Amazon has set their sights on Netflix as the global expansion of streaming content providers continues. Today the company announced that Amazon Prime Video is available in over 200 countries, up from 130 countries from the expansion earlier this year, and for several countries the new service is no additional cost to existing Amazon Prime memberships. Like Netflix, Amazon has been pushing hard to make original content, the most well know of these currently being The Grand Tour, and with this expansion, more people will be able to see the show (legally).
For Prime customers in Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy and Spain, you can start watching Amazon content through the Prime Video app at no cost today. You just need to have the Prime Video app installed on your devices but you can also watch on primevideo.com if you want to view content in your browser. For other countries, the add-on subscription will be $2.99 for the first six months then going up to $5.99 thereafter.
With Amazon Prime Video, you are able to stream content online as well as download that content to your devices for offline viewing. This is a feature that Prime Video has had for over a year while
you may remember that Netflix just recently added it to their app.
While both Amazon and Netflix are competing for your streaming subscription service, the reality is that most people have both services. Both provide unique content and offline viewing capabilities so in many ways, they are on par with each other. Those steeped in the Amazon ecosystem however, especially here in the United States, may be more focused on staying exclusively with Amazon just to keep things simple.