The streaming wars are not over since it has become the new way of consuming video on the Internet. Amazon has always shown interest in tackling its biggest competitor in this space (Netflix) in the quest to give people the ability to stream video from wherever they are.
Last month, Amazon hinted of a global expansion in the month of December, and true to their word, they have done it with the announcement that Prime Video is now available globally.
According to Amazon, Prime Video is now available to 200 countries worldwide which of course includes Kenya. This is the same move employed by Netflix last year when they rolled out their service globally to much acclaim. When you sign up for the service, you will be able to watch the videos on desktop, smart TVs (LG or Samsung) or on the various mobile platforms (smartphones or tablets running iOS or Android) via the Amazon Prime Video app.
However, Amazon has brought some interesting things on the table. Countries with users who have already signed up for Amazon Prime will not be charged an extra dime but for those new territories with Prime Video, they will only pay $2.99 per month for the first six months and thereafter pay the full $5.99 per month fee. This is way cheaper than Netflix which currently charges $7.99 for the Basic package, $9.99 for the Standard package and $11.99 for the Premium package.
When you sign up for the service, you will be offered a 7 day trial which is shorter than what Netflix currently offers (1 month free trial.) All things considered, this is a big move for Amazon as they plan to conquer the world with their streaming service and we will now be able to stream The Grand Tour right here when they release the episodes.