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Amazon Prime Video is the online retail giant’s streaming service that offers a variety of content. Here’s how to watch it all on your Mac.
Amazon Prime Video, a major video streaming service, has been around for several years, making it one of the oldest among the largest subscription services.
It hosts a lot of content, including “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” “Peripheral,” “The Boys,” and other primetime original shows. Movies are available along with TV shows with over 10,000 movies to watch.
There are also sports programs for subscribers, including tennis tournaments and football. For younger visitors, they also have children’s programs catering to them.
This is separate from the equivalent Amazon Prime, which can be used to rent or buy shows from Amazon’s catalog that aren’t on Prime. This is similar in concept to renting from iTunes, but not from Amazon.
Naturally, Amazon makes it very easy to watch the service on different platforms. If you want to watch Amazon Prime Video on your Mac, here’s everything you need to know about it.
How much is Amazon Prime Video?
You have two options to subscribe to Prime Video. Either you can subscribe to the streaming service only, or you can sign up for the full Prime package.
Prime Video itself costs users $8.99 per month. This rate provides access to Prime Video content only, and does not include other Amazon Prime features.
The full Amazon Prime experience, which includes Prime Video as part of it, costs $14.99 per month or $139 per year. And for $6 more per month, you get free shipping, Amazon Music for Prime members, Prime Gaming, Amazon Fresh, Prime Reading, Amazon Photos, and many other benefits.
If you’re already subscribed to Amazon Prime for other reasons, you’ll also be able to use Prime Video at no extra cost.
Apart from Prime Video and Amazon Video rentals and purchases, you can add Amazon Channels to the package. For Prime members between $4.99 and $14.99 per month, you can add channel packages from HBO, Showtime, and Starz.
How to Watch Amazon Prime Video on macOS
There are three main ways to watch Amazon Prime Video on a Mac: browsers, first-party apps, and third-party apps.
Amazon Prime Video for macOS
One of the most obvious ways to watch Amazon Prime Video is through the official Amazon Prime Video app. The app can be downloaded from the Mac App Store.
The app is 62MB in size and requires macOS Big Sur 11.4 or later.
The app is free to download, it depends on the user having a Prime subscription to be able to use it and watch the content. You can subscribe to Amazon Prime Video for $8.99 per month from within the app, and search through paid content to buy and watch.
The in-app experience on macOS is almost identical to other platforms where the app is available, such as Apple TV or iOS.
The app also offers quality-of-life benefits such as enabling video downloads for offline viewing, multiple user profiles, X-Ray trivia, and being able to continue watching a show on another device where you left off.
You don’t need to install an app to watch Amazon Prime Video, you can easily do it from a web browser. This is handy if you want to watch content on someone else’s Mac or if you don’t want to install the main app at all.
To access Amazon Prime Video from a browser:
- Open the Amazon website.
- Click the All option on the left side of the menu.
- Click Prime Video under Digital Content and Services.
- Click Included with Prime.
This will bring up a list of content you can view under your account. If you are not logged into your Amazon account, the site will ask you to verify and subscribe if necessary.
After that, select the show you want to watch, select the season, select the episode, and you’ll be watching it in no time. As usual, there are media controls at the bottom of the screen as you move the cursor over the video, as well as X-Ray trivia and other options at the top.
Amazon Prime Video in a browser works in Safari, Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Opera.
Third Party – Clicker for Prime Video
While the official app offers a lot at no extra cost, the third-party app for Prime Video aims to further enhance the clicker experience.
Produced by DBK Labs, Clicker for Prime Video is one of a number of variants aimed at various streaming services.
The Prime Video version of Clicker enables access to the service directly from the dock, and its InstantStart feature immediately picks up where the user left off.
The app also has Picture-in-Picture support, native Touch Bar controls for older MacBook Pro models, and a quick restart from the macOS menu. It also removes the standard Amazon navigation bar, leaving you with a video-only experience instead of a shopping-focused one.
There is also the ability to prevent trailers from playing automatically and a function to automatically introduce ads and videos.
Clicker for Amazon Prime Video costs $7.99 through the developer’s website.