It’s that time of the year again – no, not Black Friday, but Amazon’s own holiday – Prime Day – where we actually get two days of discounts, July 12-13 – with some good deals on streaming devices, tablets, premium channels like StarzPlay and BritBox, earphones and more.
As always, the tricky part is to sort out the good offers – so I’m here to help. Remember though, while there are good bargains to be had, it’s important to keep in mind that not every “Sale!” you see is necessarily the best price, so it’s always a good idea to check around.
Also, especially in these times, please only buy things you actually need – and, more importantly – can afford, even if they’re heavily discounted.
And don’t forget – in order to take part in the Prime Day sales and offers, you need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber. Prime usually costs either £79/year or £7.99/month (which then comes down to £95.88/year), and you get free next day shipping, a big library of movies and TV shows via Prime Video, and a number of other perks.
You can get a 30-days free trial for Prime – so you can use that for Prime Day’s special deals, and then cancel if you don’t want it anymore.
Streaming Devices Prime Day Deals
Streaming content via the internet is the cornerstone of TV cord cutting, with services such as Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon’s own Prime Video. But if you want to watch these services on your telly, you need a streamer (or a Smart TV).
And while Smart TVs are getting better and better, sometimes you don’t want to replace your TV (or perhaps your Smart TV’s streaming interface is just too slow and annoying). For those cases, a stand-alone streamer is an excellent choice.
Amazon Fire TV Prime Day Deals
I’m a big fan of Amazon’s Fire TV streaming devices – I’ve been using the Fire TV Cube as my main device this year, but the Fire TV Stick 4K Max, which was released late last year, is just as good in terms of how fast and responsive it is.
All Fire TV devices are currently on sale and heavily discount – so which one should you get? (Also see our Fire TV Specs comparison)
If you want the absolute best in terms of speed and performance – the Fire TV Cube is currently half price, and that’s an incredible deal.
The Cube is not only a streaming device – it’s also an Echo device, with built-in microphones and a speaker that let you use Amazon’s Alexa – the digital assistant that can answer questions, play music and even control your TV in some cases.
If you don’t need a full Echo device, then the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is the most powerful – and advanced – Firestick, at the moment. It’s down to £32.99 for Prime Day, which is a great bargain (see our Fire TV Stick 4K Max review).
But wait, there’s more – the best deal, in terms of pricing, is probably the Fire TV Stick 4K – it’s almost identical to the 4K Max (the main differences being that it’s a bit slower, and doesn’t support WiFi 6) – but it’s being offered for one at one of the lowest price points I’ve ever seen it (see our full Fire TV Stick 4K review).
Lastly, if you want the cheapest Fire TV stick money can buy – the Fire TV Stick Lite doesn’t support 4K, it’s a bit less powerful (so slower) than the 4K ones – but other than that it’s quite useful, and can be great for an extra bedroom or even for travelling – especially at this price point.
Roku Prime Day Deals
If you’re still waiting to jump on board the Roku wagon, all three of the streaming devices are discounted for Prime Day – and
Not sure which one to get? See our full Roku comparison
- Roku Express (HD Entry Level) – Check Price
- Roku Express 4K (4K Entry Level) – Check Price
- Roku Streaming Stick 4K (Premium) – Check Price
Tablets And iPads
While on the go, many of us use our phones to watch videos these days. But a tablet can be an even better option, in the car or when you go on holiday.
For Prime Day, Amazon has some deep discounts on their own Fire Tablets, as well as tablets – and even iPads – from other companies.
Fire HD 8 Tablet: The Fire HD 8 is 30% faster than previous models, with 12 hours of battery life, and an HD (but not Full HD) resolution of 1280 x 800. There’s also the Fire HD 8 Plus, with a faster processor and more RAM.
Fire HD 10 Tablet: If you want to go Full HD, this is an excellent – and now very affordable – choice, at almost half the price for Prime Day. The screen is bigger at 10.1″, it has a Full HD resolution and would be perfect for streaming from services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer (see our full Fire HD 10 review).
Echo Show 15: Not exactly a tablet, this is an Echo device with a huge 15″ display, that you can either hang on the wall or place on a counter. It combines Alexa’s voice assistant skills with a smart touch display, speakers and a camera. The word “cool” best describes this device (see our review), though it’s normally a bit expensive – but the current Prime Day discount will make it more tempting than usual.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8: If you prefer an Android tablet (and not Amazon’s version of Android), then this budget tablet from Samsung is a great choice, with a 10.5″ screen, 32GB of storage, and a resolution of 1920 x 1200.
Apple 2020 iPad Air: It’s rare to see Apple’s iPad on sale (at least outside of Black Friday), but we’re in luck today. With a 10.9″ screen and the A14 Bionic chip, you can’t really go wrong with an iPad.
TV, Movies And Music Discounts And Trials
13 Premium TV Channels For 99p/m
Amazon’s Prime Video Channels is an add-on service for Prime subscribers, launched in the UK a couple of years ago, where you can pick and choose additional premium channels to subscribe to for a monthly fee.
Once you subscribe, you can watch the channels on your desktop, your smartphone, or on your TV, via the Amazon Prime Video app, which is available on most Smart TVs and most streaming devices.
For Prime Day, you can get 13 of these channels for just 99p/month (each), for the first month.
Remember that once your first, 99p month is up – the subscription will continue automatically at the regular price, so you have to cancel it before that happens, if you don’t want to continue.
The included channels are:
- Discovery+ – The major streaming service that focuses on lifestyle, reality and nature shows, with global franchises such as Gold Rush, Ghost Adventures, 90 Day Fiancé and more.
- StarzPlay – With TV programmes and films from the premium American cable channel Starz, such as Outlander, Powerbook II: Ghost, Pennyworth, Doom Patrol, the new Queer as Folk reboot and more.
- Shudder (Read our Shudder review) – A curated selection of classic and new horror films and TV shows, such as Hellraiser, American Psycho and Creepshow.
- BritBox (Read our BritBox review) – A streaming subscription service that curates British TV programmes from ITV, BBC, Channel 5 and Channel 4, as well as classic British films, and 600+ classic Doctor Who episodes.
- Acorn.TV A channel that specialises in content from Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, with new originals and old classics, such as Queens of Mystery, Liverpool 1, Foyle’s War and more.
- BFI Player – Critically acclaimed and classic movies, hand-picked by the British Film Institute.
- History Play: Documentaries and dramatisation, helping you learn about the history of the world and the world itself. With shows such as The Curse of Oak Island, Storage Wars, The Unexplained with William Shatner and more.
- Crime+Investigation PLAY: True crime documentaries and dramas, such as Robbie Coltrane’s Critical Evidence and Homicide Hunter and more. 99p for the first month, then £3.99/month. >>> Get Crime+ Investigation Play Deal.
- MGM – Hollywood hits and vintage TV shows, from the vaults of MGM. Watch films like Silence Of The Lambs, Terminator and 21 Jump Street and shows like Stargate SG1.
- Hallmark TV: The best romantic comedies, dramas and mysteries from the Hallmark Channel.
- Curzon: Critically-acclaimed films and award-winning masterpieces from all over the world.
- Mubi: Award-winning films from around the world, hand-picked by experts, such as Drive My Car, Lamb, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! and more.
Amazon Music Unlimited – 4 Free Months
As an Amazon Prime subscriber, you get access to Prime Music – a limited library of two million songs you can listen to for free. Above that, however, there’s Amazon Music Unlimited, which is Amazon’s answer to Spotify and its rivals.
With 50+ million songs, curated playlists and special prices for Prime subscribers (and Amazon Echo owners), it’s not a bad choice – but what better way to test it out for yourself, for four months – without paying anything.
Just remember that once the 4 months are up, it will renew at the regular £8.99/m, so don’t forget to cancel if you don’t want it to continue.
Free Kindle Unlimited Books Library For 3 Months
Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited is a huge library of over 1 million books and audiobooks that you can read on any device with a Kindle app (so – Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads and Amazon’s own Kindle devices.). Additionally, there’s a rotating selection of popular magazines to read as part of your subscription.
For Prime Day, you can now get a free, three-month trial of Kindle Unlimited (it’s £7.99/month after that, so don’t forget to cancel if you don’t plan to keep it.)
Audible – Free For 3 Months
While not a streaming TV service, Audible still offers great entertainment, with one of the largest audiobook collections in the world (We gave it a lot of praise in our Audible UK review).
Prices are the best when you join a monthly subscription, which gives you new audiobook credits each and every month, as well as access to Audible Plus, a library of thousands of books, podcasts and Audible Originals that are part of the membership at no extra cost.
For Prime Day, eligible Prime members can get three free months – so that’s three book credits and access to Plus.
True Wireless Earphones
There are lots of Prime Day earphone deals this year – but in particular, we wanted to highlight deals on three models we raved about in our reviews:
- Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro Earphones – Excellent true wireless earphones with top-notch audio quality and Active Noise Cancellation (so they’re perfect when you’re watching something on the train or even on a flight) – and almost endless customisation options. See our Liberty 3 Pro review.
- Edifier NeoBuds Pro – Another excellent pair of true wireless earphones (see our review) – the audio quality is excellent (though not as tweakable as on the Liberty 3 Pro), and the Active Noise Cancellation is truly impressive.
- EarFun Air Pro 2 – If you want excellent true wireless earphones at an even more budget-friendly price, the Air Pro 2 from EarFun are a great choice (see our review) – especially at their current Prime Day price.