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Is Amazon Prime Worth it? What You Need to Know

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Everyone knows about Netflix and Hulu, two game-changing streaming goliaths, but not a lot of people talk about Amazon Prime. When you think of Amazon, you think of a “one-stop-shop,” “buy anything” website. Even if you’ve heard of Amazon Prime, you might think it’s just some overpriced plan for free shipping.

Believe it or not, Amazon Prime Benefits include a wide variety of services that give you unparalleled access to online media like never before. Today we’re going to take a look at Amazon Prime, its features, and how it can be the missing piece of your cord-cutting puzzle.

What are the benefits of having Amazon Prime?

For $99 a year, or $8.25 a month, Amazon Prime offers video and music streaming, unlimited photo storage, free 2-day shipping, and early access to online deals. No matter how you slice it that is a lot of different services for a small price. For context, a new Netflix memberships cost $8.99 a month.

Amazon Primes video streaming gives you access to over 40,000 films and TV shows (Free of Charge) as well as the ability to purchase, download, and stream newly release movies and current television show seasons. Amazon Prime is also compatible with over 600 different devices; including tablets, phones, and streaming boxes like Roku.

New Movies 

To buy new movies on Amazon Prime usually cost between $10-$20, depending on whether or not it’s standard or HD. To rent a movie you are looking at the $4-$6 dollar range. Current season television shows usually go for $1-$2 per episode and $20-$40 per season, depending on picture quality.

Rule of thumb, if it’s not on Netflix or Hulu; it’s most likely on Prime. The price for television seasons may seem high; but when you consider the fact that cable packages can cost hundreds of dollars a month, it doesn’t seem quite so pricey.


Amazon Prime’s music service is also quite amazing. Amazon Prime doesn’t have quite the library that Spotify has, but Prime’s 1 million+ song library is nothing to balk at; especially when you consider everything else you get with Prime.

You can listen, stream, and download music, ad-free, as well as choose from hundreds of pre-made playlists tailored to specific genres and moods. Amazon Prime may not be your sole source of music, but it will definitely be a nice add-on.


Aside from video and music streaming, Amazon Prime also offers access to over 500,000 free E-books. Even if you’re not the most voracious reader; with a selection of over half a million books, it will be hard to not find something you’ll like.

Early Bird Deals

With Amazon Prime, you also get to access online deals and sale from Amazon and 30 minutes earlier than non-Prime members. To celebrate your savings, Prime also gives you free 2-day shipping, regardless of purchase size. If you do all your holiday and birthday shopping online like I do, you will save a lot of money by the end of the year with Amazon Prime.

What makes Amazon Prime such a great deal isn’t the fact that it’s the best at video or music stream; it’s not. What makes Amazon Prime so great is the wide variety of content it offers. No other online service offers television, film, music, e-books, and online savings; and all for less than the price of Netflix.

So Why is Amazon Prime Worth it?

The fact of the matter is, with all the Amazon Prime Benefits, its a great deal even without the video streaming service. All your shopping at the click of a button, delivered to your door, for free… Pretty nice. But when you take a step back and look at the additional streaming options, you realize that Cord Cutters get more value out of Amazon Prime than anyone else. So if there is anyone that should try out the 30-day free trial, it is the cord-cutting community.

By Frank Moraes

Frank Moraes is a freelance writer specializing in technology, business, and film. You can see his writing on low-budget and "weird" film at Psychotronic Review -- and many other places.

11 replies on “Is Amazon Prime Worth it? What You Need to Know”

Just want to make sure; is this a yearly fee of $99 and no monthly fee after that?
Looking forward to your reply…Thank you

If I may answer, yes — it’s a yearly fee of $99, not monthly. The author of the post was merely breaking down the *amortized* monthly rate of $99/year.

Of course, the $99/year is ongoing year after year, so this fee itself isn’t one-time.

Just one more item; once I pay $99 for a year, do they still have free movies like Netflix or will I be paying for each movie rental; thereafter?

You just pay that once. But this does not mean you will get every movie they have for free thereafter, only the ones labeled with the Prime Logo. You should take a look at the selection and see it makes sense before purchasing.

Phil – while we got you, do you use Prime? If so what do you think?

Not at the moment, no.

However, my mom practically swears by Prime and absolutely loves it, based on the benefits you’ve described in this posting.

Alternatively, since my wife and I are major Apple TV aficionados, I’ve already looked up what it means to suspend our DirecTV account in the case that Apple announces a fantastic new service.

This would likely be the direction we’d go, especially as we don’t use Amazon nearly as much as we rent Apple TV content.

Thanks 🙂

Very cool. Thanks for those insights. Keep us posted please. Would love here more about your Apple setup, as I don’t personally have any Apple gear, so its all new to me.

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