Amazon today announced that the video streaming service Amazon Prime Video is now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the world including New Zealand.
Customers around the world can now enjoy popular new original series from Amazon Prime like The Grand Tour from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May (current top-rated TV show on IMDb with an overall rating of 9.4 and over 20,000 votes!) as well as award-winning Amazon Original Series like The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, Tumble Leaf and more.
Much like Netflix and Lightbox you can watch on Android and iOS phones and tablets, Fire Tablets (naturally) and popular LG and Samsung smart TVs.
The service has been launched with the alluring price of $2.99 USD per month for the first 6 months, and a 7 day free trial. However, the price goes up to $5.99 USD per month after the trial. As an extended feature, you can also purchase or hire movies through the service.
For the geeks out there the services has some cool little additions of tech, you can control the data you use for the service when streaming and downloading by choosing between Good, Better and Best visual quality settings, all of which utilize Amazon primes video compression technology which is designed to use less data without reducing visual quality. Then the automated and machine learning systems from Amazon will also select the best streaming configurations for a given customer based on their device, location and Internet Service Provider, providing better visual quality and fewer interruptions even when internet connection speeds are slow or highly variable.
All sound pretty interesting! I’m now off to watch the Grand Tour and see what the stream quality it like. Take a look for yourself here: Prime Video