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Amazon Prime Video Targets Netflix With Global Access

14 Dec, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Prime Video joins Netflix as a standalone service offering global access to movies and TV shows

As expected, Amazon Dec. 14 announced it is making Prime Video available to consumers in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Prime Video heretofore (except in the United States) was only available as part of the Prime two-day shipping membership in the United Kingdom, Canada, France, India, Spain, Austria and Germany.

Prime Video is available in new territories at an introductory price of $2.99 (or €2.99) per month for the first six months following a free seven-day trial. The price point is significantly less than Netflix’s global fee from $8.99. The SVOD pioneer launched worldwide access in January. 

In addition to myriad licensed movies and TV shows, Prime Video subs have access to “The Grand Tour,” starring former “Top Gear” hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May (currently the top-rated TV show on IMDb with an overall rating of 9.4 and over 20,000 votes) and award-winning Amazon Original Series like “The Man in the High Castle,” “Transparent,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Tumble Leaf “and more.

Members can stream Prime Video in English, with French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish subtitled and dubbed versions also available. The Prime Video app is available on Android and iOS phones and tablets, Fire Tablets, LG and Samsung Smart TVs or online at PrimeVideo.com. Members can also download all movies and TV shows for offline viewing — watching on a plane and train at no additional cost.

Most Amazon Original Kids Series are also available, including the animated art-adventure “Creative Galaxy,” and live-action coming-of-age tale of friendship “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street,” among others. Additional Amazon Original Series like Woody Allen’s “Crisis in Six Scenes,” David E. Kelley’s “Goliath,” featuring Billy Bob Thornton, the docuseries American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, as well as “Sneaky Pete,” produced by Bryan Cranston and Graham Yost, and starring Giovanni Ribisi, will be added to the service next year.

“We are excited to announce that starting today, fans around the world have access to Prime Video,” Tim Leslie, VP of international for Prime Video, said in a statement.

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