Friday, December 11, 2015

Amazon Prime members have access to Showtime, Starz and more cable channels

Amazon announced its Streaming Partners Program on 8th December. Showtime, Starz, A+E, AMC and other cable channel contents will be stream on Amazon Prime. Nearly 30 channels are now available on Amazon Prime through Streaming Partners. That means besides get Amazon Prime's streaming services, one Amazon Prime account can also view hit movies and original series from these online networks.

Amazon Prime members who want the TV channels, the Streaming Partners Program could be a convenient way to save some money. The latest episodes on TV networks will be available at the same time as the cable broadcast. Add-on subscriptions are available through Amazon's video app on Android, iOS, Kindle Fire, Roku, Fire TV and other supported devices. With the Streaming Partners Program, members will be able to sample Amazon's partner services through free trials, and then opt to sign up for a month-to-month subscription with self-cancellation, if desired. The additional channels give Amazon that much more content to offer as it competes with the likes of Netflix, Hulu and cable companies. 

Some highlights from the Streaming Partners selection include Dramafever Instant (Korean soap operas), Tribeca Shortlist (classic movies), Smithsonian Earth (nature documentaries), Hooplakidz Plus (children's programming) and Ring TV Boxing (exactly what it sounds like). 

In some ways, the program mirrors a similar offer from Hulu. In June, Hulu unveiled an option to add Showtime to a subscription for a total of $17 a month. HBO and Showtime also offer their own standalone services for a monthly fee. 

It's an easier way to subscribe to and enjoy multiple streaming subscriptions. Viewers can get more services in a lower price through this kind of service. They can watch TV serious or movies through Internet-enabled TVs and Blu-ray players, streaming media players, gaming consoles and mobile devices.

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