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A long time ago, people could only buy books from Amazon. The retailer soon added products like CDs and DVDs. And in 2006, Amazon introduced Amazon Unbox, which later became Amazon Video on Demand. Now, 14 years after its debut, the service is known as Amazon Prime Video. That’s right — the service is almost old enough to drive!
Amazon Prime Video offers both original and licensed movies and TV shows. But can you watch Amazon Prime Video for free during a trial period? Keep reading, because we’ve got answers below.
First, the good news: Amazon Prime Video does have a free trial. But to be eligible for it, you can’t already have Amazon Prime. That disqualifies a lot of us: By one count, 82 percent of households already had at least one Prime account as of 2019.
However, you don’t have to be a new customer to get the trial. Amazon will let you try out Prime again sometimes, even if you previously had the service or used a free trial. How often you’ll become eligible for a new trial isn’t clear, though. You used to be able to get a free trial once a year, but our CordCutting.com experts haven’t been able to determine Amazon’s policy right now. It’s possible that Amazon takes multiple factors into consideration.
Fortunately, it’s easy to test your own eligibility. To find out what you’re eligible for, you have to click on a free trial offer, then sign in. You might get the go-ahead to continue with your free trial. Or, if you’re like me, you might get a message saying you’re not eligible.
Does that sound confusing? It could definitely be clearer. It sometimes feels like Amazon wants to keep you guessing. I thought my only options were paying full price or just not having Amazon Prime Video, but when I went to My Account and clicked on the Prime box, I got an offer for a week of Amazon for $1.99. It’s not as good as a free trial, but it’s better than nothing. I’d suggest you check your Amazon account and see what offers you might have waiting for you.
If you do a little Googling, you’ll find there are lots of people who make a habit of signing up for multiple free trials under multiple email addresses. Amazon is cracking down on the freeloaders, though, and we don’t recommend this tactic.
If you’re eligible, you’ll get 30 days of Amazon Prime Video for free. 30 days is a lot longer than the seven-day industry standard, but Amazon is not known for its timidity. The biggest online retailer in the world wants to control an even larger market share than it already does.
We should note that, with Amazon Prime, you’re not just getting access to Amazon Prime Video’s movies and TV shows. You’ll get the full range of Amazon Prime benefits, including free one-day delivery on millions of items, plus free music streaming, free Kindle books, and more.
Yes, it does. Once you give Amazon your payment info for your Amazon Prime Video free trial, you’re also giving them permission to charge your credit card every month once the free trial is up. That way, Amazon doesn’t have to hound you for your credit card information when your free trial is up. Continuing is the default option. If you’re not cool with that, make sure you cancel before the trial is over. Set a reminder on your phone or laptop.
How much Amazon Prime Video costs depends on which plan you pick. There’s a little-used but still available option to only pay for the Prime Video part of Amazon Prime. That will cost you $8.99 a month. You won’t get stuff like free shipping, but you’ll get access to the entire Amazon streaming library.
If you want the full Amazon Prime experience to go with your Prime Video access, you’ll pay $12.99 a month, which works out to be $155.88 for an entire year. If you’re excited enough about Amazon Prime Video to pay for a full year of Amazon Prime up front, though, you’ll pay a discounted rate of $119 a year.
There’s no need to worry about signing a contract with Amazon Prime Video. For the most part, the standard contract rules don’t apply here. In fact, you can get a refund if you cancel within 3 days of going from a free trial to a standard membership. But if you do that, Amazon can withhold or charge you for the benefits used by your account during that 3-day time span.
Amazon Prime Video doesn’t require you to call anybody on the phone or send telegrams. You’ll need to go to Your Account to cancel. You can learn more about the process by looking at our How to Cancel Amazon Prime Video page.
You can learn more about Amazon Prime Video by checking out our rave review of the service. It’s safe to say we like it, but if you’d like more information, head to our main Amazon Prime Video product page for information on things device compatibility. It also contains information about Amazon Prime’s student discount, so you’ll definitely want to read about that if you’re a college student.
What if you’ve heard enough and are ready to start streaming already? In that case, you can click on the convenient free trial button on this page and get started with your Amazon Prime Video free trial.