Amazon Prime Instant Video UK review

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8 / 10 (VERY GOOD)


Test Duration: 30 days

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The Good

  • 15,000 Movies and TV episodes
  • £79 a year
  • Also includes FREE One-Day Delivery on over 7 million items on the Amazon website
  • 30-day free trial

The Bad

  • No monthly payment option for the full Prime package
  • New films & TV shows aren't added that regularly
  • The selection of Films & TV shows may not suit everyone

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What is Amazon Prime Instant Video?

Amazon Prime Instant Video is an on-demand Film and TV streaming service, which is Amazon's answer to services such as Netflix, Sky's Now TV and Blinkbox.

Amazon provides access to approximately 15,000 movies and TV box sets which can be streamed instantly over the internet directly to a compatible TV, games console, Blu-ray player, Set-Top Box, Computer or mobile device – so pretty much anything with a screen that can connect to the internet!

As with a lot of the popular on-demand services out there, Instant Prime offers unlimited viewing so you don't have to worry about going over a certain quota each month... so go ahead and find as much content as you want to watch and binge away!

The device compatibility list is vast and whilst most modern devices are catered for it's always worth checking on Amazon's website that the device you want to use is supported: Amazon Instant Video Compatible Devices

As with most of these streaming services though, if you're looking for the absolute latest and greatest movies and TV shows then you might be a little disappointed as they rarely have the most up to date catalogue.

This is because priority is first given to DVD and Blu-ray launches and/or subscription TV services like Sky. They then eventually filter through to the rental and streaming markets. So unless the service you choose has managed to pick up an exclusive or two, expect perhaps a 1-2 year gap in content.

What's on Amazon Prime UK?

The content on offer can differ between regions so this list is from Amazon Prime UK. At the time of writing, the most up to date movies I could find were:

Amazon Prime Movies

  • 2 Guns (2013)
  • RED 2 (2013)
  • Ted (2012)
  • Total Recall (the 2012 remake)

Amazon Prime TV

For TV shows there was:

  • Arrow season 1 (2012)
  • Revolution season 1 (2012)
  • and Extant (2014) staring Halle Berry which is probably the most current content available since it's an Amazon Prime exclusive.

For kids there was:

  • The Lorax (2012)
  • Disney's Tangled (2010)
  • and Toy Story 3 (2010)
Amazon Prime Instant Video on the Xbox 360
Amazon Prime Instant Video on the Xbox 360

Once you realise you're rarely going to get the absolute latest content, (with the odd exception here and there) there's actually a lot to like.

There are probably a few older films and TV shows that you never got round to watching and may have missed along the way, so there can be real value and hidden gems waiting to be found.

For example they currently have seasons 1-8 of 24 (but not the most recent season 9) and seasons 1-8 of Dexter but again the very last season is absent. Two huge and critically acclaimed TV shows that would be worth the yearly subscription alone if you haven't already seen them!

It's also nice to see the UK being represented with offerings such as Sherlock, Luther and the original UK version of The Office all available to watch.

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