Everything You Need To Know About Amazon Prime Video In Australia

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You can now officially and legally watch the Grand Tour in Australia on desktop and mobile devices. Here's what you need to know.

Before you get too excited, Amazon Prime's full gamut of services hasn't hit our shores just yet; this is just the video streaming part of Prime. Over in the US, an Amazon Prime subscription gives you free two-day shipping of goods bought through the online retailer along with access to movies, TV shows, music, e-books and unlimited photo storage.

Now Amazon Prime Video has been launched globally and is available in over 200 counties. You can watch video content through the Amazon Prime Video app on Android and iOS devices, Fire Tablets and a select range of LG and Samsung Smart TVs. You can also watch shows online through PrimeVideo.com and download all the titles to mobile devices for offline viewing.

The introductory price for the service is $US2.99 per month for the first six months; it normally costs $US5.99 per month. You can stream on up to three devices at once. Amazon Prime Video will automatically adjust picture and audio quality to reduce buffering and provide the best quality for your available internet bandwidth. The service supports multiple video formats up to and including Ultra High Definition/4K, but you'll need to have an internet connection of at least 15Mbps to watch videos in such high quality.

Here are some of the Amazon Original Series shows you can get through the service:

  • The Grand Tour
  • Transparent
  • Mozart in the Jungle
  • The Man in the High Castle
  • Creative Galaxy
  • Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street
  • Tumble Leaf
  • Wishenpoof

You also get access to a bunch of non-Amazon movies and TV shows although most of the titles are quite old. I'll be watching Jurassic Park tonight.

Mind you, we had an inkling that Prime Video would come to Australia after Amazon sneakily made The Grand Tour available to launch audiences ahead of schedule a few weeks ago through the Prime website.

Last month, Amazon also launched an all-you-can-read Kindle Unlimited subscription service in Australia.

Amazon's Online Store is expected to hit Australia next year.

You can sign up for Amazon Prime Video here. You can get the Amazon Prime app on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

This article originally appeared on Lifehacker Australia


Comments

    Cool the grand tour, I'm a little excited about that show......kinda missed those old farts

    Been loving the Grand Tour so far. What came of the new Top Gear??

      It sucked, and then the annoying Chris Evans quit because everyone told him he was garbage and annoying as a TV presenter, so now it's just Joey and the others. Havent watched since the 3rd episode though so dont know how it turned out. It was basically the same show format except more boring/annoying and less funny.

        Thanks. I should have guessed that was how it would turn out. Too bad but the show really was about the 3 of them with the cars providing a pretty background every now and again

    Meanwhile, Foxtel Play has cannibalised Presto and made it so you have to pay a minimum of $25/month. As a former Presto customer I'll probably go to Netflix (already tried Stan for a while). Foxtel can fuck right off.

      Dude, right! I had all 3, Presto, Stan, Netflix. Presto was pretty good for the price. I picked up Prime last month. Wont be going to Foxtel go.

    Do we get a free twitch prime sub?

      Still salty I couldnt get my Tyrande hearthstone character......

    I tried it last week for The Man in the High Castle.

    What shit me was there seems to be no way to force HD. I'm happy to led things buffer for a bit, but instead the player basically auto detected that my connection wasn't good enough. I have 16Mbps ADSL, so nothing amazing but not terrible. But for some reason, Amazon have deigned me to only have the privilege of SD.

    Tried a few things (including the extra bit at the end of the URL) to no avail. Ended up downloading TMitHC because I want my HD. I'd buy it if it was on Blu Ray, I'd pay to stream or download it in HD, but none of those are options. I WANT to watch it legally in HD.

    Last edited 15/12/16 10:50 am

    Amazon Prime Video will automatically adjust picture and audio quality to reduce buffering and provide the best quality for your available internet bandwidth.

    Ughhh. I hate shit like this, I have a cap yet I can't set these thing to whatever reduction I want

    YouTube is the same now you used to be able to set a resolution - now you have to do it on a per video basis - absolutely stupid when you have kids

    Why these companies keep removing user choice is beyond me

    Hmm not much of interest to me, but I wouldn't mind watching The Man in the High Castle. Guess I can try it for a month, watch it then cancel. Am I right in my understanding that you can't get a free trial like Netflix / Stan, just a discount rate for the first few months?

    None of those originals sound interesting at all - does anyone know what else they have the rights to? I can't see from their website

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