How would you like to get four premium, paid (normally) TV channels – Discovery, Shudder, BFI and MGM, completely free for three months? That’s what Amazon is offering its UK customers this month, ahead of their annual Prime Day. The catch? You need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber (but you can get a free trial of that as well.)
Amazon Channels is an add-on service for Prime subscribers, launched in the UK last May, where you can pick and choose additional channels to subscribe to for a monthly fee – such as ITV Plus, Europort, StarzPlay – and the four channels on offer.
Once you subscribe, you can watch the channels on your desktop, your smartphone, or on your telly, via an Amazon Prime app (available on most Smart TVs, and several streaming devices, such as the Amazon Fire TV.)
Starting today, as preparation for Amazon’s annual Prime Day (which will run between July 16 and 17 this year), four Amazon Channels are being offered as a “Free Trial” for three whole months. The channels, which normally cost up to £4.99/month each, are:
- The Discovery Channel, with programmes such as Gold Rush, Marooned and Deadliest Catch.
- MGM, with many of the studio’s classic movies such as The Hobbit, Terminator and 21 Jump Street.
- BFI Player, with critically acclaimed and classic movies, hand-picked by the British Film Institute.
- Shudder, a curated selection of horror and thriller movies and TV programmes, from Hellraiser to The Woman in Black (See our full Shudder review here)
Since the channels are an Amazon Prime addon, you’ll need to be subscribed to that as well. If you’re not already, you can get a 30-days free trial.
Do note that after the three months are up, the channels’ subscription will auto-renew, but you can cancel at any time, even before your trial is up (and you will still get to finish the full three months.)
Should You Keep The Channels After The Trial?
The whole point of being a TV cord cutter is more flexibility. And that’s exactly what these channels offer – the ability to subscribe and unsubscribe every month, in line with your interests and free time.
Not in the mood for horror? Cancel Shudder, and resubscribe again in six months. Are the kids going to stay at home for a month? Subscribe to MGM Movies for that period, and then cancel. You get the point – no more annual, expensive contracts.
And while Amazon Prime IS usually an annual contract (it’s available on a monthly basis as well, but it costs more that way), don’t forget you also get free shipping from Amazon, and the full Amazon Prime Video service (see my review here) – so it’s a good deal IF you’re “invested” in the Amazon eco-system. If you don’t usually buy from them, the video service alone might not be incentive enough to join Prime.