If you are familiar with Amazon then you are aware of Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime is a paid subscription program from Amazon that gives you access to additional services otherwise unavailable or available at a premium to regular Amazon customers. Services include same, one or two-day delivery and streaming music and video. According to Amazon, Amazon Prime had more than 150 million subscribers worldwide.
Amazon Prime came to Canada in 2013 and it is a Seattle-based company offering Prime Video, Kindle eBooks, Twitch streaming and premium video channels as well.
In Canada, it only boasts around two million Prime members, and the number has continued to grow, especially due to the pandemic-related lockdowns. Along with the growing user base, the price of Prime has steadily increased in the United States, though it’s stayed constant at CA$79 per year or CA$7.99 per month in Canada.
Features of Amazon Prime
- Free shipping on millions of items purchased directly from Amazon
- Offers encompassing service like music, video, and even game services.
- You can get great Lightning Deals on the Twitch streaming. Popular Twitch Prime, where you can get a number of in-game and streaming benefits each month.
- Prime Reading is yet another perk, so you can always trade your streaming screen for an e-reader and catch up on some bestsellers.
- Amazon prime offers Prime Day Celebrations held in July which entitles you to two days of the best deals that Amazon can create. This year’s offers included solid savings from Razer, Amazon’s Echo devices, and so much more.
How much does Amazon Prime cost in Canada?
In Canada, Amazon Prime offers a full-year service that costs you CA$79, or you can go for a monthly rate of CA$7.99. The annual rate works out to just CA$6.58 per month.
If you’re a student, the deal gets even better. You can get a free six-month trial of Prime courtesy of 3M, complete with all of the bells and whistles. You’ll only have to pay half of the annual rate to stick with Prime once the six-month trial ends. However, Quebec residents can grab a seven-month membership for just CA$3.99. While it’s not the same as a free trial, that’s still more than half a year of fast shipping and free streaming.
You can even share your membership by simply giving your email and password to another user, though not recommended for security purposes. Amazon actually has a proper way to share your account. You can find it under the Amazon Household tab.
In order to start sharing your membership, go to the Your Prime Membership section of the Your Account dropdown menu. Then, navigate to the Share your Prime Benefits section and locate Households and Family Library. Here you can add one more adult to your account or up to four children. The children you add won’t have the same access to all of the perks, though they should have no problem with streaming access for Twitch and Prime Video.
Amazon Prime is packed with the following perks
Prime Music — Just like Spotify, Apple, and Tidal, Amazon has gotten in on the music streaming game with its very own Prime Music. You can dive into two million songs, custom playlists, and even use Alexa integration to change your music on the fly. Better yet, you can download your favourites so your jams don’t waste your data. Amazon also offers Prime Music Unlimited which takes ads out of the picture for an extra fee.
Prime Drive — With Prime Drive you can store all of your favourite family photos in the cloud and access them whenever you want. If you have an Echo Show, you can even bring your photos to life in a slideshow while you’re not using the display.
Prime Reading — With Prime Reading grab the Cloud Reader app and you’re on your way. Prime Reading offers an extensive list of titles that you can read at your own pace. The titles change monthly though, so don’t put your favourites down for too long.
Prime Gaming — Amazon’s history with games and streaming began back when it scooped up the Twitch platform. While you may not love that your favourite game streaming service is part of Amazon’s umbrella, it’s hard to argue against the benefits. You can add premium channel subscriptions, exclusive loot, and even free indie games to your account without any extra hoops to jump through.
Prime Video: The last and largest bonus included with Amazon Prime in Canada is Prime Video. It’s a video streaming service with a library that can rival the likes of Netflix and Hulu, yet it sometimes finds itself lost in the shuffle of competitors. However, a constantly growing library of originals and premium channel integrations suggest that Prime Video is only going to continue to grow.
For Prime videos, you need top speeds for high-end 4K playback, but standard definition content only asks for a mere 0.5Mbps to get you going. There is a 30-day free trial before you start your subscription with prime videos. Like most modern streaming services, you can pretty much run Prime Video from a variety of devices. While you might not get every single feature like subtitles or UHD, the service should be pretty easy to pick up. Of course, it will run best on a first-party Amazon platform and on your PC or laptop and Android smartphones.
The supported devices for Prime Video are :
- Amazon Fire TV/Fire TV Stick
- Android devices
- Blu-ray players (LG, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony)
- iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
- PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles
- Set-top boxes (Chromecast, Nvidia Shield TV, and others)
- Smart TVs (most manufacturers)
- Web browsers
- Xbox One and One X consoles
Top shows on Amazon Prime Video you can watch are the Boys, Good Omens, the Man in the High Castle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Transparent, the Grand Tour, Hunters, Utopia, Fleabag, Modern Love and more. Top movies on Amazon Prime Video are Chi-Raq, Manchester by the Sea, Midsommar, the Lighthouse, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Rocketman, Inception, Knives Out, Fargo and others.
Now that you are well-acquainted with the features of Amazon Prime, we hope that you would be able to enjoy the app a little better than you did the last time.