Prime Video offers one of the largest entertainment libraries and continues to compete with some of the best streaming services available. The platform started out as a common benefit for Amazon Prime subscribers, but the growing number of award-winning movies and TV shows has made Prime Video a worthy competitor to Netflix and Disney Plus.
There are many differentiators that make Prime Video stand out from the sea of other popular streaming platforms. More importantly, Prime Video is said to offer more than 24,000 movies and 2,100 shows. But unlike Netflix, much of Amazon’s streaming platform contains titles that users would still have to buy or rent to watch. Still, the “free-to-watch” range gets reshuffled every now and then, so even if there’s a movie you’re supposed to pay for, chances are it’ll be free in no time.
As with other streaming services, Prime Video has some great features that even long-time subscribers might not have noticed right away. These “hidden” features will help you get the most out of Amazon’s streaming platform, and we’re here to break them all down. Some of the features listed may seem obvious to users familiar with the service, but a few surprised us even at the time of writing.
Hidden Prime Video Features: View Cast Details and Fun Facts
Whenever you pause a movie/show, Prime Video’s X-Ray feature will list the actors appearing in the scene. While it’s not the most surprising feature to appear on this list, given how easy it is to come across, it’s certainly unique compared to most streaming services.
Since Amazon owns IMDb, the website that hosts all the information that appears via X-Ray, it’s highly unlikely that other platforms like Netflix or Disney Plus could use it as well.
It’s simple and elegant, and incredibly useful for avoiding headaches caused by thoughts like, “Where have I seen that actor before?”. X-Ray can also help make re-watching old shows more exciting by sharing an assortment of trivia facts and production flaws every time you take a break.
Hidden Prime Video Features: Download TV Shows and Movies
Prime Video isn’t the only streaming platform to offer a download option for offline viewing. In fact, similar features are available to subscribers to other major competitors, such as Netflix and Disney Plus. But in 2013, Prime Video was the very first streaming service to start the trend. The feature was first available exclusively on Amazon Kindle Fire tablets and is now offered on any iOS or Android device.
It allows you to enjoy your favorite TV shows and movies offline. So if you’re about to take a long flight, or if your Wi-Fi connection isn’t stable enough, this feature will definitely come in handy. To download a video, just tap/click the save icon next to the title.
Hidden Prime Video Features: Pay Less for Prime Video
This isn’t much of a feature, but it’s worth considering if you’re only using your Amazon Prime subscription to enjoy Prime Video. That’s right: there’s actually a cheaper subscription option just for Prime Video users, priced at $8.99 per month.
Ultimately, this means that you can’t take advantage of free priority shipping when placing an order on Amazon. And keep in mind that this type of subscription also doesn’t have the option to pay annually. Either way, this is a great way to try out the streaming service if you’re new to Amazon Prime.
You can change your membership directly in the settings menu.
Hidden Prime Video Features: Find Something Easier to Watch
It can be annoying when you come across a movie you want to watch on Prime Video and realize it’s not included in your subscription. However, a feature of the service can help prevent this problem so that you don’t have to constantly look out for the small Prime logo that appears on free content.
By navigating to the “Free to Me” section on the Prime Video website or TV app, you can filter out all the shows and movies you need to buy or rent to avoid any unwanted disappointment. This feature is also available in the iOS and Android app by using the “Free to Me” button in the top right corner of the screen.
Hidden Prime Video Features: Host “watch parties” with friends and family
If you’ve ever thought of hosting a virtual movie party with your friends and family, this is for you. By clicking or tapping the “Watch Party” icon, you can create and host a session that allows you to watch your favorite movie/TV show with other Prime Video subscribers around the world.
You can also take advantage of the chat feature, which allows you to have discussions and share your thoughts while you watch. The feature also supports up to 100 other Prime Video subscribers, so you never have to limit the number of people you invite. But then again, who has so many friends?
Hidden Prime Video Features: Customize Your Subtitles
This feature may not seem that exciting, but it is a must-have for those who never turn off the subtitle setting. Unlike Netflix, the default look and feel of subtitles on Prime Video isn’t appealing and doesn’t blend well with the videos you’re watching. That’s normally the case when you’re viewing content from any device, be it on iOS, Android, or even through a browser.
Fortunately, Prime Video offers an option to customize the appearance of the subtitles. There are three presets that you can customize to your liking. You can swap the color, font, size, opacity, borders, and more. To check out this feature, just tap/click the “Subtitle Settings” option and adjust it!
Hidden Prime Video Features: Shuffle your favorite episodes
If you’re looking for ways to re-watch your favorite TV show for the umpteenth time, you’ll be happy to know that you have the option to “shuffle” the order in which you watch the episodes. This allows you to watch a TV show in the wrong order, which makes it a bit more interesting because you don’t know what to expect next.
The bad news is that this feature is quite inconsistent as to where it can be used. First, it’s only available through the Android app and even then it doesn’t seem to be available on every TV show. So far we have seen it in famous sitcoms like The Office (USA), 30 Rock and Scrubs.
Now that you’ve unlocked the hidden features of Prime Video, check out the hidden features of Netflix and the hidden features of Disney Plus that we discovered, including secret games and categories. And if you’re stuck on what to watch on Prime Video, check out our pick of the best movies on Amazon Prime Video.