Amazon Prime Video Channels explained

Amazon’s streaming app looks to bring channel surfing in-house

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Fergus Halliday
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March 01, 2022
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Amazon Prime Video has always been something of an outlier among the many streaming services available to Aussies.

It’s typically been a little cheaper than the competition, and is bundled into Amazon’s existing Prime membership rather than pitched as a direct substitute or rival to dedicated streaming options like Netflix and Disney Plus.

Back in 2020, Amazon expanded the remit of the Prime Video to include direct video-on-demand rentals and purchases through a new Prime Video Store. Then, in 2021, the tech titan introduced another add-on to the service called Amazon Prime Video Channels. 

The differences between the core Prime Video subscription, Prime Video Store and Prime Video Channels, so here’s an explainer on how Amazon’s latest addition to the streaming service landscape fits into things.

Prime Video Channels

What are Amazon Prime Video Channels?

Prime Video Channels are an optional add-on for Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service, which is included as standard within the company's Prime Membership.

These channels allow you to bundle additional content from other streaming services into your Amazon Prime Video subscription. Doing so won’t necessarily save you any extra money on top of the usual cost of Prime ($6.99 per month), but it will allow you to access more content within a single app rather than having to juggle multiple accounts across several subscription services. 

In practice, Amazon Prime Video Channels are similar to how streaming service subscriptions are handled within Apple’s Apple TV app on iOS and iPadOS. For example, subscribing to the Paramount+ channel allows you top access to Paramount original content like Yellowjackets and Star Trek: Discovery without leaving the Amazon Prime Video app.

How much do Prime Video channels cost?

Amazon Prime Video Channels interface

Amazon’s Prime Video Channels vary in cost. The cheapest Channel is Starzplay, which comes in at $3.99/month. Meanwhile, the most expensive Channels are Paramount+ and AMC+, which command price-points of $8.99/month each.

Thankfully, for the most part, those that are tied to another streaming service (such as Paramount+ or Shudder) tend to match the pricing structure of their standalone counterparts. Subscribing to a secondary streaming service through Amazon Prime Video might not be the best fit for everyone, at least it doesn’t come with a surcharge.

At the time of writing, Amazon Prime Video in Australia offers a total of twelve channels. The full list can be seen below:

Channel
Add-on cost
Free trial
Paramount+$8.99 per month
MGM$4.99 per month
Hayu$6.99 per month
Starzplay$3.99 per month
AMC+$8.99 per month
Shudder$6.99 per month
Docplay$7.99 per month
AcornTV$6.99 per month
The Great Courses Signature Collection$7.99 per month
iWonder$6.99 per month
OutTV$3.99 per month
Love Nature$3.99 per month

Are Prime Video Channels included with Amazon Prime?

While access to Amazon Prime Video Channels is included with an Amazon Prime membership, the Channels themselves are not.

Comparisons to something like Fetch TV or Foxtel's channel packs are apt. Each is an optional add-on to the Amazon Prime Video access included with your Prime Membership that allows you to add additional content to supplement the areas where Amazon’s own streaming library falls short.

However, there is something of a catch here.

While subscribing to Amazon Prime Video Channels doesn’t cost anything extra, those looking to do so will need an active Amazon Prime membership for as long as they wish to stay subscribed.

If you terminate your Prime Video subscription, you will not be able to sign up for any Amazon Prime Video Channels or watch any of the Prime Video content associated with them. For that reason, Amazon Prime Video Channels might not be the best fit for budget-conscious consumer who like to pick up and drop different streaming services from month-to-month.

What Prime Video channels are available?

How much content is included with each Prime Video Channel?

Paramount+
Paramount+
$8.99 per month

Everything that you could possible watch on Paramount’s own streaming service is also available via the Paramount+ channel within Amazon Prime. This works out to include a total of 452 films and 733 seasons of television.

Shudder
Shudder
$6.99 per month

Signing up for Shudder through Amazon Prime Video Channels will get you every bit of spookiness that the horror-focused streaming service can muster. The content library here is identical to that of the Shudder streaming service, including 330 films and 14 TV series.

Hayu
Hayu
$6.99 per month

This channel pulls over the entire content library of the Hayu streaming service, which includes reality TV hits like Top Chef, Below Deck and Vanderpump Rules. All up, you’re getting 456 seasons of television for your money here. 

Docplay
Docplay
$7.99 per month

Like the name suggests, this Amazon Prime Video Channel includes a number of documentary films and TV shows. Subscribers to the Docplay Amazon Prime Video Channel gets access to a total of 957 films and 194 TV series.

AcornTV
AcornTV
$6.99 per month

The AcornTV Amazon Prime Video Channel adds a number of British dramas to the streaming service. Overall, you’re looking at an additional 24 movies and 74 TV shows.

AMC+
AMC+ streaming logo
$8.99 per month

The AMC+ channel on Amazon Prime Video Channels includes all the content you’d get from subscribing to Shudder and AcornTV, plus a bunch of additional content produced by the American entertainment company. This includes popular series like The Ride with Norman Reedus, Kin and Firebyte. In total, AMC+ includes 467 movies and 277 TV shows.

MGM
MHM Channel logo
$4.99 per month

The MGM channel on Amazon Prime Video includes 249 movies and six seasons of television. Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films aside, the library here is light on modern films but includes plenty of older blockbusters from A Fistful of Dollars to Australia’s own The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course.

Starzplay
StarzPlay Logo
$3.99 per month

This Amazon Prime Video Channel bundles together everything you would otherwise be able to find on the Starzplay streaming app. It works out to include 174 movies and 32 TV shows.

The Great Courses Signature Collection
The Great Courses Collection Channel Logo
$7.99 per month

This educational entry into the Amazon Prime Video Channel catalog bolsters the Amazon Prime Video library with a total of 308 documentary series.

iWonder
iWonder channel logo
$6.99 per month

The catalog of documentary films and TV shows here isn’t quite as deep as that of Docplay, but those who want a little more will likely find it here. Priced at $6.99/month, the iWonder Amazon Prime Video Channel gets you access to  324 movies and 42 seasons of television.

OutTV
OutTV channel logo
$3.99 per month

The Amazon Prime Video Channel for all things LGBTQI.  Those who subscribe to the OutTV channel gets themselves an extra 72 movies and 63 TV shows to watch.

Love Nature
Love Nature channel logo
$3.99 per month

For those who aren’t sated by what the Docplay Amazon Prime Video Channel offers, this more niche entry into the list includes access to 28 more TV shows focused on the natural world.

Are Prime Video channels worth it?

Since there’s no meaningful difference between subscribing to an Amazon Prime Channel and signing up for its standalone counterpart, the main selling point here has to do with convenience. However, the relative value of that quality is going to vary from person to person.

Amazon Prime Video channels

Having to juggle multiple streaming apps and login credentials can be a hassle, so consolidating your streaming content within the Amazon Prime Video app via Channels can be a quick and easy way to cut down on that.

In some cases, Amazon Prime Video Channels can also make it easier to access certain content on your smart TV of choice. While most TV manufacturers nowadays include support for Amazon Prime Video, app support for more niche services like Hayu or OutTV can be hit or miss by comparison. If that's a problem that you’ve run into in the past with your TV brand of choice, then Amazon Prime Video Channels might be the solution you didn't know you needed.

All the same, those weighing up whether or not Amazon Prime Video Channels are worth it should keep in mind that they'll need to have an active Amazon Prime membership in order to sign up and stick with it for as long as they wish to access any Prime Video Channel content.

If you aren’t already signed up for Amazon Prime Video, or you don’t want to stay subscribed to it in the meantime, then opting to download a standalone streaming app for something like Paramount+ is going to make a bit more sense than keeping everything within the Amazon ecosystem.

Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a Digital Content Editor for Reviews.org who specialises in technology, entertainment, gaming and pop culture. His work has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, Press Start Australia, The AU Review, Screen Rant, Superjump and more. You can follow him on Twitter.

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