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Amazon Video UK Adds 40 Live Broadband TV Streaming Channels

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 (10:33 am) - Score 1,742

Competition between the Internet video streaming giants is hotting up after Amazon Video added 40 live TV and on-demand channels (e.g. Discovery, Eurosport) to their £79/year or £7.99/month ‘Prime’ service, although you’ll have to pay an extra monthly fee for each (from £1.49).

On the surface the move appears like it could threaten Sky’s NOW TV service or the established IPTV packages from broadband ISPs like BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk, although for the time being those platforms probably don’t need to be too concerned because the initial line-up of Amazon Channels in the UK is fairly poor and a bit expensive.

For example, the ‘Discovery’ TV channel is one of the headline features but you’ll pay £4.99 a month to receive that. By comparison you could access Discovery and various premium Sky channels (Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Fox etc.) via NOW TV’s Entertainment Pass for a single monthly fee of £6.99 and at that price the charge for just one channel doesn’t make a lot of sense.

On the other hand some of the channels are niche enough to attract a following, albeit a small one, and Amazon plans to add more channels in the future.

Alex Green, MD of Europe – Amazon Channels, said:

“For the first time, Prime members in the UK and Germany will be able to choose to watch premium TV channels without having to sign up to a bundle or a contract, giving them the freedom to pay for only what they want to watch. From live sport to Bollywood, arthouse cinema to reality TV, and award-winning TV shows from popular channels like Discovery and ITV, Amazon Channels gives power back to customers to choose exactly what they want to watch.”

So far as we’re aware the same broadband speed requirements that apply to Amazon Prime Video will also apply to their TV channels, which means that Standard Definition (SD) video quality will demand a connection speed of at least 900Kbps (0.9Mbps) and High Definition (HD) videos need from 3.5Mbps.

We’ve pasted a list of the various channels below and a lot of them offer the option of a 1 month free trial.

List of Amazon TV Channels

  • Acacia TV – Hundreds of fun and effective workouts for every fitness level for £5.99 a month
  • Alchemiya – Great films and documentaries about Muslim culture and life for £3.99 a month
  • Arrow Video – On demand cult classics and horror from Arrow Films for £4.99 a month
  • BFI Player+ – On Demand classic British and critically acclaimed movies for £4.99 a month
  • BeFit UK –  Get fit fast with unlimited streaming of hundreds of workouts for £5.99 a month
  • Comic Con HQ – Fan-favourite films, original programming, exclusive access and more for £4.99 a month
  • Curiosity Stream – Exclusive documentaries from the world’s best filmmakers in HD for £5.49 a month
  • Daily Burn – On Demand and live workouts including dance, strength training, yoga, cardio and more for £9.99 a month
  • Discovery – Documentaries and unscripted entertainment from Discovery for £4.99 a month
  • Eurosport Player – Live and On Demand sports programming, including Grand Slam tennis, cycling and winter sports for £6.99 a month
  • Fandor – A hand-picked collection of the most talked about indie, foreign and classic films for £3.49 a month
  • Filmbox – Hollywood movies, favourite evergreens and popular series for £3.99 a month
  • Full Moon Features – All the Full Moon classics and new releases on demand for £3.99 a month
  • Gaia – Yoga, nutrition, meditation and more for £7.99 a month
  • Horse & Country Play – The home of equestrianism and British country lifestyle, now on demand for £3.99 a month
  • ITV Hub+ – Watch live, download your favourite ITV shows for offline viewing, and catch up on tons of ad-free episodes for £3.99 a month
  • hayu (NBC Universal) – On Demand reality TV programming including Keeping Up with the Kardashians for £3.99 a month
  • Heera – An Amazon-exclusive on demand channel with over 600 Bollywood, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, and Telegu movies and series including blockbusters like Sultan and Kabali for only £3.99 a month
  • Hopster – Make screen time smart with safe, ad-free content for kids for £3.99 a month
  • Ketchup TV – Hundreds of episodes of shows for kids, packed with their favourites for £2.29 a month
  • Love Nature – Ad-free, family friendly nature documentaries on demand for £3.99 a month
  • MGM – Hollywood hits, timeless classics and cult favourites movies from MGM for £4.49 a month
  • Motorvision – On Demand TV dedicated to the automotive world including car reviews & tests, motorsports and lifestyle shows for £2.99 a month
  • MUBI – A new, critically acclaimed movie to stream every day for £5.99 a month
  • Nautical Channel – The network focused on sailing lifestyle, available live and on-demand for £3.99 a month
  • Nordic Noir and Beyond – The best thriller, crime and drama series from the Nordics and beyond for £4.99 a month
  • Panna – Easy-to-follow video recipes from master chefs and cooking courses for £1.49 a month
  • Pinoy Box Office – Filipino movies and series on demand for £1.99 a month
  • Planet Knowledge – Exciting and informative HD documentaries on nature, history, culture and more for £2.29 a month
  • Pongalo Next – Latin American movies and series on demand for £2.99 a month
  • Qello Concerts – The greatest concert films from icons and new artists like The Who, Queen, The Beatles, Muse and more for £5.99 a month
  • Realeyz – Independent films by award-winning filmmakers on demand for £4.99 a month
  • Rooster Teeth – Original sci-fi, gaming and comedy for £3.99 a month
  • Shudder – Backed by AMC Networks, Shudder super-serves fans of thrillers, suspense, and horror for £4.99 a month
  • Studio Universal Classics – Classic movies from Universal Studios for £3.99 a month
  • Sweatflix – Stream HIIT workouts and yoga flows for £9.49 a month
  • Tastemade Plus – Our network of Tastemakers bring great food and travel to the world for £1.99 a month
  • The Great Courses Signature Collection – A curated collection of educational courses On Demand for £5.49 a month
  • UP Family – Entertainment for the whole family for £3.49 a month
  • Viewster Anime – ad-free anime on demand from Viewster for £2.99 a month
  • Yoga Anytime Channel – HD yoga videos on demand for £6.99 a month

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar JustAnotherFileServer says:

    I think Amazon will need to get rid of the per month per channel price to compete with NowTV.

    Amazon already sell the NowTV entertainment at £4.99 per month and at least that has a range of entertainment channels that comes with it instead of paying for each individual channel.

    1. Avatar Ultraspeedy says:

      If the USA and the cable market out there has any relation to the TV market here people would actually prefer to customise their channel choices if it means saving a pound or two a month. I can personally understand that.

      I would not care if i were offered 1000 channels for £6 a month if out of that lot i only watched 1 which i could pay for separately for £5 per month, id sooner save the £1 and scrap the rest of the stuff i never watch.

    2. Avatar Matt says:

      I think Amazon need to get some decent channels also, the list provided is full of

  2. Avatar Scrooge McDuck says:

    Got to applaud them for finally giving the 1-channel subscription option that none of the other big boys are doing but some of the prices seem a bit high for my taste.

    Counter-intuitavely maybe they could bundle some of the similar style channels together to justify the price, or offer a pick-your-own bundle with more money off the more channels you choose to bundle together.

    1. Avatar Ultraspeedy says:

      Agreed although charging for stuff which is free such as “ITV Hub+ – Watch live, download your favourite ITV shows for offline viewing, and catch up on tons of ad-free episodes for £3.99 a month” seems a bit odd. A good start though.

    2. Avatar Paul says:

      the itv hub+ isn’t free

    3. Avatar Ultraspeedy says:

      After looking into it a bit more we both appear to be right and wrong to some degree. Indeed there is a charge for itv hub “+” you are correct there. BUT the content appears to be exactly the same as the non “+” version of ITV Hub.

      The only thing you seem to get from what i can find with ITV “+” is it is minus the adverts you get every 10 or so minutes during playback of some content. Ads which are blocked easily enough with just adblock software in your browser.

      Bizarre why ITV started that, i was wrong in thinking it was an Amazon idea.

    4. Avatar paul says:

      i agree it is a stupid idea would be interested to see how many subscriber they have

    5. Avatar Ultraspeedy says:

      I can not believe many will be paying for content they could have from ITV for free, maybe im wrong and its a nice money spinner, some people do have more money than sense.

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