I recently got my Amazon Prime account going again. Compared to when I first joined Amazon Prime there are a lot more features and perks. Such as Prime video, unlimited photo storage, and, of course, there’s the free two-day shipping.
However, I’m not really impressed with the Prime Video service. For me there aren’t a whole lot of films or shows I like on there, let alone that appeal to me.
Now I can’t say I haven’t found anything because I have. The first thing I came across was Boardwalk Empire Season 2. Which I haven’t seen. I liked season 1 and thought Steve Bousicimi did an amazing job, as well as the rest of the cast and crew.
I’ve also started to watch season 1 of The Man in the High Castle, which I may do a post about later. I feel that if you’re going to get all the services anyways, it’s a good deal. If you’re a student like myself and get a 50% discount, it’s an even better deal. But I wouldn’t pay for Prime video by itself. It doesn’t have enough for me to say yes, I want to pay for this and watch all of theses videos, or even a portion of them
To top things off the Amazon video app, which will allow you to watch Prime videos on your Android phone is only available if you download and install the Amazon App Store. Which is essentially Amazons version of Google Play. Now let me say that as a consumer, I’m a fan of Amazon. However, I don’t like that they’ve tried to wrangle me into downloading their app store to use their instant video app. While I understand they, as a business, want people to use as many of their services, over someone else, I feel they should bow out for some things, such as their instant video app and offer it through Google Play.
However I’m not nor could I simply bash on Amazon and their streamings service, as it does load far better than Netflix and Hulu. Most videos load within five seconds of the player coming up, and play straight through without any problem. I can also jump through the video from one point to another fairly easily, with little no load time. Which is really nice. But then again Amazon has the budget and infrastructure to work on these things, where as some other service may not or haven’t invested resurces into such things. For the case of NEtflix, Hulu, and Youtube I can’t say that’s true one way or the other. However I will say that YouTube ads laod far better than the video itself, and that I’ve always had an issue trying to load both the video I’m tyring to watch and the ad video son Hulu.
All in all prime is a great idea, and a good service, however, I wouldn’t recommend paying for it if you’re thinking about it for just the prime video. You can pay for Hulu and or Netflix and get a lot more of them than you can with Prime.
Keep an eye out for my streaming service post, where I’ll talk a bit more about this.