres. If you’re only interested in one or two channels, this a way to get them directly. However, if you’re looking to completely rebuild your TV library after you’ve cut the cord, be aware that prices will add up.To start watching any Amazon Channel first you need to be an Amazon Prime member, so that’s already a cost. Then you subscribe to whatever channels you’re interested in on a monthly basis. The price depends on the channel. An HBO subscription costs $14.99 per month whereas PBS Kids is only $4.99. Each channel comes with a one-week free trial. Amazon Channels are also now available in more countries than before.Once you’ve subscribed, you can access all of the TV shows and movies that particular channel has to offer. You use the same trusty video player Amazon uses for all of its other video content, and that means the videos are also available to watch through Amazon’s mobile apps and streaming media devices like the Fire Stick. That’s convenient. I watched the bewildering first episode of the new Twin Peaks on my tiny iPhone screen, just as David Lynch intended.Whatever genre you’re into, you can most likely find a channel that suits your needs. There are the usual premium suspects like HBO and Showtime and Starz and Cinemax. But there are also more niche channels like Shudder for horror, Seeso for comedy, and Up Faith & Family for… the faithful with families. There are channels just dedicated to fitness, prestige cinema, and (really) anime, the exact opposite of prestige cinema.That’s a lot to choose from, and collectively you could build a broad TV alternative with these channels. The only problem is that if you subscribe to all those premium channels, their premium prices will add up and leave a premium dent in your wallet. Again, you already need a base Amazon Prime subscription to even have the luxury for paying for Amazon Channels. And since, on average, each channel’s subscription costs roughly the same as a Prime subscription, each channel you add multiplies that cost by another factor. (I’m not a mathematician).Amazon Channels also add another layer of confusion to what you can watch with what Amazon status. Amazon Video lets you watch Amazon original shows like Transparent as well as a collection of other shows and movies. But Amazon Channels require their own separate subscriptions. Meanwhile, there’s also an even larger library of current and old shows and movies you can purchase or rent individually whether you’re a member or not.And sometimes these groups overlap. Anyone can buy individual episodes of Silicon Valley season three. But season four, the latest season, requires an HBO Amazon Channel subscription. Meanwhile, older HBO shows like The Wire and The Sopranos are just included with the base Prime membership. It can be tough to keep straight, especially if you don’t want to spend money unnecessarily.If you’re already an Amazon Prime membership and just want to watch Game of Thrones without going through traditional TV hassle, Amazon Channels will quickly give you the onion knights you’re looking for. But if you want your TV diet to be any larger, there are better bulk deals.Subscribe to Amazon ChannelsView as: One Page Slides1/201. So many streaming TV services to choose from. Where do you start?2. Netflix is still arguably the biggest name in streaming TV.3. Although it no longer has a free option, Hulu is a great streaming TV service that is worth paying for.4. From buying to renting to subscribing to individual channels, Amazon offers a bevy of streaming TV options.5. YouTube Red subscribers can watch original shows from streaming stars, but YouTube TV lets you watch actual live TV.6. Hook up a Slingbox and watch the cable and live TV you’re already paying for anywhere.7. You have to buy channels in bulk and still deal with commercials, but with DirecTV Now you get the real live TV experience delivered through streaming.8. Crunchyroll is the best anime streaming service if you’re all about subtitles.9. If dubs are more your thing, Funimation Now is the anime streaming service for you.10. If you want to stream shows and documentaries that actually teach you something, go with CuriosityStream.11. AMC Premiere just focuses on current AMC shows, but for Walking Dead super fans that might be enough.12. With Boomerang, tons of retro cartoons, from Looney Tunes to Scooby-Doo, can all come back to you13. FuboTV may be the escape from cable that sports fans are looking for. It’s pricey, but being able to easily stream live sports and more from dozens of channels with only one subscription might very well be worth it.14. Brown Sugar has all of the classic Blaxploitation movies you could want and then some. It’s niche, but it’s one of the most impressive niche libraries we’ve seen. 15. For the true cinephile, FilmStruck has a large collection of classic films from all eras and countries, including movies from the Criterion Collection.16. CollegeHumor’s Dropout provides premium streaming online laughs.17. DC Universe offers live-action adaptations of less familiar superheroes, like Doom Patrol.18. Along with presenting streaming services like Netflix and Sling through one box, Dish AirTV also lets you watch local over-the-air channels with an additional installation.19. Get a streaming media device to enjoy these services on your TV. Our favorite is the Amazon Fire Stick.20.last_img read more