It is estimated that approximately 90 million households have access to Amazon Prime. In addition to free two day shipping, Amazon Prime gives you complete access to the Amazon Prime Video library for free! Amazon’s video library is continually expanding and has quickly grown into a major competitor to Netflix.
Go to the Roku home screen and select the Amazon Prime Video channel. Select the star button on the remote to access the channel menu. Select Remove Channel and confirm your choice. Prime Day Deals on Roku Devices. There’s no better time to check out a new device than Prime Day. Last year, Amazon had great deals on various Roku devices, and we have a hunch we’re going to. You can get the Roku Amazon Prime Video app for free from the Roku Channel Store. But to start using the service, you need to pay for a subscription. If you get Prime Video through an Amazon Prime subscription, that means $12.99/mo. Amazon Prime Video 'Continue Watching' category doesn't exist On my Amazon Prime Video phone application, I can pick up where I left off with under the Continue Watching category. The layout on my Roku is not only horrendous to navigate, it doesn't actually list the content I'm actually WATCHING.
Amazon Prime Video includes popular on-demand content like Monk and The Sopranos, as well as some high quality Amazon originals. Shows like Transparent and The Grand Tour have won numerous awards and are only available through Prime. However, even great shows like these suffer if you’re forced to watch them on the 4″ display of your phone. Luckily, there are a few ways to watch Amazon Prime on your TV so you and your family don’t have to crowed are your mobile device.
Luckily, it’s actually quite easy to watch Amazon Prime on a Smart TV. Countless brands including LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, and many others offer native apps to run the service. Due to Prime’s popularity, it’s possible that your TV came with the Amazon Prime app installed already. If not, follow these few steps.
If you’ve been reading up on cord cutting you’ve probably heard of Roku. Roku has been one of the biggest names in streaming devices continually puts out some of the best hardware on the market. A Roku is essentially a small computer that hooks up to the back of your TV and uses the TV as a monitor. It’s not the type of computer that will let you play video games on your TV (not yet at least!), but it is perfectly designed to watch streaming content.
Roku devices come in a variety of different versions that fit different household needs. Their basic model is the Roku Express and costs $29.99. Each device supports 1080p streaming, but some have additional features like 4K support or a LAN port. You can view the different models on Roku’s site or read our Roku guide to see a comparison table.
When looking at the different models, keep in mind that you will need a separate Roku for each TV that you plan to watch Prime on. They don’t all have to be the same version which means you can have a 4K one for your main TV and Roku Expresses for the rest. It can be a decently sized initial purchase, but if you compare that to the cost of Comcast or Verizon’s monthly box rental, it’s actually fairly cheap. Typically, cable companies charge about $10 a month per box excluding the first one. That means that after only two and a half months you’ll be saving money by buying a Roku. Not to mention that the Roku supports a lot more content than the cable boxes and isn’t specific to one service.
Roku supports every streaming service you could want
If you end up wanting to watch other streaming services that offer content not available on Prime, a Roku will support those too. Roku supports Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, and countless others. We often recommend Rokus for cord cutters due to this large variety of services and their simplicity. In addition to supporting these services, the customer support and online help for them is everywhere. If you ever have an issue with Prime on your Roku, a quick Google search will show hundreds of thousands of results that can help.
Google Chromecast is a little bit different than the rest of the streaming hardware discussed in this article. Unlike a Roku or Fire TV, the Chromecast mirrors it’s content from a computer or a mobile device rather than use local apps. What this means is that you have to launch Amazon Prime on your computer or phone and then “cast” (mirror) it to your TV. Once you click “cast” the Chromecast will start to play the video for itself and won’t consume your phone’s data or battery.
At $35, the Chromecast is one of the most flexible and flexible streaming options available.
One of the biggest benefits of the Chromecast is that it can connect to any device on your network. Anyone who has the Chromecast password can stream onto the TV from their device. You also won’t have to dig through the couch cushions to find the remote since it’s all controlled by your phone (or PC). This flexibility also makes it really easy to move the Chromecast to a different TV. Simply disconnect the device from the TV, plug it into the new one, and connect to it the same way as before.
The Chromecast is also incredibly simple to use. As you would expect, the integration between Google Chrome and the Chromecast is pretty much perfect. You can download the browser extension and click a single button to start casting the content in your Chrome tab directly to your TV. This also makes it much easier than other devices to cast certain content. While most devices have apps for big name services like Prime or Netflix, the native browser on them is usually lacking. The Chromecast’s “casting” ability means you get a full powered web browser to navigate and watch content from websites that might not have apps.
If you’re a fan of Apple products, the Apple TV 4K won’t disappoint. It’s sleak, powerful, and as user friendly as you’d expect from an Apple product. The Apple TV falls into the set top box category of streaming devices, similar to a Roku. It’s a standalone device that connects to the back of your TV and can stream content organized on it’s well designed interface. Although you can connect an iOS mobile device or tablet and mirror the content to your Apple TV, it’s not reliant on one to run like a Chromecast.
Apple TV is a powerhouse of a streaming device that’s perfect for iTunes users.
The Apple TV is one of the more powerful streaming devices on the market. However, that extra power does come at a cost. The Apple TV 32g is $149 from the app store for the non 4K version and $179 if you want 4K. Compared to the $29.99 Roku Express, it’s not as easy to suggest to everyone. The Roku Ultra is much cheaper, supports 4K, and is comparable for most situations. The Apple TV is for users who use other Apple products and want to tie them into their TV; particularly iTunes and iOS devices. You also get pretty flawless Siri integration. Even if you’re not a huge Siri fan, being able to have Siri search for a TV show or a channel you want to watch is a lot easier than trying to type it with the remote and the on-screen keyboard.
As with most Apple products, access to iTunes and the app store is a godsend for some users. If you use iTunes a lot and have a library of content built up, the ability to stream that to your TV is huge. You can continue to purchase new content through the app store on the Apple TV. The Amazon Prime App is available in the App store and makes setting up Prime on your Apple TV a breeze.
At $149, it’s hard for us to recommend an Apple TV as your only streaming hardware. If you’re an Apple fan and have a huge iTunes library it may make sense to get an Apple TV for your main TV, but still get some cheaper Roku devices for the others.
Watching Amazon Prime Video on your phone is all well and good – it’s a pretty decent experience, to be honest – but sometimes you want that full TV experience.
If you are a user of Prime Video and like using the service anywhere then you are in luck, there’s a load of options. However, there may be some who don’t even use mobile devices for their streaming services consumption or just crave a bigger screen. Here’s how you can watch Amazon Prime Video on your TV.
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There are two simple methods for watching Amazon Prime Video on your TV. The first requires owning a Smart TV. If you own a Smart TV, you should be able to head to your TV brand’s app store, locate the Prime Video app, download and then get watching.
If you are having trouble finding the Prime Video Smart TV application on your TV’s store, head on over to the manufacturer website (ideally, with your model number in hand) and check to see if they support Amazon’s streaming service.
Next, there’s a range of devices you can plug into your TV (usually via an HDMI port) to get access to Amazon Prime Video – from Amazon’s own Fire TV devices to Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Nvidia Shield, Roku and more.
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All these providers offer various models that may support different standards for watching Amazon Prime Video as well as having different restrictions or features depending on their relationship with Amazon. Be sure to check the link below for the full list of streaming devices and what features they support.
As for other methods, some set-top boxes and Blu-ray players may also support downloading the Amazon Prime Video app. Here’s the full list of Amazon Prime Video-supported devices.
Once you get Prime Video all set-up, you’ll get access to a great range of shows – from The Boys and Star Trek: Picard to The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Homecoming.