What Is Amazon Prime Video?

Amazon Prime video is a video-on-demand service that is available with a valid Amazon Prime subscription. The TV shows and movies change regularly, typically with recent titles and new TV show season availability. Amazon Prime video also offers movies and TV shows that individuals can purchase or rent individually without a subscription.

Amazon Prime video first launched on Sept. 7, 2006 with the name Amazon Unbox. Since then, Amazon has added thousands of titles to its library, including original series, such as "Transparent" and "Alpha House."

Amazon Video is available on a number of gaming devices, including Playstation, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U and Xbox One. It is also available on most smartphones and tablets, including Amazon's own Kindle Fire and Fire Phone. Certain smart TVs and Blu-ray players also offer the service.

Streaming Amazon Prime videos on the PC requires the Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash add-ons. As of September 2015, the service supports up to 1080p video detail and 5.1 Dolby Digital audio.

In addition to the video service, an Amazon Prime subscription offers free two-day shipping for all physical Amazon purchases, access to over a million songs with Prime Music, and the ability to borrow one book a month with its Kindle Owner's Lending Library.