You can now officially and legally watch the Grand Tour in Australia on desktop and mobile devices. Here's what you need to know.
Before you get too excited, Amazon Prime's full gamut of services hasn't hit our shores just yet; this is just the video streaming part of Prime. Over in the US, an Amazon Prime subscription gives you free two-day shipping of goods bought through the online retailer along with access to movies, TV shows, music, e-books and unlimited photo storage.
Now Amazon Prime Video has been launched globally and is available in over 200 counties. You can watch video content through the Amazon Prime Video app on Android and iOS devices, Fire Tablets and a select range of LG and Samsung Smart TVs. You can also watch shows online through PrimeVideo.com and download all the titles to mobile devices for offline viewing.
The introductory price for the service is $US2.99 per month for the first six months; it normally costs $US5.99 per month. You can stream on up to three devices at once. Amazon Prime Video will automatically adjust picture and audio quality to reduce buffering and provide the best quality for your available internet bandwidth.
The service supports multiple video formats up to and including Ultra High Definition/4K, but you'll need to have an internet connection of at least 15Mbps to watch videos in such high quality.
Here are some of the Amazon Original Series shows you can get through the service (Click here for the full list):
- The Grand Tour
- Transparent (Season 1 and 2 only)
- Mozart in the Jungle (Season 1 and 2 only)
- The Man in the High Castle
- Creative Galaxy
- Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street
- Tumble Leaf
You also get access to a bunch of non-Amazon movies movies and TV shows although most of the titles are quite old. I'll be watching Jurassic Park tonight.
Mind you, we had an inkling that Prime Video would come to Australia after Amazon sneakily made The Grand Tour available to launch audiences ahead of schedule a few weeks ago through the Prime website.
Last month, Amazon also launched an all-you-can-read Kindle Unlimited subscription service in Australia.
Amazon's Online Store is expected to hit Australia next year.