Amazon Channels launches in the UK and Germany

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
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Amazon Channels Launches in the UK – More than 40 subscription TV channels including Discovery, Eurosport Player and ITV Hub+ now available for Amazon Prime members

  • Prime members can now add a wide range of TV channels to their Prime Video viewing, live and on demand, including: Discovery’s premium factual entertainment series; Eurosport Player’s live sport including all matches of the upcoming French Open Tennis; ITV’s ad-free catch up service Hub+; Amazon’s own Bollywood channel, Heera; and more than 40 others
  • Amazon Channels are available as individual subscriptions, from as little as £1.49 per month, with no need to buy a bundle and anytime cancellation
  • All Channels are available via the existing Prime Video app: customers enjoy the same user experience, one-click to subscribe and play, and anytime, anywhere access, offering an easy and straightforward way to choose the TV entertainment they want”

LONDON — Amazon today announces the launch of Amazon Channels in the UK and Germany. Amazon Channels allows Prime members to add channel subscriptions for a low monthly subscription fee, available individually without the need to sign up for a bundle or enter a lengthy contract. Amazon Channels available in the UK include Discovery, Eurosport Player, ITV Hub+, hayu, MUBI, BFI Player, MGM, Hopster, Shudder, Heera (Amazon’s own Bollywood channel) and many others.

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Prime members in the UK can now enjoy premium factual entertainment series such as Gold Rush on Discovery, great reality TV like Keeping Up With The Kardashians on hayu, or timeless movies such as The Hobbit on MGM by signing up to the relevant subscription. Amazon Channels also brings live sport to Prime members including comprehensive coverage of the upcoming French Open Tennis 2017 tournament on Eurosport Player. Along with a range of genre TV subscriptions, Amazon Channels also offers Prime members access to Heera, Amazon’s own, curated Bollywood channel, offering more than 500 movies including recent releases like Sultan starring Salman Khan.

This is the first time that some of these channels, including Discovery, have been made available independently of any ‘bundle’, enabling customers to only pay for the premium TV they want to watch. Customers can click to sign up and can also click to cancel at anytime. Customer benefits include:

  • More choice:
    • A range of premium and genre TV channel subscriptions to add
    • Live TV and on-demand
    • Free trials on the majority of subscriptions
  • More convenience:
    • One Prime Video app
    • One Amazon account: no need to switch between multiple accounts
    • Unified search, browse and Amazon recommendations
    • Majority of channels available to download for customers to watch anywhere, anytime
    • Underpinned by Amazon’s award-winning customer service
  • Pay only for what you want:
    • Customers only pay for what they want to watch
    • No bundles
    • Cancel anytime

“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,” said Alex Green, MD, Europe, Amazon Channels. “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.”

Susanna Dinnage, President of Discovery Networks UK and Chief Content Officer, International, said: “We are delighted to bring our premium factual and sports content to Amazon Prime members. This partnership underlines our strategic ambition to reach people across every screen. Amazon Prime members can now experience the shows that are loved by Discovery fans as well as enjoy an exciting summer of sport which is about to kick off on the Eurosport Player.”

Simon Pitts, ITV Managing Director, Online, Pay and Interactive, said: “The ITV Hub is all about giving viewers more choice about how and when they access their favourite ITV shows, including watching without the ads via ITV Hub+ for £3.99 per month. We’re delighted to be part of the Amazon Channels launch line-up in the UK.”

Amazon Channels are available via the existing Prime Video app to watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on smart TVs, iOs and Android mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets and games consoles and through the web.

Additional subscriptions will be added in the coming months. Amazon Channels now available include:

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

Along with access to thousands of popular movies and TV episodes through Prime Video, Amazon Channels joins the growing list of benefits for Prime members including unlimited One-Day Delivery, Prime Music, Prime Live Events, Prime Reading, Prime Photos, early access to Lightning Deals and more.

The launch of Amazon Channels in the UK and Germany follows the successful launch of Amazon Channels in the US, which gives Prime members access to over 100 channel subscriptions that can be added to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more, plus Anime Strike and Heera – the first curated on-demand subscription channels by Amazon.