One of the best-value streaming propositions around, Amazon Prime Video has become something of a significant force in streaming entertainment in recent years, thanks to their ever-growing library of original shows and movies. Many of their original shows have found wide acclaim, receiving a few awards even. Including The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, which has over a dozen awards to its name including Golden Globes. Plus other shows like the wonderful Good Omens, playfully exploring the possibilities of high-quality TV; it’s a must-have.
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And that’s before you dig deeper and start discovering the vast library of older shows, movies and documentaries that Amazon has loaded up inside its Prime Video library. An ever-changing menu of something-for-everyone, it’s perfect for impromptu binge sessions. And at only £5.99 per month on its own – or £7.99/month as part of the full Prime bundle which includes free Amazon delivery and an array of other benefits – it’s brilliant value.
So, what’s the best way to stream Amazon Prime Video if you want to watch its shows and movies on your TV? Well, thanks to extensive support for a wide range of devices, it’s a lot easier than you might think.
Check How Smart Your TV Is!
If you’ve bought a brand-name TV of reasonable size any time in the last few years, chances are you’ve got yourself what’s known as a “smart” TV. It’s a strange term that actually describes a TV with the ability to download and run apps, just like your mobile phone does. Modern smart TVs should come pre-installed with apps for popular streaming services. Plus you’ll generally find dedicated buttons on your remote control for some services. For example, many of LG’s popular TVs have a dedicated Amazon Prime Video button right next to Netflix on the remote.
You’ll need to get your TV connected to broadband internet if you haven’t already. For most people, that’s going to mean using wi-fi (though most smart TVs can be connected via Ethernet cable if you’re able to; doing so usually means more reliable streaming performance). Check your TV’s user guide for instructions on how to set up internet access on the TV. If you’re using wi-fi you’ll need to know your password, so have it handy.
You’ll also want to make sure that your broadband connection is fast enough for streaming. We’d recommend at least 10 Mbps for HD streaming, and if you want to enjoy Amazon’s own shows in 4K Ultra HD, you’ll be looking at closer to 20 Mbps. Most good cable and fibre broadband services should be able to support that, but with 4K, your wi-fi may struggle. If that’s the case, consider trying Ethernet (the cable connects directly to your modem/router and is extremely cheap).
Try Your Game Console
If you’ve got a Playstation 4 or Xbox One hooked up to your TV, those devices can be superb for streaming Amazon Prime Video. Just download the app from the console’s game and app store and sign in with your Amazon account. Modern game consoles are extremely capable when it comes to video playback and streaming, even though they’re not the first thing you might have thought of for streaming. There are even low-cost media remote controls available for each console so you can browse Prime Video and other streaming services with ease.
One Plan Fits All
Unlike other competing streaming services, Amazon only has one price tier for all subscribers. Meaning there’s no extra monthly fee for HD or 4K Ultra HD. If you can stream 4K, you’ll get 4K, simple as that. As we said, it’s terrific value!
Netflix also ties its price tiers to the number of people allowed to stream on the account at once. With Amazon Prime Video, every user can stream on up to three devices at the same time. However, the same title can only be streamed on two devices simultaneously.
Pick Up a Dedicated Streaming Device
Of course, not everyone has a smart TV – and you certainly don’t have to have one if you want to watch Amazon Prime Video. There is a range of dedicated devices available that can be plugged into your TV to make streaming Prime Video easy. The only real question is how much you’re willing to spend.
Fire TV Stick
The logical go-to device for Amazon Prime Video is going to be one of Amazon’s own devices. That means a choice between the top-end Fire TV Stick 4K (£49.99) or the HD-only Fire TV Stick (£39.99). Both devices come with a voice-activated remote (powered by Amazon’s Alexa, of course) and in addition to Prime Video, it will also let you stream everything from Netflix to the BBC and ITV in the best possible quality. We’d recommend spending the extra on the 4K device if you’re even vaguely thinking about upgrading your TV in the future.
For those on a tighter budget, you can opt for Google’s popular Chromecast devices. A small device that plugs into your HDMI port on your TV allowing you to send video to your TV from your mobile phone, tablet or computer. The Amazon Prime Video mobile app only recently got full support for Chromecast. At only £20 for the HD version, it’s an easy and very affordable way to upgrade your existing TV for streaming. If you a few extra quid you can also get a 4K-capable Chromecast, but it’s a bit pricier at £54.
And at the top of the heap is the streaming device to rule them all – the Apple TV. Available in HD (£149) and 4K (£179) versions, this brilliant device supports Amazon prime Video superbly, alongside just about every other streaming service under the sun. It’s all tied together with a slick, user-friendly interface, Siri voice control and the ability to play games. If you can budget for it, it’s the best choice.
Thanks to the overwhelming popularity of streaming services, getting them off the internet and onto your TV screen has never been more accesible or more affordable. And with Amazon Prime Video being great value in its own right, you’re in for a treat no matter what solution you pick – and lots of change left in your pocket!