Amazon’s streaming video platform, Prime Video, is coming to Freesat this week – but only on the newer, 4K Freesat boxes.
Along with Netflix and most of the major UK catch-up apps, this makes the Freesat box one of the more comprehensive broadcast streaming boxes.
Prime Video offers a large library of shows, Premier League matches and popular original productions, such as The Boys, The Grand Tour, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and more.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Prime Video is coming to Sky Q and the NOW TV boxes – and now, Freesat is next in line.
Freesat, a joint venture between ITV and the BBC, offers more than 200 free-to-air TV channels and radio stations, all transmitted via digital satellite (so you need a dish on your roof).
Freesat currently reaches 2 million home in the UK each week, and in addition to the dish, you also need a Freesat set-top box connected to your TV.
While many Freesat customers still use the old Humax boxes, the Prime Video app will only be available on the new 4K Freesat Boxes, which were released earlier this year.
Freesat tells us that this is due to the hardware on the older devices not being able to support the newer apps.
Once you install the Prime Video app on your 4K box, you will be able to sign up with your existing Prime Video subscription, or sign up for a new one.
A new Prime Video subscription costs £5.99/month (or £79/year if you get the full Amazon Prime membership), though you can also get a 30-days free trial.
With the addition of the Prime Video app, and the recent launch of a BritBox app on Freesat, the 4K box is becoming one of the more inclusive broadcast-based streaming boxes, with apps for most of the major UK services, including:
- Prime Video
- BBC iPlayer
- ITV Hub
- STV Player
… And more. Disney+ is notably missing from that list, as well as NOW TV and, unfortunately, All4 – Channel 4’s catchup app (The HD version of Channel 4 is also missing from the regular Freesat channels list).
Nevertheless, when compared to most of the Freeview Play boxes, Freesat has the upper hand. Even the recently-released Humax Aura Freeview box, which has most of the major streaming services as well – is still missing Netflix.
“Amazon Prime Video is a hugely welcome addition to the Freesat service”, said Alistair Thom, CEO of Freesat.
“Streaming services are of course going from strength to strength and the range of content that Prime Video brings to our existing free to air service allows us to offer our customers a unique hybrid service.
“They will have a virtually endless choice of content to pick from, all without being chained to paying a monthly pay TV subscription.”