If you’ve been curious about the movies on Amazon Prime, yet don’t want to commit to a full year, here’s some good news. Amazon just announced that they’ll be offering a month by month subscription for only $8.99, which is great for those who want to test the waters, or just check out a few of their offerings. This video-only service is called Prime Video, and it’s great if you’re not interested in the two-day shipping that a regular, annual Prime membership costs. (Or, while you like Amazon, you don’t use it enough to justify the $99 cost for Prime.)
That’s not to say that Amazon isn’t interested in giving you their full benefits on a trial basis, as well. If you’re interested in the shipping and the music-based benefits of Prime, they’ll offer the full service on a monthly basis for $10.99 — sure, that’ll be more if you subscribe to it every month for a year, but if you want to splurge on Prime purchases for a month and then cancel, it’ll be your best bet. It’ll also probably be a lifesaver when you start buying holiday presents in November and December.
While their price is less than Netflix, which currently offers its streaming service for $9.99, it’s still slightly more than a standard Hulu subscription, which runs for about $7.99 — unless you opt in for commercial-free, which is slightly more, at $11.99.
For those who still need to be convinced, Amazon Prime currently has movies like Interstellar, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy. In fact, if you’re a documentary fan in general, Amazon Prime seems to have amazing, hard-to-find choices. However, if you think you’re going to be in it for the long run, getting the annual service is definitely a better deal.
By trying to attract a brand new audience, who knows? Maybe Amazon Prime will one day be the top streaming service. Although “Amazon Prime and chill” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.