Amazon Video and Prime Video Streams Movies and TV Shows

What is Amazon Video, and what is Amazon Prime Video? Let's take a look.

Overview of Amazon Video on Demand:

Amazon Video is the latest video offering from Amazon, the online sales giant. Their video service is a direct extension of Amazon's web-based sales service and capitalizes on the site infrastructure and user base of said service. Amazon Video has an extremely vast library of TV shows and feature length films, currently sitting at around 140,000 shows, movies, and shorts.

Plus - and get this - you can now subscribe to current TV show seasons, and get the newest episodes of programs the day after they air.

Amazon Video can instantly stream your selections on your computer, mobile device or through an internet TV device. If you want to watch when you're not connected, you can download a version of your selection to view later.

Just what kids of devices does Amazon Video support? Let's have a look:

The Amazon store offers instant streaming on Amazon Fire TV, Fire HDX, Fire HD, iPad, PS3, Xbox, Wii, Wii U, Roku, on hundreds of TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, and on the Web. Plus, all of the videos you select will be stored in Your Video Library, so they can be accessed across multiple devices, anywhere you go.

Adding value is Prime Video, Amazon's value-add service for their Prime subscribers. For those who aren't familiar, Amazon Prime offers Amazon.com customers additional value and convenience, including free two-day shipping on their millions of items, and adds in the benefits of Prime Video, Prime Music, and a Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

Amazon Prime members are entitled to tens of thousands of movies and TV shows, including The Americans, Justified, and Downton Abbey, all online and available to stream right away, at no additional cost.

There are additional benefits to the Prime subscription. With a Prime membership, it's possible to subscribe to additional premium content from SHOWTIME, STARZ, and other networks.

Popular shows such as Homeland and Outlander, as well as a wide variety of channels covering music, exercise, cooking, independent films, and documentaries, are available.

For most shows and movies in the library, you'll see two prices: one for rental and one to buy. If you purchase a movie or show you own it forever and can watch it as many times as you like. If you rent,  you'll have 30 days from when you rent to start watching, and once you start watching, most movies have a 24-hour window to finish watching. Once that rental is over, the movie will automatically disappear from Your Video Library.

The final decision to make is whether to stream or download your selected video. Streaming is instant, however, you'll need to have an active (and pretty quick) internet connection to do so. If you choose to download a video, you'll be able to watch it offline, but you'll have to wait until the file is downloaded to watch it.

Amazon is sure making a strong case against the other players in this space, including Apple's Apple TV offering, Netflix, and others. Their library continues to grow at a dizzying pace, and their range of services match and, in some cases, exceed the offerings of their nearest competitors.