Thursday, 15 December 2016 06:35

Amazon Prime Video now available in Australia

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The Amazon Prime Video service has been extended to about 200 countries, including Australia, from Wednesday.

The service costs US$2.99 per month for the first six months in select countries, including Australia.

"We are excited to announce that starting today (14 December), fans around the world have access to Prime Video,” said Tim Leslie, vice-president, International, Prime Video.

“The Grand Tour and other critically acclaimed Amazon Original Series like Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, and The Man in the High Castle, along with hundreds of popular Hollywood movies and TV shows, are now available at the introductory price of only US$2.99 a month. And what’s really exciting is that we are just getting started.”

The service can be watched in English, with French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish subtitled and dubbed versions available for many titles. There is an Amazon Prime Video app for Android and iOS phones and tablets, Fire Tablets, popular LG and Samsung Smart TVs or online at PrimeVideo.com.

Members can also download all movies and TV shows for offline viewing. No indication was given in a media release whether there was a time after which the downloads would expire.

The media release said members could control the amount of data they used when streaming and downloading video by choosing between good, better and best visual quality settings.

The automated and machine learning systems will also select the best streaming configurations for a given customer based on their device, location and ISP.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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