Prime Video: Not Just Another Streaming Platform
Streaming services like Netflix, Rakuten, and Apple TV have changed the way we watch movies. However, Amazon’s Prime Video offers more than just streaming – it also allows you to rent movies. Disney+ and HBO Max have also jumped on the bandwagon. In this article, we will explain how you can rent movies on Prime Video, how the service works, and what you need to know before you get started.
The Amazon Prime Video Store
The Prime Video Store, also known as the “Blockbuster of the online world,” is an online platform where you can buy or rent movies and enjoy them instantly. It was introduced in Spain in 2020 and is not limited to Amazon Prime subscribers. All you need is an Amazon account to rent movies and watch them from the comfort of your home.
This store has been relatively new in Spain, as well as in France, Italy, Canada, and Australia. In the US and the UK, it has been active for years, serving as another catalog for users beyond the on-demand content available on Prime Video.
The best part is that you don’t need to have a Prime subscription. Just access the store, choose the movie you want to see, and make the purchase, just like any other Amazon product.
What Contents Can You Find?
One might wonder what types of content this new store offers. The Prime Video Store has thousands of titles, including the latest movie releases, documentaries, and even series available for rental. Although it doesn’t provide access to all series available in the monthly subscription catalog, many of them are included. While some Amazon productions may not be available yet, such as Fleabag or The Boys, the Spanish division assures us that they will be added to the store soon. Furthermore, series from Mediaset España will also be available for rent or purchase.
When it comes to movies, the Prime Video Store offers titles from major studios like Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, Paramount, and Lionsgate. You can find recent movie releases and even some films that are not available in other streaming catalogs. Rent prices typically range from 0.99 to 5.99 euros, with the newest releases being more expensive. If you decide to buy, prices range from 4.99 to 14.99 euros. Buying a film might be a good option if it’s not available on other platforms or if you want permanent access without the need for physical media.
Access from Anywhere and Any Device
You can enjoy the Amazon Prime Store catalog from virtually any device, just like accessing the on-demand service. The store is seamlessly integrated into the Prime Video platform, allowing access from:
- Your laptop or PC web browser
- The Prime Video app on your Smart TV
- Android mobile devices
- Video game consoles
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
How to Buy or Rent in the Amazon Store
If you’re interested in browsing, buying, or renting something from the store, follow these simple steps:
- Go to the Amazon website and click on the menu icon (three horizontal lines) located on the left side.
- From the drop-down menu, select “Amazon Prime Video.”
- On the main Prime Video page, click on “All Videos.”
- Look for the “Shop” option in the top bar and click on it.
- You can now explore all the available movies, series, and documentaries.
When you click on a title, you’ll see a brief synopsis, IMDb score, genre, and available audio and subtitle options. You’ll also find several action buttons:
- “See Trailer”: Watch the video preview of the title.
- “Rent HD” (with a price): Rent the movie. You’ll have 30 days to start watching it and 48 hours to finish once you’ve started.
- “Buy HD” (with a price): Purchase the movie directly.
- “More purchase options”: Besides HD, you can also rent or buy in SD (Standard Definition).
- “Add to watch list”: Save it as a favorite for later or to wait for special offers.
After selecting your desired rental or purchase, proceed to the payment page. You can choose your payment method (credit card only) and complete the transaction.
Once you’ve rented or purchased a title, you can find it in “My Space.” This section, located in the top bar, displays your paid titles, along with any titles you’re monitoring.
The Amazon Prime Video Store offers a convenient way to rent and buy the latest movie releases, documentaries, and series. With a wide range of titles and accessible from various devices, it provides flexibility and convenience for movie enthusiasts. Next time you’re looking for something to watch, consider trying out the Amazon Prime Video Store. Happy movie nights!