Amazon prime video 7 ways to get more out of this netflix rival 911 database

While prime video may not be as widely known as that “other” major video streaming service, amazon’s on-demand platform is a force to be reckoned with.

Between its growing catalog of movies and TV shows (including several award-winning exclusives) and all the other goodies you get for being a prime member (free two-day shipping, prime music access, free kindle e-books, and unlimited online photo storage), it’s quite easy to justify the $99/year subscription cost.

You’re also aware you can access prime video on a handful of devices, including the web, mobile apps, smart tvs, gaming consoles, and set-top boxes?

Did you know internet movie database (imdb) is an amazon.Com company?Prime video perhaps, then, it should be no surprise to see clever integration with prime video, in the form of “X-ray.”


Access X-ray on your favorite shows and movies for info on the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes footage, music, fun trivia, and more. What’s available varies on the title, but "the tick" is an example of some compelling extra video content.

If a movie or show supports X-ray, you’ll see a small X-ray icon in the player window, and once selected it will pause the main video until you’re ready to resume. 3. Browse, search for specific themes

Unless you know exactly what you want to watch, we tend to browse the catalog based on main genres like “action” or “comedy,” or we may tap or click through the “recommended” or “recently added” sections.Closed captioning

But there’s a lot more buried here if you continue to scroll down. You’ll find sections like “anime TV and movies,” “classic TV,” “romance TV,” “indian TV and movies,” and “oscar winners,” to name a few.

It gets even more specific if you take advantage of the search window. Type in “zombie” and you’ll find nearly 100 movies and TV shows tied to that genre. The words “video game” yielded 170 results.

There are parental controls built into the service, which works by requiring a PIN code to bypass any viewing (or purchasing) restrictions you’ve enabled.

On the amazon website, to go prime video settings > parental controls and then set (or change) your 5-digit PIN.Movies shows tap or click save. You can also manage your PIN from the prime video app for android and ios.

Once your PIN is set, you can turn on viewing restrictions for your account, such as blocking playback of videos from certain ratings categories. You can choose which ratings categories you’d like to restrict, and on which of your registered devices you’d like these restrictions to apply.

When you have viewing restrictions set, you’ll see a “lock” symbol for movies and TV shows with ratings in your restricted categories. If you try to watch one of these titles, you’re prompted to enter your prime video PIN before you can start playback.

Closed captioning and subtitling provides on-screen words to TV shows and movies, allowing those who are deaf or hard of hearing to enjoy the content without audio.Closed captioning

Even able-eared viewers might benefit from closed captioning, if they need to keep the volume down or off (perhaps, while at work), plus you can select various languages, too, so it can translate content to viewers who prefer to read in their mother tongue.

Enabling captioning and/or closed captioning on prime video varies on the device you’re using, but there should be a little icon to tap or click and you can choose from a few options, including what language you prefer (depending on available for that TV show or movie). 7. A few more tips

Stream other channels: for true cord-cutters, prime members can subscribe to more than 140 other streaming services, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and AMC.Prime video called amazon channels, it requires only one password, support on multiple devices, and you only pay for the channels you want.

Disable autoplay: hate falling asleep during a binging session, only to wake up and find a spoiler in an episode you haven’t watched yet? You can disable autoplay in the prime video settings.

Manage your data: if you don’t want to accidentally stream amazon prime video using cellular connectivity on your smartphone or tablet, you can select wi-fi only in the settings area of the prime video app. Go to the section called select streaming & downloading.

Use watchlist: this prime video feature lets you easily keep track of movies and TV shows you want to watch in a personalized list, accessible on all your connected prime video devices.Ratings categories

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