As we had expected, Amazon Prime Video is now available in Canada, as part of a global rollout of the service in 200 countries (excluding China). The service allows streaming of Amazon’s original series and their roster of Hollywood movies and TV shows.
Joining Canada today, Prime members in Belgium, France, India, Italy and Spain can stream away, while new territories can sign up for Prime Video alone for $2.99 USD per month for the first six months.
How to get started with Amazon Prime Video? For starters, you need to be an Amazon Prime member, which costs $79 per year (it’s 50% off if you’re a student). Yes, with a Prime subscription you’ll get free access to Prime Video.
If you’re signing up to Amazon Prime Video alone, the monthly cost to watch their video content works out to $6.58 CAD per month, which is cheaper than Netflix and other streaming services in Canada like Bell’s CraveTV.
Once you’ve signed up, just download Amazon Prime Video for iOS, login and start streaming shows. You’ll be able to watch exclusives like The Grand Tour and more.
Amazon Prime Video was expected to launch on December 1, based on words from Bell Media’s president speaking at a CRTC public hearing on TV licenses. It didn’t launch on that date but a couple weeks later.
Taking a quick look at what’s available in the Amazon Prime Video library in Canada, there are some pretty decent Hollywood movies and classics like Scarface, Crocodile Dundee and Waterworld, plus most of the Fast and Furious series. You can view from the iOS/Android apps and also the web, plus download shows for offline viewing, helpful if you don’t have Wi-Fi or want to save our data plan.
Click here to sign up for Amazon Prime and to also start watching your new video streaming service. It costs $79 after a free 30 day trial, while residents in Quebec get 13 months for $79 instead of the free trial. Note that if you have jumped on a Prime trial before, the free trial this time around will still work.
Let us know how you’re liking Amazon Prime Video in Canada!