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Cord-cutting, the phenomenon of eliminating pay TV subscriptions by satellite or cable companies in favor of internet TV and streaming services, has become the norm.
Prime Video, Amazon’s TV and movie streaming service, is a favorite among cord cutters. With its collection of high-quality original content, the impressive back catalog of older movies and TV shows, Amazon Prime Video is a popular option for households looking for a cheaper, more convenient way to stay entertained.
Although Prime Video is often ranked third after Netflix and Hulu, Amazon’s Internet video on demand service has a lot to offer. Prime Video is available in over 200 countries and territories across the globe, including India.
At $119/year, you get access to a vast collection of critically acclaimed comedies, romance movies, and sci-fi adventure films. You will be able to watch features from leading production companies in Hollywood, Bollywood, and other parts of the world.
Prime Video offers numerous handy features to make your streaming experience smoother and more enjoyable, most of which you’re probably not even aware of. Do you have Amazon Prime Video?
Here are 5 Amazon streaming tips to help you get the most out of your subscription.
Use Parental Control Features to Manage What Your Children Watch
If you have children, it’s important that you take steps to ensure that they don’t watch inappropriate content on your Amazon Video.
Whether you are watching via mobile, laptop, Amazon Fire TV, or a Firestick connected to your TV set, Prime Video features parental controls that let you keep track of what your children are watching when you are away at work.
You can use this feature to control what your kids are watching to make sure they don’t watch inappropriate content.
The parental control feature is accessible via the settings page on Prime Video. To choose viewing restrictions via the parental control menu, you will be required to set up a PIN code.
From here, you can restrict users based on age and the devices they are using to view content.
For instance, you can use parental controls to restrict young children from watching kids’ shows, such as Dora the Explorer on their tablets while you binge on Fleabag on your laptop.
Turn Off Auto Play to Control Binge-Watching
Binging on your favorite TV show can be fun when you have time. However, spending too much time watching TV can be problematic.
For instance, you are staying up late watching movies and TV shows when you have work tomorrow will leave you sleep-deprived, which can take a toll on your physical and mental health.
Therefore, limiting the amount of time you spend in front of the Prime Video on your TV, laptop, or mobile device is important sometimes.
The Auto Play feature comes in handy when it comes to controlling your binge-watching sessions. Turn the Autoplay feature on Prime Video off to limit watching.
Turning AutoPlay off stops the next episode from playing automatically. It will not stop you from watching exactly, but it may be the much-needed kick in the butt to remind you to get up and do other important things. Open Prime video settings and go to ‘Playback’ to disable Autoplay.
Change the Appearance of On-Screen Subtitles
Also referred to as captions, subtitles relay the dialogue between the characters in a movie or TV show in text. Subtitles appear at the bottom of your TV screen or video player. Subtitles can enhance your view experience in a range of situations.
For instance, subtitles come in handy when watching a movie quietly when everyone else is asleep. If you are hard of hearing, you need subtitles to watch TV.
Prime Video allows users to view content with or without subtitles. Turn subtitles on or off by tapping or clicking the speech bubble icon on the screen’s top-left corner.
But there’s a lot more you can do with the subtitle button on Prime Video when watching the web. You can change the text’s size and color to customize the appearance of subtitles on your screen.
Open subtitle settings and use the pop-up dialog box to customize captions.
Did you know that Amazon Prime Video allows users to share their accounts with friends and family?
Well, now, you do. You can share access with one adult and up to four child profiles. This feature means that households don’t have to pay subscriptions for multiple Prime Video accounts to access the content.
All you have to do to share Prime Video with your family is add accounts on Amazon’s household page.
The people you add on your Prime Video account will be able to access features such as Prime Reading and other Prime perks. Teenagers (13-17) years will be able to watch digital content shop on their own (with parents’ approval) but will not be able to access Kindle for some reason. Children (12 years and under) can access digital content.
Parents can set time limits, educational goals, and select what content their children can view.
Use VPN to View Geo-Locked Content
Just like Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming platforms, Amazon offers different content libraries in different parts of the world. For instance, Prime Video users in India have a smaller content library compared to users in the US and the UK.
With vast collections of movies and TV shows, subscribers in these two countries enjoy the best of Prime Video. But geographical restrictions are nothing new in internet streaming, and over time, people have come up with ways to bypass them.
Primarily, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) were developed to help users protect their data online and maintain anonymity on the internet.
But since a VPN works by encrypting your internet traffic and changing your IP address based on the server your device connects to, it can also help you access geo-locked content.
You can use a VPN for Amazon Fire TV to connect to a server in the UK or USA and access Amazon Prime Video content available in these countries or any other location you want.
Best Shows to Watch on Prime Video
There are dozens of movies, TV shows, and sports events to watch on Prime Video. We’ve identified some of the best TV shows and films to help you sift through Amazon’s massive content vault.
Catch the best Amazon original series such as Patriot, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, The Man in the High Castle, Goliath, The Boys, Bosch, and my personal favorite, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag.
Amazon’s collection of movies, old and recent, is also impressive.
From Hollywood classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Robert De Niro’s Raging Bull (1980) to newer features such as True Grit (2010), The Avengers (2012), and Mission: Impossible — Fallout (2018), Prime Video have plenty to keep them busy during the lockdown.
Being one of the major video streaming platforms worldwide, Amazon Prime Video boasts a vast content catalog. The streaming platform is reliable and easy to use, but it also offers many interesting features.
These features are designed to make your viewing experience more enjoyable, but they are not always visible. By scratching beneath the surface, you may even come across features that you didn’t even know about.