Streaming Amazon Movies With or Without Amazon Fire TV
If you are an Amazon Prime member, chances are that you already know that you can stream Amazon movies to your PC, Laptop, iPad, or smartphone by logging into your account and selecting a movie or other program title to stream online. There are actually over 650 devices that are compatible with Amazon streaming. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can stream over 40,000 titles and over 200,000 episodes from popular TV shows at no additional charge.
Of course, you don’t have to have an Amazon Prime membership in order to stream programs, but users will need to pay for each title that they wish to watch, and prices start at 99 cents and up. Users also need to choose between standard definition and HD for the titles that they choose, and the price is a bit higher for HD streaming. Even if you are an Amazon Prime member, if you wish to watch the most current episodes of popular shows such as Walking Dead, Downtown Abbey and Game of Thrones, or newer movies, you will still need to pay, and the prices range from $2.99 to $3.99 an episode.
Streaming Amazon Movies on Your Compatible Device
Whether or not you are an Amazon Prime member, there are some steps that you will need to take before you can begin streaming Amazon movies.
First, you will need to connect your device to your Amazon account. Each device has its own specific version of three basic steps to connect or register it to your Amazon account, these steps usually include signing into your Amazon account, entering a code from the site into the device, and then navigating to the video section of Amazon.
You can then browse the available movies in Amazon Instant Video, or if you are an Amazon Prime member, search in Prime Instant Video. You can search by genre, new releases and release dates, and even what’s popular now as well as by entering the title or actor’s name in the search bar. You even have the ability to save titles in your watch list so that you can easily find them for later viewing.
Pros and Cons of Using the New Amazon Fire TV Device
The Amazon Fire TV is a new device that allows users to connect their HDTV to their Amazon or Amazon Prime account and directly stream movies, games and TV programs. While there are a few HDTV models that allow this connection via an HDMI cable and Ethernet or wireless Internet connection, most require a secondary device, such as a Roku, Chromecast or gaming system like the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 or PS4.
The Amazon Fire TV is small and costs just $99. In addition to allowing users to connect their HDTV to their account, the device allows users to search for programs using only their voice. The Amazon FreeTime feature allows parents to limit how much time their child spends in front of the TV, and this feature will soon be expanded to allow parents to create a personalized profile for their child so that they have greater control over the content that their child views.
The main drawback to the device is that some users might not wish to shell out another $99 if they already have a gaming system or other way to stream Amazon instant video to their HDTV or other device. But if you don’t have such a system, and you like the convenience of hands-free search and control, then the Amazon Fire TV just might be for you!
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