With Amazon’s announcement this week that the cost of Amazon Prime is going up, many are looking for ways to save. If you’re primarily using Prime for its Prime Video streaming service – there’s a way you could save up to £36/year.
The full Amazon Prime service gives you a long list of benefits, such as free shipping and a limited music subscription, along with access to Prime Video.
However, as with other streaming services (such as Netflix and Disney+), Prime Video also has a standalone subscription option that costs less than a full Amazon Prime subscription.
The standalone Prime Video plan costs just £5.99/month, while the full Amazon Prime tier costs £7.99 today, and £8.99/month after the price increase on September 15.
Furthermore, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed to us that the price of the standalone Prime Video subscription will NOT be going up for the time being.
So how come most people haven’t even heard of it? Well, it seems Amazon would much rather sign you up for the full Prime subscription, therefore the standalone Prime Video subscription is hard to find – and is virtually impossible to sign up to on mobile devices.
So read ahead to learn exactly how to join (or downgrade to) the low-cost Prime Video subscription.
Amazon Prime is a long-running subscription service that gives its members a host of perks, including free one-day shipping and grocery deliveries, access to Prime Music with a library of a million songs, a rotating selection of free ebooks and magazines, and of course – Prime Video.
Amazon’s streaming service is a big competitor to Netflix and Disney+, offering thousands of TV shows and films, including Prime Video originals such as Jack Ryan, The Boys, and the upcoming new Lord Of The Rings: The Rings of Power TV series, which is said to be one of the most expensive TV productions ever.
Prime Video has also been getting more and more into live sports, with the US Open tennis championship, the rugby Autumn Nations Series, and the recent announcement that some of the UEFA Champions League matches will stream on Prime Video.
If you’re not a big Amazon shopper, you don’t want the perks that come with the full Amazon Prime subscription, but you do want to sign up for Amazon’s streaming service – you can subscribe to the standalone version of Prime Video and pay less.
How To Sign Up To The Low-Cost Prime Video Plan
At £5.99/month, you’ll be saving up to £36 over the monthly Amazon Prime membership, if you remain subscribed for a year.
The discounted annual Amazon Prime subscription will be £96/year after September 15 – as opposed to £71.88 if you just keep Prime Video for a full year.
And of course, you don’t have to keep your subscription for a full year with the standalone Prime Video subscription – the beauty of TV cord cutting is that you can sign up for Netflix one month, watch things you’re interested in, then unsubscribe and sign up to Prime Video the next month.
But first, you need to find the low-cost Prime Video tier.
Although we’ve been assured by Amazon’s PR that the standalone Prime Video tier isn’t changing or being phased out, it sure looks like Amazon REALLY wants you to sign up for the full Prime membership, and not the standalone video one.
In fact, on mobile devices, I couldn’t find ANY clear way to sign up for the low-cost Prime Video tier (as of this writing, at least).
And on desktops, almost every banner and Prime Video promotion will direct you to the full Amazon Prime trial.
So if you do want the cheaper Prime Video subscription, here’s what you need to do:
1. On a Desktop computer browser, go to the Amazon Prime sign-up page.
2. On that page, assuming you’re not already a Prime member, you’ll see a small link that says “See more plans” –
3. Once you click on that, you’ll see the three available Prime subscription tiers –
The one on the left – Prime Video at £5.99/month – is the standalone streaming service one.
Remember – currently, you WON’T see that option if you go to that same page on a mobile device. The mobile sign-up page only lets you sign up for either the £7.99/m or £79/year plans.
You can get a free 30-day trial to either of these tiers, and then the subscription will automatically renew at the regular price, so don’t forget to cancel before the trial ends if you don’t want to continue.
What If I Want To Downgrade My Amazon Prime Subscription?
If you’re currently subscribed to the full Amazon Prime membership, but you pay monthly – the easiest thing would be to cancel, and once your subscription runs out, simply sign up for the standalone Prime Video tier as described above.
If, however, you’re on the annual membership and you want to downgrade, you’ll have to contact Amazon’s support first, ask them to cancel your plan immediately (with a partial refund) – and then sign up for the standalone Prime Video tier.
Keep in mind, however, that if you sign up to (or remain on) the annual Amazon Prime tier before September 15, you’ll be postponing the upcoming price increase.
It will still be more expensive than the Prime Video standalone tier, but not by much – so if you even occasionally shop on Amazon, it might be worth it to keep your Prime subscription until it runs off.