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Amazon Prime Video: 9 things you need to know

Shweta Sengar @shwets20 | First published: 16 December 2016, 16:36 IST
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As Amazon Prime Video went live in India this week and Netflix inked an exclusive deal with Shah Rukh Khan's production house Red Chillies, the market for online streaming of movies and TV shows just got more interesting.

Recent reports of Amazon censoring content for the Indian audience has not gone down well with users. Despite that, Amazon Prime Video is too tempting not to give in to. You can watch Prime Video on your smartphones or PCs. However, there isn't much you can watch on TV as Amazon isn't officially supporting Fire TV or Fire TV Stick in India.

Here are nine things you must know about the video streaming service:

  • Amazon Prime Video app is now available on Android and iOS.
  • Amazon Prime Video has been launched with a slate of 17 original shows from Indian creators.
  • As of now, the Amazon Prime Video has about 560 movies in six different languages and about 200 TV shows. This is just a fraction of what Netflix has to offer in India. Netflix has over 1,400 movies in total and almost 600 TV series, reveals data from Unogs and Allflicks.
  • Amazon Prime Video users in India now have access to award-winning Amazon Original shows such as Transparent, and Mozart in the Jungle and The Grand Tour.
  • Amazon has partnered with various film studios in India like Dharma Productions, and Yash Raj Productions, meaning users now have access to watch films like Kapoor and Sons and Fan, among others.
  • Amazon definitely beats Netflix India when it comes to Indian regional content. Amazon has picked up films released in 2016, such as Rajnikanth-starrer Kabali, Salman Khan's Sultan, Theri, and Kelor Kirti. Netflix, on the other hand, boasts of Indian films that include Andaz Apna Apna, Chaar Sahibzaade, Bey Yaar, Black Friday, Shahid, Ship of Theseus, Kajarya, Fandry, U Turn, Chauranga, Ankhon Dekhi, and Na Maloom Afraad - all of which currently hold an IMDb rating of 8 or higher, says NDTV.
  • Amazon Prime Video app is now available on Android and iOS.
  • Amazon Prime Video is included with Amazon Prime subscription. This makes Amazon Prime Video the cheapest streaming service for such a vast catalogue.
  • You can subscribe to Prime for Rs 499 per year. The full price is expected to be Rs 999, however it is unclear when it will come into effect. This comes to around Rs 41.50 per month for Amazon Prime Video and at full price is comes to Rs 83.25 per month, which is significantly cheaper than Netflix, which charges Rs 650 per month.
  • Amazon is also, reportedly in the race for buying IPL streaming rights.
First published: 16 December 2016, 16:36 IST
 
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