By now you know that Amazon offers free Amazon Prime trials, but did you know that Amazon also offers free trials for all sorts of other things like Audible, HBO, STARZ, Amazon Music, Amazon Channels and more?
Amazon Prime is a fee-based membership program offered by the Amazon.com, Inc. company. The program fee is currently $99 a year or $10.99 a month, after a free 30-day trial. The main benefits to this program include free 2-day shipping for most purchases sold and/or shipped by Amazon, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, the ability to borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and the ability to extend membership to one adult household member for free. The purpose of Amazon Prime, from a company perspective, is to attract the consumer to more heavily invest in the Amazon ecosystem as a whole.
Amazon Prime Student is a fee-based membership program offered by the Amazon.com, Inc. company similar to the original Amazon Prime membership. This membership is offered to students actively enrolled in at least one course at a college located within the United States and Puerto Rico who have a valid school email with a .edu domain suffix. The program fee is currently $49 a year, after a free 6-month free trial. Benefits are identical to standard membership and also include student exclusive deals and discounts. Eligible students may maintain this membership for a maximum of 4 years or until graduation, whichever comes first. At the end of this period, membership will automatically renew as a full priced Amazon Prime membership.
Amazon Family, formerly known as Amazon Mom, is a service that is available to Amazon Prime members. Through this program, they receive exclusive family-oriented offers, coupons, and age-based recommendations for their children. In addition, they are also entitled to 20% off diaper subscriptions and a 15% baby registry completion discount. Prime Student members would need to upgrade their account in order to use Amazon Family.
Amazon Music Unlimited is a premium music subscription service that is available to any Amazon member. The service features tens of millions of songs and thousands of expert-programmed playlists and stations, with the ability to listen to any song, anytime, anywhere, on almost any device, personalizing recommendations based on a customer’s listening habits. There are no ads and customers can download songs or playlists for offline listening. Prime members are able to join Amazon Music Unlimited for $7.99 a month or $79 for an annual subscription while non-Prime customers pay $9.99 a month.
Amazon Kindle Unlimited gives its customers access to more than one million books and thousands of audiobooks. You can read (or listen) on any device that allows you to download a Kindle Reading app, so a Kindle is not actually required for this. It’s currently only available to US customers through Amazon.com, while customers in other eligible countries can sign up in their local Amazon marketplace. Amazon intends to expand their service as time goes on. It’s available for $9.99 a month and you can cancel anytime.
Audible Inc. has been a subsidiary of Amazon since 2008. They are currently the world’s largest producer of downloadable audiobooks, and they also have available radio and TV programs and audio versions of magazines and newspapers. They are the United States’ largest audiobook producer and retailer. The first month’s subscription is free and it costs $14.95 a month after that. Customers also receive one monthly credit good for any audiobook and 30% off any purchase, as well as complimentary subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
Home Box Office, Inc. (known as HBO) is a premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner, Inc. Having been around since 1972, they are the oldest and longest continuously operating pay television service in the United States. They are also the world’s most successful pay TV service and provide HBO and Cinemax to approximately 127 million subscribers around the world. In addition to providing on-demand services to their customers (through HBO GO), they also provide a service known as HBO NOW, which anyone can get for $14.99 a month.
Starz Inc. is a premium cable and satellite television network based in the United States. They are owned by Lionsgate and provide pay television channels to tens of millions of customers in the United States. Starz is home to the STARZ brand with 24.3 million subscribers and STARZ ENCORE with 31 million subscribers. They also provide have the STARZ app, which allows paid subscribers to access on-demand services. For people who are not already subscribers, they can get the STARZ app for $8.99 a month.
Eligible Amazon Prime members have the ability to purchase paid monthly subscriptions to premium networks like Showtime and Starz, as well as other streaming entertainment channels, through Amazon Video. All of the movies and television programming included with each subscription is available to watch on demand on all devices that are compatible with Amazon Video. Prices vary depending on the service, and many include free trials. Amazon Video is available on hundreds of different devices.
Showtime Networks Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation. They own and operate several premium television network channels and also provide on-demand services for their customers. For those who are not already subscribed through their television provider, customers can subscribe for Showtime through services like Amazon, Hulu, Roku, YouTube, and others. The cost for this service depends on how a customer chooses to subscribe.
Amazon Prime Music is available to eligible Amazon Prime members at no additional cost. The program allows ad-free access to curated Prime playlists and personalized Prime stations, as well as access to more than a million songs and albums, with unlimited skips. Prime Music can be played on any device that supports the app, including Amazon devices, Android and iOS devices, and more. On phones and tablets that have the Amazon Music app, Prime members can also download music for offline playback.
With an Amazon Prime membership, customers are able to watch movies and television shows anytime. The only other requirement is an internet-connected computer where one can access the Amazon Video Store or a device that has the Amazon Video app installed. Amazon Prime currently costs $99 a year or $10.99 a month. (Non-Prime members also have the ability to buy and rent titles available in the Amazon Video Store.)
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Amazon Home Services is a new service provided by Amazon that allows customers to buy and schedule professional services. These services can include things like furniture assembly, house cleaning, plumbing, and more. Amazon takes only the best service providers that have already been vetted, which includes a background check, insurance, and license where applicable. Home services can be purchased through a predefined, pre-package service with an upfront price or customers can submit custom requests for a home project and receive estimates from local professionals via email. No special sign-up or subscription is required to use Amazon Home Services and payments are handled through Amazon.
Amazon wedding registries can be created by any Amazon customer. In addition to adding Amazon items, the registry can be used universally, meaning customers are able to add items from anywhere else on the internet. Registries are also easy to personalize and share through email and social media. Wedding registries can also easily be searched through the Amazon Wedding site by using one of the last names on the registry. After the event date, Prime members will receive a 20% off coupon for items across Amazon; non-Prime members receive 10% off.
Amazon baby registries can be created by any Amazon customer. Anything for sale on Amazon’s website can be added to the list and they also have universal registry capabilities, which means anything from the internet can be added to it. Registries are easily shared with friends and family by email and Amazon also provides a “thank you” list feature, which tracks who has purchased what. When there are 60 days until the event date, the customer will receive a completion discount on remaining items on the registry, which is 15% for Prime members and 10% for non-Prime members.
Kindle books can be read on any computer, tablet, or mobile phone device that is compatible with Kindle reading apps. This includes iOS devices, Android devices, Windows phones, BlackBerries, and more. Customers don’t have to purchase a separate device in order to read their Kindle books. The apps themselves are free and the price of the books vary.
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