Amazon Prime Video: Channels, Packages, Pricing, and more

Boasting an expansive content library and a robust selection of original programming, Amazon Prime Video stakes its claim as one of the top streaming services. As highlighted in our previous Prime Video review, it even made it to our list of 2020’s best streaming services. But before you decide to commit to a subscription, you’ll want to know exactly what you can get with Prime Video.

What kinds of packages are available, and what’s the pricing like? More importantly, can you add other Amazon prime channels to your subscription? This post gives you a full breakdown of the channels, packages, and pricing info for Amazon Prime Video.

How does Amazon Prime Video work?

Amazon Prime Video is an over-the-top (OTT) streaming service that gives you access to video-on-demand (VOD) content with a monthly or annual subscription. With this subscription, you get to watch thousands of titles at no additional cost from any of the compatible devices.

Besides the free Prime Video titles, Amazon also gives you the option to buy or rent select titles to watch on Prime Video. And you can even add 100+ premium channels to your subscription for even more content.

How much does Amazon Prime Video cost?

While Amazon Prime Video costs nothing for Prime members, non-members can also get it as a standalone service. This standalone subscription for non-members will give you access to Prime Video content and channels, but none of the other shopping perks that come with an Amazon Prime membership.

 Amazon Prime membershipPrime Video standalonePrime Student
Monthly price$12.99$8.99$6.49
Annual price$119N/A$59
Number of channels100+100+100+
Popular channelsCBS All Access, HBO,  SHOWTIMECBS All Access, HBO,  SHOWTIMECBS All Access, HBO,  SHOWTIME

What types of channels does Amazon Prime Video offer?

Amazon Prime Video has a wide selection of channels from third-party providers, some of which even offer live TV programming in addition to on-demand content. And they typically set you back anywhere between $2.99/mo. and $14.99/mo. on top of your Prime Video subscription cost.

These Prime Video channels provide you with the perfect solution to explore more content based on your specific interests because you get to choose from a wide range of categories. Besides entertainment and kids and family programming, you also get sports and outdoor channels, as well as health and wellness content.

Here’s a detailed look at some of the top channels on Amazon Prime Video:

CBS All Access

The CBS All Access channel gives you access to an extensive selection of popular and iconic TV shows, including Magnum PI, NCIS, Star Trek, and The Legend of Korra. It also comes with popular movie titles such as Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Grease 2, Sabrina, The Baby-Sitters Club, and The Firm.

Besides this lineup of on-demand content, the channel also brings you live news and sports programming. So you get to watch news updates through CBS Evening News and Latest Headlines as well as live broadcasts from sports events like the National Women’s Soccer League.

You can get both the ad-free and ad-supported versions of the channel on Amazon Prime Video. While CBS All Access Limited Commercials costs $5.99/mo., Commercial Free will set you back $9.99/mo.

CuriosityStream

For curious learners, Amazon Prime Video lets you add the CuriosityStream channel to your subscription for an additional $2.99/mo. This channel provides hundreds of original and exclusive documentaries on a wide range of topics, including civilization, crime, history, nature, science, and technology.

Some of the most popular programs on the channel right now include Dangerous Borders, Hidden Killers, Secrets of the Solar System, The Story of Maths, and Today in Africa. And you can even find documentaries featuring big names like David Attenborough, Nick Offerman, and Richard Hammond.

GaiamTV

Amazon Prime Video offers channels like GaiamTV to help you achieve your fitness goals for an additional $6.99/mo. Through this channel, you can get step-by-step workout videos and yoga training that address specific concerns and health goals.

For instance, the channel offers yoga videos for people with limited mobility and exercises to relieve body aches. And you also get workout videos to build your strength, tone your body, and more.

HBO

You can also get premium channels like HBO with your Amazon Prime Video subscription. This gives you ad-free access to hit TV series and movies across multiple genres as well as critically-acclaimed original HBO programming. Some of the most popular titles on this channel include Band of Brothers, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, The Wire, True Blood, and Westworld.

Plus, you also get iconic movie titles such as Home Alone 2, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Hangover, and The Little Rascals. HBO costs an additional $14.99/mo. on top of your Prime Video subscription.

PBS Kids

For an extra $4.99/mo., PBS Kids offers a rich lineup of family-friendly movies and shows. This includes animated shows for young kids such as Dinosaur Train, Hero Elementary, Odd Squad, and Zooboomafoo. If you’re looking for more iconic titles, PBS Kids doesn’t disappoint either with classics like Arthur, Caillou, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and The Berenstain Bears.

SHOWTIME

If you can’t get enough of addictive SHOWTIME series like Billions, Chi, Ray Donovan, and Shameless, you could add the channel to your Prime Video subscription. For an additional $10.99/mo., SHOWTIME gives you ad-free access to hit originals and popular TV series as well as iconic and recently-released movies. So you can watch titles like 16 Shots, Dawn of the Dead, Hustlers, Mile 22, and more.

SPORT NOW

Sports fans can get the SPORT NOW channel for an additional $2.99/mo. With this channel, you can tune into quality sports programming such as popular TV shows and documentaries across various disciplines. This includes programming like Courtside, Sports Confidential, The Football Review, The Immortals, and Total Combat Presents ONE Championship.

STARZ

STARZ is another premium channel you can add to your Amazon Prime Video subscription. The channel costs $8.99/mo. and comes with live and on-demand content in a wide range of categories. The on-demand content lineup includes popular titles like A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Coraline, Napoleon Dynamite, Scarface, Venom, and Zombieland: Double Tap.

But the best part about this channel is its lineup of critically-acclaimed original content. This includes titles like American Gods, Hightown, Liberty City, Magic City, Outlander, and Wrong Man.

Tastemade+

Foodies and home cooks alike will love the Tastemade+ channel on Amazon Prime Video. Available for just $2.99/mo., this channel gives you access to intriguing and informative food-related programming that will show you how to cook or help you discover the stories behind popular cuisines and dishes. So you can binge on shows like All the Pizza, Day of Gluttony, Nadiya’s Family Favorites, Quest for the Fest, and The Tale of Kitto Katto.

Are there commercials on Amazon Prime Video or is it ad-free?

Amazon Prime Video isn’t an ad-free service. However, the pre-roll ads, aka the commercials that play before the start of a video, only run occasionally and typically advertise other Prime Video titles. Plus, you can skip them as well, so it doesn’t have too much of a negative impact on your streaming experience.

While you don’t have the option to get an ad-free version of Amazon Prime Video, some of the third-party channels it offers will have premium streaming capabilities. For instance, channels like HBO, SHOWTIME, and STARZ will offer an ad-free experience. And CBS All Access will give you an option to either get a Limited Commercials or a Commercial Free plan. So if you don’t like ad disruptions, you could also add these channels to your Amazon Prime Video subscription.

What else do I need to know about Amazon Prime Video?

You might have noticed that most of the third-party channels on Amazon Prime Video cost the same as getting them as standalone services. So you might wonder why you should get these channels through Amazon Prime Video if you can’t save some money. Adding these channels to your Prime Video subscription makes it easier to keep all your streaming services in one place so you can easily manage and access them.

In addition, although Amazon Prime Video works on most popular devices, not all of them will provide the same experience. For an even more seamless experience, consider using your subscription with Amazon’s range of streaming media players such as the Fire TV Stick or the Fire TV Cube. These devices not only provide excellent streaming quality, but they also make it easier to manage all your Amazon subscriptions while putting the company’s services front and center.

Should you cut the cord for Amazon Prime Video?

Amazon Prime Video provides an impressive selection of third-party channels besides its lineup of on-demand videos. But although some of these channels provide a fair bit of live programming such as news and shows, they don’t exactly have a lot of sports broadcasts. So sports fans might be unable to catch their favorite team live and in action through these Prime Video channels.

In that way, Amazon Prime Video and its host of channels can’t replace cable for sports fans the way that other services like Hulu + Live TV and Sling TV do. For those who don’t need sports programming, it might be worth cutting the cord for Amazon Prime Video, especially if you add channels that offer live content such as CBS All Access and STARZ.